A small wedding doesn't mean you have to go small on your decorations, and flowers are one of the statement accents of any big day. In order to make their day as memorable as possible in light of current restrictions, more couples are choosing large floral displays to wow their friends and family, and create picture perfect moments which will last a lifetime.
Elise Hedges, of Hedges & Flowers Floral Design in Gravesend, says: "After the last few months, I think everyone is just looking to inject as much joy as possible into their lives, and its no secret that flowers do that. I’ve also found that, many couples who have been waiting for their big day for a long time have had to postpone once, twice maybe even three times, so going all-out seems more appealing than perhaps before."
With fewer guests allowed to attend, more couples have found spare room in the budget for statement decor which may have previously been spent on food, drink and favours.
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Samantha Reynolds of Emily&Me florist in Hythe, says: "Our couples who have held their weddings under the government restrictions have chosen to use their budget on statement pieces. The photos from that one day are the ones that are precious for the rest of their life and are often kept by their future children and grandchildren.
"A beautiful flower arch is a statement of standing up to the the current situation and celebrating the most important day of your life. From props, flower arches, moon arches, urns and pedestals, we have a wide range to put a couples individually style at the forefront of their day."
"If you want show-stopper flowers for your day, pick one or two main areas and focus heavily on those," Elise explains. "For example, a ceremony arch which can be repurposed for guest photos, or adding an incredible installation in the reception area can offer maximum wow-factor impact. Also consider where the most photos will be taken, as these will be what you walk away with to look back on."
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Katherine Craft, of Florist In The Forest in Tunbridge Wells, says: "Large installations and floral designs create more of a statement and impact than lots of smaller vases dotted around a venue. It is always worth asking your florist what can be created to add drama and a lasting impression with your guests. By choosing a statement installation above the dining area, couples could opt to not have as many flowers on the tables and instead focus on candles for an intimate dining experience.
"Intimate tables could be decorated with a canopy of flowers and foliage or a hanging installation in the centre of the room to help create drama. "The ceremony area could be designed around a floral arch to frame the couple, which could also then become a photo back drop later on or a stunning installation could be created at the entrance to your venue, to welcome your guests to your wedding."