As the day draws nearer, more and more talk of Kate Middleton and Prince William’s nuptials seems to hit the airwaves. The Cake, the Gown, the (gasp) Diamond Tiara! I can’t help myself, I am more addicted to this that Charlie Sheen’s twitter account. Today’s discussion was about the 4 ft bouquet which traditionally includes a sprig of Myrtle from the Queen’s garden. FOUR FOOT BOUQUET….Oh MY! On that note, I would like to share some floral ideas from some of our fabulous vendors at Bridal Expo Chicago.
Centerpieces don’t have to be bulky. Centerpieces can not only ruin a conversation but also obstruct the guests view. When you are selecting centerpieces don’t be afraid of the tall, sleek centerpieces with large flowers. Sometimes large flowers can save you money. Sometimes, not always. Sit down at the table with the centerpiece you are considering and bring it to your level. You will see exactly what your guests will be facing for the duration of dinner.
Bouquets can be glitzy. Many florists are adding touches of crystals and other sparkly elements to the bride’s bouquet. This is especially scintillating if you have an evening event. It doesn’t have to be 4 ft long to make a statement. Traditional bouquets are all white but many brides opt for their signature color or flower. A Single flower? NO problem! Simple Calla Lillies always make a fashionable statement with ribbon tied at the end.
Bridesmaid’s bouquets do not have to match their gowns. Bridesmaids gowns have their own color, try white or a complimentary color. FYI – there is no rule that says you can only have one wedding color. Sometimes a pleasant pear looks great sitting next to an elegant eggplant. Alliteration aside, you will do yourself a favor not trying to match flowers to gowns exactly because no matter what you have decided, nature truly will take its course.
Boutonnieres should be worn by all male members of the bridal party, incuding fathers and grandfathers of the bride and groom and members of the immediate family only. The bridal party can have different styles with the same single flower and the groom’s can also stand out. It is perfectly acceptable to bring color into the boutonniere. Realistically you don’t want half a dozen different boutonniere styles but, the groom should definitely stand out and correspond with the bride’s bouquet in some small way. Remember, “Less is more”.
Always try to use flowers that are in season at the time of your wedding. It will save time and money for you and the florist!
For more ideas from Chicago’s and Houston Medical Center florist, cal 847-428-3320 to get four complimentary tickets to a show in your area. Our florists bring several examples of bouquets and centerpieces for you touch, feel and smell to make sure you come out smelling like the flower of your choice on your big day!
Penny Frulla for Bridal Expo Chicago