Should you have a bouquet for an elopement? In my opinion, ABSOLUTELY! Your bouquet is often the only decoration piece at your small microwedding. It also pulls together your style, makes your photos "pop", and can add symbolism to your special day, especially if there are family members that cannot be present or have passed-on.
But, elopement florals and decorations don't have to be elaborate. We've simplified ways to add florals without going over-the-top and spending elaborate amounts of money. I recommend starting with the basics and then if your budget and logistics allow, add decoration elements. This article will give you ideas and guidance when planning elopement flowers.
First, consider your vision and style. When consulting, I teach couples to decide your style and vision very EARLY on, and stick with that decision so that everything flows together. We use descriptive words like "organic" or "whimsical" or "romantic" or "vintage" or "country". Whatever your style, stick with it throughout your planning. If you haven't decided on a style yet, contact me for a fun & free introductory course.
START WITH THE BOUQUET
In our elopement packages, we include a fresh floral custom designed florals for the couples and matching florals + greenery to decorate the wedding cake. When looking through Pinterest, save bouquets that match your style in the following ways:
After you have picked out several bouquets, all of which are similar in style, shape and color, start thinking about accoutrements. Embellishments Ideas: add a floral crown or floral hair comb, an arrangement spilling out of a backpack or picnic basket And, if it is a true elopement where Mom and/or Bestie won't be there, have their local florist deliver them an arrangement on your wedding day - same colors/style.
Working with a Florist. We ask couples to give us at least three photos of florals they like which are similar in shape, style and colors. Then, our florist custom designs a bouquet pulling those elements together with locally-sourced seasonal flowers. Our onsite coordinator is the one who picks them up from the florist and delivers them to the couple's getting ready location. If you don't have a professional onsite coordinator, then have friend or extended family member (but not your besties) pickup the flowers for you.
ADD FLORALS FOR ATTENDANTS
Many of our small wedding couples will have attendants - bridesmaids/men, groomsmen/women, a MOH or flower girl, ring bearer. Its is a good idea to add florals for them to carry and/or wear. Also, think about any other people that will be part of your wedding ceremony, like an aunt who will be officiating or your father who will be escorting you. Mothers often like wearing a corsage - just make sure to ask if they would rather have a wrist corsage or a pin-on (sometimes florists will use a magnet to not ruin clothing) lapel corsage.
And, don't forget your fur-babies - there is nothing more sweet than adorning your pooch with a floral necklace.
There are alternatives to bouquets and fresh florals for your wedding party, such as holding paper parasols, carting lanterns or other items like signs or ring boxes. But, our florist includes a bouquet vase. Thus, you can place the bouquets around the restaurant for re-purposed decorative pieces.
CEREMONY FLORAL DECORATIONS
There are hundreds of ideas on ceremony floral pieces. Before getting too far down the Pinterest and Instagram rabbit-hole collecting ideas, there are a several of things you need to identify FIRST:
You can also add non-floral elements like rugs to stand on during the ceremony, or lanterns (no open flames please, use fake candles) - though we think those look best accented by fresh florals.
SMALL RECEPTION FLORALS
One of the reasons we like restaurants for celebrating your small intimate wedding is that they are already decorated - the interior of restaurants is not like a blank-slate banquet hall. They often will have unique seating, decorative china and glassware that fills the tables. Very little decorations, if anything, needs to be done at restaurants.
However, if you want to carry-on your style, small arrangement, greenery, and candles are all that you need. Avoid large centerpieces that will block the guests view from across the table. Or, set a larger arrangement on a pedestal stand.
To double-dip, small to medium arrangements from the ceremony (idea: placed beside the seating down the aisle) can be transported to your restaurant.
Whatever you decide for your elopement decorations and florals, download this free planning guide to give to your florist.
By Wendee Vezzetti
Mother, student, planner, gardener, mountain biker, entrepreneur, librarian, hiker, snowboarder, reader, dork, chocoholic, trail runner and creative.