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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Spectacular Wedding Bouquets – Part II

Spectacular Wedding Bouquets …Of course you want a stunning bouquet!  What bride doesn’t?  It seems like it should be easy…but it’s not.  Much like your own health – sometimes you just have to tell your doctor what tests you need, and what medication…you have to be your own advocate with your flowers.  And no floral piece is as important as your bouquet.  It is one of the main focal points as you walk down the isle.

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Second to your dress, and hair, all eyes will next go to your bouquet. The flowers you carry give an insight to your personality.  Soft and delicate sends a more romantic message; bold and striking, a flamboyant statement.  And will you choose an all white bouquet to match your dress, or will you

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opt for colors that will pop against your white gown, and pull together your color scheme?  I personally like colored flowers for the bride, and white with a hint of color for the bridesmaids.

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The flowers showcased on this blog post were selected for their exception craftsmanship and beauty.  But they were not crafted by accident.  For a truly memorable bouquet, more is involved than just a pre-wedding discussion and a deposit check.  When you interview the florist initially, take photos of bouquets you like.  Don’t just rely on his/her book of examples.  More likely than not, he can create the look you’re going for, if you just point him in the right direction.

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If you don’t, you may end up with a run of the mill bouquet the florist is comfortable creating.  It may be their “Go To” bridal bouquet.  Make sure your florist offers you flower options that are in-season at the time of your wedding.  Please see the “Four Season” bouquet chart below that showcases

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flowers in-season, and thus will be more cost-effective for your budget.  Schedule another meeting 4-6 weeks before the wedding to review your choices.  Maybe something has changed.  When Maggie married, we made some changes to the peony color at the 12th hour…At our initial meeting, the peonies were not in season, so we “guessed” at the color selection.  They WERE in season at our final floral check-in, and Maggie’s original color choice was not what she had envisioned.  She took in a bridesmaid’s, (we didn’t have THOSE either in the initial interview), and the original color combo was not perfect.

I’m very excited about KK’s floral arrangements.  KK and h,er lovely future mother-in-law, Janice, are doing them together, (well, with a highly skilled florist!  🙂 ), and they promise to be fabulous.  Can’t wait!

Always remember, your vendors work for YOU.  Their job is to please YOU.  🙂

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Unique and Beautiful Wedding Bouquets

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Of course you want a unique and beautiful wedding bouquet.  It’s what every bride wants.  But how far are you willing to go to be different?  Would you consider any of the options on this page?   If I had it to do all over again, I might consider the top bouquet made of succulents.  These lovely plants are native to the West where I was born and raised.  I think it would be a nice tribute to my roots.  But that is NOW.  When Kenny and I got married 31  years ago, my mind-set was on soft and romantic – which the succulent bouquet is not.

Another option is the origami bouquet below.  Please read the included blurb from theweddingscoop.com.  If you click on the link, you can check out the instructions on how to DIY.  I think one would have to be quite talented for this creation…but the cost would be low, especially if you make it for the bride and all her maids.

 

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“If you have been searching for a unique and alternative bouquet to carry on your wedding day which doesn’t use fresh flowers, then this might be the perfect pretty option! Something which you (and even your bridesmaids) can keep well after the celebrations!” You can read the full feature at: www.theweddingscoop.com

 

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What about the giant white rose bouquet above?  It is definitely original…made out of rose petals with a rose in the center to look like a giant rose.  Not sure it strikes my fancy…

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The seashell bouquet above is the most interesting, one of a kind I have ever seen.  I bet few guests would have seen one like it.  Soft and romantic it is not…

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My favorite bouquet is the last.  Made entirely of broaches, it is unusual and impressive.  Inexpensive it would not be, but the bride would not have to worry about costly preservation!

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