Unique Wedding Flower Ideas

Forget ho-hum floral displays. Here are 12 surprising ways to make your wedding bloomin' gorgeous

Updated 01/24/12

This content originally appeared as "Flower Power" in BRIDES magazine. Prices and other information in this story were accurate at press time, but are subject to change. Please confirm details with individual designers and vendors.

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Striped Swoosh

Borrowed from Italian garden weddings, a striped swoosh of vivid rose petals—"Milva," "Spice," "Versilia," "Free Spirit," "Geisha," "Miss Piggy," "Femma," and "Sweet Eskimo"—adds allure to a patch of green.

Loose petals, Fifty Flowers. Floral design (throughout), Elisabetta Urioni. Location: Brecknock Hall, Greenport New York.

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Rose Petal Bubbly

Add a little extra pizzazz to toast time by floating rose petals in the bubbly. (Yes, they're edible!) Fresh roses come in a rainbow of shades, so you can match the garnish to your cocktail's hue; we paired peach petals with rosé sparkling wine.

Glass, Mikasa. Exclusiv Rose Moscato, Wine Anthology.

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Perfect Photo Op

Take advantage of a backyard swing by wrapping garlands of carnations around a tree branch. The result: a tempting spot for guests to gather and pose.

Carnation garlands, $48 for four feet, Fancy Florist. Shoes, Anyi Lu.

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Fancy Focal Point

Flank your front door, line the aisle, or bookend your driveway with glossy white pedestals topped with orange flower globes. We took a floral foam ball and inserted "Miracle," "Milva," and "Miss Piggy" roses, from lightest to darkest shades, to create an ombré effect.

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Cute as a Bouton

He'll love this unexpected combo of an anemone with bright yellow sandersonias.

Suit jacket, Andrew Fezza from Men's Wearhouse.

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Carnival Chandelier

Hang a colorful candelabrum in the porch entryway to welcome guests. Cover a wreath frame (available at floral-supply stores) with blue "Dutch" hydrangeas, then use five coordinating shades of ribbon to suspend it from a sturdy hook.

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Enchanting Tableau

Your wedding's a little bit country, a little bit...global? Combine the two with a charming seating-card station that pairs vintage mini air-mail envelopes with a casual grouping of posies. Place stems like lisianthus, umbrella ferns, anemones, gomphrenas, muscari, and succulents in assorted glass bottles for a fresh-from-the-garden look.

Bud vases, The Home Port. Envelopes, Ooh La La Factory. Calligraphy, Linda Pasca.

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Hanging Garden

Your wedding cake becomes the show-stopping focal point of a sunny spring celebration when it perches beneath swaying spheres of button and daisy mums. Hot-glue flower heads to wire frames (available at floral-supply stores), then suspend them from tree branches with yellow ribbon.

Cake, Mali B Sweets. Dessert Plates, Classic Party Rentals. Flatware, Sambonet, 201-804-8000. Napkins, Sferra. Cantina pitchers, Libbey.

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Love Seat

Hang garlands of blue hyacinths on the bride's and groom's chair backs to add fairy-tale flair to your fete. They're easy (if time-consuming) to make: Use a needle and sturdy thread to string together individual florettes.

Ribbon, Midori Ribbon. Chair, My Prestigium. "Bluebell" knit jacket, Twinkle by Wenlan from BHLDN.

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Top Hat

Who says a boutonniere has to be worn on a lapel? Your trilby-wearing groom could pin a few magenta gomphrena blooms to his brim.

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Stunning Centerpiece

A monochromatic bouquet in a vibrant mix of "Yves Piaget" roses, nerines, dahlias, and anemones doubles as a festive reception centerpiece. If the stems are cut evenly, it can be stabilized with a pin frog (a heavy metal disc with a spiky top, available at floral-supply stores).

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Moss Monogram

Designate the toasting area with a set of artful initials—or spell out a sentimental message of love. Clusters of anemones, helleboruses, and jasmine leaves add a sweet flourish.

Moss-covered letters, $79 each, The Magnolia Company. Flutes and tablecloth, Classic Party Rentals.

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