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Wedding Flowers – A Checklist

Flowers add colour, beauty, and nature’s elegant touch to your wedding day. You need to be sure you have your ducks in a row before ordering your flowers, or you might forget about important parts of your wedding that require flowers too. Remember you will need floral arrangements for the wedding reception, wedding venue, corsages for your mother and the grooms, bouquets for the bridesmaids, lovely flowers for your hair, plus others. This is a checklist that won’t let you forget anything about your wedding flowers, and it will save you time, money, and stress in the long run.

Find below a list of bouquets/arrangements/flower related items to keep in mind when getting ready to finalize what flowers are needed for your upcoming wedding.

Bridal Party
For your bridal party you will need to consider flowers for: Pink Roses

  • Bride’s bouquet
  • Flowers for the bride’s hair
  • Bridesmaid’s bouquets
  • Maid of honour bouquet (if different from the bridesmaids)
  • Flower girl bouquet (if applicable) or flower girl’s petals to throw/toss while walking down the aisle
  • Flower’s for flower girls hair
  • Corsage/boutonniere for groom
  • Corsage/boutonniere for the bride and groom’s parents and grandparents

ceremonyflowersThe ceremony typically includes less floral arrangements than the bridal party requires. Consider the following places/areas where you may want to include your selected arrangements/flowers:

  • At the alter
  • At the entrance
  • At the signing table
  • Chair/aisle décor and flowers

Another great item for your ceremony, in addition to flowers, is candles. Candles create a lovely, romantic atmosphere to celebrate your special day.


Like the ceremony, the reception does not require many floral arrangements. Consider the following places to put your flowers:

  • At the entrance to the reception area
  • The centre of the table, or throughout the  centre of the table
  • At the bar
  • At the buffet table
  • On your wedding cake
  • Around the area where the speeches are made

Print out this helpful checklist and use it when you are planning the flowers you will need for your wedding. We assure you that you won’t miss a thing when using it.


Trash the Dress – Embracing the Unusual

Does the idea of wearing a white gown to your wedding not seem quite you? Do you want to embrace something extreme and anti-tradition? Would you like to avoid the posed wedding pictures like your parents possess? Why not try trashing your dress; a hip new wedding movement that has brides all over the world destroying their dresses after their wedding. Now that you are married, you are never going to need it again, right? So break free of the standard tradition and live a little.Trash the Dress - Bus

The trash the dress movement began in 2001 when John Michael Cooper, a Las Vegas photographer, wrote an online article about the concept. A photographer in New Orleans, Mark Eric, read the article, and was instantly hooked – coining the phrase “trash the dress”. What was Cooper’s article about? Well, he was tired of shooting traditional wedding photos, so he prompted some of his brides to be daring – and as a result, he began taking unusual wedding photos instead.

Why was Cooper’s idea so successful? Well, brides have had a longstanding iniquitous relationship with their wedding gown, struggling for months to find the perfect one, spending a small fortune when they finally slip on the dress of their dreams, and then having it altered so it will fit magically. Brides go to great length and endure countless sleepless nights over a dress that is, usually, worn once. Some brides do say that they feel a bit nostalgic at first about trashing their dress, but they then realize they are going to have one-of-a-kind photos, rather than a wedding dress sitting perfectly in a box collecting dust and smelling of moth balls.

If completely trashing your dress doesn’t seem like you either, you are able to opt for less of a beating. Some brides get their dresses wet, dirty, or even light them Trash the Dress - Cityon fire, but others don’t – they might just get their pictures taken in a field, in an alleyway, at an amusement park, or along railroad tracks. Even for these brides there is an unlimited number of ways to “step outside the box”. When a bride chooses to trash her dress she is able to decide what type of atmosphere she wants, but the ultimate message any photographer will try to exude through the photo is the love between the bride and groom, and that the dress is not going to be warn again (likely, although some brides choose to sell their dress after they have it dry cleaned, so someone will wear it, just not them). The overall focus is on the bride, not the dress; it is creative photography to express the bride’s personality, and sometimes the grooms too, if he chooses to be involved.

Location really affects what kind of trash the dress session is possible. However, any locale, from cities to the country, offers creative possibilities.

Trash the Dress  - Bride and GroomThese trash the dress photo sessions usually take place in the week following the wedding. Since the ceremony is over the bride is able to relax and have fun at the shoot. These photo shoots give the bride and groom awesome imagery from their wedding, resulting in fantastic (and unique) memories for the rest of their lives. More and more couples these days are favouring the un-styled, un-planned moments of their wedding rather than the prescribed agenda of highly organized groups of people staring at the camera.

If you consider yourself to be an unconventional bride, a unique photo shoot like trash the dress might be a great way for you to relieve any leftover stress from your wedding.

What have you done with your wedding dress? If you have any ideas on what to do with a wedding dress that will never be worn again, leave us a comment! Or have you trashed your dress? Share your stories with us.


History of the Wedding Ring

Have you ever wondered where we got the tradition of the wedding ring from? How long ago did the tradition begin, and were rings always made from precious metals? Why do we wear them on our left hand? Why have they come to symbolize love and devotion?

The wedding ring originates from the deserts of North Africa, where the ancient Egyptian civilization sprang up along the banks of the Nile River. wedding_rings_250x251The river was the source of fortune and life to the Egyptian society since it was along the trade route. Many plants grew on the banks of the Nile River for the Egyptian civilization to cultivate; it was these plants that were the first materials used to make a wedding band. Sedges, rushes, reeds, and papyrus were twisted and braided together into rings for women. Since these early rings were made of plants they usually only lasted about a year before deteriorating. Over time hemp was used, followed by longer lasting materials such as leather, bone, or ivory.

The reason a ring was chosen as the symbol for love was due to the fact that it was a circle; the symbol for eternity in Egyptian society, as well as many other ancient cultures. A circle represents eternity because it has no beginning and no end, like time – it continues forever. A circle always returned to itself and the shape began to be worshipped in the form of the Sun and the Moon. The hole in the centre of the ring also is significant. It is the symbol to the gateway or door that leads to things and events in both the known and the unknown worlds. Therefore, with the symbolism that the circle possesses it is not difficult to see why the ring is a gift to be associated with love; love which is never-ending and leads to things both expected and unexpected. The Egyptians saw love as being the most worthy and important emotion to take on the characteristics of the circle and capture eternity.

The Egyptians wore the ring like we do today, on the third finger of our left hand because it was believed that the vein in the finger directly traveled to the heart. This tradition was later taken up by the Greeks when they conquered Egypt, and then passed down to the Romans, who called this the vena amoris, which is vein of love in Latin. However, there are some countries and groups who do not follow this tradition and wear the ring on a different finger or hand. The Jewish faith wears the wedding ring on their index finger rather than their ring finger of their left hand, and Roman Catholics traditionally wore the ring on their right hand instead.

When the art of metallurgy was popularized, metals naturally replaced all other forms of wedding rings, but surprisingly it was a slow process. The early metal rings were clumsily made and uneven. Often precious and semi-precious stones were set into them. Using jewels at this time was not for romantic sentiment, but rather to display the wealth of the giver.

In early Rome, iron was the adopted metal of choice, rather than copper or brass, which was commonly used elsewhere. Romans saw iron as symbolizing the strength of their love for their bride-to-be, although rust was a problem with these rings.

Initially when a ring was given, the women then became property of her husband. Although rings are seen to be legally binding still, we no longer believe that a woman becomes property of her husband once she accepts his ring. Gold and silver rings were sometimes given on occasions to show that the bride’s groom trusted her with his valuable property. To symbolize this further, the ring was sometimes shaped as a key rather than a normal circular band; but it was not presented at wedding ceremonies, like nowadays, but instead when he carried her across the threshold to her new home.

wedding-ringsOnce the coinage system was implemented gold was rapidly promoted as the first choice for wedding rings. Later in medieval Europe gemstones were again a common tradition like when metallurgy was initially implemented. Rubies were chosen for their colour, red like the heart, sapphires were selected to represent blue skies above, but the most sought after and important of all was the indestructible diamond, just like engagement and wedding rings today.

Silver made a comeback in renaissance Italy, but was instead selected for the engagement ring, rather than the wedding band. Engagement rings tended to be highly ornate and were usually inlaid with neillo, a very decorative form of enamel engraving, that was coloured in black to stand in contrast to the bright metal. The Italians, instead of using traditional simple bands, used exquisite bands with clasping hands emerging from hoops at the front.

Silver again was popularized briefly again in seventeenth century England and France where they were widely used for wedding rings at the height of the fashion for posey rings; the word posey meaning love poem.   Men would get poems inscribed either on the inside or outside of the ring, with the words faith and hope often used in the selected poem. However, gold once again broke into the mainstream, and silver was once again pushed aside to the engagement ring, rather than the wedding band. A gold duplicate of the silver engagement ring would replace the original on the wedding day, so that the engagement and wedding rings matched.

In Irish folklore it was thought to be bad luck, or even illegal, if the ring was not made of gold. This was never an actuality, however, and like elsewhere metals of all kinds were used. But a gold ring was used during the ceremony throughout Europe if the couple could not afford one, although it had to be returned afterwards. The symbolism at the ceremony was important.

Other superstitions that emerged over time about the wedding ring were that it had to fit absolutely perfect when it was given to the bride or else trouble would fall upon the couple. If the ring was too-tight then it could point to a marriage that was filled with painful jealousy, or one person could stifle the other. If the ring was too-loose then it could symbolize the parting ways of the couple through careless acts or forgetfulness.

Originally, it was thought that the ring was wore on the left hand because when the man faced his bride at the alter, and he reached straight across with his right hand (most people are right-handed), that he would naturally lift her left hand. And the same would go for her, when she placed the ring on her husband’s hand, since more and more men are beginning to wear wedding bands too. A man wearing a wedding band is a fairly modern concept. The tradition only began around World War II when military men were travelling away from their wives for an extended period of time. Wearing the ring kept them close to their wives and offered them a cheerful reminder of their loved ones at home.

No matter what the ring looked like, it is clear that it was in honour of a union, engagement, and marriage, and it has been going on since ancient times. Although the traditional may not have always been as glamorous and romantic as it is today, it was still a way of exchanging a contract of engagement or marriage to the one you loved. The ring has come to represent the eternal commitment and love.


Wedding Flowers – Three Types to Avoid

You want your wedding day to be perfect. You want everything to run smoothly, for people to have a good time, and to be able to celebrate with family and friends. You don’t want to hear that flowers could have potentially ruined your day, do you? If you listen to these three helpful suggestions you won’t have to worry about flowers having the potential to ruin your picture perfect day.

Suggestion #1: Avoid Fragrant Flowers. Even though some flowers have such a strong, sweet scent, we recommend avoiding using them, or at the very least, using them sparingly. You may love the scent, but your guests may not. Some flowers have such an overbearing scent that it can give guests a headache, and some even have the potential to change the taste of your meal and cake if they are placed nearby.

Suggestion #2: Avoid Flowers That Die Quickly. This seems fairly obvious, doesn’t it? If you are having an outdoor, summer wedding, avoid these types of flowers especially, since the hot sun blazing down on them will result in them dehydrating quickly.

Suggestion #3: Avoid Flowers That Will Stain. Pollen is a particular culprit – and a pollen stain is very difficult to remove from a white wedding gown. Also, if you are using flowers that are artificially coloured, sometimes dyes may rub off onto your dress. If you must use dyed flowers just remember to avoid having them rest against your dress when walking up the aisle, standing at the alter, or posing for photographs.


Roses – The Most Popular Wedding Flowers

The rose has been a beloved flower in many cultures throughout history. Archaeologists have discovered fossilized remains of roses in Florissant, Colorado, dating back 30 million years. The Ancient Romans used these gorgeous flowers as symbols for intrigue, celebration, and medicine. The British royal family has used roses as a heraldic symbol. And now North Americans have adopted the rose as an official floral emblem.

Roses are – plain and simple – the quintessential wedding flower, but why is that?

Since roses are synonymous with romance it seems only normal that they would be the most popular wedding flower. They are more elegant than daisies, less roses with candle centrepiecepretentious than tulips, and more affordable than orchids.

  • They are symbolic. The rose, myrtle, and apple were all sacred to Venus, the goddess of love. Even though roses were sacred to the goddess of love, they were turned into poetry by the Victorians. The Victorians were inspired by the French book Le Language des Fleurs by Charlotte de la Tour, and adopted the flowers code to convey their sentiments. Soon every young Victorian woman took pleasure in in knowing that receiving a rose – a symbol for true love – was of the highest meaning.
  • Despite their worldwide cultivation, roses are still considered a luxury. No matter how often you receive roses, or use them in an arrangement, they always have the utmost importance due to their symbolic nature.
  • There are over eleven thousand varieties and forms of roses in existence. With such a large selection there is a rose for any wedding theme, no matter how exotic. Plus, due to such a variety, styles range from small blooms with sturdy leaves to larger flowers with soft, delicate petals. But the real beauty? Roses are widely available and can be reasonably priced.
  • Roses are varied. As a result, there are three main types of roses that are likely the best candidates for weddings:
    • Hybrid Tea Roses: The hybrid tea rose is valued for its classic uniform shape, its durability (it can last a whole day without wilting) and its availability.
    • Spray Roses: These are smaller roses that include five to ten small heads per stem and help fill out a bouquet more than a single stem, which makes them a great value. Spray roses are available in single hues or bicolour, like the hybrid tea rose too. Because of their variance in size, they are ideal for giving texture and visual interest to an arrangement.
    • Garden Roses: These roses are larger and lusher than the other varieties. They are often very open, and they are more natural and free form than other varieties. Because of their fragility they are rarer, precious, and costly – but they definitely add an element of elegance to your wedding.
  • When picked and processed, roses are one of the most long-lasting flowers.
  • Many rose varieties produce a sweet fragrance – and more than 85 percent of North Americans identify it as their favourite smell.
  • Roses are versatile; they are able to transform your wedding from minimal to mod all in a single arrangement. Here are some fantastic ways to use roses on your wedding day:
    • For a classic, clean look pair white roses with a classic flower like a gardenia or hydrangea. White-on-white creates a stunning sight for you and your guests to enjoy.
    • Or you can take a classic white arrangement and throw in something a bit unexpected, like a shocking black or brown floral element (i.e.,  an olive or fern shoot) to create a dynamic contrast.roses in square vase
    • If you want to create something a bit more romantic try making a visual statement with roses by adding fur-trimmed or beaded wraps to your bouquet. Or try jewel-toned, tear-shaped beads dangling from candelabras instead.
    • Think feminine and modern by incorporating sweet elements like satin ribbons looped into an arrangement of big, open, garden roses.
    • Do you want something romantic, yet eccentric? Suspend a wreath of garden roses from the ceiling over each table. That will be a wonderful décor element for your guests to admire.
    • If you are looking for something a bit more modern try monochromatic arrangements in any colour you wish. Take the single-colour cluster of flowers and arrange them in a glass cube or vase with a strong geometric shape.
    • Or juxtapose roses with bright flowers, like spiky dahlias in yellow and orange. Place them in a cool coloured vase, like blue, for a stunning contrast.
  • Roses are simply perfection. It doesn’t matter where you are getting married; an outdoor garden, or a ballroom, roses make your wedding ring romance.
  • After your wedding, you can dry your wedding bouquet to keep as a reminder of your special day (stay tuned for an upcoming blog about how you can dry your wedding bouquet yourself – it is a great way to keep a part of your wedding day).

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