Church wedding flowers are the perfect backdrop for your wedding ceremony. Don't feel limited on using this tutorial as a church decoration. The same basic steps are used to create a tall centerpiece for your reception tables as well.
Here is a basic step by step tutorial that you can easily modify to fit your own desired flowers and color palette.
For this easy design you'll need the following:
Before you decide on a design, it's a good idea to visit you church (or other ceremony venue) to take photos and a pad of paper. Stand back from the altar and get a visual on where you need to place flowers.
There is generally a lot of open space, so you need to make notes on where your attendants will stand and how to place flowers as a backdrop to frame in your wedding ceremony. There will be lots of pictures, so it's better to cluster the tall arrangements around your wedding group rather than try and space them out which will end up with no flowers in your ceremony pictures!
You also need to sit in different spots to be sure your large church wedding flowers won't block someone's view of your vows.
I generally recommend that you consider going with large headed flowers that are in the lower price range. Small flowers like freesia, miniature callas, lily of the valley and tulips cost more - but will get easily swallowed up by the vast amount of space.
Consider using church wedding flowers such as carnations, snapdragons, larkspur, delphinium, sunflowers and roses. The longer stems and larger flower heads usually will make more of an impact than flower arrangements that are smaller and compact.
Keep your small, expensive flowers for your bridal bouquets, corsages and boutonnieres - these are going to be in almost all the photos and make a better impression at that point for the money spent.
Be sure to comparison shop before buying any flowers online. It used to frustrate me to recommend different flower sites, only to discover that they were requiring the brides to buy 5 or more bunches . . . and then (by reading the fine print) discovering the aren't always selling full grower's bunches.
Grower's bunches are pretty much standard in the floral industry and most farms all pack their flowers the same way. This way a florist knows a "bunch" of leather leaf is usually around 20 - 25 stems. Some of the wholesalers on the web, however, are selling "bunches" that average only 10 -15 stems of greenery (such as leather leaf fern).
This annoys me, since I list in my tutorials "1/2 bunch" - meaning a true grower's bunch. That's why I've began selling flowers and greens in my online store along with all the products you'll need to create beautiful flower designs.
I also allow my brides to buy from my online store the way I buy from my wholesale distributor . . . usually only requiring one bunch at a time. So don't be easily swayed by "free shipping" claims or worse . . . claiming to be wholesale when I sell retail for the same product . . . and the price is the same or less!
You can spend the same (or less) and buy only the products you need and buy exactly what you want. Don't see a particular flower? Call us. We ship out of major wholesalers in California, St. Louis and New York. These wholesale distributors sell to retail flower shops everyday. If it's available - we can probably get it!
Let's move on and get designing!