Wedding Flower Arches | Everything You Need to Know (2023)

Are you thinking about a flower arch for your wedding day?

You're in the right place. Prepared to be inspired and find out all you need to know!

As a luxury weddings and events florist based in London, we adore creating unique flower arches under which lots of happy memories take place.

Aside from providing a focal point, anchoring the space, and visually looking stunning, wedding flower arches have fascinating origins.

Keep reading to uncover the possibilities.

Wedding Flower Arches - Everything You Need to Know

1. To Arch or Not to Arch?

Who can deny a gorgeous wedding arch looks whimsical, romantic and stunning?!

That said, they may not be right for every couple.

It's important to consider your venue, budget, and your theme.

At Blooming Haus, we're here to guide you in making good decisions for the best results.

Unlike many florists, we'll give you our direction and our honest opinions on what will work best.

Floral arches are a spectacular focal point at a wedding.

They capture the attention of those attending and draw their eye to a particular location.

This works really well if you're using the arch as an alternative to an altar, a creative entrance to your celebrations, or a stand-out decor feature at your reception, as you can see...
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Other positive aspects of wedding flower arches are:

- They fit equally well in a traditional or contemporary celebration. We'll help you capture the essence of your wedding, whether that involves a romantic arch of soft and full peonies or a more rustic creation with branches and wildflower varieties.

- Extra vibrancy is added to the atmosphere with a statement flower arch.

- An expertly designed arch creates a breathtaking backdrop for unique and spectacular wedding photographs.

- For outdoor weddings, they help to anchor the space and can take on a mystical and magical quality capturing captures the essence of the natural surroundings.

- Intimate celebrations benefit from the additional spectacle of a floral wedding arch that elevates the decor and enhances what may otherwise be a slightly stilted atmosphere.
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There can be potentially less positive aspects of including a wedding flower arch in wedding celebrations.

They include:

- An arch becomes a distraction rather than an enhancement.

- The setup of the arch looks haphazard and doesn't complement the theme of the wedding.

- There are problems with the arch's setup, locating, or taking down due to its size and structure.

Working with floristry design experts like our team at Blooming Haus removes the danger of these problems happening.

We create stunning wedding flower arches that add elegance and style to celebrations.

Speak to us about designing a floral arch for your wedding, and we'll meet with you in situ at your venue to ensure that our design perfectly fits your decor and theme.

We'll also speak to you about your wedding ideas and dreams, so they're incorporated into our completed creations.

2. How Much Does a Flower Arch Cost?

We're often asked the question, "How much will I pay for a wedding flower arch?"

There's no one answer to this question.

The cost of the finished creation depends on several factors, including the design and size of the arch, the flowers that are chosen, and the amount of time it takes to create the concept and complete the design.
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Once you've scoped out the project with your wedding florist, they will then be able to give you a price before beginning the work.

We don't offer flower packages because we believe every wedding should be unique and personal, including the flowers.

So, it's not possible to provide set prices for wedding flower arches.

We're happy to provide a free no-obligation phone consultation where we can discuss ideas and costs for your wedding flower requirements.

And our dedication, attention to detail, and exquisite creations mean that you are guaranteed an exceptional result for your investment.

3. Wedding Arch Origins & Symbolism

As professional creatives, we're often inspired by traditions and designs from history.

This includes working on wedding flower arches that have origins in ancient Greece and Rome when prototypes were used as part of ceremonies carried out near altars after sacrifices were made.

Coming slightly closer to the present day, in Spain, couples traditionally went through an “arch of sabres."

This meant that they would remain together no matter what the situation.

In America, wedding arches became a familiar sight at outdoor Protestant or non-religious ceremonies over the years as couples sought to decorate the location for their celebrations.

This varied and rich history has led to the wedding flower arches that we have today, like this romantic and ethereal design we created.

It has a contemporary and clean essence with a nod to the traditions of wedding arches.
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When we work with couples, it's not just the history of floral creations that inspires us but their symbolism and the wedding couple's personal story too.

Wedding flower arches are immersed in their own special symbolism.

Curved arches are said to represent the future home of the wedding couple as they move forward into their life together.

If an arch has doors, it's said to represent the journey from the past to the future.

Square arches are said to reflect stability which is obviously positive for a couple who are starting married life together.

No matter which type of floral wedding arch you choose, we like to think it's a symbol of your shared love as you join together on one of the biggest days of your life.

4. Do You Need to be Religious to Have a Wedding Flower Arch?

When it comes to wedding flower arches, you can certainly incorporate one into your wedding if you're religious but having this type of belief isn't necessary.

The truth is that floral arches are a feature of an array of different types of wedding celebrations.

This includes religious ceremonies, ultra-modern civil occasions, and humanist weddings.

They really do fit well with any vibe or theme.

Flower arches can also be an integral decor feature of the overall design landscape for your celebrations.

Like this feature, we designed to bring the beauty and colour of nature to an urban architectural environment.
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There are no set rules for what wedding flower arches should look like either.

From abundant floral collections to designs involving branches and twigs, there's a place for all types of design.

In the case of non-religious weddings, such as humanist celebrations, more naturalistic arches are especially popular.

5. Indoor or Outdoor Wedding Flower Arch?

The choice between an outdoor or indoor wedding arch depends on your venue and how you want the arch to feature in your celebrations.

For example, symbolic celebrations often occur in outdoor locations such as in a garden or beach.

And outdoor weddings are set to happen more often if the proposed relaxation of rules in England and Wales happens.

Whether you opt for an indoor or outdoor floral wedding arch, the most important thing is to carefully consider the space you have and make creative use of it.

For example, our design for this freeform arch emphasises the architectural splendour of the church.

It's a perfect example of when an outdoor wedding flower arch works well.
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By way of contrast, we took a floral arch design indoors for this wedding decor feature at Searcys at The Gherkin.

It provided a colourful contrast to the urban London panorama.
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Indoors or outdoors, when you're using wedding flower arches, they should always be a good use of your space and complement the theme and style of your wedding.

Our holistic approach to wedding floral design makes this happen.

We don't design in isolation; everything we do takes into account your celebrations as a whole.

You can see this from the advice we provide in our comprehensive website journal, such as this post about wedding flower trends.

"Top 20 Stylish Wedding Flower Trends"

6. What are the Different Shapes of Wedding Flower Arches?

You'll be most familiar with the traditional curved shape of a wedding arch.

There's a classic beauty to this shape, but it's not the only option when it comes to choosing between wedding flower arches.

Square or rectangular arches, like our design framing the entrance of Langan's Brasserie, represent stability and strength.

That's perfect symbolism when you're starting married life together.
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There are many other shapes of wedding flower arches that you may want to consider for your design.

Circular arches perfectly represent your wedding as a vital step in the circle of life.

Hexagonal and triangular wedding flower arches are unusual and add a quirky touch to your celebrations.

Or, why not choose a heart-shaped flower arch as the epitome of romance?

For the ultimate in creative freedom, we love irregular-shaped wedding flower arches.

Our use of pillars at the venue to create a framing semi-arch here shows how well this shape choice can work.
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We'll work with you to ensure that the wedding flower arch shape you choose is the best option for your wedding.

This gives you the standout feature you're dreaming of.

7. Wedding Flower Arch Ideas

We relish the opportunity to go freestyle when creating flower arches.

This irregular-shaped arch we designed is an excellent example of this.

It's the perfect frame for an exquisite bride on her big day.
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That's far from the end of the story...

There are so many inspirational ideas for the design of wedding flower arches, including:

- A rustic approach combines elements of nature such as twigs and branches and dried flowers.

- Combining a flower arch with a flower wall to make a real statement.

- Welcoming your wedding guests with an arch at the entrance to the venue for your ceremony or reception.

- Using elements of the exterior surroundings in a flower arch just inside your ceremony or reception venue to bring the outside in.


Bringing vitality to the occasion by designing an arch with bold and bright colours like this combination of reds, pinks, and greens we created.
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As an alternative to eye-popping colours, we love the purity and simplicity of white wedding flower arches with a touch of green foliage for contrast.

You can also consider adding some lights to the arch as we did for this arch to frame a window.
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Have trouble refining ideas for your wedding flower arch, or haven't really thought about designs?

No problem.

Whether you have definite ideas you'd like to use or need more advice and inspiration; we're here to help.

We'll put our artistic vision to use to guide your choices based on factors such as your venue, wedding theme, and how long the arch will need to be in place.

And we'll help you decide which flowers should be included in the design, which leads us to the next section of this post...

8. Best Foliage and Flowers for a Wedding Arch

For the ultimate romantic wedding flower arch, you can't beat soft and fluffy flowers and foliage.

Flexible stems, or ones that have a natural curve, are also a good choice.

They allow blooms and foliage to drop into place more easily and look more natural.

As an example of this, look at how magical this combination of mock orange, hornbeam, and hydrangea leaves is.

Just gorgeous 💖
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Delphiniums are another bloom that looks amazing as part of an arc with their striking colours and bold form.

For a soft and bountiful creation, we'd recommend hydrangeas and peonies.

And you can't go wrong with the beauty of a rose.

These favourite wedding flowers exude romance, and they can be used across your wedding floral landscape as well as featured in your arch, as you can see from our design work for this wedding
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Gypsophila is another traditional favourite for weddings that adds volume and grace to floral architecture.

You can include it in a wedding arch, and it looks amazing as part of your tablescape too.

So dreamy, as you can see.
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We'll work with you to choose the most appropriate flowers and foliage for your wedding arch.

This includes advising whether your flowers will need to be in the water, in an oasis, or can go into the arch dry.

And we'll discuss which flower options are in season so that you can make the most sustainable choices for your design.

9. Sustainable Flower Arches

Sustainability is at the heart of everything we do at Blooming Haus.

This means that we never use floral foam when we're creating our designs, including floral arches.

You may be wondering why this is the case.

The simple reason is that floral foam is massively damaging to the planet.

It's non-biodegradable and non-recyclable.

When floral foam goes into a landfill, it breaks down into microplastics which remain in the environment for thousands of years.

And they're poisonous, so they contaminate the food chain.

Working with us to create your dream wedding flower arch and other florals means you avoid causing this type of damage.

So, you get breathtaking floral design and protect the planet at the same time.

And that's only part of our sustainability story that continues with every design we create...
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Other measures we take to ensure our practices are as sustainable as possible include:

- Using green energy to power our studio.

- Using a local bicycle delivery provider for smaller items.

- Composting organic waste.

- Reusing flower buckets and delivery packaging.

- Sourcing flowers locally when possible to minimise our carbon footprint.

- Using probiotic cleaning products when it's possible to do so.

Every effort we make is dedicated to protecting the world around us while producing the exceptional luxury floral designs we're known for.
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And there's one more thing we'd like to share...

Every time we finish working on a corporate event or wedding, we arrange for a tree to be planted.

So, you get a unique and breathtaking wedding flower arch and other wedding florals, AND you have the extra buzz of knowing that you're responsible for another tree being planted in the world.

How amazing is that 🤩.

10. Design a Flower Arch for Your Wedding

Feeling inspired and ready to design a flower arch for your big day?

We're excited to bring our expertise to the process.

Every aspect of our service is personalised and dedicated to making sure you get the result you're dreaming of.

So, you can be sure that we'll create a stunning bespoke floral wedding arch for you.

And we'll also create your entire wedding flower landscape, from bouquets to table centrepieces, if you'd like us to.

Call us on 020 3389 9609 to start planning the design of your wedding flower arch and other wedding flower installations.

Or, send an email to contact@bloominghaus


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