In what would already be the thick of a packed wedding season, florists are finding their schedules are more open than usual. With social distancing restrictions in place across all provinces, the presence of a summer wedding season has become unpredictable. For clients that are having weddings this year, challenges of budgets, size, and location are still a big obstacle. Florists are finding ways to help couples celebrate their special day with new limitations (and opportunities).
Of course, whether it is a large ceremony or intimate nuptials, we are firm believers that flowers help create an atmosphere of celebration and love. With new challenges facing florists and couples this year, we thought we would share some beautiful elopement style wedding florals to inspire the creativity that can often bloom from restriction.
For some engaged couples, an intimate wedding was the plan all along, while others are adjusting and scaling down the original size of their wedding. That doesn’t mean they can’t still have expectations of a breathtaking reception. Working on a smaller scale might give this year’s brides an opportunity to realize their dreams in an unexpected way. Executing a more elaborate tablescape can help capture the qualities of a large scale event on an intimate level. A hanging arrangement can have a huge amount of impact at a small table by opting to focus on one or two large eye-catching pieces, paired with minimal table décor.
Even under normal circumstances, working within a tight budget is something Florists are very familiar with. With many couples electing to have small elopements this year and bigger receptions at a later date, this can be especially tricky as much of their budget is already re-allocated to a future event. That being said, there are still beautiful ways to incorporate flowers into a small-scale after ceremony reception or dinner.
Minimalistic table designs radiate the beauty that comes from having fresh flowers. This style can be both impactful and budget-friendly for couples planning a larger reception at a later date. By utilizing flowers that carry a lower stem cost but are still striking in colour or texture, a bud vase design can be a great option. Playing with height, mixing dried and fresh florals, and adding other decor elements like candles can add some more interest to a minimalistic arrangement.
While some wedding clients are taking this opportunity to explore new styles and colour palettes, others are maintaining their original vision for both events, and want to maintain continuity between the two. Permanents might have a higher upfront cost, but for brides that are looking to re-use the same floral story or wanting to use flowers that are more uncommon and expensive for a later reception, this could be a more economical and sustainable option. With the option to re-use centrepieces and décor items, “perms” are a great way to bridge the two events together. With high quality permanent flowers in the market, they help create a stunning wedding day visual.
Proper storage is key with permanents to maintain the look of freshness and quality over time. Store them in a large enough box so flowers with a delicate and light petals don’t get compressed and damaged. A good cleaning before re-use is always recommenced for a fresh look.