9 Wild Ways to Play Up Flowers at Your Wedding
Whether you plan to wed in the great outdoors or a gorgeous place inside, a mix of arresting arrangements and punchy floral prints can give any venue the ultimate party vibe. Here, event designer David Stark of David Stark Design and Production in Brooklyn plays technicolor gardener.
This monochromatic collection of parrot tulips, oncidium orchids, tree peonies, scented geraniums, and mimosa looks even more vivid when tied with a contrasting blue ribbon.
You’ve heard of a bed of roses, but what about a pillow of begonias? To make one, wrap a cardboard ring box in a floral fabric and secure it to the center of a small tray or dish (we used CB2’s “Bento” bowl, $3) with double-sided foam tape. Surround the box with floral foam to hold stems of begonias, along with stars of Bethlehem, scented geraniums, and roses. Hot-glue a ribbon in the center of the box to keep the rings in place, and fill in any empty spaces with a few final blossoms. “After the ceremony, you can use the ‘pillow’ to decorate a cake table,” Stark says.
The Details: Appaman “Mod” suit in Shark, $152, and “The Standard” shirt in white, $51, appaman.com. CrewCuts bow tie, $34.50, jcrew.com. Todd Reed women’s band, $3,300, and Rebecca Overmann “Stream” men’s band, $1,335, greenwichjewelers.com. “Faustine” fabric in lemongrass, $460/yd, designersguild.com.
For a clutch that’s sure to energize your walk down the aisle, we gathered this resplendent display of buds: peacocking pink, coral, and yellow peonies and red sweet peas, and a riot of ranunculus, roses, clematis, dill flowers, lemon verbena, and snowball viburnums.
Sidestep a traditional white aisle runner and take a walk on linen printed with a bold blossom motif. (We used the designers guild “Alexandria” pattern, $270/yd.) Here, bigger is better. “A large floral print is a major decorative statement,” says Stark. “Something tiny won’t really be seen by guests.”
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Colorful Cake Display
Stark designed this 3-D overlay by hot-gluing faux petals to one another randomly, and then placing the latticed topper over a white tablecloth. The result: a textured look that complements a simple cake adorned with—what else?—a sugar flower.
The Details: Sugar flowers, prices upon request, maggieaustincake.com.
“An escort-card table is one of the first places people interact with décor,” says Stark. “Why not do something impactful?” He swathed this one in a floral print and placed a box brimming with peonies, anemones, and roses on top. Guests pick a bloom to find their table. Add plenty of untagged flowers so the display stays lush after everyone is seated.
The Details: “Pandora” fabric, $284/yd, designersguild.com.
A centerpiece doesn’t have to be the only thing on the table getting in on the fun. Red poppies on the tablecloth mimic the china and match the roses and peonies in the centerpiece, and on-palette napkins and glasses pull the look together.
The Details: “Anmut Flowers” plates, from $19, and “Anmut My Color” buffet plate in red cherry, $74, villeroy-boch.com. Custom “Coquelicots Red” table linen, price upon request, dporthaultparis.com. Tumblers, $14 each, and “Adam” flatware, $135 for a 5-piece setting, tableartonline.com. “Festival” napkins in poppy, $58 for 4, sferra.com.
Give attendees an edible arrangement that’s almost too pretty to eat. Hand-painted cookies are a wilt-free way to thank them for coming ($8 each, sweetambs.com). Customize the treats with your own big-day petals. Then place the cookies in a coordinating box (white gloss favor box, $3, paperpresentation.com).