Brook and Scott Wedding - Reception Atmosphere - High Centerpiece - Guastavinos - Olivia Christina Photography

Planning & Inspiration

How To Decorate A Large Reception Venue With Wedding Flowers

Brook and Scott Wedding - Reception Atmosphere - High Centerpiece - Guastavinos - Olivia Christina Photography

Brook and Scott Wedding – Reception Atmosphere – High Centerpiece – Guastavinos – Olivia Christina Photography

One of the biggest challenges of having a wedding reception at a big venue is figuring out how to fill it with decor. As much as soaring ceilings and endless floor area inspire awe, they also induce anxiety for couples once they start thinking about florals. We always remind our clients that instead of feeling stressed, they should view this as an opportunity to be creative, expressive, and make their wedding unforgettably unique. There are tried-and-true designs and tablescape plans that tick all the boxes for transforming a cavernous space into a warm and majestic scene. From hanging floral installations to bright white floral arrangements to bold and colorful centerpieces, here are stunning ideas for decorating a large reception venue with wedding flowers.
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Sarah and Sam Wedding - Reception Atmosphere Tablescape - Bryant Park Grill - Jaymo James

Planning & Inspiration

Warm Up To These Winter Wedding Candle Ideas

Sarah and Sam Wedding - Reception Atmosphere Tablescape - Bryant Park Grill - Jaymo James

Sarah and Sam Wedding – Reception Atmosphere Tablescape – Bryant Park Grill – Jaymo James

As the season turns and a crisp chill takes to the air, nothing feels more comforting than coming home and lighting a few candles. After years of designing weddings in New York City between the months of November and March, we’ve found that the flickering flames that warm the hearth have the same impact on setting a winter tablescape. Not only welcoming to guests who have made a cold sojourn to be at your celebration, candles help to create an undeniably romantic reception atmosphere.
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Maddy and Alec Wedding - Ceremony Atmosphere - New York Botanical Garden - Brindamour Photography

Planning & Inspiration

Round, Square, Or Curved: Which Type of Wedding Ceremony Arch Is Right For You?

Maddy and Alec Wedding - Ceremony Atmosphere - New York Botanical Garden - Brindamour Photography

Maddy and Alec Wedding – Ceremony Atmosphere – New York Botanical Garden – Brindamour Photography

The arch is the focal point of the ceremony and for many, the most important decor element in a wedding. All eyes will be concentrated on this structure standing at the end of the aisleway where it frames the couple as they exchange vows. In both indoor and outdoor settings, it anchors a space while establishing the aesthetic tone for florals and decor. Symbolically, the archway represents a couple’s future home as they start their new life together.

Scrolling through Instagram and Pinterest for inspiration, you’ll quickly notice that ceremony arches come in various shapes and sizes. Going back through the Real BB Weddings archives, we narrowed it down to the three most popular shapes: round, square, and curved. Because each design is uniquely beautiful from the next and requires different structural materials to make, deciding which type of archway is right for your wedding ceremony can be difficult. To help make the selection process easier, we are breaking down everything you need to know about round, square, and curved archways.
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Alexandra and Alexander Wedding - Bride Bridesmaids Bouquet Chuppah - New York Botanical Garden - Khaki Bedford Photography

Planning & Inspiration

Our Favorite Wedding Decor Trends for 2023

Alexandra and Alexander Wedding - Bride Bridesmaids Bouquet Chuppah - New York Botanical Garden - Khaki Bedford Photography

Alexandra and Alexander Wedding – Bride Bridesmaids Bouquet Chuppah – New York Botanical Garden – Khaki Bedford Photography

The top wedding experts seem to be on the same page when it comes to forecasting wedding trends for 2023 – it’s going to be an incredible year to say ‘I do.’ Extravagant welcome and after-parties, mismatched bridesmaids dresses, regal bridal attire, Art-Deco style engagement rings, and cash registries were repeatedly mentioned in conversations about ‘what’s in’ for 2023. Reading through the various lists, we placed our focus on flowers and decor. What struck us about these ‘trends,’ a term we use very loosely, is that they are not trends at all. By this, we mean an ‘of the moment thing’ that looks cool on Instagram, but has no hope of aging well. Rather, these ‘trends’ point toward a collective shift in couples’ perspectives regarding how they want their wedding to look and feel in a ‘post-pandemic’ moment. Our lives have been forever changed. Naturally, the way we approach major life events will be different too. Pomp and circumstance give way to authenticity and sentiment revealing the current mood for 2023 – weddings are to be joyful celebrations bursting with unfiltered love and emotion.
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Melanie & Nick Wedding - High Centerpiece - Suffolk Theater - Sean Gallery Photography

Maximalist Wedding Flowers: Stunning Ideas For Taking Design To The Extreme

Melanie & Nick Wedding - High Centerpiece - Suffolk Theater - Sean Gallery Photography

Melanie & Nick Wedding – High Centerpiece – Suffolk Theater – Sean Gallery Photography

You’ve probably heard the term ‘maximalism’ used to describe a style of interior design. Rooted in the ‘more is more’ philosophy, this approach to decorating the home is marked by bold colors, mixed patterns, and a play with scale. It’s joyful, dramatic, and emotional all at the same time – everything you want to feel on the day you get married. This got us thinking – we are used to hearing the term ‘minimalist’ applied to wedding flowers and decor. But what about the opposite end of the design spectrum where the sky’s the limit (literally and figuratively)?
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Stefanie and Mike Wedding - Low Centerpiece - Gotham Hall - Emma Cleary Photography

Planning & Inspiration

A Guide To Wedding Candles: Gorgeous Ideas For Lighting Up Your Big Day

Stefanie and Mike Wedding - Low Centerpiece - Gotham Hall - Emma Cleary Photography

Stefanie and Mike Wedding – Low Centerpiece – Gotham Hall – Emma Cleary Photography

Congratulations, you’ve finally settled on your wedding flowers. Now onto the next question: How to show off these beautiful blooms in their brightest light? This is when your florist and planner (if you are using one) will go over candle options to see which type best complements your wedding scheme. Candles are essential to creating the ambiance for your big day whether you dream of a candlelit aisle, want to dine in an intimate, glowing tablescape, or need to warm up a cavernous room. Because these decor staples come in an array of styles, shapes, and sizes, we put together this guide highlighting inspiring floral designs with candles from the Real BB Weddings archives.
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