Up until fairly recently, floral decoration for your wedding ceremony or venue space was predominantly placed on the floor or on plinths and tables. Think traditional urn arrangements and vases filled with flowers. However, over the last few years, hanging floral installations have become super popular at weddings. Here’s why…

bride and groom exchanging vows beneath a hanging installation of dark green foliage styled by Knots & Kisses
long tables styled for wedding with hanging floral installations and festoon lighting by Knots & Kisses

Why Choose Hanging Floral Installations?

Nowadays, more and more venues have the capacity for things to be hung overhead. Converted barns, tipis and tents are a stylist’s dream with high ceilings and plenty of convenient beams and poles to hang things from! In these sorts of spaces, it’s important to create height in your design if you want to prevent things looking flat.

Wherever you’re getting married, for plenty of wow factor, hanging installations are the way to go! They create immediate visual impact as you enter a space. Often placed level with your guests’ eye line, they’ll be seen and appreciated before anything else. They’re also a great idea if you’re going for sharing boards or a feasting menu served family style. When table space is limited, centrepieces can be tricky, so hanging something overhead is the perfect solution.

If you’re drawn to the look of dried flowers, they’re an ideal choice for hanging installations. Your florist can easily create a striking arrangement and the dried elements can all be reused. Hanging installations can also be a great vehicle for additional lighting. This can look wonderful, especially in darker spaces and at winter weddings.

bride and groom posing beneath dried flowers and pampas grass hanging floral installations
pastel pink and lilac wedding decor dried flower hanging installation with rattan lampshades

Things to Consider

Based on my experience styling a wide range of hanging installations, here are my top tips plus a few things to consider. First, check and double check with your venue that they’re allowed. You also need to ensure they have something you can safely hang and secure an installation from.

If you’re hoping to include lighting, make sure this works with your venue’s insurance. The lighting must be PAT tested and you’ll need a qualified, insured person to instal it. Don’t assume you’ll be able to DIY a load of festoon lights! With hanging installations health and safety is very important. It’s vital you check your venue’s insurance and/or your wedding insurance also covers any accidents.

Finally, ask your florist whether the type of flowers you want to include (or the flowers that will be in season) are suitable for a hanging installation. As your wedding stylist, I’ll take care of all these things and more, bringing on the best florist for the job and ensuring your dream installations become reality.  

bride and groom giving wedding speech beneath a hanging floral installation with festoon lighting
Dark green styled shoot wedding inspiration with hanging foliage installations styled by Knots & Kisses

Further Reading

If you’re looking for more styling inspiration, be sure to explore the following links:

And if you decide you need some expert help, I love helping couples transform their chosen venue into the perfect space for their wedding. Discover my wedding design and styling services here or get in touch to discuss your celebration.

Photo Credits

Styling & Coordination throughout // Knots & Kisses

{Adam & Cari’s Wedding} Photographer // Babs Boardwell Photography, Florist // Brompton Buds

(Celestial Tipi Shoot} Photographer // Yeti Photography & Film, Florist // Emma Hewlett Floral Design, Tipi // World Inspired Tents

{Dark Green Shoot} Photographer // The Unbridled Photography, Florist // Brompton Buds, Venue // Ashridge Great Barn

{Mark & Kelly’s Wedding} Photographer // Paige Grace Photography, Florist // Emma Hewlett Floral Design, Venue // Nancarrow Farm

{Rachel & Andrew’s Wedding} Photographer // Mark Shaw Photography, Florist // Emma Hewlett Floral Design, Venue // Brickhouse Vineyard

{Pastel Boho Shoot} Photographer // Clare Kinchin Photography, Florist // Brompton Buds, Venue // Upton Barn & Walled Garden

{Emily & Steve’s Wedding} Photographer // Mimosa Photography, Florist // Emma Hewlett Floral Design, Venue // Brickhouse Vineyard