Setting the Scene

with Flowers & Decorations

The WOW Factor

"Always centre stage"
It is the flowers and the floral decorations that help to create the wow factor at any wedding, and it is the bride’s bouquet that is always centre stage …. as she is! It needs to be stunning, without overshadowing the bride, and to harmonise with all the other floral decoration colours that are used in the celebrations. Côte Weddings always advises on the best flowers that are in season, the colours that will harmonise with one another … and those that will stand up to the heat if it is a mid-Summer wedding. This is something that always has to be considered in the South of France, especially in the months of May through to early September.

Harmonise

Every aspect of the floral design at a wedding has to harmonise, from the bridal and bridesmaids bouquets through to the centrepieces on the dining tables. This is why Côte Weddings only works with a few selected exceptional florists in the region, who understand exactly what is required by their clients.

The Process

After consultation with the bride, a full brief is given to the florist in order for them to come back with a proposal that everyone is happy with. This will usually include a “Floral Arch” for the Ceremony, which could comprise small olive trees as well as flowers, small floral/ribbon ties for the end of each row of seats for the ceremony, the same for the dining chairs, a few large standing floral arrangements for the “Cocktail hour”, exquisite table centres for the dining tables and fresh flower petals for throwing! And the men are not forgotten with their buttonholes either! Flowers are usually requested in abundance!

Several venues have an abundance of local natural flowers growing in their grounds, from the very traditional sunflowers to the magnificent deep mauve bougainvillea.

The Style

The style in traditional wedding bouquets has changed considerably over the last three years – there is a more relaxed and less clustered feel, as you will see from the pictures. The 2021 wedding bouquets will look much more natural than those that we have been used to. A new more casual laid back style … the French word is décontracté. The flowers in the bouquet actually follow the silhouette of the bride, rather than dominating the front of her dress. The same applies to table centres and decorations. Posies in the centre of a dinner table are most definitely “out”! It is much more chic to have a cluster of glass vases of different sizes and heights, but with the same colour theme for all of them – off white or cream work perfectly, unless the bride wants a splash of colour. Côte Weddings is very careful to adhere to clients’ budgets, so a variety of different options are always presented to them.