The wedding reception is a place to celebrate and to enjoy the company of family and friends. Flowers for wedding receptions should do just the same. They should be lively and beautiful arrangements that either highlight the theme or colors of the wedding or should be lovely features for the reception. There are several different places that flowers can be used at the reception, both for table and room decorations.
Centerpieces and tables
Traditionally there will be at least one centerpiece on every table, which is usually medium in size to allow easy conversations and unobstructed view of the head table. Often traditional flowers for centerpieces are roses, daisies, chrysanthemums, and lilies with accents of a textured flower such as heather, lavender or greenery. Most medium sized centerpieces will range in price from twenty to fifty dollars, but of course they can increase in price dramatically if more exotic flowers or larger arrangements are needed.
The head table will also require a centerpiece, and this one will compliment the bridal bouquet and is of medium size. The head table can also be decorated with a swag or daisy chain type design of live flowers or silk arrangements. Roses, lilies, mums, hydrangea or other larger and sturdier flowers are excellent choices. The head table bouquet will cost around one hundred dollars, but again size and flower selection will have a big impact.
Candles and floating arrangements can also be used to make even smaller bouquets really stand out. White flowers reflect the light of the candles and can make a truly romantic atmosphere.
A really personalized way to decorate tables is to place a flower place setting on each plate, with a place card to indicate seating. These arrangements can then be kept as souvenirs of the wedding. A place setting will cost between ten and twenty dollars for live flowers, but can be reduced by about half if you consider using silk flowers.
Arches are a very beautiful way to decorate the reception area. Often the bride and groom will enter through the flowered archway, and usually will have pictures taken featuring the arch. The cost of an arch decorated with flowers is often expensive, with most arches costing over a thousand dollars for a full floral covering. A less costly option is to have a cluster or swag of flowers around the top of the arch or arbor. This option is less than half of the cost of a full arch.
Wall decorations can sometimes be easily made from the pew decorations used at the church. The small baskets or floral arrangements can easily be hung on the wall using double sided tape or small hooks. This will eliminate the need to have separate flowers at the church and at the reception. A wall or pew decoration is usually priced between thirty and seventy dollars, with more exotic flowers adding additional cost.
In addition there are also options for centerpieces at the entry, on the guest book signing table, at the gift table and on the bar or refreshment area.