Flowers are the MOST important decorating feature of your wedding. How you use them is up to you. Remember…no one says you have to be conventional about it! Love, love how these hydrangeas are arranged in the photo below. Quite striking! I sometimes forget that these flowers are from a tree/shrub. These arrangements punctuates that fact.
What about taking a conventional flower like the yellow sunflower…and dying it pink? I’m not sure how one would accomplish this, but I sure like the effect! I think sometimes this lovely flower is not used because its natural yellow is so strong – but this pink shade would be very versatile.
The bride below is exquisite. Her choice of floral headpiece is perfect for a casual/outdoor wedding. The downside, she wouldn’t be able to save it for HER daughter to wear… Both my two older daughters wore my bridal headpiece. If you’d like to read about that, click on the link: My Wedding Headpiece and you’ll be directed to that blog post. 🙂
Unsure how to decorate your guests’ chairs, or designate an isle? Try something like the mason jar flower pots! Not only are they perfect for a casual wedding, but the water filled vessels will keep the blooms fresh throughout your entire wedding.
The garland below is so festive! It’s the greenery that makes this look. The actual flowers are just adornments, but their bright spacing among the greenery makes the garland pop.
And really…could you find anything more spectacular that this wall of flowers? I think it would make the perfect photography backdrop. Just image how perfect the bride’s dress would look in from of all those gorgeous flowers. Remember…your flowers don’t need to be real….your decoration options using flowers is endless.
Food Inspired Centerpieces ?
According to “The Knot” Webinar that I participated in last week – there is another trend on the wedding radar! And it’s — are you ready for this? Food inspired centerpieces! While I think the above photo has an interesting look…I’m not sure I’d like it on the head table at my wedding, or at that of my daughters’ either. I think sometimes people want to be different, and don’t know how to do it, so they take a step out there, and sometimes that step is just a little too far.
Ok…I could see incorporating some gorgeous macaroons as a focal point/centerpiece like the ones above at a wedding, or better yet, a shower. I just love the colors. They scream spring, and the covered teacups lend a festive air.
Ditto the above photo. I think this table setting would be perfection for a bridesmaids’ luncheon. The palate mixture of the pink flowers and tangerines is lovely. Good enough to eat! Maybe “The Knot” DOES know what they’re talking about…
And this bouquet of cupcakes? I love it! I see this as a gorgeous small table, (say 4-8), centerpiece at a bridal shower. Then have them do double duty as prizes for games played at said shower! I know I’d love to win such a gift.
And the lavish display of apples? Perfect for a casual outdoor wedding or bridal brunch. I think overall, there is a niche for food as a focal point or centerpiece, but it is best placed in a casual or outdoor setting. Back to nature and all that… If you choose to go this route at a wedding event, make sure you get some good patterns from a site like pinterest or google images.
A Chart of Wedding Bouquets is invaluable when you make your flower selections. Will all your bouquets match? Or will you choose different styles for different ladies? Please find below a helpful chart with descriptions and drawings, to be followed by photos of each style.
everylastdetail.com – ROUND BOUQUET
The round bouquet is very standard webbing fare for the bride. Once all the rage, it is loosing favor among the 2015-2106 wedding trends.
brides.com – PAGEANT BOUQUET
While lovely, the pageant bouquet is used less often than all other bouquet types.
Wedding Forward.com | Inspirations Ideas Planning – CASCADE BOUQUET
The cascade bouquet is quite formal, and used in large settings. Think Lady Diana at her wedding to Prince Charles.
brides.com – NOSEGAY
The nosegay is one of my favorite bouquets. It serves all ladies of the wedding party well, from the bride to flower girls. It doesn’t take away from a bride’s dress with it’s simplicity. Kate Middleton carried such a bouquet.
elizabethanndesigns.com – POMANDER BOUQUET
The pomander bouquet, or “kissing bouquet” is perfect for little hands, and is most often used for flower girls.
Photo: Patty Cloherty photos -And one of my favorites, the POSEY – modeled by yours truly. 🙂
And one other bouquet type that we don’t see on the chart above, but I think is gorgeous…the “HAND-TIED”. This can be presented with or without ribbon tied around the stems. The ribbon wrapped stems are for a more formal wedding, the natural look for a more casual affair.
Found on modwedding.com
Elevated Wedding Flowers … What’s old is new again, right? Their style comes and goes in waves. The once trendy, and some still think ‘over the top’ style of elevated wedding flowers – centerpieces – has come back into vogue. I think they’re lovely, even if others have panned them as ‘too much’ (think Marla Maples’ wedding to Donald Trump – which WAS a little gauche – no politics here, just an observation).
Found on funnyweddingmedia.com
But there are several advantages to the elevated centerpiece. They’re beautiful, and you can still see the person seated across from you. Your florist can also employ many different blooms, as these arrangements tend to be very large. The downside, they can be costly. In the 90’s when this stye was all the rage, brides tried to out do each other. Flowers were a great platform to make a bold statement.
Found on funnyweddingmedia.com
Don’t discount the pluses of these giant centerpieces because you are afraid of presenting a gaudy image. They can be done tastefully. If you choose this style, just make sure your florist is on the same page as you. Tell her you want beauty and grace, not “Dallas” – remember that television show? 🙂
Found on bellethemagazine.com
You wedding flowers are a key part of your decor. Make sure you get exactly what you want. Your florist is there to please you.
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Of all these lovely photos, the one above is my favorite. Can you sense a theme here? I do love succulents. I think the addition to this arrangement adds an air of approachability. The greenery on the guest plate inserts a nice touch as well. And the bride chose to have some lower blooms on the table in addition. Too much?