Ideas for Floral Wedding Canopies

See the elaborate flower-covered mandaps under which Indian couples perform wedding rites and rituals.

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Floral Frame

"The mandap is the most well-known element of Hindu weddings," says Preeti Moberg, founder of The Big Fat Indian Wedding. "It's a four-pillared canopy structure where the wedding and all rituals take place." For this wedding, Vivah Decoration in Fremont, California, adorned a large silver mandap with a garland of ombre pink roses.

Rainbow Colors

Prime Party Rentals in Hayward, California, arranged roses, anthuriums and lilies in rainbow shapes for this mandap, with love-lies-bleeding amaranthus to look like tassels.

Outside The Box

This mandap mirrors the outdoors with its free-flowing style. Peonies, phalaenopsis orchids, red garden rose vines, hydrangeas, bay leaves and garden roses by Cherries Flowers in San Francisco, California, brought the structure to life.

Complementary Colors

For this wedding, San Jose, California-based florist Nicole Ha used hydrangeas, roses, tulips, snapdragons and stock to create a mandap that complemented the vibrant color of the bride's sari.

Light And Bright

The theme for this desert beach wedding was light and bright. Dubai's Right Star Novelties created a mandap covered in white roses, Gerbera daisies and carnations bordered with ferns.

Wood You?

Made of carved wood, this mandap is extended so family members can sit on either side. It's covered with red gerbera daisies, white roses and lilies with green foliage.


Event designers Pretti Exclusive and florist Liz Flowers came together to create A Midsummer Night's Dream theme for this wedding with muted florals against the dark mahogany mandap.

Orchids In The Air

Little baubles filled with orchids floated from the roof of this mandap, created by Texas-based Prashe Décor.

Victorian Vows

The couple's wish to have an updated Victorian era look was accomplished with hydrangeas, roses and bouquets that connected each draped corner together.

Floor-To-Ceiling Florals

Texas-based designers Décor One outlined this massive mandap in hydrangeas, roses, calla lilies and snapdragons in peach, cream and purple shades.

Ribbons And Orchids

The inspiration for this mandap came from old photos the bride had of her uncle's wedding in India. Together with wedding designer Evan Orion from Flowerz in Vancouver, she created movement with ribbons and orchids floating in the ocean breeze.

Y Not?

New York-based event designers Stylish Events created garlands in the form of a "Y" with pink hydrangeas bordered by red and orange roses.

Wall Of Jasmine

Colorblocked flowers including Gerbera daisies, Indian orchids, carnations and gladiolas border this mandap. Behind the couple, strings of jasmine garlands—a popular Indian flower—form a "wall."

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