Floral arrangements at a wedding depend very much on the level of formality taken into consideration for that wedding. In case of a formal wedding, for example, the happy couple along with their wedding planner can choose to place on their guest tables some Victorian bouquets, made of antique roses, which can call to mind time-honored traditions, or impressive wedding centerpieces made of roses, linens and antique-inspired bone china.
In case of a less formal wedding, some wedding garlands formed by Easter lilies can be considered. These flowers can be strung on fishing line and hung from dowels, providing the wedding venue with an amazing touch of wildness. Here is how a lovely backdrop can transform a restaurant into an unforgettable location for a wedding.
But Easter lilies can be also set on guest tables and even on chairs. The second option, which is placing them on chairs, is very good to be considered for the wedding ceremony, that usually takes place in a church. Easter lilies can be tucked one inside the other, to make a surprising tiered silhouette. For an increased effect, they can be combined with white roses, clematis, and campanulas. These flowers will create an amazing floral drapery, a cascade of memorable flavors and shades, rivaling only with the train of the bride's gown.
And how about some bundled wedding bouquets, containing sedum, jasmine, zinnias and ranunculus? Although when we think of ‘bouquet’, we tend to believe that only the bride has the right to use such floral arrangement, the truth is that guests can benefit of bouquets as well, that could be placed on their tables, in some lovely vases.
Also, floral arrangements can be considered by the most important people at a wedding, and they can come in a form of a classic boutonniere. The people that are suitable to wear such boutonniere are: the best man, made of honor, bridesmaids and groomsmen.
Floral accessories represent an important part of every wedding, regardless of the season when the wedding takes place. Although artificial flowers can look as real as actual flowers, we will always recommend happy couples to use natural flowers, not only because they smell much better than artificial flowers (that are sprayed in order to spread a certain fragrance), but also because you simply cannot compare natural to artificial, and artificial to win. Natural flowers will always win in a competition against artificial flowers and this, because no matter how skillful artist you would be (artist that creates artificial flowers), you simply cannot beat nature in terms of beauty and elegance.
And when it comes to the most appropriate flowers that can be used at a wedding, here is what we recommend. First of all, the flowers that you plan to use at your wedding should be complemented by all sorts of other arrangements or decorations, such as candles or glasses. Also, the colors of the flowers should be matched by the color of the entire wedding party. At the same time, the happy couple should choose their flowers depending on the season when they plan to celebrate their wedding. For example, for an autumn wedding, the recommendation is to choose some unexpected varieties of flowers that are ready to be used as they are, without further treatments against wilting. Choose also berries, which can be found in large quantities in autumn, and which can adorn any guest table.
By incorporating fruits and vegetables into the floral arrangements that a marrying couple places here and there at a wedding venue, a new trend will be set and a new flavor will be added to the wedding atmosphere. A nice example a combination between flowers and fruits is the one that uses roses, utterly feminine dinner-plate dahlias, ranunculus, apples, pears and plums.
Bouquets can be as the brides that use them, meaning modern, classic, sophisticated, dressed in white, green or blue, simple or complicated, can be destined for summer, spring, fall or autumn weddings, and can be made from actual flowers, brooches, artificial butterflies or fabric flowers.
Today, we want to show you several unique wedding bouquet ideas, that you too can consider for your wedding.
First, we present an eclectic bouquet, that features an intriguing mix of white phalaenopsis orchids, eggplant calla lilies, creamy mini calla lilies, vanda orchids and monkey tails. This slate burgundy, ivory and gray bouquet is perfect to be matched with an entirely white wedding gown.
Secondly, we would like to bring to your attention a vintage-style bouquet, that has this name not only because it is made from bunny tails, pink-edged variegated dogwood and garden roses, but also because it is wrapped in a jacquard ribbon, in the same color of the aforementioned flowers.
For summer weddings, because we know they are the most numerous ones, we recommend a bridal bouquet that features natural beauty. This type of bouquet should contain bay laurel, fresh millet and pink roses.
A beach bridal bouquet can be made from lush leaves from the Caribbean (you can buy these from any store in your neighborhood, because they are very popular even in Europe or Australia), papyrus (more difficult to find in Europe, but not impossible), galax, and areca palm leaves. These plants will create a lovely tropical bouquet, that will amaze everyone present at your wedding.
And for the end, we have selected a traditional bouquet, featuring pink and peach flowers, namely paniculata, hydrangeas, garden roses, scabiosa pods and bittersweet. These flowers should be artfully combined in an arrangement wrapped in a pink silk ribbon.
Flowers can be used at a wedding not only in the bridal bouquet or in the bouquets that bridesmaids have, but also in floral arrangements and centerpieces, ceremony decorations, boutonnieres and corsages, and floral accessories.
Before mentioning a few words about all the arrangements that can be created with the help of flowers, let's speak a little about flower types that are appropriate for a wedding.
One cannot go wrong with roses, which are suitable for a modern wedding, but also for a classic one, where guests have to wear tuxedos and luxurious wedding gowns. Other flowers appropriate for both types of weddings (modern and classic) are romantic Majolica flowers, ivory tuberose, dusty miller, deep crimson, bright fuchsia, Calla lilies, combined with a lush greenery mix.
For an informal wedding, a happy couple can use roses as well, but other types of floral vases, not the ones that they would use in case of a formal wedding. For example, if they really want to amaze their guests, they could use some old-fashioned red glassware, that will house some lovely centerpieces made from red roses, green hydrangeas, and moss.
Now let's return and see what are the most popular flowers that can be used for bridal bouquets in 2012. According to our research, velvet-stemmed Tweedia, tea roses, Lisianthus buds and ranunculus are some of the most appreciated for a summer wedding. For a winter wedding, on the other hand, it seems that brides prefer tiny lillies, that are suitable for just about any bride in any setting, and fragrant handfuls of peonies, that could float on a tender foam of fresh white lillies.
Regarding centerpieces that can be made using flowers, these are the most popular blooms: baby’s breath, hydrangeas, phalaenopsis orchids, French tulips, all sorts of roses, Phlox trachelium and organic zinnias.
And for boutonnieres and corsages, it is recommended to use some artificial flowers, made from crepe, silk or satin, but also carnations and roses will do. When it comes to wedding flowers, the one that attracts all the attention of the wedding guests is the wedding bouquet, but the flowers worn by the groom and his guests are also very important, so pay attention to boutonnieres and corsages as well.
The wedding bouquet is very important, because of all the floral bouquets the bride receives on her wedding day, this has to be the most beautiful. This situation can be compared with the one related to the wedding dress. Although many females invited to a wedding desire to be the most beautiful girl/woman at that wedding, they need to allow the bride to be the most lovely person there, because it is her wedding we are talking about, not theirs. The same thing can be said about the wedding bouquet; if the guests will come to a wedding with exquisite bouquets, the bride could feel a little awkward, because her bouquet is smaller, formed by cheaper flowers and for other reasons.
So those going to a wedding have to rely very much on simplicity. You don't have to offer a bride a bouquet full of flowers received from Madagascar. She will use the bridal bouquet that she has, and your bouquet (with flowers from a far-away land) will eventually fade away, without the bride even noticing how beautiful those flowers are. So in case you do not hope that the bride is going to replace her bouquet (that she planned for several months) with your bouquet, because it contains rare flowers, we recommend you never to buy bouquets like this, because there are many chances for the bride to remain with the bouquet that she wanted, not with yours.
The bouquet that will be used by a bride on her wedding day has these characteristics:
- it is made from seasonal flowers, which in most cases are the bride's preferred flowers;
- the colors of those flowers is complementary with the color of the wedding decorations and with the entire wedding atmosphere;
- if the bouquet is made from natural flowers, it is adorned with a lovely ribbon made from satin or silk;
- if it is made from artificial flowers, such ribbon does not prove its efficiency anymore, since the most appreciated material for creating artificial flowers is satin/silk.