Old Fashioned Wedding Flowers

Old Fashioned Wedding Flowers … will you be an old fashioned bride, or will you buy into the most recent floral trends?  We all know that weddings are trendy, and they move in cycles.  What is old is new again.  What was popular when our parents married just may be current today.

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Love the photo above.  The flowers remind me of the “cabbage rose” upholstery  on an old sofa my grandmother had once upon a time.  The colors are so soft and lovely.  They are romance personified.

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Not only is the next bouquet beautiful, but the whimsical shape is enchanting.  It’s so graceful, so fanciful.  I love how bouquets are moving away from the tight round shape. My own bouquet was not as large, but had some elements of the shape above.  See — what’s old is new again!

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Don’t fancy a flower bouquet?  What about the jeweled one above?  This is spectacular, and no need to go to great lengths to preserve it. It would last forever!

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This bouquet incorporates the old with the new.  It has a modern shape popular today, but the colors are reminiscent of the muted palate of days gone by.

Need a little help with types of flowers, their colors and meanings? How about a little support for what you’ll need to order?  The chart below offers a most comprehensive offering.  Of course your florist will be an invaluable resource, but there is no such thing as too much information.  And if you choose to be brave and “go it alone” this chart would be invaluable.  Good luck, and enjoy!  And remember, there is never a right or wrong…just what your vision is.  🙂

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Fall Wedding Flowers – Can You DIY?

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Fall Wedding Flowers… If you live any where where the leaves are turning color, the air is more crisp, you know it’s fall. Even if you live in sunny Southern California, you may feel a little nip in the air. This can, and SHOULD change the color theme of your Fall Wedding.  The above flower arrangement, from a wedding we did this weekend, were NOT a DIY project.  Maybe some could amateurs could create this wonder, but not I.  The level of expertise of their arrangement speaks for itself.

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I love how the florist stepped outside the box and did not create the standard “ceremony standing arrangements” for this wedding.   The flowers above the arbor, where the couple said their vows, was charming and novel.  And the color, perfect for the season.

(If viewing on a mobil device, phone or tablet, forgive me if the photos are sideways.  Sometimes they are if I format them to appear correctly on a laptop)

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And above, a lovely arrangement at night.  The red filter provides a gorgeous wedding album keepsake.

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The bride kept her fall theme going with a burgundy wine bottle ‘table number’.  These, she DID do herself.  She painstakingly removed each label and replaced it with a numbered one of her own.  And the flowers, while professionally done, stayed true to her color scheme.

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And the challenge for brides everywhere…what to do about favors, AND escort cards?  Well, our bride this past weekend, incorporated two into one…AND it was a DIY project.  Yep, those are jam jars, fabric colored in fall hues with the guests’ names and table numbers attached.  Who doesn’t like jam?  No one!  This will be enjoyed later by the guests, and I’m sure the bride and groom will be thought of fondly when they do so.

All photos: Debbie Stauble  (also the “Day of Event Coordinator”)

 

No-Pin Wedding Flowers

 

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Yep…We’ve all done it.  Stuck our fingers with those evil pins trying to pin on either boutonnières or corsages.  What about No-pin wedding flowers?  Brilliant.  I recently heard about a new wave.  It’s the magnetic men’s boutonniere.  I LOVE IT!!  Now it might not be the best option for little boys.  I can just see them taking one apart and putting  a magnet in their mouths — and then swallowing it… A visit to the emergency room on your wedding day is not the best case scenario.

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The above photo shows the insides of half of the mechanics.  I can image how it would work, but I really don’t care.  I just want to try this for my next daughter’s wedding!

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Love, love the photo above from a family wedding.  Could this be done with magnets?  Perhaps not.   This creates a new issue.  If you choose to order a magnetic boutonnière, it can’t be too heavy.  This is limiting, but maybe worth it?

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Above is a boutonnière from my oldest’s wedding.  I think this would be a perfect candidate for the magnetic boutonniere.  Light, yet lovely.

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And for the ladies?  The above corsage is actually from my daughter’s prom.  It’s a gorgeous array of flowers on an actual bracelet.  Her date was thoughtful enough to choose something that she could wear again…well…his mom was. But I know he would have been as thoughtful if it had occurred to him.  🙂

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Then, there is my favorite for the ladies, the nosegay.  It’s actually a tiny bouquet.  In the photo above, you see me caring one. It’s just perfect.  You can carry it when the situation calls for it, i.e. walking down the aisle, being introduced into the reception, but can put it down during the festivities.  It need not be large, just a little adornment.  🙂

Are Succulents The New Rose?

 

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We’ve all heard it before…”Orange is the New Black” “Navy in the New Black”.   Are “Succulents the New Rose”?  Perhaps…

Seriously…have you ever seen a more beautiful bouquet than the one above?  I don’t think I have.  Not sure I’d choose a bouquet of ALL succulents, but a few interspersed here and there is perfection.

I don’t think succulents will ever achieve the overall world-wide, generic favor that the rose has.  But they are pretty and unusual.  Maybe I just like them because they remind me of my childhood in Southern California.  But I’m not alone.  Succulents have become popular for weddings — in a big way.

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Why?  One reason, they’re lovey AND unique.  It gives the bride a little ‘edge’ to her choices.  Most brides are looking for that thing to make their wedding a little bit different, a stand-out.  On a more practical topic, they hold up nicely in warm weather.  They ARE a desert plant, after all.

Be warned, however, they are not cheap.  But if you’re having a summer wedding, and follow the experts advice and get TWO boutonnieres for your groomsmen, due to potential hot weather wilting, (click on the link ‘Summer Wedding Pitfalls‘ for more info), it would be less expensive to order just one of the more expensive succulent variety.

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Tulleandchantilly.com had a great article on using succulents in your wedding.  The photos are theirs, the thoughts, mine.  🙂

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This little favor above is adorable.  Something for the guests to take home and nurture.  I’m sure THIS favor wouldn’t be left behind…

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Two perfect centerpieces featuring succulents – above and below.  I’m sure these blooms would hold up well in the summer heat.

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Looking to decorate some chairs with a novel approach?  Look no further.  This chair below beckons one to admire it.

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And perhaps my favorite use of succulents? The headpiece for the bride for her reception.  She is able to achieve an entirely different look for herself with just a minor addition of this gorgeous grouping of flowers.

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Don’t forget to adorn your guests’ seating.  I love the boxed succulents below.  Charming and hearty.

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