Alternatives to a Floral Wedding Bouquet

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Carrying a floral wedding bouquet is the most common choice for brides. However you may prefer to carry something different. Not to worry – there are many other options that may work for you.

If you have floral related allergies, silk or paper flowers are a wonderful option, and won’t leave you red eyed and sniffling.

paper flowersPhoto by © MedvededAndrey

Brooch bouquets are also a beautiful alternative to fresh flowers. To make it extra special include brooches given to you by family members.

brooch bouquetPhoto credit: MsSaraKelly | photopin | (license)

Or you can abandon flowers all together and carry a bouquet of feathers, or strands of crystals or origami birds.

origami birdsPhoto by © Africa Studio

A pretty fan, a special bible, or a small clutch are also lovely non-flower alternatives.

Photo by © Yakov Stavchansky

Look into ethnic or cultural wedding traditions. Irish customs call for the bride to carry a horseshoe for good luck (with the open end up so the luck doesn’t run out).

bride carrying a horseshoePhoto by © lmfotografia

For a more whimsical bouquet, how about a lollipop arrangement in the colors of your wedding, or a pretty bouquet made out of fabric roses? To make it even more special have fabric roses out of vintage fabrics, scarves, or even neckties from someone dear to you.

lollipop bouquetPhoto credit: Shots For You Photography

Of course, you could elect to carry nothing at all. It is your choice.

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Flower Talk – The Language (and Meaning) of Flowers

The meaning of flowers - iris (passion)

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The meaning of flowers - Bridal bouquet of white roses (purity & innocence) and orange roses (passion)Photo credit: Photography by Faye Sommer

Flowers (or some type of flora, at least) have been a part of wedding celebrations for as long as we have recorded history.

Early Greek and Roman brides carried garlic, herbs, or spices to ward against evil spirits. The bride and groom also wore garlands of fresh herbs or ivy in their hair or around their necks, to symbolize new life, hope and fertility for the couple. Celtic brides carried bouquets of ivy, thistle and heather.

No one is quite sure when garlands evolved into hand held bouquets, but by the time Queen Victoria married Prince Albert, fresh, and fragrant, flowers were carried instead of the smelly herbs and spices. Favorite flowers change over the years but over time, certain flowers have assumed a coded identity. In Victorian times (mid to late 1800s) flowers held messages for those who knew the “code”.

If you want to convey a message with your wedding flowers, here are some popular wedding flowers and their meanings:

Baby’s Breath – Everlasting love

The meaning of flowers - baby's breath (everlasting love)photo credit: Free to use texture/background via photopin cc

Calla Lily – Magnificent Beauty

The meaning of flowers - calla lily (magnificent beauty)photo credit: Calla (Zantedeschia aethiopica) via photopin cc

Carnation – Devotion, Women’s Love (pink), Pure Love (white)

Carnation - Devotion, Women's Love (pink), Pure Love (white) photo credit: Carnation via via photopin cc

Daisy – Innocence

The meaning of flowers - daisy (innocence)photo credit: Cape daisies via photopin cc

Forget-Me-Not – Remember Me

The meaning of flowers - forget-me-not (remember me)photo credit: unforgettable via photopin cc

Gardenia – Secret Love

The meaning of flowers - gardenia (secret love)photo credit: Gardenia Blossom via photopin cc

Iris – Passion

The meaning of flowers - iris (passion)photo credit: MAC_4216 via photopin cc

Alternatives to a Floral Wedding Bouquet

Lily of the Valley – Happiness

The meaning of flowers - lily-of-the-valley (happiness)photo credit: Convallaria majalis (lily of the valley, cultivar) via photopin cc

Orchid – Love and Beauty

photo credit: Exposición de Orquídeas, Caracas 20Jul2014 via photopin cc

Peony – Happy Marriage

The meaning of flowers - peony (happy marriage)photo credit: IMG_0804 via via photopin cc

Red Rose – Be Mine and I Love You

The meaning of flowers - red rose (be mine and I love you)photo credit: Christmas Rose via photopin cc

Yellow Rose – Friendship and Caring

The meaning of flowers - yellow rose (friendship and caring)photo credit: Roses are yellow II via photopin cc

Pink Rose – Admiration, Joy and Gratitude

The meaning of flowers - pink rose (admiration, joy and gratitude)photo credit: Rose laser via photopin cc

Purple Rose – Love at First Sight

The meaning of flowers - purple rose (love at first sight)photo credit: Purple Rose via photopin cc

Oh, and the bridal bouquet at the top? It means Purity and Innocence (the White Roses), and Passion (the Orange Roses).

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Cake Cutting 101

Choosing the wedding cake is most couples’ favorite part of wedding planning.

Many couples prefer a traditional tiered cake, but even those who choose a non-traditional dessert alternative will often have a small display cake for the cake cutting ceremony.

If you are choosing to include a wedding cake in your reception, keep these tips in mind.

When to cut the cake
Do you want to cut the cake at the beginning of the reception just before dinner or just after dinner before the dancing starts? Make sure you communicate that decision to your wedding coordinator, the catering staff, your DJ and your photographer.

If (and how) to announce the cake cutting
You may wish to do it quietly and include just close family and the photographer, but most couples have the DJ make an announcement so all of your can watch. Many couples choose a special song to be played during the cake cutting ceremony.

Be prepared
Your caterer or wedding coordinator will make sure that a cake knife and server, a dessert plate and napkins are at the ready.

Cutting the cake is very easy. You’ll both hold the cake knife (hand over hand), cut a small piece (cutting a thin triangular piece is easiest), and feed each other a bit of cake. Most couples will feed each other at the same time, others prefer to take turns.

If you have questions about cake cutting or cake/dessert options, I’d love to chat with you.

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