I recently coordinated a marquee wedding in Ireland for a couple in Wexford, Ireland. The bride wanted a funky wedding but still have the classy look and suggested a pink and orange colour scheme. We went for shot silk fuchsia pink table cloths and sashes on white chair covers and white linen napkins. The orange was introduced through tissue paper lining in the giant martini glasses that held the predominantly orange exotic flowers. We cooled the colours with a green carpet in the main reception area, but had fuchsia pink carpet in the entrance lounge with low orange seating and light boxes as tables. Outside we had high pod tables with alternating spandex orange and pink covers and an arch of pink and orange flowers. It definately had the desired wow factor!
The Wedding Planner Ireland advises: What do your wedding flowers say about your passion? Check out these special flower meanings:
Apple Blossom - Promise
Baby's Breath - Innocence
Bellflower - Constant love
Calla Lilly - Magnificent beauty
Camellia - Perfect loveliness
Carnation (red) - Love
Daffodil - You are the only one,
Daisy - Share your feelings
Datura - I dream of thee
Freesia - Innocence
Gardenia - Purity, joy
Hibiscus - Delicate beauty
Honeysuckle - Generous and devoted affection
Hydrangea - Understanding
Johnny-jump-up - Tender and pleasant thoughts
Lemon Balm Sympathetic
Lily - Truth, honor
Lily of The Valley - Happiness
Magnolia - Love of nature
Marigold - Sacred affections
Mint - Virtue
Morning Glory - Affection
Myrtle - Love and marriage
Oak-leaved Geranium - True friendship
Orange Blossoms - Your purity equals your loveliness
Orchid - Love, beauty
Pansy - Thoughtfulness
Peony - Bashfulness
Rose - Love, joy, beauty
Stephanotis Marital - Happiness
Sweet Alyssum -Worth beyond beauty
Sweet Pea -Pleasure
Tulip Love- passion Violet -Faithfulness
The Wedding Planner advises: Engagement parties, rehearsal dinners and the week up to the wedding can often be a time for constant visitors to the bride’s home. Flower arrangements can be a way of making the house appear that bit more special for the celebrations ahead.Rather than order in arrangements making your own for your home can be an enjoyable way of saving some money.
White is typically the presiding colour for wedding celebrations. You should start with basic white flowers and add a few accents that complement the surrounding decor. Large leafy green pieces add a nice contrast to delicate buds for table centerpieces, and sometimes simplicity is the best aesthetic tactic. If you are making centerpieces for several tables, you can purchase your flowers in bulk and use one design over and over again, or you can make each piece an individual work of art.For vase arrangements, choose your container first, and pick flowers that are the correct height for the vase. When you cut your flowers, be sure to cut the stems at an angle so they can absorb water correctly and stay fresh for a long time. Vase arrangements require a focal point, and this can be one large flower or a grouping of several. It is important to choose a color scheme and to stick with it. For instance, you would not want to mix red and pink roses, or to combine yellow daisies with died green carnations. Make sure you choose flowers that look and smell good in combination with each other, and fill in the gaps with baby’s breath and leafy greenery.
When you are making larger potted flower arrangements, an aesthetically pleasing plant is a great base for your design.
If you are using only flowers, you will need a piece of arranging foam to provide a structure for the piece.
Green foam can be purchased at most craft shops, and it can be cut to fit any shape you need. The foam is soaked in water over night, this not only keeps a water supply going to your flowers but also adds weight to help counter the arrangement becoming top heavy and falling over. Before you start sticking in your stems, you might sketch out an idea of the final product. If the arrangement is to be large, pick a few large flowers to act as focal points rather than picking a multitude of tiny blooms. Too many small flowers distract the eye and make the arrangement seem busy rather than soothing.Once you have chosen all of your flowers and greenery, begin arranging them in the container. It will take several tries and lots of adjusting before your create a finished product, but be confident and do what looks best. Arranging flowers is an intuitive art, and if you have chosen a good colour scheme and a variety of shapes and sizes, the correct eye-pleasing concoction will often fall into place with little effort.
The Wedding Planner advises: Wedding Boutonnieres are probably the only time your hubby to be is going to wear flowers and not be embarrassed so make the most of it!
Types of Flower
Roses are the most popular flower for a boutonniere, but don’t feel that you have to follow tradition. Any other flower with a woody stem or last more than a day out of water can work, so experiment! I like thisle and heather for kilt wearing grooms. Tulips and orchids work well too but I find with all the hugging that happens on the day these tend to crush easily and look a bit ‘sad’ early in the day. Choosing Your BoutonnieresThe colour of your boutonnieres can be chosen to either contrast or complement the colour of the groom’s outfit. For instance a black morning suit with a burgundy cravat could be complemented by a burgundy boutonniere made from a tulip, calla lily or rose.Alternatively, you could arrange for boutonnieres to be made that mirror the flowers in the bride’s bouquet.Who Should Have Boutonnieres?It is common for the bridegroom, best man, ushers/groomsmen and fathers of the bride and bridegroom to all have boutonnieres.
Some couples also like to make boutonnieres available to all who attend the wedding ceremony, but this will be dependant on your budget and really is no longer a necessary expense.To mark him out as special, the bridegroom often has a slightly different boutonniere to the rest of the wedding party. It maybe a different colour, or the florist may put on decorative beads, diamante, or an additional bloom.
How to Wear A Boutonnieres
The boutonniere is worn on the gentleman’s left lapel. It should be worn on the outside of the buttonhole, and not in it. It is common to secure it in place by using a pearl-headed pin from the back of the lapel. This can be done through the underside of the lapel so that the pin will then be invisible from the front.
Keeping It Cool
Most of the bouquets and other floral arrangements will come in either vases or small plastic bags of water. These are designed to keep them moist and pert until the start of the wedding. And while keeping them in these packages will help the most for keeping your flowers from wilting, there are other ways to spruce them up. If you should get flowers that aren’t as perky, then you can run the ends of the bouquets under cold water as you cut the ends at an angle. This will help to create new channels for the water to flow through. Place the bouquets back into their original water and they should become straighter and livelier within an hour or so. What you may read in some books is that you can use ice cubes in the water to help you make the flowers look better, but this only freezes the routes of water to the flower, and can cause even more harm to a sagging bouquet. If you decide to take outdoor pictures, they you can take the bouquets out of the water, dry them off with a paper towel and stand and pose. Once you are back inside, you will want to put the flowers back into the water once more, to make sure that they get the most amount of water they can before the ceremony.
After the fact If you’re looking to preserve your bouquet, here are a few tips.
Although many florists can help you with preserving the bride’s bouquet, you can also do it yourself. One route is to hang the bouquet upside down as soon as you can after the wedding. This helps the flowers to keep their original shape as they air dry. The air drying process will take a while, so don’t worry if you’re still waiting on them to dry a month later. Another way to preserve bouquets is to spray them with hair spray immediately following the wedding and hang them upside down. This creates a sort of layer of protection around the petals and can shield the flowers from losing their original shape.
The Wedding Planner can arrange for your wedding bouquet to be freeze dried which will keep it looking on the day fresh for decades to come. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more.