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Congratulations! You’re engaged! You even chose a date and booked a venue! Now what? Well, although it may not seem like it, you’ve gotten over the hard part. Once you’ve chosen your venue, whether beach or city sleek, all your decisions can flow from there—you want your wedding to look well-pulled together, and to do that, your choices need to complement your venue. You’re not going to choose sophisticated tall calla lily centerpieces for a rustic barn wedding, or vice versa. But don’t worry, there’s still plenty of room for your personal style, no matter where you’re celebrating.

The first thing you need to think about is whether your ceremony and reception sites are the same or not and the styles of each. If you are having a traditional church or temple wedding, your ceremony flowers—bouquets, boutonnieres, altar arrangements—should complement the house of worship as well as your reception venue. (Because it’s always a good idea to reuse your ceremony flowers at the reception if possible.)  Traditional wedding flowers such as roses and peonies in white or pale tones will complement any house of worship, and will likely mesh well with your reception arrangements. But just as there are many styles of reception venues, there are many kinds of churches and temples, from small and rustic, to sleek and modern, to historic, to elegant cathedrals. Your floral designer can help you choose the right flowers for your ceremony site.

This pure white bouquet of roses, peonies and ranunculus would complement any bride or ceremony.


Image via Colin Cowie Celebrations

This traditional bouquet of white freesia and blush roses, accented with pearl-headed pins, has a bit more color but would similarly look appropriate in any house of worship.


Image via Ned Jackson Photography

Blush roses and white hydrangea are charming pew decorations.


Image via Karlisch Studio

From elegant roses to rustic wicker.  In the last few years, the rustic style has become incredibly popular for weddings. There are no specific flowers for the rustic style—bouquets and arrangements that look like just-gathered wildflowers or blooming branches look right, or, more popular wedding flowers such as peonies and roses can look rustic when placed in containers such as wooden boxes, Mason jars, vintage tins, and mercury glass, or, when tied with lace, burlap, or vintage ribbons.

This rustic arch, draped with roses and greens, would be a beautiful backdrop for your ceremony.


Image via Jose Villa Photography

A wildflower bouquet paired with a flower crown is just the thing for a rustic style wedding.


Image via Mikkel Paige Photography

Even with the more luxe touches, a wooden box centerpiece continues the rustic theme.


Image via Matt Edge Wedding Photography

A lace-wrapped Mason jar holding fragrant stock, roses, hydrangea and gypsophilia gives a whimsical touch to a reception.

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Maybe the rustic trend isn’t for you. Many couples dream of museums, urban hotels or restaurants, or sleek galley spaces. For them, it’s all about modernity and elegance: tall glass vases, calla lilies or orchids, floating flowers and expressive lighting.

These tall glass vases overspilling with white orchids lined the aisle at a wedding ceremony.


Image via Tantawan Bloom Photography

Sculptural white calla lilies are a perfect accompaniment for a modern gown, and look best held in the crook of the arm to showcase their elegant length.


Image via Root Photography

A mix of more white orchids in tall glass containers, floating candles and low containers of roses creates an amazing modern tablescape.


Image via A Day of Bliss Photography Inc.

Flowers for beach weddings also run the gamut from elegant to rustic. But in general, coral and orange-toned floral arrangements complement the blue skies and blue ocean.


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Image via Deer Pearl Flowers

Vineyard weddings, popular on Long Island with all the vineyards on the East End, can also run the style gamut from rustic to sophisticated. However, you can never go wrong taking color inspiration from the vineyard’s products: rosè, Merlot, Burgundy, Champagne, etc.

This bride’s bouquet mixes Champagne roses, Merlot peonies and some actual deep purple grapes with other flowers, greens, and dried florals.


Image via Hanna Hudson Photography


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Image via Jason Hales Photography


Image via Brown Butter Photography

Garden weddings are a perfect choice for those who love flowers. You might think anything goes, but floral choices should represent the season and the style of the site. A backyard tented wedding, even at a fabulous estate, has a more casual vibe than that of a reception held in a country club or historic mansion surrounded by formal gardens.

A formal, yet whimsical, lounge area for the reception is a brilliant idea. The neutral upholstery and the white flowers allow the green of the gardens to shine.


Image via Meg Smith Photography

Elegant dark linens, tall floral arrangements, and whimsical lighting give this garden reception a Midsummer Night’s Dream effect.


Image via Steve Steinhardt Photography

This more casual garden reception, held under a striped awning in Tuscany, is effortlessly charming.


Image via Les Amis Photography

Any ideas yet for your own wedding and reception? If you do, that’s wonderful! If you don’t, that’s OK too, it’s what Bella Flowers is here for, helping you with the design for your big day. Give us a call at 631.271.7050 and make an appointment to discuss the most beautiful day of your life.