Interesting Ways To Use Perishables At Your Wedding

Have you thought of this?  Interesting ways to use perishables at your wedding!  We all know “wristlets” are an iconic way to display flowers for you attendants or honored guests.  But have you ever seen something like the photo below?  Not only is it a very cool bracelet, but the “flowers” of choice are succulents.  I LOVE this.  Would I pick this option?  Probably not.  But I’d love to see it at a wedding.

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How about the bow tie below?  It could serve as the gentlemen’s tie AND their flowers!  No need for a boutonnière.  I find it surprising how few men AND women know how to attach a boutonnière.  Remember, use two pins, cross them, and go in through the BACK of the lapel.

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It’s quite common for couples to use their dogs as ring bearer/flower girl attendants.  The large wreath on the pup below is rather novel, however. What a cutie!

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While using flowers as table decor is not new, the extravagance of the photo above is.  I love the opulence of this.

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In my opinion…mason jars can not be overused.  Unless you are having a formal affair, that is.  The above jars offer triple service: a lovely centerpiece, an aromatic device and a candle!  And I bet they weren’t cost prohibitive, either!

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We’ve all seen photos of brides with flowers in their hair, from Sarah, Duchess of York’s orange blossom wreath, to gentle halos.  But how about the full-blown roses in this bride’s hair?  One would need to have long and full hair to pull it off, but I think it’s spectacular.

Just think outside the box when considering perishable/natural products and you will amaze even yourself at your options!

Flowers In Your Hair? Your Wedding Headpiece

Flowers in your hair?  Or will you choose a veil?  Some brides today choose to forgo the traditional veil and meet their groom bareheaded, or with an alternative to a veil.  The most common choice is flowers. It’s a lovely choice, especially for a spring or summer wedding.  Below are a few gorgeous options.

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A particular favorite is the photo below.  I love the bright colors in contrast to the bride’s white gown.

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One of the most famous brides to opt for flowers AND a veil?  Miss Sarah Ferguson, who married Prince Andrew and became the HRH, Sarah The Duchess of York.  Proper aristocratic etiquette is that only MARRIED aristocratic women wear tiaras.  Here, Sarah adheres to the mandate, wearing orange blossoms under her veil.  As soon as she was married, signed the marriage license, and returned to the public eye in Westminster Abbey?  She sported the tiara the Queen gave her as a wedding gift.  Legend has it that the tiara was already in place under all those orange blossoms.  Not sure I buy into that, but I like the story.  Look how happy she is.  Too bad that level of joy could not be maintained.

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Perhaps you want to wear a veil, but want a little something to adorn your hair when the veil comes off at the reception.  Below is a picture of my daughter, Maggie.  That was her choice.  She wore my headpiece, her own veil, and a small floral decoration for after the wedding ceremony.  A nice compromise.  Remember, if you choose to do this, take your “flowers” to your hair appointment so your stylist can attach them for you.  The photo below is by Stephen Wang.  It’s from my wedding business Instagram.  Perhaps you’d like to follow?  🙂  @marypkarnesweddings

 

Above is daughter Kathleen with her “after ceremony” wreath.  She also wore my headpiece with her own veil.  I love this tradition!

Repurposing Wedding Flowers

 

Could there be anything better than repurposing wedding flowers for those in need?  Jennifer Grove founded a company, “Repeat Roses”, that does just that.  A long time friend sent me a link to Jennifer’s company.   There are  2.25 million weddings a year in the US, with each wedding generating 400 to 600 pounds of trash each. Needless to say, that’s a lot!  What exactly does Jennifer’s company do?

Well, they collect the flowers  from your wedding that you don’t want to save, and arrange to have them distributed to nursing homes for the residents’ enjoyment.

From Jennifer’s website: repeatroses.com

  • Service is available nationwide.
  • Service is currently available for events taking place July 1st or later. We recommend scheduling your event as far in advance as possible in order to insure a spot on our service calendar.
  • For social event and wedding pricing, service fees begin at $750 and are based on the size and scale of your event’s floral plan.
  • For corporate event pricing or information regarding regularly scheduled importer, wholesale, grocery or business pickups, please contact Alexa Ambrose (aambrose@repeatroses.com).

 

Apparently, this service isn’t cheap, but what a lovely idea.  A win-win, I say!

just look at the joy on the faces of the ladies above and below.  Who doesn’t love flowers?

A lovely quote from one who knows…from the repeat roses website:

“A lot of the patients shared memories that flowers brought to them from their own life special events. Some residents mentioned that they did not receive flowers for a long time and it made their day. You brought a holiday to their home and hearts. ”

— Veronica, CenterLight Health System

And listen to the joy of giving from a recent bride who used this service:

“Pure joy is right!! Thank you for this email, I’m so happy with our decision to use your services and I will be recommending you to every bride I know! ”

— Newly married Jessie Friedman, upon receiving her photo delivery confirmation email showcasing how her gorgeous wedding flowers from her celebration at the iconic Rainbow Room were whisked away, restyled and, within hours, delivered to a local women’s shelter in NYC to share the love.

I love this idea, and hope to use it for my next daughter’s wedding!

Fresh Wedding Flowers or Paper?

Can you tell which photo sports real flowers and which are paper?  Will you have fresh wedding flowers or paper?  There are supporting views for both options.  Fresh flowers are more expensive, but they are, well, FRESH FLOWERS.  They have that delicate air, they smell wonderful, there is no perfect substitute.

But…paper flowers have their fans too.  They are beautiful in their own right.  In their artificial perfection, they have no compare.  Just look at the rose above.  It was handmade by a friend of one of my brides.  She made over 200 blooms, it took her forever, but they were just fabulous.  The best part, they can be saved.  My two oldest daughters married one year after the other. Had I know this, I might have commissioned paper flowers.  This way, I would had just paid once for my floral arrangements.  Yes, I would have had to store them, but, not a problem.  And don’t forget…you must also find someone creative to arrange them.

And the arrangement above?  Real or paper?  It’s a fresh arrangement; and it is fabulous.  What about the two photos below?  Believe it or not, they are both made of paper.  I KNOW!  I could hardly believe it myself!

Love, LOVE the arrangement in the foreground of the photo below.  What did the bride do with this exquisite bouquet?

When guests arrived, she had them choose a flower from a bouquet at the ceremony’s entrance.  image

Mid point in the ceremony, she invited the guests up to the front, and asked them to place the flowers in a bucket.   The flowers are then inserted into green styrofoam in order to stand upright.  As the guests placed the flowers in the buckets, they are invited to silently think a kind thought or say a prayer for the couple’s future happiness.  After the wedding, the bride and groom had a beautiful, lasting reminder of their special day.

Would you like to read the whole blog post about “The Flower Ceremony”?  Click on the link to be directed to the post.  You’ll enjoy it!  🙂