Saturday 25 Oct 2014

Choosing a Monochromatic Bridal Bouquet

October 3rd, 2014 by Paul Walls

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A monochromatic flower depends on the uniformity of the blooms in the piece, and special care needs to be taken—especially with round bouquets—to evenly space the flowers when the bridal bouquet is packed with fresh cut roses, for instance. With a singular color scheme, there’s no room for error, and balanced is achieved with perfect choices in matching hues, flower size, and spacing.

Texture is achieved with greenery and filler, and some flowers with ruffled edges may provide the entire accent needed in a bouquet of this design.

Monochromatic bouquets are ideal for both formal and informal weddings, both indoor and outdoor, and the personalization comes in the color chosen for this floral spotlight.

Many different flowers are ideal for the monochromatic bouquet, including roses, ranunculus, gardenias, and stephanotis on the formal end, and Gerber daisies, tulips, hydrangeas, and peonies on the lighter, less-formal end.

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Single-color bouquets may be white, pastel, or bright. Red and pink are the top choices after classic bridal white and bright orange and cranberry top the list for fall weddings. In spring, lavender and light orange are the front-runners. For destination or beach weddings, bright carols lead the way.

Monochromatic bouquets often need a greater number of flowers, as the uniformity of hue doesn’t give the depth and illusion of lushness, afforded by a bouquet of multicolored blooms. So expect to order up to two dozen more flowers to pack your bouquet well.

The colors don’t have to match exactly. Mixing shades that are close, such as red and cranberry, still creates a monochromatic look.

Monochromatic White Bouquets

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-          For a small bouquet, two dozen fresh cut white flowers are ideal. In a smaller-size bouquet, a single type of flower, such as garden roses, is ideal.

-          For a medium-size bouquet, choose three dozen white flowers.

-          A medium to large monochromatic bouquet has room for multiple varieties of flowers such as roses, callas, lilies, gardenias, and stephanotis.

-          Add a touch of color to an all-white bouquet with a pastel of bright ribbon. This adds a pretty color contrast in person and in photos.

Monochromatic Pink Bouquets

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-          For a formal bouquet, choose several dozen fresh cut pink roses in a tightly clustered gathering of identical blooms.

-          For an informal bouquet, consider a hand-wrapped bunch of pink tulips or an array along with wildflowers.

-          Another informal monochromatic bouquet is one made with a dozen hot pink Gerber daisies or bright pink ranunculus.

-          Even if shades of pink range from pale to brighter, this still counts as a monochromatic bouquet.

Monochromatic Red Bouquets

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-          With vivid red shades, just a dozen blooms are sufficient to make a visual impact.

-          Choose you shade of red based on the season. Brights are perfect for summer, and crimsons or burgundies are perfect for fall and winter.

-          Your skin tone determines the tone of red that works for you. Paler brides are complimented by lipstick red, and darker or olive-skinned brides carry cranberry red best.

-          Add dimension with smaller and larger red flowers.

Monochromatic Purple Bouquets

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-          Pale lilac bouquets are ideal for spring and summer.

-          Darker jewel-toned purple bouquets come to us from the hot colors of fashion runways. So when vogue says purple is in, it’s also in for weddings.

-          Paler lilac bouquets benefit from the placement of a contrast color, such as tiny darker purple flowers or tiny white flowers.

-          In larger monochromatic purple bouquets, add dimension with subtle color contrasts of ruffled edge flowers for texture, petals with a thin petal edge hue.

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The Popular Trend of Having All-White Bouquets

October 1st, 2014 by Paul Walls

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Many brides know the color of their bouquets before they even decide on a shape, style, size, or the flowers that will be included. They have always been the dream of all-white bridal bouquet, just bursting with silky white flower petals, round white rose heads, tiny dots of lily of the valley, and exotic stars of stephanotis. Just the thought of it takes their breath away.

If you’re locked on the idea of the all-white bridal bouquet, you might consider yourself a traditional bride, but you can also be a very modern bride, filling that all-white palette with some unexpected flowers—going beyond the classic bridal flowers of roses and gardenias.

Many brides say they started off with an all-white bouquet as a way to pay homage to mothers and grandmothers who also carried all-white bouquets on their wedding days, but then being a modern bride, they took that palette and elevated it to a new level with some quirky or creative style decisions.

It is not true that an all-white bouquet will automatically cost you more money. The price you pay depends on many factors: the types of flowers you select, whether or not they’re in-season or important, the design and style of your bouquet, and the size of your bouquet. True, you may need more white flowers to make a visual impact in any floral piece, but that doesn’t always add up to a bigger drain on your wallet.

Another aspect of the all-white bouquet is that it might allow you to use the white version of your birth-month flower, or the birth month flower of your wedding day, in order to convey a particular message from language of flowers through your budget.

All White Roses Bouquet

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-          The all-white bouquet made only of roses is the number one bouquet style today

-          For the most uniform and traditional look, choose roses that are all the same size

-          Roses may be tightly packed with little else showing between each rose head placement, or they may be spread out within the round

-          Shades of white vary, with some flowers appearing crisp white and others looking more beige. Specify to your designer that all whites be monochromatic

All White Stephanotis Bouquet

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-          Stephanotis is a traditional bridal flower, imported and thus a bit more expensive than other traditional wedding blooms

-          The all-stephanotis bouquet tightly packed with dozens and dozens of tiny star-shaped flowers

-          If money is an object, you’re best off using stephanotis as an accent flower, perhaps as a textural accent to a rose bouquet

-          Stephanotis is known as a fragile flower. Oils from your fingers will brown the petals more quickly, so handle with care

All White Large and Small Flowers

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-          Mixing large and small flowers is a top way to build a more lush and impressive bouquet on a budget

-          The differences in flower sizes give the impression of more variety and greater number of flowers than are actually there

-          Include among your choices calla lilies, dendrobium orchids, roses, ranunculus, peonies, tulips, and then smaller “dot” flowers such as Bells of Ireland, lilies of the valley, and other tiny blooms

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How to Preserve Your Floral Singles, Bunches, and Rounds Right before the Wedding

September 30th, 2014 by Paul Walls

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Now’s a good time to remind you that many floral varieties require a water source to keep them from wilting quickly if their stems are not sitting comfortably in water. Timing is everything with all aspects of weddings, so you want to be sure that the bouquets are stored in the perfect conditions before the wedding so that they’re fresh, quenched, and beautiful for the three to five hours of your celebration.

The detail of any flower’s or bouquet’s wellness could very well determine the style of bouquet you want and the types of flowers you will include in it. Perhaps you can easily supply a good water source for notoriously thirsty flowers, such as hydrangeas, which should be kept in water until the moment they’re attached into a bouquet and the stems given a small water capsule attachment as an all-day water source. Or maybe you’d rather not deal with water issues, so you’ll choose hardier flowers that can go on a few hours without water.

The heat on your wedding day is also a factor in the types of blooms you’ll choose, and how you’ll keep your singles, bunches, rounds, or other bouquets cool and comfortable until the moment they’re needed.

Make Sure To Keep Singles and Ribbon-Tied Bunches in Water

  • Before the wedding, as you dress and pose for photos, your single flowers and ribbon-tied bunches should be placed in vases with an inch of two of water.
  • A low-set amount of water will keep handle wraps from getting soaked.
  • Don’t shock flowers with ultra cold water. Make sure the vase water is just on the cool side.
  • No need to add flower food to vases that hold your wedding day bouquets. These powdery chemicals shouldn’t get on your hands.

Make Sure To Keep Bouquets, Boutonnieres, and Corsages in a Cooler

  • Take any measure to keep bouquets, boutonnieres, and corsages, cool and fresh during transportation to the ceremony site and during waiting time.
  • Use an oasis, which is a spongy water source used by florists, to keep the stems immersed in a portable water source during transport and waiting time.
  • Oversize thermal coolers are ideal for transporting and storing bouquets.

Make Sure To Keep Bouquets and Corsages in a Refrigerator

  • Arrange for your site manager to clear out a shelf in a walk-in-refrigerator for the pre-wedding storage of your bouquet and corsages.
  • Be sure that bouquets are well spaced on the refrigerator shelves so that they do not bump into and break each other.
  • Do not store your flowers in mini-size or travel refrigerator, as they simply are not large enough.
  • Bouquets fit better in a refrigerator when standing upright in individual, secure vases. This elevation protects a round.

Make Sure To Keep Centerpieces and Bouquets Set as Décor

  • Singles and bunches can double duty as table centerpieces, so set out vases to hold you and your bridesmaids’ bouquets on guest tables.
  • Preserve the round shape of a bunch by propping it up in a tall, wide-mouthed vase.
  • A grouping of three to five singles of bunches can serve as décor on the cake, gift, or guest book tables.
  • Singles, bunches, nosegays, and pomanders can be set on mantles and windowsills as (free) extra décor for the site.

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4 Kinds of Branches That Will Help Your Floral Design

September 28th, 2014 by Paul Walls

Flowering branches have taken over the architectural floral designs of many occasions. With more brides and grooms welcoming the natural look of “green” elements to their centerpieces, parties and engagements never looked more sophisticated. Adding height and drama in the form of unique floral trees that reach upward to the ceiling tent, and sky, couples with any style or formality of wedding bring a big dose of wow factor to their traditional centerpieces—or they make these architectural items the sole items in their centerpieces.

In most cases, these accents can be a bit more expensive. When there is a wealth of cherry and apple blossoms, you’ll pay a fraction of what the usual flower-filled centerpiece would cost. And outside of spring, you can have flowering and exotic branches imported at prices that are still friendly to the wallet. Your floral designer or an in-the-know gardener friend may have to force the blooms on these branches by following a series of steps, including putting the stems in hot water, cutting them repeatedly, and placing them in the cooler. But the efforts are worth it when you produce height, texture, and pretty florals for your architectural centerpieces.

1.       Flowering

  • Considering the flowering branches for your centerpieces: cherry, peach prune, quince, North Star cherry, forsythia, pear, apple, magnolia, and Malus or crab apple.
  • Crab apple trees of this variety produces pretty white flowers (snow-drift crabapple).

2.       Non-floral

  • Consider the following uniquely shaped branches: curly willow, birch, Manzanita, twig coral, natural coco bunch, and kiwi vines.
  • Also consider the following straight-line branches: natural reed, natural river cane, and bamboo.

3.       Berry

  • There’s a tremendous variety of berry-bearing branches, particularly when Hypericum berries provide rich orange, burgundy, and red tones.
  • In winter, holly berry branches bring a festive tone.
  • Bittersweet branches come in two varieties: one with red and orange berries for summer and another with a mix of red, orange, and brown berries for fall.
  • Some couples choose high-quality faux berries in their centerpieces to avoid toxic berries

4.       Other Unique Accents

  • The following décor are commonly used in architectural centerpieces: orange queen silk blossoms; lunaria, or silver dollar branches, also known as a money tree; royal blue pronus; and pampas grass plume.
  • Each branch of a money tree has quarter-to half-dollar-size circular white leaves, inspiring this tree’s name.
  • While most floral centerpiece stems extend twelve to thirty-six inches, the usual lengths range between thirty and forty inches.

Branches are an essential part of floral designs, incorporating them into your planning with fill everything with natural wonder and beauty. Whole Blossoms Wholesale Flowers offers a selection of branches that allows many decorative options. Please take a moment and consider the following options:

-          Pumpkin Tree

-          Cherry Blossoms

-          Cherry Blossoms

-          White Cherry Blossoms

-          Curly Willow Tips

-          Curly Willow Medium

-          Curly Willow Long

-          Manzanita Branches Firm

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7 Helpful Hints When Choosing and Using Foliage

September 25th, 2014 by Paul Walls

Greens are an important part to any floral arrangement, even more important than the flowers themselves. Foliage creates the shape of the arrangement, as well as balance. choosing foliage 7 Helpful Hints When Choosing and Using FoliageGreens also provide a dark background to highlight the bright colors of flowers. Greens are typically more affordable than flowers, so using them is not an added expense. There is a wide variety of interesting greens you can choose.

Before choosing, you may want to keep these 7 things in mind:

  1. You Want To Look For Foliage Varieties – Greens come in many shapes and patterns. Look for the right variety to complement your floral arrangement.
  2. You Want To Look For Leaf Shape And Textures – Not only is color important, but the shapes and textures as well. They are an important part of the creating of a beautiful arrangement.
  3. You Want To Look For Different Weights Of Leaves – You can create layered dimensions using heavy or light leaves.
  4. You Want To Select Leaves according To the Season– Some leaves are seasonal, so you want to plan according to the time of the year they are available.
  5. You Want To Arrange The Leaves The Way You Prefer Them – Heavier leaves should be towards the back of the vase, lighter leaves on top, or in front.
  6. You Want To Place The Leaves Firmly In The Arrangement – Push each stem firmly to ensure arrangement sits well. Make sure you have water in the container, removing any leaves below the water line, or they will begin to rot. Crush or split woody ends before placing them into the water.
  7. You Want To Condition The Leaves – To make the appearance of the leaves brighter, rub with olive oil. This will brighten up leaves and remove any stains.

Hopefully these are some helpful ideas to add to your wedding planning. At Whole Blossoms Wholesale Flowers, we would love to assist you and provide you with the freshest wholesale flowers available. We have FREE SHIPPING on every order and have very low prices.

How Important is Greenery to Your Floral Arrangements?

September 23rd, 2014 by Paul Walls

4 Different Greens to Consider

In this age of “green” weddings, you may want to fill or simply accent your bouquet with a unique, eye-catching collection of greenery and filler. Baby’s breath may be too pedestrian for you, and lily of the valley appears in over 90 percent of bridal bouquets these days. Since interior designers now decorate homes with ferns and frond plants both live and in the form of artwork, it’s no wonder the all-green look has come to bridal design.

Think outside the box with a veritable world of gorgeous greens and fabulous fillers that can make even the most modest flowers look amazing by virtue of being surrounded by unexpected leaf textures, glossy ferns, and tiny filler flowers in unexpected shapes.

Today’s greens come in feathery textures, curled leaves, and veined striping for added effect. Floral designs say they love to experiment with new varieties of locally grown and imported greenery, and they often visit floral shows and wholesalers to explore the new arrivals. You too can seek out these resources.

The benefit of greenery and filler is that they most often are very inexpensive, which allows you to include more expensive flowers (such as gardenias and orchids) in your bouquet and still save up to 40 percent on each bouquet. Greenery might be available for just a few dollars a bunch, and it’s easy to incorporate into DIY projects as well. Plus, if you’re not an experienced DIYer, you’ll have plenty of greenery available to you on the cheap should you need to scrap a bouquet and start over.

Beyond the lush green color, wispy leaves and grasses can give a waterfall effect to your banquet without the shaping of cascade. Just half a dozen fronds of long fern or ivy, or the movement of decorative grass lengths, and you have created a signature bouquet.

1.       Consider Ferns

  • The most common bouquet ferns are leatherleaf and maidenhair, which you’ll recognize from the bouquets you see in floral shops and supermarket garden centers
  • For a softer, wispier look, try silk fern
  • Also called ladder fern, Nephrolepis is a unique fern to build into a bouquet
  • For softer, larger quarter-size leaves, use roundleaf fern as a visual effect in your bouquet or centerpieces

2.       Consider Grasses

  • Cut long lengths of ornamental grasses to add to your bouquet as a green, natural replacement for trailing ribbons.
  • Ornamental grasses provide movement to your bouquet as you walk and can provide a waterfall effect without the heft and texture of a cascade bouquet
  • Some of the most unique grasses that give a cascading effect to a bouquet are Bermuda grass, wild grass, flax grass, pampras, tropical sedum, hanging grass vine, and kiwi fruit grass.

3.       Consider Unique Leaves

  • Some popular flowers, such as birds of paradise, feature such gorgeous leaves that they’re often cut from the flower stems and used as filler
  • Check out the following leaf varieties: bird of paradise leaves, magnolia leaves, and grape leaves (with marbled or pink center)
  • For an autumn wedding blend colorful maple and oak tree leaves into your bouquet
  • For summer weddings, palm leaves provide a fun tropical look for your bouquet base

4.       Consider Filler Flowers

  • Besides lilies of the valley, consider other small flowers with unique shapes
  • Astilbe has a feathery appearance and comes in white, pink, red, yellow, and orange, all of which work well for summer and fall weddings
  • Allium looks like a puffball and adds a playful dimension to a bouquet, especially for winter weddings when you want a snowball effect
  • Chestnut pods are also like puffballs and add fun and round dimension to taller, trumpet-shaped flowers

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3 Popular Hand-tied Bouquets that will Make Every Bride Beautiful

September 22nd, 2014 by Paul Walls

Hand-tied bouquets allow the flowers to shine in a round, gathered arrangement, but the stems also participate in the traditional bridbridal bouqet hand 3 Popular Hand tied Bouquets that will Make Every Bride Beautifulal look as ribbon-wrapped handles of beauty. The result is a tightly cluster round of flowers with a little something extra underneath, such as satin ribbon wrapping or a handle that trails lengths of ribbon or lace.

The hand-tied bouquet can be either formal or informal, depending on the types of flowers you choose and the combination you create. The most commonly used flowers in hand-tied bouquets are roses, ranunculus, calla lilies, tulips, phlox, and peonies. These so-called sturdier flowers with thicker or stronger stems will hold the weight of a flower head and keep the shape of the bouquet.

Smaller flowers such as lilies of the valley, Queen Anne’s lace, and Bells of Ireland are often added to give a delicate touch of balance out a collection of big, dramatic blooms.

Hand-tied bouquets are also referred to as clutch bouquets, and you can design them to have the entire stem wrapped in ribbon or just tie the stems with ribbon directly under the flowers, leaving the natural green stems exposed. This effect gives your bouquet a just-picked-from-the-garden look.

1.       Pastel Hand-Tied Bouquet

  • Pastel flowers stand out in a hand-tied bouquet when you add plenty of greenery.
  • Hand-tied bouquets made of one kind of flower, such as roses, make for a classic, sophisticated look
  • Mixing flower varieties allows you to change the formality level. Daisies and tulips are less formal, while roses and calla lilies are more formal.
  • A pastel color scheme allows you to complement your bridesmaids’ dresses or the wedding décor for a more unified look.

2.       Bright Red Hand-Tied Bouquet

  • Bright red bouquets are perfectly fine for day-time weddings, so don’t eliminate this color choice just because your wedding takes place in the afternoon.
  • Passionate, lipstick red roses are the top choice in this style of bright bouquet.
  • Select a range of reds and add even more depth by selecting flowers in a cranberry color.
  • Reds are almost impossible to match perfectly in hue, so eliminate any clashing tones by purposefully choosing a collection of bright and deep reds.

3.       Orange Hand-Tied Bouquets

  • Orange is a bright, happy color substitute for spring, summer, and fall weddings, which makes for hand-tied bouquets.
  • Orange calla lilies are the perfect curl of sophistication in an orange or orange-based bouquet
  • Look at vivid yellows and pale oranges as accent colors for your bouquet
  • Again, greenery brings out the natural look of the hand-tied bouquet’s stem and provides the perfect top and bottom color accent to make a tangerine floral cluster pop.

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4 Ways to Add Color and Texture to Your Fall Wedding

September 19th, 2014 by Paul Walls

fall wedding flowers 4 Ways to Add Color and Texture to Your Fall WeddingYou’re not limited to pumpkins and mums for your autumn wedding. While you may see such expected images on the covers of magazines at the grocery store, be uplifted by the many ways you can turn fall floral design into a colorful, texture-filled masterpiece for your tabletop design.

The autumn wedding season runs from September to November, and much depends upon where you live in the country. After all, the leaves on the trees start to transform from bright summer greens into autumn reds, oranges, and golds at many different times of the season, depending upon the weather conditions in each region. Weather Web sites offer tracking tools so that you can see where the autumn foliage is in peak season, and while Mother Nature doesn’t adhere to our calendars of when leaves must be bright orange to match our wedding plans, you can certainly plan your centerpieces and wedding décor to capture hues within the range of the season. And even if the tree leaves pass their peak before your wedding, you get to revive those vibrant colors with your masterful centerpieces.

1.       Using Fall Colors

  • Design a centerpiece that reflects the mix of autumn colors in the trees: rich shades of cranberry, persimmon, and gold.
  • A monochromatic centerpiece, such as all cranberry can still include lighter and darker shades of the same color family to add depth.
  • Brown is a top neutral for weddings, often called “the new black,” and plays a big part in autumn floral décor.
  • Browns, tans, and oranges rule the autumn wedding color scheme trends.

2.       Using Seasonal Fruits and Berries

  • Seasonal fruits have long been added to floral and fruit centerpieces, with pomegranates adding rich color
  • Flip the proportions of the floral and fruit centerpieces to contain 90% fruit and 10% accent flowers, such as piles of pomegranates dotted with white or pink flowers
  • With apple orchards and family farms in their prime season, stock up on bright red or green apples for centerpiece accents.
  • Consider fall pears for a softer, pastel centerpiece accent.

3.       Using Seasonal Produce

  • Long considered a great budget-saving trick, using fall produce as centerpieces adds fun and festive seasonal accent to your décor
  • Set a large, uncarved pumpkin at the center of each table; surround it with seasonal flowers and votives
  • Fill a platter or wide vase with guards of different sizes in unique shapes and colors.
  • Autumn corn contains yellow, gold brown, and orange, so build these colors into architectural centerpieces, along with color-coordinated flowers

4.       Using Fall Centerpiece Accents

  • Consider using the wealth of fall centerpiece accents found in nature or at craft stores.
  • These items include fresh colorful leaves, faux autumn leaves in high-quality=silks, acorns, pinecones, stones, natural reed bundles, and fall flowering branches such as Hypericum.
  • Visit a home improvement store to find bulk bags of river stones and mulched wood to use in centerpiece planters, vases, and pots. One bag should suffice for thirty or so centerpieces.

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How to Express Your Love with Lilies

September 18th, 2014 by Paul Walls

lilies How to Express Your Love with LiliesThese bright or white flowers, which come in several different varieties, have become a favorite for brides due to their lovely fragrance and because the large dramatic flower is a unique addition to any bouquet or arrangement.

Lilies are also a good way to save on your wedding budget, since one big stargazer lily can take the place of several roses or other smaller flowers in a bouquet. Growers have perfected the art of variegating lilies to provide more colors than ever before, and they’re also producing enormous blooms that brides often choose to carry in place of a bouquet. You may have seen this effect in the movie Love Actually, where Keira Knightley’s character totes a single white lily to accent her delicate, romantic gown.

Lilies are not just a spring flower anymore. The lily is now considered a hot summer flower, and the Casa Blanca lily is a top choice for winter weddings. You can choose from a large variety of lilies: tiger, Asiatic, Turk’s cap, Madonna, leopard, Easter, trumpet, Canada, meadow, Carolina, prairie, Sierra tiger, alpine, and Asiatic hybrid. Do an online search or pursue photos from your floral designer to see the beauty and differences of each variety. You’ll find solid colors as well as striped or ruffled-edge lilies, and each has its own symbolism.

Those who believe in the language of flowers might also remember an age-old superstition that lilies are the flowers of death. (Pop culture experts say this is the reason behind the naming of Lily in the Munsters.) That dark symbolism no longer holds true. Lilies have been depicted as a symbolic flower associated with images of the Catholic saints, with a meaning of virtue attached. So don’t fear using lilies in your wedding day floral plans.

Here are some lilies and meanings you might find helpful:

White Lilies

  • In religious lore the white lily is a symbol of sainthood and great virtue, heroism, and faith.
  • White lilies symbolize purity and virginity and communicate the sentiment; it’s heavenly to be with you.
  • The day lily symbolizes motherhood in Chinese symbolism, so consider this flower for your mother’s pieces,
  • The Eucharis lily symbolizes maiden charms, which make it a popular choice for bridesmaids.

Pink Lilies

  • Hues of pink add a touch of color to traditional and unique floral pieces for weddings, and brides often like to add some dimension to their bouquets by mixing the colors and meanings of pink white flowers.
  • Pink lilies symbolize beauty, charm, happiness, fondness, and friendship.
  • The pink perfection lily symbolizes a man’s appreciation of a woman as perfect in his eyes, and it can be used to connote the perfection of marriage.

Stargazer Lilies

  • The stargazer lily is known for its big bright, open and sometimes multicolored petals.
  • Stargazers are one of the most fragrant lilies, and some people have strong allergic reactions to their scents. So test these flowers against your sensitivities and consider that guests too many have allergic reactions to the stargazers if they are put in the table centerpieces.
  • Stargazer lilies symbolize brightness and beauty.
  • Stargazers symbolize the love of astronomy.

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What do the Kind of Roses Say about You and Your Wedding?

September 17th, 2014 by Paul Walls

Although we live in modern times, we still cling to several old world beliefs, especially when it comes to weddings. One of those beliefs comes from the Victorian-era tradition of the language of flowers, which maintains that different types and colors of flowers hold symbolism, conveying sentiments that can add very personal touches to your day.

In bygone days a gentleman courted a lady both openly and secretly (such as when the lady’s family either didn’t approve of the match or the parents hadn’t been approached yet) by sending her a flower or bouquet. The particular flower he chose might have symbolized everlasting love or said to her that she was precious to him. The lady in question might have returned a message to the gentleman by wearing a symbolic flower in her hair, or carrying one in her hand, for his view and a message of her own the next time he saw her. Flowers then played a large part in the ritual of courtship, as letters in bloom. The language of flowers grew from a secret form of communication to our modern practice of sharing that symbolism for the entire world to see.

After finding out what some of the most colors in wedding roses express, you may wish to give your own bouquet an in depth, symbolic message, or you might find your own favorite flower has a traditional meaning that is perfect for your day.

1.       White Roses

  • Perhaps the most popular choice for traditional wedding bouquets, the white rose carries several different meanings including virtue, innocence, and chastity.
  • White and red roses together symbolize unity.
  • A full bouquet of white roses symbolize gratitude
  • A garland or crown of white roses symbolizes victory or reward

2.       Pink Roses

  • Pink roses are the most popular of colored bridal flowers, with the delicate hue adding romance and femininity to bridal bouquets. Pinks may range from barely there blush to vibrant pink.
  • Dark pink roses symbolize gratitude
  • Light pink roses symbolize grace, desire, passion, joy, energy, and youth.
  • Pink roses given to mothers symbolize the gratitude and joy of the love and support of mothers has always been provided.

3.       Yellow Roses

  • Yellow roses are a favorite for spring and summer weddings, with colors ranging from pale buttercup yellow to bright sunshine yellow.
  • Yellow roses symbolize joy, friendship, and devotion.
  • As with many symbolic items, there’s a flip side. Yellow roses have also been branded with some negative meanings, namely jealousy and, even infidelity. Such is the nature of traditions that have been handed down over time, subject to translation issues from generation to generation.

4.       Red Roses

  • When brightly colored bridal flowers came on the scene in the late 1990’s, red was the number one color chosen by brides for their bouquets. After all, a bright red bouquet stands out in contrast to a pristine white wedding gown and photographs well.
  • It symbolizes true love, passion, desire, deep love, and respect.
  • Red and yellow roses together symbolize excitement
  • A red rosebud symbolizes purity and loveliness

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