How to Match Your Flowers to Your Wedding Venue

Flowers, Wedding Style & Decor

Roses are red, violets are blue, there are so many options when it comes to wedding flowers, what's a bride to do? You may have one or two favorites but making sure your selections actually match your wedding is essential. So we chatted with Bronwen Smith, Owner and Lead Designer of B Floral for tips and tricks. Here's what she recommends for some of the biggest venue categories.

Flowers for a Church Wedding

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Traditional Church
Hydrangeas and lilies are perfect for a regal and elegant atmosphere. Traditional bouquets in a white mono-color scheme, wrapped in satin or silk, will evoke modern luxury. And go beyond the vase. Add small bud vases filled with florals such as ranunculus and sprigs of greenery to the ends of pews for a playful touch.

Flowers for Beach Weddings

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Casual Beach
Soft-color florals in peach and coral are complementary to the blues of the sky and ocean. If you host your wedding in a tropical area, try to incorporate bright tropical leaves. And decorate any archways with florals and vines, keeping in mind that most of the ceremony photos will be snapped as you say your "I dos", so statement arrangements on either side of the bride or groom are key.

Sophisticated Vineyard
Classic and timeless flowers, such as roses, look exquisite when paired with a variety of wildflowers. Get creative with wine barrels filled with freesia or cascading floral arrangements that are reminiscent of vines.

Natural Garden
All types of rose varieties like garden, spray, and eden can work nicely, as well as hydrangea, vines, and jasmine. Colors to use in this type of setting are sweet corals and peaches, which look stunning against green grass, moss, and surrounding trees. Adding floral accents like delicate garlands to the back of guests' chairs can also be fun.

Rustic Barn
Embracing the laidback feel of your ceremony means opting for wildflowers, anemones, and succulents. Texture is also important so consider including pods, thistle, and berries in your arrangements. Also, clear bud vases with soft pastels and small clusters of arrangements will pop against a solid wooden table.

Flowers for a City Wedding

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Modern Cityscape
In a word, sleek. Tall, clear vases filled with floating calla lilies or orchids will nail the contemporary aesthetic. Stick to florals in deep, dark hues such as purples and maroons to add a pop to a monochromatic or all-white space. Aromatic sprigs of sweet pea at each place setting creates an understated yet well-defined aura.

See More: A Glossary of Wedding Flowers by Color

If your reception venue is substantially different than your ceremony, it's probably best to keep the flowers in harmony with the site. "You can use similar elements in each venue, but ultimately have your blooms speak to the specific venue," Smith says. "Use at least one flower variety that can continue from ceremony to reception... Classic florals such as roses or orchids are versatile varieties that will flow seamlessly between two differing spaces."

That all being said, don't ask for so many opinions when it comes to coordinating florals, or you risk there being "too many cooks in the kitchen" that may make your arrangements misguided. And remember that some guests bring beautiful centerpieces home. Take it as a compliment, but don't use pricey vases that you'll never see again.

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