One of my favorite parts of a wedding day is discovering what our couples have done with their florals. Florals have such a way of making a wedding unique and there’s nothing quite like them. Not only do they bring nature to the forefront of a wedding, but they make everything look so elegant and pretty! My favorite floral element of a wedding is, of course, the bridal bouquet, but coming in a close second would be the wedding ceremony florals.
Altar and aisle decoration are actually the first florals your guests will see when they arrive at your wedding so they truly make a statement. Most of our couples put a lot of thought into how to make their ceremony florals unique, so today I thought I’d share some of those ideas with you! From jaw-dropping floral arches to pretty aisle decorations, I hope this collection of images gives you plenty of ideas for how to elevate your ceremony space.
With Holly Chapple and The One Moment Events designing this floral set, I knew this ceremony would be gorgeous! A stunning floral arch, stunning floral arrangements on wine barrels, and unique chair reservation signs came together beautifully at this Stone Tower Wedding.
Another way to coordinate floral pieces is to incorporate altar planters and aisle decor. Alison and Sean did just that for their Huntingdon Valley Country Club Wedding, and the results were so elegant. Credit: Robertson’s
When I get to work with Faye and Renee Florals, I know I’m in for a treat! Trish and Mike completely wow’d their guests with this unique floral installation at the entrance to their outdoor wedding at Sandy Hook Chapel and it couldn’t have been more beautiful! My favorite part is that it was installed before Trish and Mike’s portrait session was over so that we could incorporate it as a backdrop to their wedding portraits.
Leigh Ann and Taylor were my first couple to do a ceremony wreath back in 2017. Their wedding was published on Style Me Pretty and, since then, these floral arches seem to have become quite a popular wedding trend! I love how this wreath not only made a statement at their Molly Pitcher wedding ceremony, but they also made time during their portraits to use it as a backdrop. Credit to Craig Kiely and Darryn Murphy Designs!
Here is another floral wreath that turned out gorgeous! This one was at Jamie and David’s fall wedding at Park Chateau Estate just this past fall. It was designed by one of our faves: Pink Dahlia Vintage!
Of course I have to highlight Lauren and James’s wedding! These two incorporated florals on their welcome sign and a stunning wedding wreath at their ceremony. Florals by Bespoke Floral and Design.
Another stunner by Bespoke Floral and Design! Jessica and Kyle’s ceremony statement piece was this beautiful arch at their Windows on the Water at Frogbridge Wedding. And the best part? They were able to repurpose it for their sweetheart table. Check it out below!
While I’m sharing weddings at Windows on the Water at Frogbridge, I have to highlight Shannon and Chris’s wedding there from a couple of years ago already! Their florals were by Peonies to Paintchips:
Erin and Tim had this gorgeous floral arch paired with lanterns and it was the perfect backdrop for their Stone House wedding. Florals by Pink Dahlia Floral and Event Design
I love how Tasha and Daniel incorporated beautiful florals while still allowing the ceremony space at Skylands Manor to be the focus. Credit to Twisted Willow Flowers.
Beach weddings have gorgeous views so you don’t want to obstruct them, and Carter and Richard did a perfect job of complementing the natural surroundings. They added beautiful fabric to their arch and it blew in the wind in such a dreamy and romantic way during their ceremony. Planning by Bogath Wedding and Events | Arch by Rustic Drift | Florals by Lily in the Valley.
If you’ve ever been to a wedding at Indian Trail Club, you know their ceremony space is just gorgeous. Not only does it have beautiful lake views, but it’s also naturally framed by the gorgeous trees on the waterfront. Laurelwood Designs always does a fabulous job on the florals here!
As you’ve already seen a couple of times above, it’s a great idea to repurpose your ceremony florals for your reception. After all, florals can be so expensive – why not make the most out of them! Be sure to talk to your florist about this when you first book so that they can help you design pieces that will have more than one use at your wedding. Here are a few examples of couples who repurposed their ceremony florals:
First up: Laurelwood Designs moved this entire ceremony arch indoors and it was a stunner!
Next, Pink Dahlia Vintage repurposed this ceremony wreath for a sweetheart table backdrop:
Popular ways to greet your guests include welcome signs and aisle decorations. Add some florals to make them stand out! Here’s how Eastlin Florals did it:
And here’s a ceremony welcome by Faye and Renee. I love how this set-up also includes a spot for the card box so that guests don’t have to hold the card throughout the entire ceremony.
Gazebos often times get a bad wrap for being too traditional, but they can be dressed up in such beautiful ways thanks to florals. Here are a few ideas for you if your ceremony space has a gazebo. First, this stunner by Beethoven’s Veranda and planning by EVJ Wedding Co.
If there are doors at your wedding ceremony, decorate them! A simple wreath or a stunning floral installation – either one will be a welcome addition! Below, wreaths and floral installation by Faye and Renee.
Getting married at a church? Due to church restrictions, you may not be able to get as creative as you can with an outdoor ceremony but you can still incorporate beautiful florals. Most churches will allow you to have a welcome sign with florals, pew florals, altar florals, and garlands, too.
I hope you found some inspiration in here for your own wedding! If you liked some of these ideas, be sure to pin the image below and visit these boards of mine on Pinterest: Wedding Ceremony Decor and Wedding Florals.
Hi! I’m Alex, lead photographer and owner of Idalia Photography. I've been photographing weddings for over nine years and I'm passionate about discovering beautiful stories, documenting genuine moments, and capturing timeless images along the way.
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