Hopefully this article will prove informative on two levels. First, and most importantly, to show off some ‘Wilde Bunch’ ideas for Marquee wedding flowers, and second, to show how detailed planning can help you get the most from your wedding flower budget.
So, for this example let’s look at a wedding we did in the summer of 2015 in Clovelly, North Devon. The flower costing came in above average at £2,500 to £3,000 but without careful planning could have spiraled towards £4,000. So let’s look at how we maximised the couples budget on their church and marquee wedding flowers.
The bride and groom were flying in from Qatar with 130 guests from all over Europe. All planning was done via ‘Pinterest’ boards and email and the bride proved a dream to work with. Over the year she sent us 150+ ‘Pinterest’ images showing ideas with a clear theme …Perfect!! Our job was to bring this together into a final design and give the couple everything they wanted at the church, the marquee and the surrounding terrace.
Creating a theme for the Wedding
To make an impact in a Marquee requires some large scale props and floral designs. The theme had a definite rustic feel but with influences from across Europe. The picture below shows some of the props we provided (15 crates, milk churns, tree bases, 20 lanterns, 40+ log slices, 7 vintage suitcases and 150+ bottles & Jars for starters!!)
Between the Bride and ourselves we themed individual areas of the marquee with prop heavy designs. This is a really good idea for any marquee…choose a few big designs rather than piecemeal bits and bobs scattered around the place that risk going unnoticed. The bride also enlisted the services of two of the areas best Prop Hire companies, The Prop Factory and Virginia’s Vintage Hire. They supplied distressed shuttered window frames, old decorators ladders, wooden benches, distressed vintage tables…the list goes on. Our job was to bring these areas together under one floral theme. We’ll show you how we did it later, based around the pew ends from the church. A great way to re-use the least expensive flowers on the day.
The two ‘on-site’ bars were provided by the wonderful Shack Revolution and their wood ‘shack’ bars merged perfectly into the overall theme.
The Church Flowers
Although this article is focusing on the Marquee Wedding Flowers we’ll cover the church flowers as every design was re-used to great effect back in the marquee. This is what careful planning is all about. Without it the costs would have been considerably more with the number of large designs required.
At the entrance to the church the guests first introduction to the floral theme were two trade mark Wilde Bunch rustic milk churns. Completely be-fitting a rural church in deepest Devon.
The entrance arch was decorated with a garland providing an ideal photo backdrop. Within the church the pew ends were each decorated with a large sprig of gypsophila and eucalyptus leaves.
The statement pieces up front, by the ceremony, were three large pedestal designs, overflowing with the main flowers from the theme (pic below). Two either side of the ceremony and one by the alter.
The Terrace Flower Designs
So, let’s see how everything from the church became part of the marquee wedding flowers. At the entrance to the terrace we created a floral arch for the guests to walk through.
The bride wanted to be escorted to the marquee by a pair of the famous Clovelly donkeys and these needed a few last minute floral adjustments…It’s all in a day’s wedding work!!
Out on the terrace we decorated the cocktail bar area with a crate stack and transformed one of the church pedestals into a new design on hay bales.
The main entrance to the marquee had a Wilde Bunch ‘Tree’ either side accompanied by the two milk churns that had formerly decorated the entrance to the church (above)
The Marquee Wedding Flowers
And now to the main designs making up the internal Marquee wedding flowers. The French themed area (below left) was one of our favorite designs. Made up entirely of the pew end flowers in jars and props…So simple…So Rustic…So French. And what a bonus use of the least expensive floral ingredient on the day!!
And guess what…Here’s some more pew ends making a statement in the drinks reception area on our white ladders…Double bonus!!
Below (left) is this years ‘Pinterest’ favourite, a floral curtain ‘Wilde Bunch’ style. They really work against the white canvas of a marquee and brighten up an otherwise plain wall.
And, on the right (below) an eye catching statement piece. The alternative crate stack. A crate topped with an antique leather suitcase and placed in it, one of the pedestal arrangements from the front of the church.
Below left is the wedding cake set against the floral curtain and on the (right) the main crate stack design.
This featured a trailing garland, from the flowers in the stack to the floor. This was the garland previously adorning the church entrance. Again, nothing goes to waste in a ‘Wilde Bunch’ design.
The table centre designs followed the theme of the day. Simple ‘wilde’ flower designs in jars and bottles utilising log slices and natural wood as base props.
We kept the table settings simple using a sprig of Rosemary for a clean, crisp natural look (below) Then, with a large space to fill it made sense to make a feature of the bouquets. By placing them on antique trunks with log slices and a piece of lace they matched the theme and became a feature ‘area’ in their own right.
The Bridal Flowers
Finally no wedding would be complete without a beautiful bouquet for our bride. Here’s the bouquet with two of the bridesmaid’s posies.
And here is Claire holding the bride’s bouquet to show the flower detail below, prior to placing it as the centrepiece of the bouquet arrangement.
And finally, even though this article is focused on Marquee wedding flowers we had to find an excuse to include this picture of the adorable flower girl with her Wilde Bunch floral crown.
Well that brings our look at Marquee wedding flowers to an end. Remember to plan well and think of designs that can be used again throughout the day. This will help keep the cost of your wedding flowers under control, whatever the budget.
One of our favorite weddings of 2015 and a really lovely couple. The bride was a catalyst of ideas and inspiration…and while the rain poured down from Bristol to Exmoor ; the sun shone all day in Clovelly…You deserved that after all your meticulous planning!! XX
In a lovely final gesture as the couple and their guests were flying back to destinations around the world, all the flowers from the day were donated to the villagers of Clovelly as a ‘Thank-You’ for their hospitality over the week-end.
Other Wilde Bunch articles related to Marquee Wedding Flowers
A Summer Marquee Wedding : Summer 2016, an inspirational marquee design
Wedding Props : A look at all the main props available in The Wilde Bunch barn. Invaluable for decorating a marquee or tipi.
Crate Stacks, Milk Churns, Plinths and Garlands : A detailed look at the big statement pieces required to fill large spaces.
Wedding Bouquets : Every brides number one accessory to her beautiful dress.
Church Flowers : A look at what makes up the wedding flowers for the church to accomodate varying budgets