It is becoming increasingly popular to choose an outdoor venue for your ceremony over the traditional church setting. Particularly in Sydney where we are spoilt for choice of locations with breathtaking views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Opera House, the surroundings of the Botanic Gardens or even the outlook from Kirribilli. There are also many reception venues like Taronga Zoo, Mosman offering a garden courtyard area that you can say ‘I Do’ before heading inside to dance the night away!
With this increase of outdoor ceremonies, we have seen an increased demand for wedding ceremony floral archways as the main styling element for this sacred space. When thinking of including a flower arch for your wedding the options are endless and we always customise to your style, colours and budget.
First step is to select the arch base that you want to build from, or you may wish to keep the arch bare and natural. The most popular archway to use is the cream wrought iron garden arch as this looks great for garden ceremonies and is easy to build from with florals.
We also stock a more contemporary rectangle timber archway available in white, raw natural timber and chocolate brown or a gold square arch, these look great with white drapes being attached creating a ‘frame’ or little ‘canopy’ to get married under. Speaking of canopies, we also stock a stunning large 3m x 3m white chiffon canopy that is perfectly suited to beach weddings and barely requires any styling at all!
Once you have decided on the arch base that suits your style the best, you need to pick the level of coverage you prefer, this may be determined by your style and preference or perhaps your budget. A light coverage is just a small amount of twine or ivy with a light spray of seasonal flowers in your selected colours.
Medium coverage can vary quite a lot depending on the desired look you are wanting to achieve. This would usually include foliage around the entire archway with a large number of flowers along the top and fade into the foliage further down the sides. Typically with a medium coverage, you can still see parts of the arch but the structure of the arch is no longer the feature as it is with the light coverage.
A full coverage flower arch adds an impressive “wow” factor when your guests arrive and is a stunning piece of floral art to exchange your vows under (or in front of). Full coverage florals mean the entire structure is covered with seasonal flowers and some foliage from top to bottom. Prices of this may vary if you wish to include some premium items such as Orchids, Peonies or David Austin Roses but is a great way to bring colour to your ceremony.
A new trend emerging is seeing couples ditching the classic flower look and opting for an all foliage archway full of greenery and texture. This look can be achieved by either using one specific type of foliage or perhaps an assortment of fresh greenery. For something a little more contemporary we recommend incorporating some native foliage and/or twigs and sticks (like the photo at the top of the page)
We always love to create something new and unique for every wedding (and corporate event) that transforms the style and ideas from that couple or client into a reality. All our archways are constructed with fresh flowers and foliage (unless specified otherwise) and we only use the freshest of ingredients from the flower markets allowing us to pick the colours and shades that are most suited to your palette.
Whatever your preference and style, your colour palette or coverage, these uniquely created, stunning fresh flowers archways make for the most amazing and romantic photographs!