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Wedding Bouquets - Differences, Similarities and Definitions

You know you need bouquets for your wedding day, but are you not quite sure what is what? Traditionally, the entire wedding party would either carry a bouquet, wear a boutonniere or a corsage. The conventional arrangements for the bride include:

Beidermeier: A Beidermeier is a nosegay made up of concentric circles of different flowers for a somewhat striped effect.

Cascade: A cascading bouquet is like a waterfall – spilling blooms and greenery that is anchored in a hand-held base.

Yellow Roses -  1Classic Hand-Tied Bouquet: A dense bunch of blooms that are either anchored in a bouquet holder, wired together, or hand-tied.

Composite: A composite is a hand made creation in which different petals or buds are wired together on a single stem; this creates the illusion of one giant flower.

Nosegay: A nosegay bouquet is a small, round cluster of flowers that are all cut to a uniform length. This is a style that was popularized in the Victorian period, and is enjoying its popularity today again. A nosegay is usually made with one dominant flower or colour, and wrapped tightly with a ribbon or lace to give it a delicate appearance.

Pomander: A pomander is a bloom that is perfect for children in a wedding party since it is a bloom covered ball suspended from ribbon that is commonly wore tied to the wrist.

Posy: A posy bouquet can be a formal, semi-formal, or informally built bouquet. A small, rounded bouquet, the posy consists of smaller flowers that can be wired together tightly by their stems.

Trailing: A trailing bouquet is a softly trailing array of flowers which have a relatively narrow trail from the top to the bottom. The top is notTrailing Bouquet rounded like a posy.

For bridesmaids bouquets you want to keep in mind that the maid-of-honour bouquet is usually larger or a different colour than the rest of the bridesmaid’s bouquets, although this is not always the case. The bridesmaid’s bouquets should compliment the bridal bouquet, but are usually smaller in size. The colour typically matches the bridesmaid’s dresses and the colour theme of the wedding.

Conventionally, the flower girl just sprinkles flowers and petals in the path of the bride, but recently they have begun to carry bouquets too, or baskets full of flowers, floral wands or scepters. Sometimes the flower girl wears a pomander instead.

Ultimately, the bride’s bouquet should be selected to compliment the dress and body shape of the bride, plus reflect her personality. The bridal bouquet originated from the ancient belief that spices and herbs (like garlic and chives) would protect the entire wedding party from bad luck, evil spirits, and ill health. The Greeks and Romans would litter flowers before the couple to symbolize the essence of love. Now we select our flowers based on the meanings that were applied during the Victorian era.

Traditionally, the bride’s bouquet was made of white, or cream, coloured flowers with flowers such as orchids, roses, carnations and gardenias. Certain flowers have special meaning though, so some brides may wish to include them in their bouquet to send a special message to their partner. Nowadays they may also work against tradition, and not include white or cream coloured flowers, but instead select bright, bold colours.

Bouquets help to create the overall mood of the occasion. Therefore, many things should be considered when selecting the flowers for a wedding bouquet. The bouquet should help create the overall mood of the occasion. If you need help with flower meaning, please reference this article.


What’s Hot, What’s Not: 2011 Wedding Trends

Thursday, 28 October 2010 01:38

Black and White Wedding Dress

Are you planning to tie the knot in 2010? Want to have the wedding of the year, following all the new-and-up-and-coming trends? Is a white gown really necessary anymore?  Whether you want to follow tradition or be a trendsetter – 2010 has oodles of options for all kinds of brides.

Black Wedding Dress

2010 is a year where tradition seems to be thrown to the wind – designers are trying new, quirky ways to give your wedding extra pizzazz this season. So if your wedding is going to be extra spicy we’re hoping to give you some tips about what flowers may emphasize the stunning clothing and colours that are going to be hot, hot, hot.

For the 2010 wedding season, metallics and the classic white gown are taking a backseat and giving way to a lineup of bold, vibrant hues with eye-catching embellishments. If you are planning a wedding, choose from any of these top colour schemes to stay in line with the 2010 top trends.

White, pastel greens and lilacs are so 2009. In 2010 wedding colours are bright and bold, deep and rich! Vibrant red, bold turquoise, and bright greens are the colours that stand out in the new year, as well as deep browns and plum.  Plus, for the fashion-forward bride, black wedding gowns are growing in popularity. This colour scheme was popular on the Paris fashion runways in 2008, and has remained a hot trend in wedding dresses ever since – each year increasing in popularity. Black dresses tend to be embellished with lace and pearls. Black seem too dynamic for you? White dresses with black piping or embroidery are also popular.

What kind of flowers would be appropriate with black dresses, or dresses with black detail? We suggest pink for something zesty or red for something more traditional. Try roses or maybe even gerberas. Can’t you just picture a beautiful bouquet of luscious red roses against either of the above dresses? We can!

Red Wedding Dress

Red dresses, however, seem to be breaking ground in 2010 as the top trend, especially for Spring and Fall weddings. Look for bright red gowns with large satin bows and sashes, or black piping and detailing. With red dresses, white flowers would really pop out and illustrate the beauty of the bride (and her dress). White calla lilies or roses will never go out of style – or you could try something different with a bouquet of daisies or orchids.

The fun colours aren’t only for brides in 2010; bridesmaid’s dresses also get a pop of colour. Pink, bright orange and turquoise shades are popular colours for bridesmaids. For a bride who wants to give the bridesmaids the colour and stick with tradition, she can try a cream coloured dress with a colourful sash to match the bridesmaids. Select a dress embellished with large petals and oversized bows for some zing on your special day.

Bright yellow and peach tones are also some of the top colour trends for the 2010 wedding season, especially for weddings taking place in the Spring and Summer. The bright colours tend to work exceptionally well for outdoor weddings, beach weddings, or tropical-themed weddings.

Ruffled Wedding Dress

The goal this year with shoes and accessories is to create a high-impact, dramatic ensemble whether you are a bridesmaid or the mother-of-the-bride. The top trends in the shoe and accessory department are similar to the bride and the bridesmaids – bright orange; hot pink; red and black; as well as turquoise. You can also go overboard with accessories this year, if you desire, with oversized gemstones, glistening sequins and large pearls.


Other trends include:

1. Introduction to beautiful beads: Beading used to be rare in wedding dresses, but now designers, searching for something new and unique, are using beads to develop different patterns and styles on the bodice of the wedding gowns. Some dresses even have beading all over the gown to enhance the look.

2. Unique lace introduced: Sure, lace has commonly been used on wedding dresses, but designers have revamped itsusage by using decorative laces with beads, pearls, and many new patterns – this easily transforms a traditional dress into something entirely new and exciting.


3. Ruffles: Designers have worked a lot on the base of the wedding dress and came up with the idea of ruffles to give a wedding dress volume. This elegant and exceptionally unique style of wedding dress looks best on thin frames.

Coloured Brides Dresses

4. Asymmetrical neckline: Asymmetrical necklines can beautifully show off a girl’s assets and hence beautify the bride in all sense. This style of dress is good for smaller bust girls and not recommended for broad shoulders.

5. Feathered wedding dresses: Designers are constantly looking for new ways to modify the traditional wedding gown – adding feathers was introduced and has proven to be a huge hit among brides. Feathers are also popular within the veil and can be white or colourful depending on the colour scheme of the wedding. Designers are even beginning to use natural feathers of owls and peacocks.Feather Wedding Dress

6. Practical pockets: The whole world is being practical nowadays, so why not brides? Brides can now carry their small essentials in their pockets, rather than a purse or clutch. Designers are creating small hidden pockets somewhere within wedding dresses to store essentials throughout the day.

7. Mini wedding dress: Mini wedding dresses offer ultimate cuts and looks for the practical and functional bride; no longer will they get caught in their trains and excess material. This year’s bride may be more inclined to show some leg and choose a shorter dress for her special day. These less formal gowns, like a tea-length dress, are becoming more en vogue too. The style lends itself to the possibilities of feminine additions like ruffles, pleats, bows, and lace accents.

Mini Wedding Dress

When it comes to the veil, if you don’t feel comfortable, or it’s just not your style to include feathers, you can always opt for a tiara – this will provide a finishing touch to your princess like appearance; it’s your special day, you should feel like royalty. Colour can also be included in your veil to carry a colour scheme throughout the wedding, or wedding party.

The silhouette of the dress is another important element of the wedding dress this year. A mermaid silhouette is making a comeback, with a flare at the bottom of the skirt and body-hugging form up the legs to the bodice. Just check out the red dress above! Flowing, soft materials are also important – they provide a graceful, feminine silhouette.

In addition to traditional wedding ceremonies, an increasing new trend Yellow and Orange Bouquetare green weddings; not only in colour, but the environmental impact that your wedding day has on the planet. There are many environmentally-friendly options for your wedding day, from recyclable invitations to opting out of throwing rice or confetti.As for flowers, the rose and calla lily never go out of style, and flowers are another way you can throw a splash of colour into your bridal party. Don’t be afraid to take chances and select flowers that break with tradition too – different flowers than roses and lilies, like daisies, orchids, tulips – even try sunflowers for a late Summer or Fall wedding. Due to all the excitement with the colourful dresses this year, either play up the dresses and include exotic and vivacious flowers – or be a minimalist and play up the dresses by downplaying the flowers, keeping your bouquets and arrangements fresh and simple.

Even with all these different trends and ideas the main thing to remember is that they are only a guideline for inspiration. Ultimately a wedding belongs to the bride and groom, so their day should reflect their tastes and traditions. If you have always dreamed of having a traditional white dress, with red roses in your bouquets and arrangements then go for it! Don’t put aside your visions to appease designers who state these are the new trends. Be a trend setter – do what you desire and prefer – make the most of your special day.


Wedding Flowers – Top Ten Romantic Flowers

Want to share with everyone how much you love your partner? Sending any of these flowers, or including them in your wedding bouquets and arrangements will show just how romantic you really are.

These ten flowers have been given the prestigious title of the most romantic flowers.

10. Iris = faith and hope

9. Sunflower = adoration

8. Wild flowers = whimsical

7. Lilac = “do you still love me?”

6. Carnation = fascination

5. Orchid = love, beauty, seduction and refinement

4. Lily = beauty

3. Tulip = perfect love

2. Daisy = innocence, loyal love, and purity

1. Rose = “I love you”



Roses – Color Meaning and Symbolism

Red RosesIf I had a rose for every time I thought of you, I’d be picking roses for a lifetime. – Swedish Proverb

Like all flowers, roses convey specific meaning and symbolism based on their colour – whether they are pink, white, or orange, alone or in a bunch, they express specific meanings. Floriography, the language of flowers, can help explain the different colours of roses in order to understand their true meaning, and as a result, you can add a special message to any arrangement you send or create, plus you will be able to decipher any floral-coloured messages you may receive.

Red Roses:
Represent – love, respect, courage, passion, well-done, congratulations
Red roses have the powerful effect of bringing the idea of passion and true love immediately to mind, with a single red rose declaring “I love you”. Red roses, the rose with the most meaning than any other, are one of the most universal symbols. The colour red evolved from an early primal symbol for life into a metaphor for deep emotion; as a result, the mystique of the red rose has been a source of immeasurable inspiration for many.
Red rose’s history dates back to Roman and Greek mythology, where they believed that the red rose was closely tied with the goddess of love.  Many early cultures used red roses to decorate for weddings – a tradition that has lived on to present day. Through the practice of employing red roses in wedding ceremonies, the red rose has come to be known as a symbol for love and fidelity.
Stemming from weddings, red roses became part of the tradition of exchanging roses and other flowers as gifts of affection since the red rose sends the strongest message of love. This is a tradition that is still practiced today – whether red roses are included in a wedding celebration, sent for an anniversary, or “just because” – all arrangements make the statement of love and passion.

White Roses

White Roses:
Represent – purity, secrecy, innocence, reverence, worthiness
The definition of what a white rose signifies differs from person-to-person. White roses can symbolize new beginnings, or they can be a sign of farewell (due to their association with honour and reverence they are commonly used at memorial services and funerals). However, they are also able to convey feelings of love, friendship, honour, and respect. But overall, white roses have become synonymous with innocence and purity. Whatever the reason, white roses will be deeply appreciated by the recipient.
White roses are often used in bridal ceremonies due to their wholesomeness and virtue. Varying from almost pure white to shades of ivory, white roses are the perfect choice for bridal bouquets, corsages, and arrangements. The white rose is also known as the bridal flower, making it the traditional wedding flower. Due to their title as the wedding flower, they have come to represent unity, virtue, and the pureness of a new bond of love. White roses are also the sign of young love, which further strengthens their connection to weddings. Bridal bouquets are often comprised of white roses and other white flowers due to their symbolism, which connects strongly with marriage.

Pink Roses:Pink Roses
Represent – happiness, elegance, romance, admiration, sweetness, thank you
Pink roses are another common colour to be included in bridal bouquets and wedding arrangements, in addition to thank you or congratulatory arrangements. There are many different variations of pink, from a pale blush all the way to a bright, vibrant pink, and each specific shade has its own specific meaning.
The palest pink roses are a sign of gentleness, joy, and grace. Light to medium shades of pink can show sympathy or admiration; while deep pink roses are perfect to show someone how grateful you are to have them in your life.
Historically, pink roses have been one of the longest existing roses known to us. Pink roses have even been depicted in some of the earliest known pieces of art. Pink roses have such a strong history because of their many meanings based on the shade. Therefore, pink roses can be used in many ways, due to their multiple meanings, which will maintain their popularity around the world.

Yellow RosesYellow Roses:
Represent – friendship, caring, welcome or welcome back, joy, get well
Yellow roses have a shorter history than most roses, only having been discovered in the 18th century in the Middle East. Throughout history the colour yellow has been closely associated with the sun as the source of light and warmth, since the sun is integral to life on Earth. Many societies, as a result, have come to worship the sun. Therefore, the colour yellow has come to represent joy, wisdom, and power. But in Europe at the time of yellow rose’s discovery, the colour yellow had a very negative connotation. As a result, yellow roses were used to represent jealousy and dying love. But, over time, the more universal meaning of joy, wisdom, and power has come to be popularized.
Most roses have some connection to the symbol of love, but the yellow rose does not. It is a plutonic rose, purely the symbol of friendship.

Orange Roses:
Represent – desire, enthusiasm, pride
Orange roses are vibrant, cheerful, and express fascination when you give them to someone. They come in a range of shades from bright orange, to softer coral and peach colours. They are often reminiscent of the warmth of a glowing sunset, the sweetness of citrus, or the soft radiance of an autumn sunset which warms and soothes the spirit. The orange rose has also become a popular Halloween flower.  Orange Roses
It was near the 20th century when orange roses began to be cultivated after the discovery of yellow roses and the advancement in hybridization techniques.
Due to its growing popularity, the orange rose has become the perfect way to represent the heat of passion, burning desire, and the flowers of love. Some argue that the orange rose has the power to send a stronger message of romance than its rival, the red rose. Orange roses can have an intensity that can consume hearts and souls, much like fire, which is associated with them.

Peach Roses:
Represent – admiration, appreciation, sincerity, gratitude, modesty
Peach roses, a subsection of orange roses, are often sent as a gesture of appreciation, rather than a token of love.

Lavender Bouquet 1Lavender Roses:
Represent – enchantment, majesty, love at first sight
The colour purple has a traditional association with royalty, and due to this association, lavender roses have come to suggest an air of regal majesty and splendor. Lavender roses are also used to express someone’s feelings that have been captured by love and adoration.
Throughout the history of roses, the lavender rose has stood out as one of the most remarkable and engaging varieties available; this probably has to due with its connection to the fabled blue rose.

Blue Roses:
Represent – imagination, something unattainable
Blue roses do not occur naturally. The blue rose is actually a variation of purple and lavender roses, which sometimes look blue in certain lighting.
The quest for a true blue rose continues, but already several meanings have been created, and those meanings have been transposed onto the lavender rose. Therefore, the lavender rose can also represent wonder and impossibility, with a sense of the magical too.

Black Roses:
Represent – rebirth, the beginning of something new, the death of a relationship, the death of an idea
Black roses, like blue roses, also do not exist. These blooms are simply deep red roses than can sometimes look black in certain lighting. Although there is some positive connotations to black roses there are also negative connotations – both representing opposite ends of the spectrum.

Hopefully this has allowed you to have a bit more insight into the meaning and symbolism of different colours of roses. The colourful language of flowers will now allow you to express your message with an added depth of meaning. Whether you are feeling the admiration of medium shade pink roses, or the desire of orange ones, you will be able to communicate your message in this timeless manner. The recipient of any rose arrangement will be pleased.

Everyone should take a moment and stop to smell the roses.


DIY Wedding Flowers – Creating a Wholesale Gerbera Daisy Bouquet

White Gerbera DaisyWhen you buy wholesale you are able to create any kind of bouquet you desire; you can even recreate the one you imagined when you were a little girl. Dressing up in your mother’s pearls and parading around the house singing “here comes the bride”. Go back to your years of innocence and purity and create a stunning bouquet of gerbera daisies, which are available in a slew of different colours.

Daisies are the second most popular flower for bridal bouquets after roses (of course), and they are the fifth most popular flower in the world, following closely behind roses, carnations, chrysanthemums, and tulips. They symbolize purity and innocence, plus denote classic beauty. Gerberas are available in bulk at wholes sale prices, you will find them to be very affordable (usually about $0.60/stem). They definitely are within most people’s budget, which is always a perk when trying to plan a wedding (their beauty makes them look rich and lively, but their price tag screams bargain!).

If you are going to use gerberas in a bouquet, or even in your centerpieces, you will find a vibrant array of colours available, such as bright pinks, oranges, purples, yellows, and they are available in classic white too. White gerberas are the ones that a bride can choose to either play up by itself, or include it with a mix of daisy shades (see left). Remember it is your day, so select colours that reflect your personal tastes and character. Try paler shades of pink or yellow for a cool classic look, or bolder colours like orange to make an exciting statement. Gerberas are so popular for weddings because of their versatility in colour. They suit almost any colour theme, and their bold vibrancy adds further cheer to your already very happy occasion.

If you are buying wholesale flowers for your wedding to create your own bouquets and arrangements, gerberas are a great decision since they are very easy to handle, even for amateur florists. If you keep your bouquet and arrangement designs simple, and make sure to follow the suggestions on how to keep your flowers fresh, then selecting gerberas for your wedding flower is a brilliant decision. Your guests will be stunned at the beauty they can provide. Their bright, cheery nature is sure to add an extra sparkle to your already radiant day.


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