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Creative Florals for Wedding Ceremonies

As with any part of your wedding, there are a number of different options to consider when your deciding on your wedding ceremony flowers. And same as all things wedding, I say, think about what actually matters to you and forget the rest. If you are getting married in a really beautiful venue, maybe you don’t want anything at all for your ceremony. However, if you are getting married in a super minimal venue like the Art Gallery of Hamilton, you might want to use flowers to create the ceremony space from scratch. We’ve had clients do both.

Classic Ceremony Urns

On of the most classic options for ceremony flowers is a large pair of matching urn arrangements. Ceremony urns are a classic choice and are suitable in almost any venue. They are also easily transported and don’t require a tremendous amount of set-up time. Since they are easier to transport, repurposing ceremony urns to your reception is a pinch.

Photo by Niv Shimshon


Whether elaborate with lots of foliage and florals, or minimal with just a touch here and there, an arbour is a great way to establish the focal point for your ceremony and frame the space around you and your love. Q+O has a handful of beautiful arbour structures available for rent. However, we are happy to just bring the flowers if your venue has a permanent structure or you can provide your own.

If you’re in love with the look of an arbour, make sure to consider the following:

  • Set-up takes time – if your venue has a very tight timeline for set-up, this might not be the best option.
  • Depending on the design, it might be very difficult to repurpose the whole structure to your reception area.
  • If you are providing your own structure, it must be stable and sound – flowers can be heavy!
  • With any outdoor wedding set-up, make sure to come up with a Plan B incase of inclement weather.
Photo by Lydia Faith Photography
Photo by Injoy Imagery
Photo by Sara Monika Photography

Pew Markers

Pew markers are a great way to designate reserved rows for family. You could also distribute them equally down the rows, every second or third row to add interest down the aisle. Longer/fuller foliage pew markers can be repurposed by overlapping them end to end on your head table like a faux garland.

Photo by Mango Studios
Photo by Karina Anne Photography

Unique Ceremony Set-ups

There are so many unique ways to add florals to your ceremony. My favourite way to design ceremony flowers is by focusing on the unique architectural or environmental features of the space. That might mean concentrating florals low so as not to obscure the beautiful vaulted windows of the Berkeley Church (first image below). Scroll on to see some other unique ceremony set-ups.

Some things to consider:

  • Think about features you want to enhance or build around
  • Let us know what the set-up window looks like so we can advise you on the possibilities
  • If you have something specific in mind, check with your venue as many have specific policies
Photo by Olive Photography
Photo by Wee Three Sparrows
Photo by Jess Imrie Photography
Photo by Diane Askew Photography
Photo by Kayla Potter Photography
Photo by Erin Blackwood Photography

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