Draw ideas from your venue. A posh ballroom demands fanciful arrangements: roses embellished with feathers or crystals, for example, or jewel-toned cockscomb.
The Time of Year
Take advantage of the season’s bounty. A fall fete might lead to chrysanthemums in orange and rich brown, with miniature pears. Pink peonies and bright green bear grass can celebrate spring.
Make your wedding a complete package, with help from your flowers. Going nautical? Consider wrapping vases with white rope. Tying the knot on New Year’s Eve? Add crystals to white cattleya orchids.
Keep your palette focused: Choose two hues that you love and use them throughout for an elegant, unified look. Or stick to just one: Variations on a single color make a sleek, sophisticated statement.