Category Archives: Bouquets

Wedding bouquets for the bride and bridesmaids.

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The Search Begins For Unique Green Flowers

Green is a beautiful color, and especially so when appearing in the form of a flower. Of the many shades of green, pale green or sage green are probably most suited to weddings. Green flowers are typically unique, and that may be why brides choose them to be part of her wedding celebration.

Green hydrangeas
Budding Limelight Hydrangea
My personal favorite green flower is the hydrangea, but they can be tricky to keep looking fresh once cut. A reputable florist should know how to work with hydrangeas so they won’t be wilted by the end of the day. Hydrangeas come in two basic flower shapes, round or elongated. My photo shows Limelight hydrangea, which can be quite green as it begins to grow, but turns out to be mostly white. Many hydrangea varieties will be green in the budding stage. The ‘Endless Summer‘ blue hydrangea tends to fade to beautiful shades of green as Autumn nears. The flower I used in the wedding design below began as bright blue. Eventually it faded to this pretty green while on the bush.
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Custom Wedding Invitations with Green Hydrangeas

Hydrangea blooms are so large that a single flower can fill a vase, or fill out a bridal bouquet. If cared for correctly, they will dry to a beautiful stem that will keep for a long time. Hydrangeas also one of the few flowers that come in beautiful shades of blue.

green orchid
Green Orchid (photo by nitli @ Pixabay)
The long stems of green orchids will add lovely interest to a bridal bouquet or table centerpiece. Orchids are tropical and work well in a beach themed setting, but they are not solely used in this way. Be aware that orchids can cost a pretty penny, and couples on a budget may want to use them sparingly.

Succulents have made a splash into the wedding scene over recent years, and they come in a wide variety of shapes, textures, sizes and colors. I have a whole collection of blue-green succulent stationery which is a very good seller, and you may view THE WEDDING COLLECTION here.

Don’t forget about the button chrysanthemum, which is a bright addition to any floral arrangement.
green chrysanthemum

A little green flower that may be less known is the lenton rose. This is my photo of the one growing in my yard, and it’s not as green as some of the varieties. The hellebore, or Lenton Rose, is an odd little flower, which blooms before the snow disappears in Spring. They also come in lovely shades of pink.

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Lenton Rose (Hellebore)

Stems, leaves and dried flowers can also add some green to any floral arrangement. These additions also add texture and interest.

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Types of Tropical Wedding Flowers

tropical flowersHere I will list the most popular types of tropical wedding flowers. Although exotic botanicals are gorgeous, you will pay the price for being unique. With a tight wedding budget, choosing to include only a few big, tropical blooms, among cheaper flowers, might be the way to go. The tropics are colorful places, and the flowering flora make them so. A little can go a long way when creating bouquets and centerpieces.

If the wedding theme is summer or beach, and you won’t really be getting married in tropical destination, talk to a reputable florist about prices. Don’t wait until the last minute or you may not be able to get what you want. Prices may vary according to the time of year you order exotic flowers. Some flowers, like the hibiscus, are fairly common, and others are harder to come by.orange hibiscus stickers

Traveling to a location where beautiful flowers grow in the warmth and humidity will probably mean you won’t have trouble finding flowers for your wedding day. Be sure to call ahead to order them. It’s never a good idea to wait until the last minute, or assume there will be plenty to choose from.

wedding sticker heartThe bird-of-paradiseThe bird-of-paradise is a knock out flower. It’s unique form and beauty is unparalleled. It is immediately recognized because of it’s large, pointy petals which resemble a bird in flight. The plants bloom September through May, so it may difficult to buy the flowers for June, July and August weddings. Or perhaps the price will rise in those months. The large leaves resemble banana plants, and can be used in bouquets to add interest.

Orchids are another wise choice for tropical, destination weddings. They come in many colors and varieties. Cymbidium orchids are one of the few flowers that has a true green color that is coveted by brides. Orchids are so popular that they are easy to find and use to decorate for a wedding. But the price tends to be higher than for other wedding flowers.green orchids wedding sticker

stargazer lily wedding stickerLilies come in many forms and the calla lily and stargazer lily are showy and bright. Often the calla lily will be included in bouquets. It’s slender, delicate cone shape lends elegance to bridal bouquets. Brides love the stunning red-to-maroon color, and pure white. The stargazer is dark pink with spots on sturdy petals. It has a lovely perfume and for that reason, it may not be a good idea to include it in centerpieces that will be on the dining tables.

plumeria frangipani stickersThe small and lovely plumeria / frangipani flower is a popular choice. It grows abundantly in warm climates and on the Hawaiian Islands it is often used to make leis. Brides will often choose to wear a lei instead of carrying a bouquet. She could carry a small bunch of flowers, or a single large stem, or a seashell filled with tiny blooms as she walks down the aisle.

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It’s Easy to Make Your Own Hawaiian Lei

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Lei of Plumeria Flowers – image from Wikipedia
Hawaiian leis are traditionally worn, in the islands, to celebrate special events. I picture them made of beautiful, island flowers, but leis can be made from a variety of items, as Malani mentions in these videos.

With the abundance of plumeria and hibiscus plants in the tropics, those flowers are among some of the most popular to use. Orchids are also a lovely choice, or use on their own, in a flower lei. Purple orchids are used in the first video.

Unless it’s a Hawaiian wedding, finding leis for the couple and/or guests to wear, may be a bit difficult. They would probably have to be ordered, unless you decide to make the leis yourself. And doing so is not difficult, just a bit time consuming. I’m thinking that the bridesmaids could help with this wedding chore!

In this video, Malani shows us how to make a single, orchid lei using string and a package of purple orchids.

If you’d like your leis to last, as a keepsake from the wedding day for instance, make a silk flower lei, as shown in the video below.

Find more lei making videos at YouTube, including one about leis for boys. If you plan to have a ring bearer, it might be something needed for him.

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Succulents For Weddings

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Wedding Ceremony Invitations

Succulents, or “hens and chickens”, have become a popular choice to use in place of, or with, wedding flowers. There are many types of succulents, but the most often seen in bridal bouquets and on reception tables are the green ones with the spiky “petals”. They provide visual interest to bouquets and arrangements. In pots they can make a cute presentation either alone or alongside other flowers or elements. Easy to grow and drought tolerant, wedding favors made up of this plant will tend to not wilt from lack of water. We have succulents on wedding stationery at Country Wedding.
The agave and aloe plants are in the succulent family. Often the plants with the close, compact and pointed leaves are chosen to decorate for weddings. Either a single plant is used, or a grouping of many and they come in all sizes.

Here I will list some different types of succulent plantsContinue reading Succulents For Weddings

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Starfish and Blue in Your Seashell Bouquet!

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Starfish Bridal Bouquet (photo used with permission)

I wrote a little about seashell bouquets in a previous post and since then I have stumbled upon a designer who makes some gorgeous looking themed bouquets, like the one pictured, with starfish and shells with blue beads.

This unique “Blue Starfish Bouquet” for a beach bride was created by Kimberly Aurora and is for sale at her Etsy online store.  She has a stunning array of these lovely, beachy adornments for Brides to carry, Grooms to wear, and Bridesmaids to hold.  And remember – these bouquets won’t wilt and die – they become keepsakes and could even be passed down through generations.

Kimberly has a complete description beneath each design at her Romantic Flowers site and will even create hair pieces to match the shells used in the bouquets. The little boutonnieres are adorable too. She lists the elements used and will do custom work so the Bride may choose colors and make changes to the pictured bouquet as needed.

If these sea life bouquets look heavy, Kimberly even lists the weight (in some cases) along with the size dimensions and they are not overly large and heavy. She also posts a group of photos on each page for various views of the bouquets and additional matching items.

Many thanks to Kimberly for allowing me to use her photo here.

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Beach Wedding Bouquet Ideas

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Image by Magalie L’Abbé via Flickr

The options are endless for beach wedding bouquet ideas. The hardest part is deciding what kind of bouquet shape you would like and the flowers and accents to go in it.  Pretty little plumeria flowers come in gorgeous tropical colors, and of course the orchid is a stunning addition to any bouquet.

Hopefully this blog can give you some great ideas, or at least some information on the different types of tropical flowers that are great for beach weddings.

The different bouquet arrangements:

  • The classic wedding bouquet arrangements are either the round or cascading bouquet.
  • The more contemporary bouquets include the single flower, arm bouquet, or teardrop design.
  • Some beach brides choose to include a tropical flower in their hair or a Hawaiian lei.
  • Plumeria
  • Tropical Hibiscus
  • Birds of Paradise
  • Lillie (the stargazer, tiger, gloriosa, or calla lily flowers are all gorgeous choices)
  • Orchids
  • Nasturtium
  • Dahlias

These are only a few of the hundreds of choices of flowers for tropical bouquets. Many bouquets include a combination of the flowers listed above. You can also add in some accents of seashells, starfish, pearls, coral, etc…

Another great idea is to hand tie the bouquet (a very casual look) with fish net or rope.

You also may want to decide if you are going to use silk flowers are the real thing. Many brides use real flowers for their bouquets and silk ones for table and other decorations. One thing to think about is that if you are having a beach wedding, the flowers you buy must be able to withstand the heat, humidity, and sun. So make sure to do your research and check out tropical bouquets online. There really are some unique and beautiful designs.

The best part about having a beach wedding, is that your options for decorations and colors are endless. Pretty much any type of flower, color, or design will look beautiful against the backdrop of the sun, sand, and surf!

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