Many years ago, strong smelling herbs were carried down the aisle to ward off evil spirits. It was only fairly recently when flowers started being used (particularly by the time Queen Victoria married Prince Albert). Some say that flowers became popular to hide offensive odors since people bathed much less frequently than now. However, different flowers often carried different meanings. Check out these top 5 flowers for a Summer wedding bouquet.
The peony has a long-standing tradition of being the ornamental flower for special occasions. It’s large blossom and divine fragrance led the ancient Chinese to call it “The King of Flowers”. Peonies come in a wide range of colors and are perfect for whatever design you have in mind! Most types of peony come in shades of pink, from a soft, pale pink to a vibrant, hot pink. Several species are red or yellow. These flowers can be a bouquet in themselves or a part of a mix of flowers, such as roses and hydrangeas.
This flower is native to Eastern Asia and has a name that, in Greek, means ‘beautiful crown’. A matsumoto aster has a bright yellow center surrounded by pink or purple petals. Asters are perfect for those considering sunflowers, but want something a bit smaller and less expensive. Less traditional than roses or dahlias, an aster is a subtle way to capture your individuality and are especially flattering as part of an outdoor wedding ceremony.
Dahlias are one of the most popular picks for wedding flowers. They are symbolic of lasting grace and inner strength. The flowers have multi-layered petals, occasionally in boldly contrasting colors. The scent is quintessentially floral and will take you back to long-ago summer sunsets. In full bloom, the dahlias look warm and inviting, a stylish homage to the comforts of home.
The classic emblem of love and eternity, roses will never be cliché. While widely used, the staggering beauty and timeless elegancy of the rose makes it a great choice for your bouquet. Although white roses are traditional, for a summer wedding pink, yellow, orange, even purple roses make for the perfect complement to your flower arrangement.
Often underrated, the daisy can be the ideal addition to your bouquet. Inexpensive and cheerful, the daisy represents ‘bubbling over with happiness’ – the same feeling you and yours will feel on this special day. White daisies have the unique ability to change colors if placed in water mixed with food coloring. This means you can have a flower that is the exact shade to match your color scheme. Additionally, for those brides who want a more natural style, chamomile daisies offer an adorable wildflower look, either on their own or mixed in with the rest of the bouquet.
When deciding what flower to include in your bouquet, be sure it has some significance to you. It could be for eternal love or for inner strength or even just your favorite flower.
After spending months preparing for your big day, it’s hard to just sit back and enjoy the fruits of your labor. Sometimes, a bride can get so caught up in making sure everything goes to plan that she lets the most important day of her life pass her by without even realizing it! Here are five ways to help you savior this day and enjoy it to the fullest.
#1 – Eat Breakfast! – You’ve been trying for weeks to get the perfect body for your big day. However, the morning of your wedding is not going to make or break you. It’s time to stop counting calories and load up on fuel. It is going to be a super long, super active day and you will be on your feet for most of it. So get some protein and vitamins while you can – dinner is not guaranteed for the girl everyone wants to hug and take photos with. Also, be sure to drink plenty of water! Feeling lackluster and dehydrated on your wedding day is NOT what you want.
#2 – Pack a Pair of Flip-Flops or Flats – While those heels complete your dream ensemble, after a couple of hours, your feet are going to be screaming! Wear the fancy brand shoes for the ceremony and the photo shoot afterwards, but for the dinner, no one will hold it against you if you switch into a pair of cute flats or even flip-flops. The reception is about talking with all your guests and, more importantly, dancing! Have one of your bridesmaids bring along a pair of comfy shoes for when you are ready to bust a move.
#3 – Be the Star, Not the Director – You have worked out every possible detail for this day. Now is the time to hand the reigns off to someone else. Whether it is a hired wedding-day consultant, your maid of honor, or your mom, let somebody else run around to check on everything. A lot is going to be happening at once and for the most part, you will be secluded somewhere getting ready. Designate a trustworthy second in command so you can relax and enjoy your own wedding.
#4 – Have a Good Sense of Humor – Even if you are somehow managing to direct the action, something(s) are still going to go wrong. It’s inevitable. Yet barring some second cousin spilling red wine on your dress, it’s not that big of a deal. Ten years from now people aren’t going to remember if the flowers were wilted or that waiter spilled the soup. However, they will remember if the bride had a major meltdown. So no matter what the best man says in his speech, be sure to keep your cool.
#5 – Remember what it’s all About – At the end of the day, your wedding isn’t about color schemes or beverage options – it’s about starting the first day of the rest of your life with the man of your dreams. Be with him as much as you can this day and make a point to create a few memories.
Things will go wrong, people will make mistakes, DJ’s are never as good as they claim. But this is your day! Enjoy your moment in the spotlight.
For your wedding, everything should be beautiful and everyone should be happy. This is easier said than done. There are few things in life more difficult to plan than a wedding. Just finding the perfect bridal dress can be a stress fest. Why cause extra anxiety when it comes to bridesmaids’ dresses? Below are three simple rules to help you make your choice.
#1 – Be Nice – Have no fear- you will be the most beautiful person at your wedding. So there’s no reason to make your ladies suffer with atrocious cuts or colors. Pick a hue that is complimentary to your color scheme but also to your friends’ complexions. Your choice will trump theirs every time but make sure they feel happy with the selection. Don’t choose a heavy fabric for a summer wedding; don’t choose the most expensive dress you can find. Also, consider the girls in your crew- is anyone on the heavier side? Is anyone really tall? Nothing can ruin somebody’s good time like wearing the wrong outfit for her body type. There are plenty of designs that are good for everyone (think empire waists or A-line cuts). Of course you want your wedding photos to look amazing but you want your friends to have a lot of fun too.
#2 – Cohesion – A recent trend is to have bridesmaids wear different dresses for the wedding- different cuts, different fabrics, even different colors! This can alleviate a lot of stress for your friends and help ensure that they feel great about how they look. However, this is by no means an excuse for a free for all. Every bridesmaid should not go out and buy a dress on her own. This can make for some really awkward photos! Rather, talk about it together. Figure out which shades of color will complement each other as well as the setting of the ceremony. Let each woman decide the neckline that she feels most comfortable with but agree upon a hem length. This is a simple yet effective way to create a cohesive, photographic look. And at the end of the day, it’s the photo that this struggle is really for, right?
#3 – Don’t Wait – Don’t make this task the last on your to do list. It going to take a significant amount of time just to decide on what dress to wear- especially if you have a lot of bridesmaids – and that is just the first step in the process. The dresses need to be ordered, fittings need to be scheduled, matching shoes and accessories need to be found. It could take several weeks, if not months, to completely attire your bridesmaids. Be proactive and get this job out of the way so you and your friends can focus on more important decisions – like what cake to have and which wine to drink.
Most likely, your bridesmaids are the ladies nearest and dearest to you. This day is a big day for them too. Remember to keep calm and work together to sort out any issues. That way all the memories you have of your wedding are happy ones.