Dress up your Ceremony

The ceremony is usually your guests first impression of your wedding so lets set the mood!  This is where a lot of photos will be taken of this special moment in your life, so how do you decorate? There are so many way to create the ultimate ceremony space.  It is amazing what flowers and a little imagination can do!

  • Doors

If you can find a set of old barn doors or historical weathered doors, you can drape a sheer fabric to soften and create a backdrop.  Have your florist create a beautiful garland or swag of flowers to accent.

  • Draping curtains

Whether you have a cozy indoor ceremony or a romantic outdoor setting, a simple way to create an altar is to drape fabric over branches of a large tree.  It’s romantic, simple, and with some added floral accents it will bring your garden wedding to life.  If you are working with an indoor space try an arch with draped fabric, florals and lights. Eye-catching and romantic!

  • Hanging a curtain of lights

Hanging lights is such a beautiful and romantic backdrop to your ceremony.  It will illuminate your event with a beautiful glow, and the pictures will be jaw dropping!

  • Flower or garland curtain

Create a backdrop with a curtain of flowers or have a simple, minimalistic look with greenery garlands. The things florists have down with flowers to create those soft and beautiful backdrops is amazing.

 

Stephanie & Jarrett at The Bradford Estate

Photos by Tiffany Atlas Photography

 

Roses Flower Curtain by Leigh Florist Weddings

 

Chic Rusitc Door Decor

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History of Boutonnieres

It’s no secret that most men aren’t really into flowers, especially wearing them. However, did you know a boutonniere is historically the manliest thing you are wearing as you walk down the aisle? If you’re the groom or even a groomsmen, you may be wondering about the flowers you may have to wear on the special day. You may feel silly wearing a flower especially if it’s a girly color like pink, but think about the big picture and how it connects you to your beautiful bride. It ties the two of you together in a special way on your wedding day.

If you read our History of corsages blog then you got a glimpse of where the boutonniere tradition comes from but let’s expand! Some believe that this tradition goes back to ancient Egypt and the Aztecs. They would wear certain colored blossoms to show their support for players who participated in sporting events.

Others believe that the tradition came from the battlefields of the civil wars in England where the bloom or bloom color signified friends or enemies from each other. Boutonnieres didn’t become popular on lapels until the early 19th century when fashions began to change. Bigger coats that folded over revealing the inside of a buttonhole, creating a lapel didn’t become popular until this time.

It is said that boutonnieres became popular for special occasions because flowers provided a perfume effect, warded off evil and disease.

Typically, the boutonniere the groom wears should be a bit different from that of his groomsman. Sometimes they are a fuller design or even a different flower of the same color. The blooms should be pinned to the left lapel of the tux or suit jacket. A good jacket will have a sturdy buttonhole to support the weight of the flower. Some flowers are heavier than others so you will need to make sure it is secured correctly. Most of the time the grooms boutonniere will match the bride’s bouquet and pull them together for a picture perfect look.

Boutonnieres by Leigh Florist

 

Hydrangea

If you have been invited to a wedding in the past couple of years, chances are you have seen the hydrangea flower in either the wedding centerpieces or even in bridal bouquets. If you are big on the meaning of flowers, hydrangea means love and admiration, making it a sought after flower by brides to-be.

Hydrangea was first cultivated in Japan, but they have recently found fossilized hydrangea in North America dating back millions of years. Hydrangea was not seen in Europe until the 18th century when a colonist brought the North American hydrangea plant over to England.

Today, hydrangea mainly grows in the Americas. Big hydrangea heads are many smaller blooms clustered together. The little star-shaped flowers grow along wooden stems and create a big, pompom shape, making them very versatile and very easy to use in arrangements.

The most common color of hydrangea is white, but they also come in a variety of colors; such as blue, red, pink, or purple. In hydrangea varieties, the exact color often depends upon the acidity or alkalinity of the soil. Acidic soils produce blue flowers, neutral soils produce pale cream petals, and alkaline soils result in pink or purple. They can also change color, or be bi-colored. All depending on how acidity is added or removed from the soil. Hydrangea is available all year round, making it great for any occasion you would like to celebrate!

Some brides often worry that if they choose hydrangea for their wedding flowers it will wilt easily.  If your florist sources the hydrangea from top quality sources and hydrates each bloom properly, you will have nothing to worry about.  They are a beautiful flower that will compliment any wedding arrangement.

Take a look at a past wedding we created which included hydrangea in the wedding bouquets and wedding centerpieces.

Alstromeria

Alstromeria is one of nature’s most exotic looking flowers, also known as Peruvian Lilies. It comes in a variety of shades and colors, making them a perfect choice for any occasion. The Peruvian lily represents friendship and devotion and come in a variety of colors making them an ideal match for any birthday, graduation, or a “just because” arrangement. A few of the most popular colors include shades of yellow, pink, orange, and white.  The Peruvian lily is a very long lasting flower that has multiple blooms on a single stem, making these a popular choice for designers to place in vases or bouquets.

Alstromeria is native to South America, but now grow all over the world.  It was brought to Europe in the 1800’s, by a Swedish Botanist.  Not long after his discovery of the Peruvian Lily, did the flower gain popularity among flower enthusiasts.  With their meaning of devotion and friendship people quickly started giving them as gifts to friends and family.

Tulip Garden arrangement by Leigh Florist featuring Peruvian lilies (Alstromeria). 

 

The Ring Bearer

A ring bearer was first called a pageboy in England, and it is said that he originally carried the bride’s train and a prayer book along with the rings. Today ring bearers sport a tuxedo just like the groom and are easily the cutest members of your bridal party. Traditionally, the ring bearer would carry the rings tied onto a satin pillow, but new trends are on the rise. Couples are putting a new spin on the traditional ring bearer pillow. Also, keep in mind that your ring bearer may take off and run the other way, so try tying fake rings to the pillow just in case! We’ve seen it happen!

Bells of Ireland

Molucella laevis, more commonly known as Bells of Ireland, are viewed as a symbol of luck.  Their dramatic profiles make them one of the most recognizable flowers.  Bells of Ireland usually grow up to 2ft tall or higher.  It’s blooms, known as bells or calyx, are a beautiful shade of lime green.  They grow up the length of the stem, and help conceal its defense mechanism, of little white spikes, that can be sharp. So, handle with care! It is open to debate whether or not Bells of Ireland are a flower, or foliage. Contrary to belief, Bells of Ireland are native to the Mediterranean coast lines. They are a part of the mint family. These gorgeous blooms help give a modern flair to any arrangement.  They would be perfect in an arrangement to anyone who just bought a new house, or started a new job to wish them good luck!

The Anemone

The Anemone is a beautiful classic flower that has many uses from bridal bouquets to everyday centerpieces. The genus Anemone consists of 120 species of perennial flowering plants, which grow from tubers. Anemones grow wild in many European countries, North America, and Japan. The name Anemone is of Greek descent and roughly means wind flower because it’s the wind that opens them up. They were also once used for medical purposes as well. They have been known to help treat cramps and emotional distress.

The anemone comes several different colors such as red, pink, magenta, purple and blue, but the white anemone has proven most popular.

When it comes to wedding flowers the anemone is mostly used in the bridal bouquet. With its pure white petals and deep black center it creates a classic look on its own. You can also create a more dramatic look depending on what other flowers you pair them with. These flowers are typically available from October to May, only two of the major wedding months. If this is a flower you love and would like to incorporate into your wedding be sure to consider your time frame. Check with your local florist to inquire about their availability, and color options.

Why You Will Get That Special Feeling with the Perfect Summer Wedding

A summer wedding is comes first to mind when it comes to plans of having the ideal wedding. A marriage is the communion of two souls in love. It is a promise that the two people in love will always remain by each other’s side in every turn of life. It is a commitment that one has to enter with the purest of heart and the strongest of feelings. And a marriage does not stop at that. It is the coming together of two families. From the day of the wedding, the two individuals and the two families become one.

No wonder it is unanimously agreed and felt that weddings have to be special. Since it takes place once in a lifetime it has to be one of the most memorable days in our lives.

Therefore a prefect summer wedding is what people prefer. The reason being that summer is the time when the flowers bloom in abundance to show off their beauty. The birds sing the most beautiful songs and the wind carries the message of the lovers. Summer is the most romantic time of the year and a lot of people in this world choose to have a summer wedding.

With summer come numerous themes for the perfect summer wedding. One way of enjoying the ideal weather condition is to have the entire arrangements outdoors with nature as a backdrop. Depending on where you live, you could choose a garden wedding, a farmhouse theme, a beach wedding, a castle or even a hilltop wedding. There is ample space and the atmosphere is perfect for a perfect summer wedding with memories to last a lifetime.

Perhaps one of the most important and economic ways of setting up the perfect wedding venue is the use of <a rel=”nofollow” onclick=”javascript:_gaq.push([‘_trackPageview’, ‘/outgoing/article_exit_link’]);” href=“http://www.americanfloraldistributors.com”> bright and colorful summer flowers </a>. The foremost thing one should decide upon when going for a summer wedding is the right combination of flowers to use and how to display them. A summer wedding will lack perfection if the vibrant and lively summer flowers are not given their due importance. Any theme or any location a summer wedding without the proper flower arrangements is like a cake without the icing.

Summer Weddings – Nothing Can Beat the Beauty of Summer Weddings

Many people have always dreamt of having the perfect summer wedding. The weather is at its best and there is the fresh smell of exotic flowers in the breeze. This is the season of love and beauty. Who does not want to start a new life in the season of love?

Summer weddings are the latest trend in the market. The market is overflowing with concepts related to summer weddings specials. The best part about having a wedding in the summer is that it can be held out in the open under the clear blue sky. Many feel that the idea of having a beach theme wedding is the best they could have for a wedding.

Having chosen the summer season for your wedding, you do not have to worry about the cold or the rain. You as well as your guests can wear the nicest of dresses and flaunt it happily. And since the weather is good it puts everybody in the mood of merriment.

Moreover, summer weddings are especially preferred by the groom and the bride because it makes the arrangements all the more easier. One does not have to worry about a stray blizzard that might pose a problem.

The use of flowers is the most important thing in any summer wedding. Weddings are incomplete without the flowers that deck every part of the venue and touch the hearts of the onlookers. <a rel=”nofollow” onclick=”javascript:_gaq.push([‘_trackPageview’, ‘/outgoing/article_exit_link’]);” href=“www.americanfloraldecorations.com”> Colorful summer flowers </a> add to the beauty of the occasion and spread the freshness around.

Flowers play an integral role in every occasion related to a wedding, be it a shower or the honeymoon suite. Flowers can give a special touch of the love that forms part of each wedding. Summer weddings are incomplete without the excellent display of myriad varied flowers of different colors.

Summer weddings can be the ideal time to hold a wedding because there is a magic in the air. It is lovely to get married in this time of the year because in a marriage everything has to be perfect. What better perfection can be asked for – perfect weather, perfect flowers, perfect environment and perfect love for the perfect wedding!

Summer Medley Bouquet – A Sweet Reminder of Your Love

In our fast-paced life we hardly get time to spend with our family at home and even much less to get in touch with our friends and family who are far off. There are times when we miss them awfully. The best way to stay in touch even when you are miles apart is to send them lovely flowers. Cheerful, bright, Summer Medley bouquets sent to your loved ones will serve as a sweet reminder of your love for them. Just imagine the look of immense joy on their face when they receive these flowers. It is worth a million dollars.

Planning to have an all-girls party at your friend’s place and want to take something special to make things more fun? The best choice would be a bright bouquet of brilliant yellow and orange flowers.

If it is your sister’s or your best friend’s baby shower, you obviously want do something so special for the expectant mother who is filled with excitement and apprehension. Brighten up the whole place with dazzling Summer Medley bouquets. Whether you use them as a theme, flower arrangements, or centerpieces, these summer fun bouquets, with their vivid colors, will bring more joy than you can ever imagine.

Are you having a summer wedding? Then what could be more apt than a summer wedding theme? Not only will the brilliant summer blooms brighten up your wedding, you will also save a bunch of money using summer flowers like delphinium, gerbera daisies, chrysanthemums, and roses.

Summer flowers go beyond all these occasions. They will cheer someone who is recovering in the hospital. A bunch of these stunningly bright flowers will definitely make their day.

For all occasions, from birthdays to weddings, anniversaries to baby showers, or even when there is no occasion at all, you can pick Summer Medley bouquets at OnlineFlowers.com and lift the spirits of those near and dear to you.