One trend I am falling for little by little are wreaths. They can be used for the doors of a church, hanging decor around the room, your alter structure, the chair backs for the Mr. & Mrs, and much much more. Wreaths can also vary in size from two inch escort cards to ten foot ceiling decor, it just depends on the type of space you are looking to create. Here are some of my favorite wreath examples including all shapes and sizes.
This french inspiration design hits my soft spot. For a standard 12″ wreath there are many tools that you can use to create a base before attaching flowers and greenery. You can use a three ring metal base or a foam base and also make sure to have floral wire handy to secure each piece. The picture to the left shows a cluster of four roses, in this instance if you were using a wire base you can use a pomander floral foam ball to attach to your base to create height.
Sometimes a church can limit the amount of decor you area allowed to bring on site. Wreaths can easily be hung with a no damage hook and can introduce your guests to the floral design used throughout the evening. Your designer can even remove them and re-use them in another aspect of your reception.
If you are planning to have an outdoor ceremony here are two ways that you can incorporate wreaths in your decor. The left wreath is more of a structure than a wire 12″ wreath… might want to leave that up to the professionals. The right photo is an excellent example of accent wreaths that can be hung from trees where your guests are seated. In this case they used fishing wire to hang the wreaths to give your guests a floating appeal.
When hosting your wedding in a tent you often want to find ways to jazz up the ceiling. Adding lights and floral aspects as seen above can help create a welcoming vibe.
You can use a chandelier hook and chain to hang large wreaths as well. This will give you the peace of mind that it will be secure throughout the entire event.
When creating a look for your room that consists of the same center piece look using wreaths are a great way to confirm they will be the same size and shape. You can always add extra votive candles and a nice table runner to spice up the table a bit more.
Using hydrangeas will be a great way to fill up space. You can use multiple flowers (not just the rose shown above) to create clusters of hydrangea instead of it being the focal point.
You can re-shape your wreath to become a heart! When using a floral foam base you can cut it and re-wire into the shape of your desire.
I absolutely love the dried grape vine look. This would be a nice addition to any cake or dessert table. These can be purchased in the shape of a heart of again you can cut it and wire it to be the shape you desire.
Here are two more examples of dried grape vine. When attaching individual flowers, as shown in the photo to the left, it would look the most natural to use floral wire to attach them. If you were to use a pomander ball it might end up being too heavy to stay attached to the grape vine in a secure way.
Mr. & Mrs. chairs can easily be spruced up with wreaths or as shown above chair swags. In the photo to the left the designer took pieces of greenery and wrapped the floral wire around each individual piece until it created one long swag. Then using more wire, they attached it to each chair end and used ribbon to hide the wire. This is when you can get creative and wrap it in the shape of a wreath or switch things up as shown in the right picture.
This is an example from our New Years Eve wedding that Jordan Weiland captured. The bride and groom had a Magnolia wreath over the fireplace which we pulled pieces from and using the technique explained above created swags that resemble wreaths.
Whole Magnolia wreaths can be purchased in which you then use wire to attach accent pieces.
Using a wreath with a thank you sign creates an excellent photo to send your guests.
When the bride and groom went riding off into the sunset think about the adorable pictures this swag and wreath created.
Wreaths can be used as a design staple that stays throughout your floral design in each room or it can be used as accent pieces for specific parts of your day. This strays from traditional center piece look and gives a floral switch up that your frequent wedding go-ers will appreciate.