Bridal Party Ideas


Not sure who gets flowers…’s a simple list.

The maidof honor usually receives a bouquet not a corsage. All members of the wedding party and parents should receive flowers.

The purchase of wedding flowers is the responsibility of both the bride and groom. The groom is traditionally responsible for the bride’s bouquet, corsages for the mothers and grandmothers and all boutonnieres for the men in the wedding party and special family members.

General guidelines for who should receive wedding flowers:

1. Bouquet: Bride – bridal bouquet plus a toss bouquet.

2. Bouquets smaller: maid of honor and bridesmaids

3. Corsages: mothers and grandmothers, bride’s going away corsage.

4. Flower Girl: flower basket and flower halo

5. Boutonnieres for groom, best man, groomsmen, ushers, ring bearer, fathers and grandfathers

6. Optional corsage or boutonnieres: readers, officiant, godparents, other close family members not in the wedding party.

The bridesmaid’s bouquets are smaller than that bride’s bouquet. The maid of honor’s bouquet can be slightly larger than the other bridesmaids.

Popular flowers for boutonnieres are a single rose or carnation.

The corsages for mothers and grandmothers do not have to be identical. The corsage color should complement the color of their dresses. Also, ask them if they prefer a pinned corsage or wrist corsage. There are many flower choices for a corsage such as roses, orchids, camellias, mini-carnations, or gardenias. Consult with your florist for options and prices

Hydrangea or Gerbera for Your Wedding


Forget the boring” been there….done that” bouquet.

Forget the holders.

Forget the cascades.

For the past six years or so, brides have been choosing flowers that are loosely tied together

Tulips and gardenias – which used to be popular – are not the best flowers for a wedding, However, orchids are much hardier than people think and will work well.

What you don’t want to do is have the flowers match the dresses. You want those flowers to pop off the dresses, not melt into them in the photos.

The two top choices for 2013 are the hydrangea and gerbera.  Here’s why…..

Hydrangeas bring another texture and a lot of volume to a bouquet. Also, it’s a flower not many brides seem to think of for a bouquet, so it gives them a unique look. Because of their “bouquet” look, they are a good choice for bridesmaids.


The gerbera daisy makes a WOW statement with color and fun! Who doesn’t think of “Daisy, Daisy” and that bicycle built for two that exemplifies romance? This versatile flower that signifies innocence with its fun, bright colors never fails to make an impression. As the fifth most popular flower in the world, daisies will add a more casual look to a bouquet.


The Meaning of Flowers at Your Wedding

Wedding flowers have been around for a long time. It’s hard to say exactly how long, but there are signs that it’s been a tradition since the earliest days of civilization.

Wedding flowers – the origin

The first recorded use of wedding flowers can be attributed to the Greeks. Flowers and plants would be bundled together to form a garland wreath worn upon the head, much like the better-known Caesar’s laurels. It was considered a gift of nature, and thus extremely appropriate for a wedding. Traditionally, the Greek bridesmaids would be responsible for this honor. The garland bouquet would often contain bulbs of garlic. This wasn’t to make the wedding smell like your grandmother’s kitchen, but instead to ward off any evil spirits that might see fit to intervene in the ceremony or curse their future together.

The tradition of wedding flowers remains to this day. We might not fashion wreaths to wear, but the meaning and appropriate nature of flowers remains the same. That’s why it’s such a great idea to provide floral gifts to a wedding couple

Wedding flowers around the world – international traditions

Wedding flowers aren’t just a Greek tradition. They’ve been adopted all around the world due to their natural beauty and wide appeal.

· Wedding flowers in Sweden – In Sweden, it was tradition for young girls to carry small bouquets of fragrant herbs down the aisle. The groom would also put thyme in his pockets. The reasons? Warding off any trolls that might decide a wedding was a perfect place to find a tasty snack.

· Wedding flowers in Germany – In Germany, the bride and groom both would hold candles that had flowers and ribbons tied to them.

· Wedding flowers in England – In England, it was tradition for the bride and her bridesmaids to proceed to the church together, led by a small girl who would sprinkle blossoms in their path to assure long life and happiness for the bride. The tradition of “flower girls” remains to this day.

Wedding flowers – a lesser known reason

Wedding flowers and fragrant herbs played another important role in weddings during Europe’s middle ages. During that time period, it was traditional to bathe only twice a year. This was due to the labor involved in preparing enough hot water for the process, as well as the rarity and expense of soap.

These bath times usually fell before Christmas, an important time of year for everyone, and during the summertime. The problem was that weddings usually took place in the spring. The result of this was that the wedding party wasn’t usually at their most fresh.

A solution was devised using floral and herbal arrangements. Herbs would be sewn or placed into the dress, and the bride would carry a large bouquet of flowers (often wearing them in her hair as well). This masked any bodily odors and made the wedding more enjoyable for both bride and groom.

Naturally, this is no longer a problem today, but these popular traditions still remain. The appeal of wedding flowers is now purely aesthetic, however, and since this has been widely accepted a great deal of effort has gone into designing new and elaborate decorations for the ceremony.

Modern uses for wedding flowers

Wedding flowers have taken off in popularity to the point where you will be hard-pressed to find a wedding that doesn’t involve them in some way. Some of the new traditions include:

· The bouquet – This is perhaps, next to the bride herself, the centerpiece of the entire ceremony. A great deal of science has gone into developing a system of matching the blooms present in the bouquet with the season, with physical attributes of the bride, and with the location of the ceremony itself.

· The corsage – Another popular component of most modern dresses is the corsage. Worn about the wrist, it is usually designed to match the dress and bouquet.

· The boutonniere – This is a male tradition. Originally, flowers would be pushed through the buttonhole of a jacket, but nowadays it’s proper for the groom to have the boutonniere pinned to his left lapel. It’s also appropriate for it to match the bride’s corsage and bouquet.

· Table centerpiece – Perfect for the reception ceremony, an extravagant centerpiece on each table leaves guests with nothing but fond memories. It’s now standard practice to include these in every reception.


Wedding flowers are steeped in history and will likely remain tradition for many years to come. If you’re looking for an appropriate gift for a couple, and feel that a toaster or wine glass set is too impersonal, a gift of wedding flowers will always be appreciated. Delivery right to ceremony or the home of the newlyweds is one way to ensure they are able to enjoy your thoughtful contribution.


White Rose Ceremony Vows


The Rose Ceremony is simple yet profoundly moving. The bride and groom exchange one or two roses, symbolizing the giving and receiving of their love for each other throughout their entire married life. The Rose Ceremony also conveys how to use the rose and its symbolism in difficult times in order to forgive each other. Here is an example of vows said using the white rose.


Groom (handing his bride a white rose): “Amelia, take this rose as a symbol of my love. It began as a tiny bud and blossomed, just as my love has grown and blossomed for you.”
Bride (placing the rose into a bud vase filled with water): “I take this rose, as a symbol of your love, and place it into water, a symbol of life. For, just as this rose cannot live without water, I cannot live without you.”
Groom: “In remembrance of this day, I will give you a white rose each year on our anniversary, as a reaffirmation of my love and the vows spoken here today.”
Bride: “And I will refill this vase with water each year, ready to receive your gift, in reaffirmation of the new life you have given me and the vows spoken here today.”
Groom (joining hands with bride on vase): “And so, this white rose symbolizes my commitment to you today. I vow to be a faithful husband to you, to comfort you, honor you, respect you, and cherish you all the days of my life.”
Bride: “And I vow to be a faithful wife to you, to comfort you, honor you, respect you, and cherish you all the days of my life.

Simply beautiful!  These words are so simple yet so significant especially if there has been some bumps in the road on your marital journey.  Take the time to recommit.  The rose is always available and accessible to be used as a sign of peace, love and honor during the course of your marriage!


Renewing Your Wedding Vows~ Think About the Rose Ceremony


My husband and I have decided to have a five-year wedding vow renewal.  We will be doing it alone….under a waterfall and then immediately being whisked off to front row seats to see Elton John.  My all time favorite singer.  This will be the most incredible day for me.  I skipped weddings both times I was married. I just wasn’t into it.  The Rose ceremony immediately spoke to me.  I am excited to be doing something to express my feelings to my husband in a way that feels intimate and true.

In the Rose Ceremony, the Bride and Groom give each other a red rose bud . Two red rose buds are all that is necessary. If you have children involved in the ceremony, you may have a rose for each of them too. The Rose Ceremony is placed near the end of the ceremony just “after” being pronounced husband and wife.

This ceremony is what I call an “add-on” ceremony. It is intended to be added into the wedding or renewal of vows ceremony. Tweak the wording to reflect a wedding or vow renewal. Ours is a vow renewal so below is what will be said.

In the old language of flowers, a single red rose has always meant “I love you”. The Rose ceremony gives recognition to the new and most honorable title of “Wife and Husband”.

This ceremony originates in a classic rose ceremony from a lost and elegant age. It was rewritten by the Hon. Mark Ovard and rewritten again by Larry James explaining the true meaning of the ceremony – and in ways that can endure through your married life together – this is a unique and meaningful addition to any marriage ceremony. It will also inspire your guests.


Sample Rose Ceremony:

Minister: Your first gift to each other for your vow renewal today has been your wedding rings – which shall always be an outward demonstration of your vows of love and respect and a public showing of your commitment to each other. In addition, you both have given and received one of the most valuable and precious gifts of life – one I hope you always remember – the gift of true and abiding love within the devotion of marriage.

You now have what remains the most honorable title that exists between a woman and a man – the title of “wife” and “husband.” It is now my great privilege to hand you a gift which sumbologize true love, that gift will be a single red rose bud.

(Minister hands each a red rose bud)


The rose is considered a symbol of love and a single rose always means only one thing – it means, “I love you.”

Please exchange the rose buds as your new gifts to each other as a continuation of life together as wife and husband.

Within these rose buds, if given proper loving care, is the potential for an even more beautiful expression of Life and Love in the form of the mature flower. And so it is with your marriage. At this point your marriage is like these rose buds – ready, with proper loving care – to unfold into a very beautiful expression of life.

Rick and Jane, I would ask that where ever you make your home in the future – whether it be a large and elegant home – or a small and graceful one – that you both select one very special location for roses; so that on each anniversary of this truly wonderful occasion you both may take a rose to that spot both as a recommitment to the holy vows which you have made before God and those present on this beautiful day.

Those of us who are already married know that marriage, like life, brings with it many joys and also many challenges. We also know that love, while beautiful, does not always show its prettiest face. There are days when we may find it hard to express the depth of our love for one another.

Sometimes it is difficult to find the right words. It might be difficult to find the words to say “I am sorry” or “I forgive you”; “I need you” or “I am hurting”. If this should happen, if you simply can not find these words, leave a rose at that spot which both of you have selected – for that rose then says what matters most of all and should overpower all other things and all other words.

That rose says, “I still love you.”

It is wise to understand this as a statement of love and the need, or request for that extra bit of tender loving care permits the beauty of the rose to come forth from the rose bud. So also will that love permit the beauty of maturity to come forth from your marriage in every situation. Your partner should accept this rose for the words which cannot be found, and remember the love and hope that you both share today.

Rick and Jane, if there is anything you remember of this marriage ceremony, it is that it was love that brought you here today, it is only love which can make it a glorious union, and it is by love which your marriage shall endure. Whatever the situation, love, understanding, acceptance and forgiveness can make everything all right.