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The Dreamiest Floral Displays Featuring Fresh Wildflowers

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Available-by-the-armload blooms like mums, daisies, and dahlias bring big personality to your day, and since each variety comes in a range of different sizes and colors, you can mix and match them to create stunning graphic displays for your ceremony and reception. Plus, they're hardy enough to look fresh from your walk down the aisle straight through to your very last dance.

Crowning Glory

This mod, 1960s-inspired headpiece—made with chrysanthemums and gerbera daisies—is a playful way to pump up your reception look. Or just wear it during a photo session for some showstopping snaps. To create the design, we hot-glued a sturdy paper bowl to a headband, then glued stems to the bowl. It can be made the day before and stored in the fridge.

 

 

The Details: Korovilas "Plum Orchard" dress, in Ivory, $388, korovilas.com. Paper bowl, $18 for 50, ecoproductsstore.com.

Hang Time

Love can turn your world upside down—why fight it? These dangling fringe gerbera daisies can be used as a ceremony marker, photo-booth backdrop, or even displayed behind an escort-card table. For that suspended-in-midair look, we wired flowers to a series of white-painted dowels and hung them from the ceiling. (Your florist and venue will know the best way to attach them; if you have a chuppah, stems can be fastened directly to the structure.) Any flowers with long, straight stems will work, including French tulips and lilies.

 

The Details: Taylor Creative "Whitney" chair, in White, for rental at $18 for 5 days, taylorcreativeinc.com. Floral stem wire, 18", $1 for 12, papermart.com.

In Full Bloom

Despite its super size, there's something simple and sweet about this white-and-yellow bouquet. For a dramatic but uniform look, it's built with only round blooms, starting with the largest varities in the center—including standard gerbera and fringe gerbera daisies—and decreases in size to chrysanthemums and chamomile (and the sporadic dahlia). For a charming, unified look, bridesmaids can carry single-variety arrangements featuring only the smaller flowers.

 

The Details: Steven Birnbaum Collection "Dahlia" silk-faille trumpet gown with petal keyhole neckline, in Light Ivory, $2,825, stevenbirnbaumbridal.com. Mokuba frill satin ribbon, $23 per yd., mokubany.com.

Enchanted Aisle

Talk about a fairy tale. This aisle is like your very own magical garden, filled with pink gerbera daisies, purple mums, and bunches of wax flowers and chamomile. The blooms are arranged in trays filled with floral foam; upholstery velvet lining the aisle lends a richness to the scene. You can extend your enjoyment of planters like these by using them to hide the band's equipment on the dance floor after you say "I do."

 

The Details: Sachin & Babi hand-embroidered "Olivia" gown, in Ivory silk crepe, $4,695, sachinandbabi.com. Mood Fabrics solid velvet in Liz Berry, $18 per yd., moodfabrics.com. Galvanized zinc trays, from $6 each; and Oasis "Advantage Plus" floral foam, $2 each, jamaligarden.com.

Cool Runners

For a lush, fun take on the centerpiece, try table runners of peach, pink, and yellow gerbera daisies, wax flowers, mums, dahlias, and little spheres of gomphrena. Like smaller versions of the flower aisle, they're assembled in sections with shallow trays. One tip: Ask your florist to keep the blooms at glass height so as not to hinder conversation.

 

The Details: West Elm gold flatware, $140 for 20 pieces, westelm.com. Crate & Barrel "Maison" dinner plates, $15 each, crateandbarrel.com.

(No) Show of Hands

This pretty-in-pink muff is more whimsical than warm, but we think it's perfect for a photo op, or as a second bouquet to use for the send-off. It's assembled with a simple tube of hex netting, lined with thick fabric to protect hands; spider mums are then hot-glued all the way around.

 

The Details: Randi Rahm "Bree" cocktail dress, in Ivory lace with crystal-and-pearl neckline, $2,595, randirahm.com. Green-vinyl-coated hex netting, 25" by 24", $25, jamaligarden.com.

Make an Entrance

(Left) A trio of garlands is a sweet alternative to a basket of flower petals when you have more than one young attendant. Our strands are made with mums of varying sizes, threaded together using a needle and, of all things, waxed dental floss. A loop-tie of string at each end makes for easy holding. Postceremony, hang it on your chair back or in front of the dessert table.

 

(Right) A flower wall—whether it's free-standing, with kickstands, or nailed to an existing doorway—makes for a next-level arrival. Different-size mums and gerbera daisies are affixed in bunches, one row at a time, onto foam board. (The stems are held in place with gaffer tape, which is easily hidden by the row above.) 

 

The Details: (Left) Stella McCartney Kids "Anaise" dresses, in Heather Grey, $62 each, stellamccartney.com. Payless ballet flats (similar to shown), $30, payless.com. M&J Trimming double-faced silk ribbon, 1", in Pale Blue, $3.59 per yd., mjtrim.com. (Right) Lakum "Hope" satin-faced organza dress with leather flowers, $2,000, lakumcollection.com. B&H Photo foam board, 4' by 8', $40, bhphotovideo.com.

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