How to Take Your Wedding Flowers Over the Top

When it comes to vertical florals, not even the sky is the limit.

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Once upon a time, flowers played a supporting role in a wedding. They took a backseat to bigger-ticket items like the band and the cake. But that has changed, thanks to a trend that’s taking florals taller and higher than ever before.

“Flowers have leapt off the table in a way,” says Kristen Sekowski, the founder and owner of Yellow Canary Flowers & Event Design. “They’re becoming more of an environment, as opposed to something that’s just on a table to be admired.”

Get the Look

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There are a few ways to get in on the vertical trend. First, and most simply, is to take your flowers sky-high on table pedestals. Sekowski says they should be at least 30 inches off the table as to not obstruct guests’ views. For added oomph, hang tea lights from the flower branches. You can even hang flowers from flowers by stringing them together, creating a cascading effect.

Or, you could go the canopy route, in which your florals are suspended above tables in the form of a “floral ceiling,” an archway, or a chandelier. Such a feat typically requires a custom-built lattice-like structure to support the florals, as well as a solid understanding of weight and balance, especially if you’re hanging the structure in a tent. Sekowski recommends leafy foliage to create volume and sturdiness. Use long-stemmed florals like delphinium, larkspur, and Queen Anne’s lace to create a drape-y effect.

Want even more “wow”? Then let’s talk about standing your flowers upright…in ice. Though certainly not a quick (or easy) task, Sekowski says flower-filled ice sculptures are doable with a little patience. “You have to kind of layer everything in and let little layers of ice freeze, and then add another one,” she says. To pull it off, steer clear of fragile blooms like hydrangea and peonies.

The Cost Factor

Truth? A custom-built floral installation isn’t cheap. But that doesn’t mean you can’t mimic its airy effect with a mini chandelier or a floral archway to highlight a smaller area, like a sweetheart table.

“If you can’t afford something larger scale, doing something smaller scale and really maxing it out can be just as cool,” Sekowski says.

Courtesy Robin Wood Flowers

How To Donate Your Wedding Flowers

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What a pity to pitch your flowers after your wedding is over! Instead, consider donating them to ReBloom, a nonprofit organization that—for a $150 fee from the donor—repurposes wedding flowers into smaller arrangements and delivers them to hospitals and other organizations throughout Cincinnati.



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