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Wedding Theme Ideas – Plan and Enchanting Floral Celebration

When you think of weddings one of the first things to pop into your mind is probably flowers. Weddings and flowers seem to go hand-in-hand; this makes a floral themed wedding a perfect idea for your special day. However, with thousands of varieties to choose from, which flower do you pick to base your theme around? From vibrant colours, to variegated varieties; from fragrant blossoms to interesting shapes; from the rarest flowers to the most common choices; selecting the one that is for you can be tricky. You need to take your personal preference and personality into account when making this decision. Potentially, you could use any type of flower for your theme, but you will soon realize that some flowers are more reminiscent of weddings than others. So you need to keep these things in mind when you are debating which flower to select. Here are some of the more popular wedding choices:

· Rose

· Daisy

· Tulip

· Hydrangea

· Daffodil

· Orchid

· Stephanotis

· Calla Lily

· Lily of the Valley

· Pansy

· Gardenia

· Peony

· Sweet Pea

· Iris

· Magnolia


Once you have made your decision about which flower you want for your wedding theme, you can begin planning your colour coordination using your bloom of choice. You can decide on the related decorations, cake design, bridal attire, centerpieces, and favours that compliment the flower.

Some examples of floral wedding themes include:

Tulip Wedding Theme
As spring bursts forth, so do the multitude of colourful tulips. A tulip wedding idea is an inspiring flower themed wedding because it brings a joy and freshness to the ceremony; it celebrates two lives beginning anew as one. Nothing is quite as beautiful as that.

Wedding Colours to Use: If you select a tulip themed wedding use white and green as your primary colours, and red, pink, yellow, and orange pastels as your accent colours. It creates a fresh, spring-like atmosphere.

Decorating for the Ceremony & Reception:
You can make pew marker bows from white and green chiffon ribbon. Secure a miniature bouquet of silk tulips to the front of the bow. Simple and elegant! Or try making centerpieces for your tables; this is quite easy. Place a bouquet of tulips in a large clear vase at each table. Then tie raffia ribbon and bow around each vase. Another idea is to decorate the back of each chair with a large white and green silk or chiffon bow. You can add either a fresh, or silk, bouquet of tulips to the centre of each bow too.

These are just some suggestions for a tulip themed wedding.

daffodil bouquetDaffodil Wedding Theme
Choose a daffodil wedding theme if you want to highlight the blossoming you and your partner are about to experience in your new life together. Bright, fresh, and simply delightful, daffodils herald the beginning of a new season.

Wedding Colours to Use: Daffodils are a beautiful flower due to their stunning colouring. The centre portion of this flower contains a trumpet-shaped corona surrounded by a ring of 6 larger petals. The most popular daffodils that are commonly seen are white, bright yellow, and peach. Some daffodils are grown in solid colours, while others are grown in combination, such as a yellow centre with white outer petals.

Decorating for the Ceremony & Reception:
Try decorating white wooden napkin rings, for example, with painted or stamped daffodils. Slip a yellow or peach coloured cloth napkin through the ring. As well, use potted daffodils as your table centerpieces – the best idea is to let guests take them home as thank you gifts at the end of the evening.

Rainbow and Rose Wedding Theme
The rose theme wedding idea pairs the vibrant fragrances and colours of roses with the beautiful colours of the rainbow for the casual, yet unique celebration. Roses are a very popular choice due to their array of beautiful colours and fragrance. Depending upon the roses that you choose, they can either give your wedding a formal or an informal tone (See ‘Roses: Colour Meaning and Symbolism’ for more information about rose choices).

Decorating for the Ceremony & Reception: The possibilities are endless when you use roses as your wedding flower of choice. You can match your theme with balloon bouquets in addition to rose bouquets. You can put together a rainbow of balloon colours for each bouquet or use balloons imprinted with roses. Also try to have an arbor at your wedding with artificial climbing rose vines. You can use this arbor at the reception hall too to place over the gift or cake table (plus it makes for a great photo opt). On your reception tables, sprinkle rose confetti to add a romantic touch. You could also sprinkle some in your invitations to introduce your theme early to your guests.

Daisy Wedding Theme
Sunny daisies are a large indicator of summer and there is no better theme for a summer wedding than a daisy theme. New growth, fresh air, and gentle warm sunshine; these are just some of the thoughts that come to mind when you think of daises.

There are a variety of daisies to choose from when it comes to selecting your wedding flower. 
African Daisy – Approximately 18’’ high, found in yellow, orange, red, crimson, cream, and purple.
Dalhberg Daisy – Approximately 1’’ in diameter, always yellow in colour.
English Daisy – Can be found in shades of pink, white, or purple.
Gerbera Daisy – Anywhere from 12’’ to 18’’ high, in shades of yellow, orange, and red. Click
here to learn how to make your own Gerbera Daisy Bouquet.
Glorlosa Daisy – This daisy is commonly known as a Blackeyed Susan. It is yellow with either a black or brown centre.
Painted Daisy – Approximately 18’’ high with tricolor blooms available in a wide combination of colours.
Shasta Daisy – Approximately 12’’-36’’ high, found in white with a yellow centre.
Swan River Daisy – Found in shades of white, blue, and pink.
Wild Daisy – These are the traditional daisy; white with a yellow centre.


Wedding Decor – Suggestions and Ideas

Want to know a little secret? Wedding aren’t just about getting married – they are also about showing off your fabulous style! Not quite sure how to translate your style into your reception though? Flowers are certainly the easiest and most dramatic way to perk up a room quickly. It is the big ticket embellishments tied together, often with inexpensive details that really put the sizzle into your space. These 17 suggestions will help you spruce up your style and give you the reception you always dreamed of.

Match the Mood:
The site of your wedding is going to have the biggest influence on your design decisions whether you are a beach bride or an urban sophisticate. If you haven’t decided on a decorating scheme, look to elements of the room for clues. For instance, a historic mansion is perfect for an all-white celebration, whereas a wood-walled ballroom can call for 1920s elegance.chirtmas-wedding

Create a Common Cord:
Many brides shudder at the word “theme, but it is becoming to be known as a “subtle touch of style”- a repeated design element that makes a lasting and personal impression on the space. A theme can be as loose as your colour palette or much more rigid, like a Wild, Wild West theme. Implementing a theme, or at the very least, a colour scheme, is a great focal point to start your planning around.

Make Everyone Look Perfect:
Lighting is the best way to brighten any room – and it can give your reception a terrific, dramatic glow. If you hire a lighting designer to focus guests’ attention where you want it (on the cake table, not on the ugly floor) then you are guaranteed to have a positively radiant reception. When you hire a lighting designer they are also able to use coloured gels to alter the intensity of the light stream, which creates a softer, more natural look – make your friends, family, and yourself look like celebrities under this softer glow.

Look Up:
Did you find the reception hall of your dreams? But is there one tiny problem: an unsightly ceiling? The simple (and beautiful) solution is to cover it up! Try draping hundreds of tiny white lights, swags of greenery, or coordinating fabric – add a simple touch of elegance to your party.  Is money not an issue? Then look into renting chandeliers – they will distract from the ceiling and give your room an added radiance.

Look Down:
Don’t let the brown shag carpet dissuade you from booking your dream space; you can hide the floor with ground-sweeping linens. Or you can cover it with a nice rental carpet, or a rented parquet wooden floor.

Furnish a Spare Space:
An all-white, empty loft space may seem like the perfect blank canvas to work with, but remember, you are starting from scratch. Translation: it is going to be expensive to furnish – although it is doable. Go with something borrowed to furnish the space – it will save you hundreds. Look to movie prop companies for cool finds like mirrors, chaise lounges, and filled bookcases. Plus you never know what friends and relatives have lurking in their basement – it might just be the perfect thing for your reception.reception

Toil with Texture:
Interesting materials and nature-driven accents can help turn a boring ballroom into a designer showcase. How? By adding texture! Try faux fur, grapevines, and branches; huge kissing balls, tall trees bejeweled with lights, and bamboo shoots are also able to help satisfy the senses and add some interesting décor to your reception.

Call for the Wild:
Outdoor weddings are becoming a popular choice among many brides – this is probably due to the fact that Mother Nature has taken care of a large portion of the decorating. If you are having an outdoor wedding or reception take note of the surroundings, like wildflowers, and choose your wedding blooms accordingly. Keep the carefree outdoor vibe in mind when you are styling your flowers – tightly packed modern centerpieces might be too formal for this more casual celebration.

Think Outside the Space:
Try something different, something unique: clothesline escort-card holders, mason jars filled with candles (collect them from garage sales to save money), hanging flower baskets, and 4-foot high twig chandeliers. Does a 4-foot high twig chandelier intrigue you? To make it, bundle about 10 large sticks together, per chandelier, bind them together with wire, then string tiny twinkling lights all around them. This will turn a traditional space into an enchanted forest instead.

Make a Good First Impression:
Want to impress your guests? Create a grand entrance for them. Floral wreathes on doors, colourful candles (votives create a spectacular atmosphere) atop every table, hurricane lanterns hanging from trees, luminaries lining the walkways, and other beautifully stunning embellishments will give guests a lovely welcome to your event.

Monitor the Hall:
A real detail-oriented bride will make over the hallways too, not just the reception room itself. Potted plants, trees, floral gardens, and trellises help to create a big impact on the rented space.

Pink wedding tables in outdoor restaurantBeautify the Bar:
Chances are the bar will be a hot spot at your wedding. Impress your guests with colourful rented barware, tropical parasols, and a frozen drink machine. Making over the bar is a great way to incorporate the theme of your wedding into all areas of the reception.

Size Up Your Tables:
Peace-loving brides are turning to long banquet style tables that evoke a more family-style feeling and lessen seating arrangement stress (a bit, hopefully). You can even go for a mix of square and round tables in various sizes for an eclectic look to your reception. These eclectic table arrangements allow you to seat groups of people much more easily because you are not stuck with 10 to a table, like most traditional tables allow.

Take Care of Chairs:
Chair covers are not a new invention. Using funky fabrics to modify your chairs is a great way to bedazzle a room. You can even dress up a chair with silk flowers, tulle, or leafy swags – just make sure the chairs are still comfortable to sit on though.

Liven Up the Loo:
Give bathroom-bound guests something to talk about, however, don’t go overboard. Simply evoke subtle sophistication; this is enough to brighten up the room. Flower arrangements (like sweet smelling lavender in small vases or wild flower bundled in a basket), heart-shaped soaps, or monogrammed hand towels will go a long way.

Don’t Get Lost:
If your ceremony and reception are being held in the same location, make sure there is natural flow between the spaces. Perhaps you can design, and create, cute signs that direct guests to where they need to be, or to point out the restrooms. Little things can go a long way.

Mind Your Manners:
Much more than crumb-catchers, napkins are an easy way to add an extra little something to your reception tables. Either by using napkin rings or embracing the art of napkin folding; these are two easy ways to enhance your reception tables. Spring wedding? Try using the tulip fold. The more difficult pocket fold is great for any season.


Ideas from: The Knot


Wedding Flowers – Nine ways to get Creative

Your wedding flowers offer abundant opportunities to boil your creative juices and add a bit of originality to your wedding day. Don’t be afraid to design a floral scheme that breaks tradition. This is a list of ideas for bridal bouquets, centerpieces, colour schemes, and other decorations – it is a great place to start thinking about memorable décor for your special day.

mason jar vase

Play with Shape: Arrangements with a just-picked, unstructured look are replacing the tightly bound bouquet and centerpiece shapes that were previously popular. To ensure that you have a modern look, not messy, make sure you choose the right flowers. Use hearty blooms, like lilies, orchids, and amaranths – they work well in looser arrangements because of the sleek shape of the individual bloom. You can also try including non-floral elements too, like feathers, berries, and crystals to add interest and depth.

Get into Navy: Sophisticated and classic navy is one of the hottest colours of 2009 for weddings. Many brides are daring to think beyond the basic baby blue by incorporating the darker shade into their floral scheme. Naturally, navy flowers may be hard to come by, but there are some options that are a close match: deep blue violets, thistles, and hydrangeas are available in various shades of blue and indigo, while roses are a versatile bloom and can be dyed any colour – including navy. Try pairing these bold navy blooms with white or ivory for a classic look, or yellow for a bright burst of colour.

Think Beyond the Vase: There are many options to consider besides the traditional vase. Consider instead mix and match clusters of unique containers like wood buckets, mason jars, cans, pitchers, antique urns, and uniquely shaped vases to add interest and reflect personality within your wedding theme. Some ideas are to: fill watering cans with wildflowers for a garden celebration, or use apothecary jars filled with sand and sea glass to complement a waterfront wedding.

Lighten Up: Candles are always a popular choice for centerpieces; they are becoming even more popular as a budget and eco-friendly enhancement to traditional floral centerpieces. Ample candlelight lends the day a romantic, organic feel, while the natural resource saves electricity and drapes the setting with a dreamy, intimate glow.
Another way to enhance your arrangements with lighting and really make your centerpieces pop is through a technique called pinspotting. This advanced lighting design shines tiny beams of light from the ceiling to illuminate the centre of the arrangement.

Get Stoned: Say goodbye to light pastels and muted shades, and seek inspiration from the trinkets on your ears and wrist. Rich gemstone colours like amethyst, turquoise, and amber are hot on this year’s wedding palette.

nature centerpiece

Go Green!: Going green is easy when it comes to wedding flowers. Consult Mother Nature for inspiration and bring the outdoors inside. Natural objects like stones, leaves, pinecones, even twigs can add an organic aesthetic to your reception décor. Place these items in rustic containers or scatter them amongst pillar candles for added ambiance.

Make it Personal: Further seeking to personalize their weddings, brides are using their wedding flowers to call out specific interests by incorporating unique items into bouquets and centerpieces and creating a conversation piece for guests.

Tie it Together: The hand tied bouquet continues to reign as the most popular bouquet style as brides opt for a more tailored and natural look to their wedding flowers. A fresh bunch of flowers gathered and wrapped in a wide satin ribbon presents the look of simple elegance, but brides wishing to up the glam of this otherwise simple look can embellish this bouquet with brooches, pins, and crystal picks.

Lose the Corsage: De rigueur brides are foregoing corsages and instead having the Mum’s carry nosegay bouquets or tussy mussy’s down the aisle. Beside the fact that corsages tend to conjure up memories of proms gone bad, there is a practical reason for this trend too – it saves the dress! Often dresses are made of fragile material, so keep from pulling and tearing the dress, just simply skip it!


Wedding Themes – Save Money and Have Fun

Are you looking to save some money on your wedding reception? Instead of continuously shaving down your guest list or compromising in other areas, why not think about using a low-cost theme for you special day? A wedding that fits into a particular theme is often more relaxed than your typical reception, plus it can be a lot of fun for you and your guests! Since there is less pressure to spend excessive sums on extras you simply don’t need, they can end up saving you a bundle.

Mexican Feista Wedding

Reception themes allow people to get creative with their celebration and express themselves – and since this is your special day you have every right to express yourself however you like. People often choose to base their themes on hobbies, personal interests, and dreams. Choosing to go with something like a beach theme, a Mexican fiesta, or a toga party (for a really wild and unique example) is simple – and the food is cheap and easy – but it won’t deviate from a great time for you and your guests; everyone is sure to have fun at your reception no matter what the theme is.

Take a look at some more themes to lessen the cost of your reception:

  • Roman Theme: The choices for a Roman theme vary. Togas are almost always a part of the festivities. Serving fresh fruits like grapes and apples, not only provide a healthy alternative to the usually calorie heavy meals at weddings, but they also keep with the typical Roman diet. Try serving fresh rotisserie meat and cold cuts – they are great with this theme too. You can generally serve beer and wine; and are able to decorate with wreathes, garland, candles, and anything else in the Roman fashion.
  • Fairy Wonderland: To go with this theme, you could use fairy wings, have sheer fabric draped around you, decorate with baby’s breath, and moss. This theme lets the bride bring her childhood dreams to life (although, not so much for the groom). Try serving fine breads and appetizers.
  • Ethnic Traditions: This theme requires some research in order to choose specialty foods and decorations to match the ethnicity of your choice. For example, if you should choose a Scottish theme, you could have bagpipe players, dress in Scottish fashion (kilts, anyone?) and do all things Scottish.
  • Mexican Fiesta: This fun theme can have you hitting a piñata, serving popular Mexican dishes (mmm, guacamole and salsa), utilizing things like Santa Fe decorative blankets, and many other things. Play mariachi music or have Spanish guitars – both would be a hit.
  • Arabian Nights: For this theme you can fill your reception hall with beautiful linens and let your bridal party have costumes (if they/you should wish to). You can also serve Middle Eastern food or appetizers. An Arabian Nights theme is very versatile and fun for everyone involved.
  • Greek Mythology: If you employ a Greek Mythology theme you are able to gear it towards a particular Greek saga or, more popularly, guests can come dressed as a particular Greek hero. Greek foods are always a favourite, like fresh fruit, wine, and other edibles of ancient Greek decent can be offered.
  • Hawaiian: You can use your imagination to create any Hawaiian fantasy that you wish. You can give out fresh leis as wedding favours as each guest arrives at your reception. Serve fresh tropical island fruits such as pineapple, and tropical drinks with decorative umbrellas. Make your guests feel like they have been flown to Hawaii for an all-out luau. Basically, try whatever your mind comes up with. The possibilities are endless!

    hawaiian wedding

  • Disney: There are so many popular Disney characters that we all remember from our childhood that this theme opens up a world of possibilities. You can choose to focus on a particular character or simply take the entire world of Disney and use it as your theme. This theme is great if there are going to be children at your reception.
  • The Wild Wild West: This theme can be as fun as you want. You can set your reception area to look like an old saloon; you could even have a tame burlesque show (many men in attendance would surely appreciate this). This theme allows you to serve easy-to-create entrees, like meatloaf, all the way up to more expensive cuisine like steak. As long as you stick with your theme (i.e. leave out the shrimp cocktail) you will have a great time!
  • NASCAR: This theme has a world of possibilities. You can decorate with checkered flags or checkered flag streamers, and toy cards. If you would like, you can decorate with a particular driver motif. The best part of this idea is that it keeps your reception very casual – you can serve regular food like pizza, large submarine sandwiches, hamburgers, even chips and nachos; pretty much any food that you want is acceptable. In general, this relaxed type of theme applies to all sport-related themes. This theme, or any sports theme, is great if there are lots of sports fans in attendance. If there is a big race on the night of your reception you could even have that playing on a large-screen TV.
  • Movies: Popular movie themes like The Matrix and The Lord of the Rings can be a lot of fun for receptions when the bride and groom are movie buffs. Decorations will be based on what the general movie symbolizes. For example, if you choose The Matrix, you could use computer data charts and sheets, and computer related equipment for decorations – plus dress all in black. You could serve appetizers rather than entrees for this type of theme too and, in turn, save yourself money. Playing the movie in the background may also be a neat idea.

When it comes to themes, the possibilities are endless; coming up with them can be a large part of the fun. After you have chosen your theme, you can brainstorm ideas to expand upon for the decorations, food, activities, and more!

Ideas generated by: WedThemes.com


Fragrant Flowers – Top Ten

Do you want to add a hint of freshness to the air at your wedding ceremony or reception? Then these are the flowers for you!

1. Gardenia: Gardenias are beautiful, sweetly scented flowers that are pefect for corsages or make a beautiful impression when floating in a bowl or dish. These flowers represent purity and sweet love.

2. Freesia: Freesia gives off a sweet, citrus scent. These flowers symbolize innocence and friendship.

3. Jasmine: Sweet smelling jasmine has come to represent folly, glee, and cheerfulness.

4. Lavender: The scent of lavender is able to envelope a room. The tiny, powerful beauty represents admiration, solitude, and devotion.lilac

5. Lilac: These strong scented flowers represent first emotions of love, and youthfulness – depending on the colour.

6. Casablanca Lily: ”I’m in heaven with you” say these stunning lilies.

7. Narcissus: These blooms represent formality and encourage you to stay as sweet as you are.

8. Orange Bossom: These flowers bring wisdom, as well as a beautiful sweet scent.

9. Rose: These sweetly scented flowers have many different meanings depending on their colour. See here for colour explanation.

10. Tuberose: This fragnant flower has been described as having a complex, exotic, sweet, floral scent.


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