Top 3 Ways To Surprise and Delight Your Wedding Guests With Flowers

September 25, 2019

Top 3 Ways To Surprise and Delight Your Wedding Guests With Flowers

Alright, I’ll admit that I’m a little biased, but…

Flowers are the transformation point for your wedding decor. 

On the wedding day, you’ll see tables come in, linens thrown, lights hung, tableware placed, your vision slowly starting to take shape. And then the flowers arrive and suddenly the venue transforms. Whether it’s the texture, the shape, or the color palette, the flowers are the finishing touch that suddenly makes it feel like a wedding.

And, if you play your cards right, your guests will buzzing about your wedding and those stunning florals you chose for years to come!

Top 3 Ways To Surprise and Delight Your Wedding Guests With Flowers

One of my former brides wrote in her review: “six months later, we STILL have guests commenting on the florals.”

Another said that she “received more compliments from guests on our flowers than any other aspect of our wedding!”

I’m here to make you look good by bringing your vision to life and making your wedding incredibly beautiful and memorable!

The key is to make the flowers interactive.

They should draw your guests into the party and delight them in an unexpected way! 

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Without further ado, here are my top 3 ways to do just that!

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Without further ado, here are my top 3 ways to wow your guests!

1. Floral Installations

There’s nothing quite like a floral installation to make your guests “ooh” and “ahh.” Whether it’s a dramatic arch, a lush design suspended in the air, or an over the top head table, your guests are sure to take a million selfies and never forget it.

I recommend considering which spots will be most striking if they’re covered in flowers. Is the ceremony backdrop going to be the first thing everyone sees and therefore makes a statement for the whole wedding? Would a hanging installation over the dance floor be enjoyed all night because your friends came to DANCE? Are you obsessed with the huge white wall in your venue and just want to draw some attention to it? Would trailing vines on the tent poles draw the garden theme all together by bringing the outside in?

If you’re waffling on what to prioritize with your flower budget, I will always recommend putting it towards installations, even if that means making the centerpieces lighter or cutting the aisle markers. That one focal point is so memorable and so worth it!

2. Flower Crown Booth

There is no quicker way to make every single guest feel special than to have flowers for each and every one of them to wear! I particularly love that this gives each guest a chance to touch and interact with the flowers. And not to worry, the boys don’t need to be left out – you can have boutonnieres for them, or if they’re feeling bold they can have a crown too! 

My favorite approach is to have a variety of flowers for the guests to choose from (all within your color palette, of course!), and then my team will whip up a custom crown or boutonniere based on their preferences, making each and every guest into a pseudo floral designer.

Another great use of this idea: for a bridal shower or bachelorette party! It will amp up excitement for the flowers you’ve got planned for the wedding!

3. Unique ingredients

Kumquats. Hops. Grapes. Pomegranates. Blackberries. Persimmons. I can keep going. I use them all. There are a myriad of unusual ingredients that can easily be included in your floral arrangements and BOY do they grab the attention of your guests. Unique elements like fruiting branches are a complete surprise and keep your guests cooing over the florals for long after the wedding! Obviously, this is a seasonal tactic, but talk to your floral designer about utilizing whatever special products are available during your season.

I have a running joke with a few of my freelancers: that I use tomatoes in floral arrangements. Though I’m all for that, we laugh because multiple ingredients that I frequently use (rose hip and persimmons) have been mistaken for tomatoes by freelancers and guests alike!

The best part: once a guest spots a persimmon (and mistakes it for a tomato), she’s going to be on the lookout for more, which means she’ll look more closely at all the other florals, just in case there’s something else delightful for her to find!

Which idea is your favorite?!

Do these make you re-think how you would allocate your floral budget?

Let me know in the comments below!


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