Deciding on the floral decor for your wedding venue is one of the most enjoyable elements of the planning process. We always advise clients focus on key areas to create focal points guests will see throughout the wedding day. Dressing a mantelpiece with wedding flowers is a great way to do just this.
As an alternative to traditional pedestal arrangements, a decorated mantelpiece is a wonderful way to create a backdrop for a wedding ceremony, and add wow factor where floor space is limited or where there are no other obvious areas in the room for decoration.
Traditional or contemporary, a well dressed mantelpiece can showcase your wedding style. If used for a ceremony it can also give your guests a real sense of what’s to come for the rest of the day.
Consider Practicalities and Scale
How you choose to decorate a mantelpiece for your wedding will depend on practical considerations. These include its height, depth and whether the mantel is actually level (a very important consideration). A very narrow or high mantelpiece is not the best place to position a heavy and exuberant floral arrangement as it could become unbalanced and fall forward. Similarly, small vases filled with small flowers could look lost on a grand fireplace. So, it’s important to think about the scale of the room when choosing your design.
A good point to remember is that size doesn’t necessarily mean expensive. Choosing fewer larger headed flowers is better than masses of small stems too far away to appreciate and which could end up costing more. You can use the bold, round shapes of flowers such as hydrangeas, peonies and chrysanthemums to give impact, while the tall stems of delphiniums, foxgloves and blossom add height and drama.
Don’t forget about the accessories either. A mantelpiece dressed with candles and tea lights is also a great way to add style to your wedding venue. As the evening descends the soft mood lighting of candlelight will take your decor to another level.
Guest post by Simon Nickell
Different Height Floral Arrangements on Mantelpiece: Llloyd Dobbie
Colourful Wedding Flowers on Mantelpiece: Christine Skari Photography
Mantelpiece with Flowers and Candles: Living Radiant Photography