Throwing the Bouquet: Is It a Must?

The tradition of a bride throwing her bouquet dates back to sometime around the 14th century. It began as a way of keeping guests from trying to grab parts of the bride’s dress for luck. Today, it is still a fun tradition with the single ladies waiting to catch the bouquet as a symbol that they’ll be the next to be married.

While this can be a fun part of a wedding, many brides want to keep their bouquets as a memento of their wedding. With so many beautiful preservation methods available, the bouquet can be a special addition to your wedding photos.

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One way to achieve both is to have a second bouquet for the toss. This is often referred to as a “fortune bouquet” and is a smaller version of the main bouquet. It can also be the same as the bouquets the bridesmaids carry. Throwing this bouquet allows you to have the fun of the toss without losing or damaging your own bouquet.

To find out more about creating a fortune bouquet, or how to work this tradition into your wedding, give us a call or come by our West Allis florist shop today!

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Creating a Forest Feel with Your Wedding Flowers

Do you dream of a wondrous woodland feel for your wedding day? The best way to create this natural style is with your wedding flowers.

An enchanted forest style can be created by bringing in a mix of flowers and greenery. This will reflect the reality of nature, and can give your venue a cool feeling at any time of the year.

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Another way to recreate the forest feel is to think high. Taking your floral decoration upwards will make your guests feel like they’re in the shaded overhang of an old-growth forest. Instead of seeing a ceiling, they’ll see the beauty of nature enveloping them.

Of course, you can combine this type of decoration with either high or low centerpieces. Again, a combination of greenery and flowers is the perfect choice, and you can also consider giving your guests a living plant as favors for even more coverage. This allows them to take a piece of your magical forest wedding home with them.

To find out how to create an enchanted forest style for your Wisconsin wedding, come by our West Allis flower shop or give us a call today!

Wedding buttonholes

Believe it or not, buttonholes for weddings started off as a small group of flowers for the men getting married to ward off evil spirits!  These days however, they are an elegant touch on a wedding day, and a good way of seeing who’s in the wedding party as well.  There is more choice than there ever has been before, and you no longer have to use traditional roses or carnations.

More people are using exotic flowers such as orchids, and they aren’t sticking with the more traditional colors.  As some people are now veering away from more traditional weddings; wearing colors instead of white, different themes and bridesmaid colors as well, there is much more scope to be creative with wedding flowers including buttonholes.  Take as much time as you do on the buttonholes as you do the bouquets; it’s the little touches that can really make a difference when it comes to weddings.  By putting thought into wedding flowers you guarantee you will get something a bit different that stands out from the rest of weddings, and a great and original looking buttonhole for the men in your wedding party can tie them in to the theme of the wedding as well as brighten up any suit.  For more information on unique buttonholes visit our website.Image

4 Fabulous Wedding Flower Trends for 2014

If you’re planning your 2014 Wisconsin wedding, now is the perfect time to think about your ideal flowers. While you obviously won’t be able to pick them up and store them in a hall closet until your big day, you should know what they’ll look like. Here are four big trends for the coming year to inspire you.

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  • Outdoor styles: Think trees and natural styles. The trend has been growing over the past few years, but is set to really take over in 2014. Don’t feel like you need to dig up a forest, though. Create tree-like centerpieces with a combination of delicate twigs and flowers.
  • Bird cage displays: This is a home décor trend that is crossing over to weddings in the coming year. Bird cages and bird themed décor is being given the floral touch, as romantic styled cages are being filled to bursting with gorgeous blooms.
  • Succulents: This became big this year, and is set to continue in 2014. If you’re planning an eco-friendly wedding day, these are the perfect choice, as your guests can take them home and replant them.
  • Bee friendly: The importance of bees has been a big story for the foodies, and this bee-friendly focus is coming to flowers, too. Wildflowers and local flowers are at the base of this trend, with many couples also offering guests seed bombs as wedding favors.

To find out more about choosing a perfectly on-trend flower style for your Wisconsin wedding, give us a call or stop by our West Allis flower shop today!

Using Accent Colors for Your Wedding Flowers

Your wedding includes more than one color, and having a full color palette can give your big day a rich feeling. This same idea can be applied to your wedding flowers.

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  • Choose a main color. Having one main color for your wedding flowers can give all the arrangements and bouquets a sense of unity. Think about one of your main wedding colors for this, and don’t forget that white is also one of your colors!
  • Choose an accent color. This is a secondary color that will really make your main color pop. It doesn’t have to be a bold color, and pale shades such as peach or pink can work well next to white blooms.
  • Choose paired colors. Along with a main color and accent color, consider looking at paired colors. This year has been full of some new combinations – yellow and grey, emerald and peach – that can give your wedding a great modern feel. These can also be included in your wedding flowers, including your bouquet, boutonnieres, and centerpieces.

To find out more about how to combine colors for your wedding flowers, give us a call or come by our West Allis flower shop today!

 

Wedding Flowers: You Don’t Need to Be a Flower Expert!

If you don’t know your primroses from your peonies, or baby’s breath from begonias, choosing your wedding flowers might seem like an impossible task. You might feel intimidated by the idea of putting together bouquets, but don’t be! You don’t need to be a flower expert to have beautiful wedding flowers.

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To take all of the pressure off of you, you can ask an experienced florist to create everything on your behalf. All you really need is your wedding colors, and any particular theme that will need to be matched.

You can have some input, too. When you meet with your florist, have a look around and tell them which types of flowers you do or don’t like the look of. When you choose a few favorites, your florist can build the rest of your bouquet around these.

Whatever you do, though, be sure you’re working with a great florist with experience creating floral arrangements for Wisconsin weddings. When you come to Belaire Flowers, we can help you whether you’re an avid gardener or floral novice. Get in touch or come by our West Allis flower shop to find out more about creating the perfect flowers for your wedding day.

What to Do With Your Flowers After the Wedding

You’ve planned the perfect flowers for your wedding, but do you know what to do with your fabulous blooms after the big day? Here are some great ideas.

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  • Give them away to guests. Many guests will ask about taking a centerpiece home. This is a great way to share the lasting fun of your wedding day with them.
  • Preserve them. Whether you dry them, press them, or have them professional preserved, your wedding flowers can be a lasting memento of your wedding day.
  • Donate them. Find a local nursing home or hospital and arrange to donate them. It’s a great way to spread the joy of your wedding day while doing something great for the community.

Whatever you do with your wedding flowers, making sure they’re top quality blooms can make them last longer and give you the perfect look on your wedding day. To find out more about wedding flowers in Milwaukee, or to discuss the flowers for your West Allis wedding, give us a call today!