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.

hydrangeawedding

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.

gerberawedding

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.

Conclusion

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.

 

Sping Flowers In Mason Jars~ Quirky and Just Plain Fun

One of my very favorite ways to display spring/summer flowers is in simple mason jars.  It’s so easy to go to the local Trader Joe’s or flower market and pick out some seasonal blooms, cut the stems to the right size and pop into mason jars.  Try jars filled with a different color of tulips around the house! So pretty, so easy, so fun!

I’ve got a large Hen Party planned for this month and my large-sized blue mason jars are being pulled out. I plan on using big puffy white flowers, like Peonies or Hydrangeas. I’m going all white for this party which I have never done before! White flowers in blue mason jars, white table tops, white dress. With just a pop of color from the blue jars and green folliage. Should be interesting!

Once the spring blooms are in abundance at my favorite Trader Joe’s my weekly stop for brightly colored spring blooms is the highlight of my week.  I just love to come home and fill about half a dozen mason jars to brighten my kitchen for the week.  No special occasion needed!

I’ve used these arrangements for Homecoming pasta feeds, birthday parties, bridal showers, baby showers, dinner parties and mostly just for kitchen decoration to make my home look and feel cheery and colorful. They also make wonderful gifts.

Your local craft store or even grocery will sell mason jars in all types of sizes and colors.  I have an assortment in my hall closet that I pull from depending on the occasion and types of flowers I am using.

If you are lucky enough to own any of your grandmothers mason jar collections (my Grams canned fruit and had TONS of mason jars) – the vintage look for weddings is totally back in style! How easy to DIY and save some money while adding significance by using jars from your relations (especially if they are not their to enjoy the occasion with you). In spirit they will be by using their mason jars and beautiful blossoms! Love the idea!

Peony for Your Wedding Flower?

 peonywedding

Picking the type and color scheme of flowers for your wedding can seem daunting.  Though if you research a little and discover the romantic meaning of certain flowers you can narrow the field of choices down pretty quickly.  Todays expample will be the Peony, which means……………. Happy marriage, Bashfulness, Prosperity! An excellent choice to start your marriage off on the right foot, IMHO.  There are lots of other flowers to chose from and we will cover them but today it is Peony day!

I remember a boyfriend sending me a bouquet of red roses while he was away, but it was not the roses that impressed me as much as the fact that he had asked for one single Forget-me-not to be included – I didn’t need anyone to tell me what that meant, but it is not always as obvious what flowers mean. Are you planning a wedding soon?  Would you like to know what your wedding bouquet will say? If so, read on…

peony

Subtle and secret messages can be given by choosing flowers carefully. It is believed that the flower language began in Turkey during the seventeenth century. Romantic lovers began using floral exchanges to convey emotional messages using the flower meanings. The Victorians became very knowledgeable in the flower language and chose their bouquets carefully. Flowers gave them a secret language that enabled them to communicate feelings that the propriety of the times would not allow. Flower selections were limited and people used more symbols and gestures to communicate than words.

I have listed a few flowers and their meaning below, and if you are still deciding, I hope that this will give a little inspiration and you will have fun choosing which flowers to select for your wedding flowers. This list includes what I think fits in best with weddings but feel free to look at the longer lists to see if something pops out that’s just right for your unique wedding.

Agapanthus – Flower of love

Allium – Unity, Humility, Patience

Alstromeria – Devotion,Wealth, Good fortune

Anemone – Anticipation, Lust,Forsaken

Bluebell – Humility, Everlasting love

Calla Lily – Magnificent beauty

Cornflower – Delicacy, Hope in love, Blessedness

Cosmos – Beautiful Dahlia – Dignity, Elegance, Good taste

Daisy – Innocence, Loyal love, Purity, Gentleness, Romance, Cheerfulness

Delphinium – Flight of fancy, Ardent, Attachment, Agility

Forget-me-not – Faithful love, Undying hope, Memories, True love, Do not forget

Freesia – Innocence, Trust, Friendship

Gerbera – Happiness, Cheerfulness

Gypsophilia – Pure of Heart, Innocence

Hibiscus – Delicate beauty Hydrangea – Thank you for understanding

Iris – Faith, Wisdom, Valor, Promise, Hope, Friendship

Ivy – Wedded love, Fidelity,Frienship, Affection

Jasmine – Amiability Lilac (white) – Youthful innocence, Purity, Modesty

Lilac  – First emtion of love

Lily (pink) – Youth, Acceptance,Prosperity

Lily (white) – Youthful love, Purity

Lily of the Valley – Return to happiness, Sweetness, Devotion

Lisianthus – Appreciation Mexican

Orange Blossom – Purity, Eternal love, Marriage

Orchid – Refined love, Beautiful lady

Peony – Happy marriage, Bashfulness, Prosperity

mason+jar+filled+with+pink+peonies

(I am a huge fan of the mason jar, if you planning  a wedding  on  a budget  think about simple mason jars filled with your fav flowers for your centerpieces.  They are charming and whimsical!  Your local craft store will sell all sizes and colors of mason jars.  I also highly recomend using http://www.bloomsbythebox.com/ to buy your flowers and make your own arrangements.  Have a hen party and put all your centerpieces togther the day before the wedding.  It’s wonderful bonding time and it will soothe your nerves. Trust me on this one.)

Poppy – Pleasure, imagination, Wealth

Primrose – I cannot live without you

Ranunculus – I am dazzled by your charms, radiant

Rose – Confidentiality, Love, Passion

Stephanotis – Happiness in marriage, Desire to travel

Sunflower – Adoration, Pride, Sunshine, Longevity

Tulip – Perfect lover, Romance

Note –  Depending on the culture, quite different meanings of flowers are attached to the same blooms, so you may find variations. This is my short list of wedding flowers and thier  meanings.