Classic Wedding Styling

Do you need help in choosing the right floral designs to add a touch of classic elegance to your special day? Think tall elegant displays of delphiniums and lilies and vases overflowing with beautiful blowsy blooms, such as roses, peonies, hydrangeas and carnations. Mass your flowers together for a full and compact look, or add some trailing foliage for a softer more natural look and plenty of candlelight to finish the effect.

Read on for how to bring that classic elegant look to your own wedding or pop across to my website gallery for a few more ideas…

The Bride’s Bouquet

Cream and lilac classic rose bouquet

Beautiful roses massed together in a compact style make a good choice for a classic look and will last really well throughout the day. Of course all-white flowers are perfect for a traditional wedding theme, but adding your favourite pastel or dusky shades will create a more personal look.

Cream and lilac hand tied bridal bouquet

And if you like texture and ‘spriggy’ bits, these can still be added to a classic round bouquet without crossing the line to a more rustic and wild ‘freshly picked’ look.

Orchid and calla lily shower bouquet

Do also consider a classic shower or teardrop style bouquet though – these can look fabulous with a flared or flowing gown particularly if it has a train. Statement flowers such as calla lilies and orchids work beautifully in this sort of style too.

Shower bouquets

And as you can see from these images, a shower bouquet has the advantage that the flowers are more on display than they are in a hand tied bouquet, but they can still be kept neat in size so that the detail on your dress is not hidden.

Flowers for the Girls

Dusky pink and cream bridesmaid posy

Classic posies of mixed flowers will work well for your bridesmaids with colours chosen to match your scheme, such as this dusky pink, cream and ivory posy.

Peach and cappuccino bridesmaid posies

And for this wedding the bridesmaids were wearing dresses in a cappuccino shade, with other decorations in shades of pale peach and cream.

Flowers for the Men

Classic rose buttonhole


What could be better for the men than a classic rose buttonhole? Ivory roses make an elegant choice, but do think about choosing a variety to match those used in the bouquet. Calla lilies also make fabulous statement buttonholes if these are the flowers featured through your designs.

Setting the Style for your Ceremony and Reception

Traditional white church flower pedestals

Traditional tall pedestal displays incorporating plenty of foliage to set off the luminous white flowers provide classic styling for this church wedding. Pedestals provide a wonderful way to display larger blooms such as gladioli, Anastasia chrysanthemums, roses and gerberas and set the style and tone of your wedding.

Wedding flowers at the George Stamford

Traditional floral pedestals can work equally well for a civil ceremony, particularly when it is taking place in a historic setting, such as this panelled reception room at The George in Stamford.

Flower displays in urn vases

Or consider glorious displays of flowers in urn style vases, brimming with hydrangeas, delphiniums, peonies and roses. Such displays are fabulous for creating impact and setting the style for your ceremony, and can then be moved to the reception so that your guests can continue to enjoy their beauty throughout the day.

White flower arrangement for registrar's table

Whether or not you are having any large flower displays for your wedding ceremony it is still a good idea for a civil ceremony to place a spray of flowers on the registrar’s table at the front of the ceremony room. This can often double up as a design to be used on your top table or gift table during the reception.

Blue and white flowers for the registrar's table

In fact beautiful venues, such as Normanton Church on Rutland Water, need little else than flowers on the registrar’s table to set the scene for your wedding.

Flowers for the Tables

When deciding on floral styles for your wedding breakfast do take into consideration the existing style and decoration of your venue. The classic style works particularly well in period settings, but can also be used to good effect in a marquee which has the advantage of providing a blank canvas. Or consider having a function room draped if it doesn’t suit your style.

White candelabra centrepiece

It is hard to beat candelabra centrepieces for creating impact and for adding a touch of classic elegance to your reception. And could there be a better combination than trailing scented flowers and foliage and flickering candlelight? Very Downton Abbey!

Candelabra centrepieces

Candelabras can of course be decorated in different ways to suit different settings and colour schemes…

Tall centrepieces in classic style

But if candelabras are not your thing you can still create tall centrepieces in different ways, using tall vases or candlesticks, to suit your classic theme.

Centrepieces from blue and white wedding

You might want to consider a mix of tall and low  centrepieces for your guest tables which gives you the best of both worlds – maximum impact with lower level interest. This can help with your budget too as tall centrepices do tend to be more expensive. Just try to ensure that your stands or containers work together, such as these tall glass vases matched with low glass cake plates.

Flowers in silver bowls

Other ideas for low centrepieces to suit this styling include antique-style silver bowls filled with beautiful blooms – and these team up really well with the dark silver candelabras too…

Hurricane lamp floral centrepieces

…or how about flowers encircling a hurricane lamp to continue the theme of flickering candlelight!

And for your top table it is difficult to beat a traditional long and low spray design filled with gorgeous flowers and plenty of trailing foliage to spill over the front of the table

Traditional long and low top table spray with dusky pink roses

This fabulous long and low top table design incorporates hydrangeas, peonies, roses, stocks, lisianthus and feathery astilbe in soft dusky pinks and creams.

Compact style top table flower design

But if your preference is for more compact massed styles, then a design like this one filled with hydrangeas, roses, ranunculus and chrysanthemums in shades of pink and ivory could be the perfect choice to create impact on your top table.

The Finishing Touches

Blue and white wedding reception flowers

There are often other places crying out for a few more flowers like this little display niche, which has been used for a classic floral arrangement made to match the table centrepieces.

Fireplace garland

Or use a statement garland to highlight the fabulous period features in your reception room.

Is this the style for you?

Do let me know what you think of these ideas and if there are other designs you would like to see I will do my best to help. If you would like to talk to me about your own wedding flowers do feel free to get in touch (contact me via my website, email me at or call 0330 133 0143).

Happy wedding planning!

Helen x