DIY Fresh-Flower Garlands
Strung up above a door, around a window, or crisscrossed on the ceiling, these strands make the most festive of statements. To achieve this look, you -- or your florist --just need hardy, long-lasting blooms (we alternated lisianthus and gladiolus) and leaves (such as camellia, pictured), a sturdy needle, waxed string, and adhesive hooks to hang your handiwork from. Pierce the threaded needle through the base of each blossom; space as desired (here, about 6 inches apart). Stored in a fridge or a cooler, it will stay fresh overnight.
When it comes to florals that lend themselves to festooning, campanulas rule. There are more than 300 varieties, and many yield 12 flowers per stalk, so you get lots of bloom for your buck. Their bell-like shape also makes them a breeze to work with -- just pinch at the base and thread with lightweight, ultrathin monofilament. Use as aisle markers for your ceremony, then have your planner run ahead to the reception and repurpose as table or dessert-bar decor.
The Details: Mokuba New York 36mm ribbon (#1150, color #72, 212-869-8900).
Sweet Flower Girl Swags
You have two potential flower girls: Who goes down the aisle first? Avoid playing favorites with floral chains they can carry together. Crafted using andromeda for the handles and linked with lengths of nigella, these tug-resistant drapes can withstand a less-than-coordinated walk toward the altar. Waxed twine and satin ribbon tie it all together. For a crowning touch, nigella blooms were also wired into hair wreaths.
The Details: Rachel Riley dress in Blackberry
De-Vine Bar Display
Tap into the spirit of your occasion quite literally by adorning your drink station with dusky Champagne grapes, hops, and porcelain vine. (If hops are out of season, passion vine offers a similar look.) Because of the bulk, assembling this bountiful garland is a balancing act best left to your floral pro.
Citrus Table Garland
This citrusy masterpiece gets its vibrancy from clementines, its heft from fern fronds and elephant leaves, and its flower power from white cattleya and Japanese orchids. Arranged along the length of the table, it's both runner and centerpiece -- and a resplendent way to fill extra-wide tables.