I always have great fun making flower arrangements for flower girls – it’s like my play time. It gives me the opportunity to uses fun accessories such as mini-bows and sparkly paper and be as creative as my imagination allows.
For the very young flower girl the wand is always a hit. I leave the stems long and covered completely with double-faced satin ribbon. In the ‘head’ of the wand I have incorporate shredded sparkly paper – there are lots of colours to choose from which provides great interest for the very young. I have also incorporated 3/5 small 8-loop bows among the flowers – I have found that wired organza (1/2cm wide) makes a very dainty bow. Alternatively, I collar of satin ribbon is soo cute.
Older flower girls want to be treated just the same at the bridesmaids, in which case I make a smaller version of the bridesmaids, but leave the stems a little longer (approximately 2″ longer ).
Another popular choice for flower girls from about 6 upwards is the pomander. I don’t recommend pomanders for younger children as some care is needed when handling them and they prove tiresome after a short while. To date I have only made them with gypsophilia but they can be made with germini, chrysanthemum blooms, hydrangea blooms, the unfairly under-rated carnation etc etc.
Not every bride wants to be surrounded by fresh flowers at every turn on her wedding day. It is possible to create a nice mixture of fresh flowers and quirky alternatives that can be arranged by your florist. For the bride who wants to be that little bit different while pleasantly surprising her guests here are a few fun alternatives.
My favourite, the Strawberry Tree, is a novel way for guests to start wedding celebrations – accompanied with a glass of champagne. Properly arranged, it looks lavish and sophisticated. A definite WOW start to proceedings.
A sweet alternative to the Strawberry Tree is the Ferrero Roche Tree, or also popular, the Marshmallow Tree.
My last word on fresh flower alternatives at a wedding is reserved for the Unity Ceremony part of the marriage celebration. There have been occasions where a bride and groom marrying in a Church have been asked to keep the altar free of flowers, typically the traditional long-low candle arrangement. This is easily solved by using crystal candle-sticks. If you down-size the diameter of the centre candle you can arrange a few tiny blooms around the base which would not be going against the wishes of the celebrant. Also, if you are having a civil ceremony, very often you will find that the ceremony takes place in front of a small table and there isn’t that much space available for flowers. It is also a lovely fresh-take on a lovely tradition.
Many venues include a floral guest table centre-piece as part of their wedding day package. Normally I find that it is a lily placed in a tall slim vase – done right these can be beautiful. By ‘done right’ I mean having at least one open bloom on your lily stem, soft foliage to give both height and drape. The overall effect should be soft and detailed and not too two-dimensional. If filling a lily vase for a centre piece I use 2 lillies (one of which is in full bloom), 6 stems of steel-grass, a decorative leaf such as aspidistra and ivy.
Emerging as a trend is wedding venues providing a budget for brides to supply their own flowers, and this is where the fun starts. There are so many styles to choose from. Very popular is a large fish bowl filled with fresh flowers placed on a mirror disc and surrounded by tea-lights – this is very effective for a winter/autumn wedding. Spring weddings can go for a selection of vases filled with a single variety of flowers. There is also a great opportunity to personalise your wedding tables with personal touches such as photos of the bridal party at a young age, loved ones who cant be with your on the day.
I have put together a slide-show a few of my favourites from last year. I made all of the examples except where I have credited Magda – Petals and Posies who designed and built them.
You either love the ‘shower’ bouquet or you don’t. When I meet a bride for a consultation one of the first things I do is out-line the basic options open to her for her own flowers – posy, over-arm, tear-drop, crescent, semi-crescent, extension, pomander, glamelia or shower, and I always get an immediate reaction to the shower and it will be an absolute yes or no – there is no middle ground.
I love making shower bouquets – the introduction of the osasis holder has made life so much easier and enjoyable. When I did my training I was told to wire every bloom. I found this made the bouquet very heavy, not to mention a considerable drain on time.
A bridal shower bouquet is at its best when carried by a bride wearing a full a-line skirt and train. They compliment each other perfectly and can be made as voluminous or as dainty as the bride wants. I like to use at least three flower varieties (my favorites are roses, freesia, dendrobium orchids and eustoma) and two foliage types – I generally only use two colours in a shower as I feel that any more just makes it a jumble.
Thankfully the ‘shower’ has come a long way from the 1980’s of just open lilies, red roses, ivy and leather-leaf fern and is something any trend-setting bride would be proud to carry on her wedding day.
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Dusty Pink and Off White was the theme for this early winter wedding. The bride saw pictures of my work on Facebook and liked the vintage themed flowers. There are a few excellent varieties of rose that provide the vintage look. The one chosen here is called Amnesia – I choose Amnesia because the bridesmaids […]
With so many things to organise for your wedding you need all your suppliers to be professional and trustworthy, your florist should be no different. Here is some advice for all prospective brides looking to choose a bridal florist .
- Inform the florist of the colour and style of your dress and your bridesmaids prior to the consultation. Its possible that you may not have decided on the colours for the bridemaids, that’s no problem, you can still decide on the style and flower type of the bouquets well in advance. The consultation will be more productive if the florist has something to work on.
- Ask your florist to be specific about flower choice and most importantly the size of the bouquets. A good rule of thumb should be about 28/30cm across for the brides bouquet and about 25cm for bridesmaids. Having specific information will make it easier to shop around for the best value.
- Shop around. Choose 2/3 florist for a consultation, any more than that will leave you feeling dizzy. If they come with a personal recommendation, thats even better.
- Bring along a picture if you’ve seen something you like. A good florist should easily recreate it for you.
- Ask for pictures. The internet is full of images of real life wedding flowers and they are easily down-loaded. Having a picture of the style of wedding you want will make it easier to co-ordinate with other apsects of your wedding.
- Ask for pricing alternatives, eg if you really like an all rose bouquet but find that the 30cm bouquet dosent suit your pocket, ask for a smaller version to be priced. Pricing alternatives apply to all aspects of the floral scheme, from pedestals to pew ends to altar arrangements.