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Works of Arc
As symbols of unity and strength, wreaths aren’t just great holiday décor; they’re all-around amazing at weddings, too! Get inspired by these ideas for incorporating them into your big day.
If you love greenery, this leafy masterpiece may suit you more than the usual flowers. This wreath of umbrella ferns, asparagus ferns, passion vine, tillandsia, and succulents would be perfect for gracing reception doors.
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A 1962 Rolls-Royce decorated with roses and hydrangeas creates quite the setting for a dramatic post-ceremony exit.
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Beautifying with Branches
This wreath made with curved driftwood and wispy manzanita boughs is fabulous for fall. You can order branches like these from your florist, or just cut them from your own yard. Ones with bends and crooks are the easiest to work with. The finishing touches: crimson amaryllis, inky privet berries, white berzelia buds, purply artichokes, and, for a bright pop, persimmons.
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Personalize your ceremondy entrance with a mix of your favorite blooms (white carnations and peonies are shown here) in the shape of your newly shared initial.
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Pepperberry meets up with exploding grass and purple oregano for an autumnal spin on tradition. The result? A door display that’s wispy, romantic, and totally fresh.
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Rings of Fire
You’ve seen this centerpiece work during the holidays, but swapping christmassy conifers for greenery and florals hits a note that's not season-specific. We encircled pillar candles with, from bottom (and then repeating), orchids and ferns; lilies; and variegated ferns.
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Florist Janet Webb of Greenwich Floral created this whimsical wreath as a nod to a countryside venue. It consists of crab apples, Granny Smith apples, daisies, hydrangeas, lemon leaves, and laurel leaves.
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DIY this wreath of blue hydrangeas framing your new shared initial: The hydrangeas are inserted into a water-soaked, floral-foam wreath. For the initial, we threaded hyacinth blossoms onto pieces of floral wire—one for each leg of the M, one for the center—then twisted them together to form the letter; it's attached to the wreath with U-shaped pins.
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Arrangement for the Aisle
Centuries ago, brides carried open wreaths made of herbs (even garlic!) to ward off evil spirits. Our floral version enlists white lisianthus, purple clematis, and pink nigella flowers woven with pokeweed and exploding grass—and pulls good spirits in.
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A Warm Welcome
Greet guests to cocktail hour with a gorgeous floral wreath like this one from Julie of Garden on the Square.
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Laurels for His Lapel
Wreaths and horseshoe-shaped laurels—the original prizes for victors at the olympic games—worn as boutonnieres will make groomsmen look like winners, too. From top left, here are what we used to make this selection: mini carnations, wax myrtle berries, purple oregano, ferns, green oregano, strung white hyacinth, and sprigs of rosemary.
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This wreath of branches, air plants, succulents, vines, and fresh blooms is the opposite of a dence holiday arrangement making it perfect for spring or summer.
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Take a centerpiece to new heights by hanging a ring of flat and glossy camellia leaves horizontally from a beam or hook with gold cord. add viburnum, peruvian apple, and russian olive branches, and voilà! A bulb-free chandelier that really lights up a room.
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Leafy Escort Card Display
Surprise your nearest and dearest with an escort card display that's as practical as it is gorgeous. Ask your calligrapher (or a friend with awesome penmanship) to write guests' names and table numbers on hardy rubber plant leaves using gold ink. Then, tuck them into a giant loop decorated with white-striped elephant ear, variegated and umbrella ferns, and speckled begonia leaves. Even after the inscribed leaves have been plucked, the remaining greens keep the wreath looking full.
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Fresh Fruit Accents
Add a bit of zest to a reception space with a selection of all-white blossoms accented with fresh lemons.
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A floral wreath with a bountiful blue bow is perfect for adding additional embellishment to a reception area.
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A dramatic display like this is sure to draw well-wishers to the guest-book table. The vivid wreath packed with chartreuse santini mums and covered with tiny bows (secured with T pins) gives people something to admire as they pluck a colored pencil from the nearby cup to offer their sentiments to the bride and groom and sign their names. The blank book has a celadon cover and a bookmark of pale-green trim.
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