Outdoor Extravaganzas

Inspiring possibilities for Spring and Summer Backyard Weddings 

 Chances are this spring and summer you’ll be designing for weddings that will be held outdoors, perhaps in someone’s backyard. While not every backyard is perfect for a wedding, the option is increasingly popular.  

Last year on Pinterest, searches for backyard weddings increased 441 percent! Which makes it safe to say you’ll see outdoor weddings – with their creative floral design opportunities – continue to trend in 2019. 

In this article we share outdoor wedding floral mechanic and design tips from Smithers-Oasis Design Director Frank Feysa, AIFD, PFCI. Shown here are photos of Frank’s arrangements from a 2018 midwestern outdoor ceremony and reception, giving you ideas for planning the floral arrangements for the outdoor weddings on your schedule this year.  

 What’s Special Outdoors? 

Events planned outside at home can be especially warm and inviting. Some families choose to celebrate at home for sentimental reasons. The backyard can also be an ideal place for guests to gather.  

1) To decorate this lakeside gazebo, Frank filled a series of large floral cages with fresh white and blush roses, along with white and green hydrangea and salal zip-tied to the existing structure. He added white lisianthus and dahlias to the fresh flower mix to fill two garden urns in front.

2) A local setting that accommodates smaller guest lists can help with budgets. Any savings enable a couple to enjoy more flowers in strategic places such as atop this barrel at the altar.

3) Frank used a corso zip-tied in place to add flowers to the corners of the wooden arbor entrance.

4) The wedding aisle was marked by guest’s chairs adorned with flower arrangements. Frank took 6.5” galvanized buckets and punched holes in each side of each bucket. He attached a heavy wire as the handle: Mega wire can be used. Then he filled each bucket with flowers.

5) Inside a barn at the wedding, the same casual theme was continued in the reception area. “We used lots of floral cages to make the designs,” says Frank. “We weren’t sure exactly where we were going to place the arrangements so using the forms (with their plastic bases) gave us a lot of flexibility.”

6) Frank used a series of flower-filled raquettes running down the head table. Raquettes come in 18-, 27- and 36-inch lengths, which can be mixed to adjust the centerpiece to the table length. To create the evening’s starlight effect, “we strung a lot of fairy lights and used a bucketload of batteries,” says Frank.

MEMORABLE FINISHING TOUCHES

7) The bride and groom’s chairs were decorated with flowers for their place of honor at the reception table.

8, 9) Frank enjoyed filling a collection of wood crates and tin pots with fresh flowers and grasses. He used these arrangements to mix and match with lanterns, wooden table markers and votives for the round guest tables.

 

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