Flowers set the stage for your wedding. They can be used as background arrangements, carried by the bride as a bouquet, worn as corsages by the groom and mothers of the bride, used as center pieces on tables at the reception, and presented as a tribute to other important people in your life. You can choose them for their color, their beauty, their meaning, and for their various aromas.
The trend these day in bridal bouquets is small and tailored in bright colors that match the theme of the wedding, but if you want to carry a long trailing mass of lilies and carnations, you should do exactly as you please. My favorite bouquet thus far is the bouquet my sister held at her wedding; A long cascading bouquet with lily of the valley, orange blossoms, roses and orchids. The lavender color in the orchids and the orange in the blossoms coordinated so well with her wedding theme and the light lavender lace she had on the train of her dress.
Consider the style of your wedding dress when choosing your bouquet. A ball gown looks good with a round bouquet. A-line dresses are complemented by more irregular, trailing bouquets. Sheath dresses look pretty when accompanied by large single flowers or loose arrangements. Also, Tall brides can carry large blossoms like sunflowers; shorter brides might want to stick with something like rosebuds and baby’s breath.
The flower girl is an integral part of many weddings, spreading the brides path with flower petals. It’s a beautiful tradition you might want to consider for your wedding. The flower girls excitement and enthusiasm at my wedding really created a memorable moment.
In addition to the bouquet you’ll want to decorate the wedding aisle, altar, path or stairs leading to the ceremony hall, the reception tables, the cake table, the buffet table, and anywhere else you see fit.
A flower kissing ball works great hanging from the sides of the chairs or pews closest to the aisle, especially if the ceremony hall needs some jazzing up. You can also add some interesting ribbons or lights to illuminate the flowers.
Altar flowers don’t necessarily have to actually be flowers. Interesting arrangements in greenery, such as ferns, can add a lot of beauty, especially if you have a large altar area where lots of space needs to be filled. Don’t try to cut costs by having your florist make small bouquets of flowers; you’ll be disappointed when the flowers can barely be seen or noticed. If you really want to keep a budget but still want that wow factor, get large greens in large pots with a few flowers here and there. This will create more of an impact, especially on a large podium.
I’ve found that a large, overpowering vase of flowers on the reception tables can seem like a good idea because they look beautiful, especially in pictures, but can really block the view of your wedding guests! It isn’t easy to converse with the people sitting across from you when there is a forest of flowers in between you. Depending on where you are sitting, it can also hinder your view of the announcements and speeches. You can still have an amazing centerpiece that is about a foot tall, by making it wide as opposed to tall.
All mothers and stepmothers should receive a corsage. It is also a nice touch to provide them for grandmothers, godmothers, or any other woman in your life that is special to you. The groom, groomsmen, and ushers should all wear boutonnieres, the groom’s being slightly different than the rest. Fathers of the bride should also be presented with a boutonniere. Flowers should not be worn with any military uniform.
Of course, decorations don’t have to be flowers. Ribbons, wreaths, lights, balloons, greenery, candles or anything that can contribute to the festive nature of where your reception is held will work great. If you want rose petals in the aisle, freeze-dried are a better alternative to fresh, because they are less expensive, last longer, aren’t slippery, look just as good as regular rose petals, and you can order them online and have them shipped right to your house.