Let's Talk Wedding Flowers - After the Ceremony - Cocktail Hour! Fourth Post in a Series

The ceremony is over and you are officially hitched! Congratulations! Let the Celebration begin!

Trio of roses and greenery in wrought iron urn - the perfect cocktail table accent that won’t blow away! Courageous Sailing Center, Pier 4, Charlestown, MA

Trio of roses and greenery in wrought iron urn - the perfect cocktail table accent that won’t blow away! Courageous Sailing Center, Pier 4, Charlestown, MA

The first stop is the cocktail hour.  One of the reasons many couples are having first looks or delaying the start of the cocktail hour is so they can join in with their friends and families.

Decorations for the hi/lo tops can be as simple or elaborate as you like. It’s an area that can be a bit playful and more relaxed. For the athletic couple, dig out some of those old softball/baseball cards, put them on a stick and tuck them in a bud vase with some greenery, in a small design or even in an apple or artichoke.

Are you into craft beers? Collect bottles and add a few stems - hops bloom in late summer and would be a fun touch. Consider these options – glass vase with a single large flower and perhaps a rustic or gold wire accent, trio of glass vases with flowers, wrought iron urn with roses or greenery, flower floating in glass, small, short clutch of flowers leaning in cube, small lanterns and objects special to the couple such as a stack of books.

Use your cocktail hour to show your personality and give your guests a hint of what’s to come.

Petite clutch of flowers in embellished glass adorns cocktail table at the Omni Parker House.

Petite clutch of flowers in embellished glass adorns cocktail table at the Omni Parker House.

Wrought iron urns with artichokes, seeded eucalyptus, roses and other flowers are lined up for the cocktail hour. The Country Club, Brookline, MA

Wrought iron urns with artichokes, seeded eucalyptus, roses and other flowers are lined up for the cocktail hour. The Country Club, Brookline, MA

Garden rose ‘Tess’ and cymbidium orchids are among the exquisite blooms enhanced with gold accents. The Mansion at Turner Hill. Photo by Carly Michelle Photography

Garden rose ‘Tess’ and cymbidium orchids are among the exquisite blooms enhanced with gold accents. The Mansion at Turner Hill. Photo by Carly Michelle Photography

A beautiful rose, plumosa fern and twigs wrapped with decorative wire. Shaker Hills County Club

A beautiful rose, plumosa fern and twigs wrapped with decorative wire. Shaker Hills County Club

Together these create a centerpiece; separately, they can be used on cocktail tables perhaps with a few scattered flowers.

Together these create a centerpiece; separately, they can be used on cocktail tables perhaps with a few scattered flowers.

Another variation using the wrought iron urn. These are available for rental. The Crane Estate, Ipswich, MA

Another variation using the wrought iron urn. These are available for rental. The Crane Estate, Ipswich, MA

Floating orchid with grass accent in glass cube. The Exchange Hall, Acton, MA

Floating orchid with grass accent in glass cube. The Exchange Hall, Acton, MA