Hanging floral installations are a hugely popular trend at the moment. Not for the faint-hearted florist or the low budget bride, these creations are typically expensive because many of bunches of flowers and foliage are needed to create such massive designs as well as many hours of labour and a talented floral eye. The size, shape and colour of hanging floral installations are only limited by imagination; here are some great examples of this season’s must-have reception decoration.
How about a floral feature above the bridal table?
Let’s start with a beautiful hanging installation by Leah Mitchell Floral Design. This design focusses on many gorgeous blooms of flowers and not as much foliage. A classic, elegant mix of feminine pink and white blooms has been used to create a long rectangular piece that would look amazing suspended over a bridal table.
While this hanging installation by Jane Gilliam has the same shape as the one above, the look is completely different. This is due to the use of different flower varieties including red orchids. Also the construction is more wild and carefree with textured blooms and foliage.
Lighting is a great feature to incorporate through a hanging floral installation as it can set the mood and at night, importantly, light up the flowers! A floral piece like this one by Ginger Lily & Rose Floral Studio would be perfect over a long guest table centrepiece, perhaps running down the middle of the reception space.
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Wow your guests
With any hanging installation, as soon as guests walk into that space their eye will be naturally drawn to the ceiling. So you can keep the table centre pieces very simple, perhaps with just groupings of candles or small vessels of blooms. This allows your flower budget to go towards creating such a magnificent hanging statement piece. Hanging installations will certainly leave an impression on your guests and have them talking about the flowers well after the wedding.
The next three florists all explore and play with “halo design” hanging floral installations. As you can see, the same overall shape can give three different looks depending on floral and foliage choice and application. The first halo, by Alstonville Florist, is bright and fresh against the white backdrop of an outdoor marquee.
The second halo by Poppy Culture is an elegant combination of white and green including hanging amaranths, phalaenopsis orchids, hydrangea and foliage.
Meanwhile the last halo by Willow Bud is in a rustic venue so it is naturally more textured and the colour palette uses rich, deeper tones.
Foliage or Flowers?
I absolutely adore this piece by Floriffic Flowers. It displays a mass of foliage that starts as a square with a timber frame at the top and then cascades down to a pyramid shape. Only a few blooms are pieced throughout and I can just imagine what a fantastic effect this would have in the reception space.
I am also loving this teardrop design by Elise Rosen. Not only is the shape unique but so is the way the design is created using fully opened blooms around the base and then buds towards the top creating the point of the teardrop. These would look so gorgeous hung from the ceiling at a reception venue, perhaps over guest tables if the budget allows for multiples or just one in a feature area.
Another variation of a round shape is this exquisite example by Green and Bloom. Created on a chandelier base these wild, free-flowing flowers and foliage take over and cascade downwards to create a beautiful effect. Flower blooms threaded onto fishing line, create hanging teardrops and add interest to the overall design.
When thinking of hanging floral installations it is best to chat to the experts. Once made, they can be quite heavy so they must be installed correctly, you wouldn’t want anything falling on your guest’s heads! Use a qualified event/lighting company to install the base or truss and an experienced wedding florist to create and add the florals.
A very gorgeous and on-trend way to style your reception or event space.