06 May 2010
in Advice and Tips, Culture, Family, Humor, People, Relationships, Wedding Ceremony, Wedding Party, wedding planning, Wedding Reception, Weddings
Tags: best man toast, maid of honor toast.wedding reception, wedding, wedding advice, wedding planning, wedding tips, wedding toast, wedding toasts, Weddings
This started as a tips for creating the best wedding toast tips, but I thought it would be much more fun to give you some examples of things that you simply should not say that I came up with. The main tip I can give you is that this is not your wedding and even if you don’t like the bride or groom, it’s not about you. Here are some things that you should not say;
Worst Toast Clip #10
“Frank is lucky to have found someone that likes him for his personality and not his looks.”
Worst Toast Clip #9
“Yeah, I just don’t see this. But hey! That’s why you’re there at that table and I’m over here.”
Worst Toast Clip #8
“I know to say this is bad, but I just have to go on record to say that this is the worst mistake ever.”
Worst Toast Clip #7
“I still don’t understand why she’s wearing white, but that’s none of my business, I guess.”
Worst Toast Clip #6
“The good thing is that you’re starting out on the lower end of the ‘for better or worse‘ thing, so it’s only up from here.”
Worst Toast Clip #5
“I am so glad to see you together. I could have sworn he was gay. So either I was really wrong or you’re in for one heck of a ride.”
Worst Toast Clip #4
“This is good. Cutting it close though. What are you, like 5 months pregnant now?”
Worst Toast Clip #3
“They say that three times the charm, right?”
Worst Toast Clip #2
“Most of you don’t know that Tess is a dancer which is how these two met. At least now she won’t have to pay bills with a wad of singles anymore.”
Worst Toast Clip #1
“Even though she was with me first, you obviously saw something in her that I didn’t.”
I’m sure that you have some great wedding toasts to share also. If you already have something written down for a toast and there’s anything even remotely close to these, start over.
27 Apr 2010
in Advice and Tips, Economy, Entertainment, Family, Fashion, Life, Love, People, Wedding Ceremony, Wedding Fashion, Wedding Party, wedding planning, Weddings
Tags: beach wedding, beach weddings, Crystal Coast, DIY wedding favor, DoIt Yourself wedding favors, Emerald Isle, Emerald Isle Realty, NC, North Carolina, wedding, wedding advice, wedding favor, wedding favors, Wedding Party, wedding tips, Weddings
After watching 3 separate beach weddings occur in one day, I had a lot to comment about in regards to certain aspects such as using Ipods, guest considerations, weather, etc. It dawned on me as I watched 2 of the 3 beach weddings make the exact same mistakes, that there are many things that brides simply don’t think about. I won’t go into detail about the basic wedding elements such as food to serve, seating arrangements and items like that, but these are things that you may not have considered for beach weddings in particular.
One of the tricks to holding a beach wedding is timing it properly with the tides. It will make the difference as to whether you’ll hold the wedding on tight packed wet sand or the soft white sand of the dunes. Consider the tide tables and make note of when the tide is normally in or out for the particular beach where you’ll be holding your wedding. While there is normally a lot of variance from day to day, there is some consistency that you can base your service around.
Weather the Weather
It’s best to avoid hurricane seasons which can cause all types of unpredictability with not only the weather, but also the aforementioned tides. But because you’re close to the ocean, you should always have an alternate plan if it gets rained out. It’s a worse case scenario, but you need to know that if it can go wrong, it probably will. It may also be smart to spend time in the area beforehand to see if the area is prone to sand flies or if the section of beach you’re using is windy. Gusts of sand blowing in the eyes of your guests and the wedding party can quickly ruin the day.
As I mentioned in my Ipod wedding post, the ocean is the only place on earth that is both loud and relaxing at the same time. It’s a strange anomaly and it’s the relaxing part that has people forgetting about the loud ocean part altogether. The crashing waves can make it almost impossible to hear much being said. Make sure that your music is being pushed through a PA system and most importantly, that your pastor/priest/minister is also miked through that PA as well. Even the most booming natural voice won’t be able to be heard over Mother Nature. I watched two weddings where the minister wasn’t miked. The first had to yell over the ocean and it made it very unromantic when it got to the “I Do” portions of the wedding. The second was a woman pastor who simply could not be heard at all. Microphone everyone that will be talking.
Consider what footwear your wedding party is going to be wearing and have them dress accordingly. I was surprised how many women came to a beach wedding in high heels. Make sure that your wedding party has the right type of footwear for a beach wedding and that your guests also know to plan accordingly with either flip flops or sandals.
Take into consideration that your parents and grandparents will have to walk the beach to their seating. If you have any relatives that require the use of canes, walkers or that have any physical disabilities that make trudging through sand difficult, you should account for extra time getting them seated or possibly even seating them beforehand.
Distract The Kids
The second children hit the beach, you can expect them to be distracted easily. Make it easier on yourself and simply accommodate that distraction by providing kids in attendance with beach themed wedding favors or even providing them with a small shovel or bucket. Maybe even set aside an area off to the side where they can play quietly making sand castles instead of having their parents managing their fidgeting instead of enjoying your big day.
If you haven’t acquired a private beach, you should expect onlookers and in some cases additional noises. Public access beaches will have your wedding surrounded by half naked adults and screaming kids complete with frisbees, dogs, and surfers. This is something to consider for potential interruptions. Most people are polite and will keep the distractions to a minimum when they see the wedding taking place, but on public beaches, you’re sharing the area with people who weren’t invited and you should anticipate the possibility of distractions.
Arranging to have your wedding on a private beach is easier than you think. In North Carolina’s Crystal Coast, you can contact major players for beach rental properties such as Emerald Isle Realty that can get you a section of the beach to call your own for the weekend to avoid all of the possible extra hub bub. They can also give you access to lodging such as huge beautiful beach houses that can comfortably accommodate 6-8 couples in one beach home for under $2500 for an entire week. Imagine the convenience of having lodging, a private beach for your wedding and also a place to hold your reception afterward and all without the need to travel from one location to the other.
Power to the People
As I mentioned with the audio issue above, you should have a PA for the music to play through including the pastor, any ceremony musicians and ceremony music as well. So it’s pretty important that you should consider that most beaches do not have electrical outlets. Be prepared to supply power to the DJ for the PA or any other items that may require some juice. You may have to be inventive with super long electrical cords running from nearby homes. And if there simply is none, think of something else because doing a beach wedding without a PA will be disastrous.
Check the sturdiness of any seating you supply. There’s nothing worse than your grandmother taking a fall when the chair legs sink into the sand behind her. Benches are typically a good idea because of their broader feet which are less susceptible to sinking into the sand once someone sits in them. It’s also best to preset each chair into the sand to make sure that any further sinking is minimal.
Aisle Be Back
The aisle where the bride will be walking towards the altar is going to be messy. If you can arrange for there to be a walkway, that would preferably be ideal, but most likely improbable. Cloth aisle runners will sink into the sand once they get stepped on by your guests and then your wedding party. Thinking outside of the box to keep the aisle still “picture worthy” will be tricky. Some ideas may include having the flowergirl use an excessive amount of flowers to cover the center aisle with a lot of flowers to partially cover up the trampled sand. It looks much nicer than an crumpled up, stepped on, sandy aisle runner that makes it almost impossible for a nice center aisle shot.
Beach themed wedding favors are a great touch for a beach wedding obviously, but do it yourself (DIY) wedding favors such as hand painted seashells or sand dollars are a nice touch and can save you tons of money. The aforementioned North Carolina Crystal Coast, and especially in the Emerald Isle area of the Crystal Coast, there are nice sized seashells virtually everywhere. Grab a few dozen and hand paint names, dates, personal notes and glitter them up for a fantastic and frugal wedding favor idea.
So those are some things that I saw many beach weddings do wrong and that you should add to your consideration pile when you’re planning a beach wedding. If you have any more great tips, be sure to add them below in the comment area. I’d love to hear them!
12 Jun 2009
in Advice and Tips, Culture, Economy, Fashion, Relationships, Wedding Cakes, Wedding Ceremony, Wedding Fashion, Wedding Party, wedding planning, Wedding Reception, Weddings, women
Tags: destination wedding, destination weddings, eco-weddings, environment, green weddings, honeymoon, honeymoon travel, honeymoons, plan a wedding, planning a wedding, wedding advice, wedding favors, wedding ideas, wedding photography, wedding planning, wedding tips, wedding trends, wedding video, wedding videos
Engaged over Valentine’s Day and getting ready to set your date and start the wedding planning? As you begin to plan you 2010 nuptials keep in mind these top trends you’ll see next spring. Buttercream, organic green, backyard weddings – all great ideas to help get you down the aisle.
1. Back to Basics
Events will focus on the attention to the details, the foundation of the event, not the drama or grandeur of the evening. Consider spending more on the lasting memories than the showmanship of the event. Spend a bit more than the average budget allotment on photography mediums rather than abundant floral. Or consider a bit of a longer stay on your honeymoon and a little less of a party at the reception and you’ll be grateful for your decision in the end.
2. Home Weddings Hit Home
Intimate and personal affairs in the backyard are bigger than ever. Going home incorporates the continued trend of personalizing the wedding day experience. Smaller size guest lists, more intimate settings, grass roots weddings, elegant and detail driven, but in no way small on what counts.
3. Buttercream on the Big Day
Fondant is falling behind, buttercream corners the market. Tools and techniques now allow for buttercream to look as smooth as fondant when applied by a skilled artist. You have the option of better flavor, more natural ingredients, and less costly cakes that no longer suffer or lack in design.
4. Favor Comeback
Personalized appreciation is back. The effect that an event has on the guests is more noticeable than ever before so the importance of wedding favors is felt more than ever. Be sure to appreciate to those in attendance – it’s not just an afterthought, omission, or generic item. Think local artisans, locally grown products, personal mementos, and on-the-spot print outs.
5. Nearby Destinations
Nearby destination weddings are taking flight over the exotic and far off locales. The ever popular destination wedding will remain but guests will get out of town by car (within driving distance) so couples can create a weekend, guests get an escape, but no one breaks the bank. Enjoying the US destination locations, spend within your own local economies, create a greener effect, experience undiscovered backyards, and stay sensible about cost while you’re at away.
Monochromatic palettes – this doesn’t mean muted colors, just single color bunches. Vibrant Colors: Orange, green, yellow, and pink. Metal Colors: Gold, silver, copper, and pewter. And black is definitely the new black. Break the rules and show off the darker side of your event.
7. Greener Conscience
Emerging will be the newest phase of eco-conscience: A better understanding of the gray shades of green. You will see more emphasis on the smaller changes that are less recognizable to the guest (i.e. cleaning green, composting, solar and LED lighting, no more oasis in floral arrangements, less catering waste). It’s no longer about making the event appear “organic” – it’s about understanding how things are made, disposed of, and where/when events take place. Learning to make better choices that are unseen by the guest are just as important as those tree-free invitations everyone is talking about.
8. Video Integration into Events
We’ve all seen the photo montages of your childhoods during dinner but the next phase in video at your event comes in several different forms. Video DJ’s are emerging, allowing your dance party to dance to the visuals of the music videos; ceremonies are being broadcast on screens for better viewing from the back; and time lapse photography is being shot and integrated into video for current day montages of you and your fiancé. Love to party? Set up crane camera and project the event as it unfolds on screens around the dance floor (budget permitting of course).
9. HD Video
Videographers have already gone hi-def. But next year all or most will make such a transition, making HD and even Blu Ray the norm in wedding videography. Upgrade now and appreciate the quality later. This also means smaller cameras on site and less intrusion into your event, all around a better (though more costly) option on the big day.
10. Visual Combinations
Professional grade still photo cameras like the Canon 5D Mark II DSLR are being released with HD video capabilities included. It is recommended to have both a videographer and a photographer at your wedding to capture every moment of the big day. Tech-savvy brides looking for a new experience, may like to experiment with a visual professional (videographer or photographer) who has this technology. In the future, you will begin to see an emergence of two-in-one companies.
09 Jun 2009
in Advice and Tips, Business, Culture, Economy, Entertainment, Money, People, Relationships, Wedding Ceremony, Wedding Fashion, wedding planning, Weddings
Tags: bad advice, bridal, bride, brides, bridesmaid, bridesmaids, get married, GetMarried.com, getting married, maid of honor, plan a wedding, planning a wedding, The Knot, TheKnot.com, wedding, wedding advice, wedding planners, wedding planning, wedding professionals, wedding pros, wedding tips, Weddings
Photo by Graham Minchkin and obtained via Flickr
I’m pretty sure that we’re all familiar with TheKnot.com and its many branches of government. However, it appears that The Knot has been on a downward spiral with brides and now wedding vendors. Their release of “The Knot’s Best of Wedding Guide 2009″ had some major issues and it became glaringly obvious that it wasn’t based on feedback, but greenbacks. The Knot’s Editors Pick of DJ companies was a company that had 50 complaints on Ripoff.com, multiple complaints filed against them from the Better Business Bureau who also graded them with an F, and additionally had a few negative news stories on them on television including Inside Edition. Great advice, Knottie. Just wow.
Then to make matters worse, posts ordained by The Knot informed people to not choose local bakers over the venue’s in-house bakers to avoid cake cutting costs. Really? This along with other suggestions that kick the local vendors to the curb entirely. Not to mention their wealth of bad advice that people seem to be getting downright agitated about.
Truth be told, it appears as The Knot has become a victim of themselves and appear to have lost focus. Either that or they don’t have time to properly manage their resources which has been consistently sending out bad advice pretty much all of 2009. And with the presence of competitors on the horizon like Get Married at GetMarried.com that just announced a wedding magazine to further compliment their online presence and their already popular daily television show on Lifetime, The Knot may be a little too comfortable with their lead.
Brides are a fickle bunch and once you give them bad information, you’re hard pressed to get a second chance with the amount of resources available to them online. I’ll be very curious to see how GetMarried’s offerings align with The Knot’s efforts once the Get Married magazine launches in September and especially since there are major changes that are sure to come with it. Maybe The Knot should start looking for a good moat digger.
17 Apr 2009
in Advice and Tips, Economy, Love, Money, Relationships, Wedding Ceremony, Wedding Fashion, Wedding Party, wedding planning, Wedding Reception, Weddings
Tags: bridal, bride, brides, budget wedding, budget weddings, cheap wedding, cheap wedding ideas, cutting corners, Economy, economy wedding, inexpensive weddings, wedding, wedding advice, wedding tips, Weddings
Planning a wedding is extremely stressful, but add monetary constraints caused by economic woes can make it even more stressful. Try these 6 budget tips to cut some corners.
Select a special and cost-saving locale
Most churches and chapels decorate for the holidays, spring and winter especially. Take advantage of these beautiful decorations in a house of worship (that’s appropriate for you of course), and schedule your wedding close to a religious holiday and omit floral costs for the ceremony space.
Set the date in the off season
Consider tying the knot when your friends won’t be bored by yet another wedding. The smaller demand for events in late fall and winter allow for more options, availability, and often better venue and vendor pricing. Still want a summer wedding? Then consider a Friday or Sunday instead.
Narrow down your guest list
With each additional guest you invite, the total cost of your wedding increases. Not just because of the additional food costs, but adding guests means more centerpieces, invitations themselves, rentals, cake, and all the other trimmings. So while you may think that the guest list should include everyone and at work and so on, consider scaling down and hosting a more intimate affair. Try to keep it to those who are closest to you and your fiance only. If the parents are paying and have other ideas, then perhaps say no to children. You won’t have to plan for a special table, offer them party favors or include kid-friendly food. Try Get Married’s Guest List Manager also to help with this task.
Cut invitation corners
Today many couples are reaping the benefits of wedding websites (and doing the environment a favor too). While sending out an email invitation isn’t exactly appropriate, including additional information via the web can cut down the cost of your paper invitations. When it comes to printing your invitations, the most expensive printing is letterpress or engraving, so if you can live without, consider the more affordable options of offset printing or thermography.
Selecting your gown
In this department a little extra effort can go a long way. Take the time to shop sample sales and shop around. Remember dresses can be altered to fit (but keep in mind the alteration costs). And if nearly new is okay by you, consider shops and websites that offer new and/or nearly new couture at a fraction of the price.
Note: When shopping for fashion online, be careful to read the fine print and find shops like Encore Bridal that allow for returns and guarantee the gowns you get.
Select your menu wisely
Don’t spring for the lobster and don’t overdo it on the hors d’oeuvres. Cutting just one or two items from the cocktail hour can save you cash and your guests will never notice anything missing. Work with your caterer and allow them to guide you to dishes that are seasonal and often less expensive but still flavorful. And beware of buffets; they tend to be more expensive than a seated meal because the caterer has to prepare enough food for each guest to try everything in abundance.
For more tips to keeping your costs down and your dollar on budget, check out the Budget Manager Tool on GetMarried.com.
10 Apr 2009
in Advice and Tips, Economy, Life, Wedding Ceremony, Wedding Fashion, Wedding Party, wedding planning, Wedding Reception, Weddings
Tags: bridal, bridal tips, bride, brides, bridesmaid, bridesmaids, flower girl, flower girls, flowergirl, flowergirls, wedding, wedding ideas, wedding tips, Weddings
Jo Gartin, the Los Angeles-based celebrity wedding designer who’s known for her anything-but-over-the-top, simply charming weddings, has this advice for brides coping with not-so-cooperative flower girls–“fairy dust”. Actually a small bottle of glitter, Jo’s found that the power of suggestion, and a liberal dusting of the sparkly stuff, is all it takes to turn cranky little girls into small angels.
“The fairy dust is a crowd pleaser and, if you sprinkle a little bit of ‘dust’ on them, they tend to be a little bit more compliant so I always carry that in my bride emergency kit.” It’s those small but fabulous touches that have made Jo a much sought after wedding designer in a city known more for weddings with big budgets rather than beautiful moments. So what’s her favorite way to make a little flower girl look her best as well as behave her best? “I love butterflies. Things like that make me smile. I’ve put them in flower girls’ hair and glued them to their ballet slippers.” We think that’s an idea that would bring smiles to everyone.
For more of Jo’s great wedding tips and inspirations, check out her book Jo Gartins’ Weddings, published by Rodale Inc., available at amazon.com.
08 Apr 2009
in Advice and Tips, Economy, Life, Love, Money, Relationships, Wedding Ceremony, Wedding Party, wedding planning, Wedding Reception, Weddings
Tags: bridal, plan a wedding planning a wedding, vbrides, wedding, wedding advice, wedding checklist, wedding plan, wedding planner, wedding planners, wedding planning, Wedding Reception, wedding tips, Weddings
Choosing a wedding planner is one of the most important decisions to make on your wedding checklist of things to do for your big day. They can be invaluable, and make your event more amazing than you could have imagined (and most importantly, more stress free!) So when selecting your second most important partner in the wedding, know the answers to ten important questions. Ask before hiring and feel that much more confident that this is a marriage made in heaven.
1. What do you get for your price?
Make sure you know exactly what you’re getting for your money: what is included; different package options; how they bill (hourly, deposits, payment plans, billing, etc). This will help to ensure that there are no surprising costs that will pop up unexpectedly during or after the planning process. Perhaps you don’t need help with every little element, or you have an hour cap that you need to keep in mind. Does the fee include the cost of assistants on the wedding day, and how many? Know what you are paying for.
2. Do you understand my vision?
A planner could have done every celebrity and high-end wedding in the world, but if they don’t share your understanding of the style and vision, you might be unhappy with the final outcome. Some planners can create one fabulous look, but if that look isn’t you, then be sure their portfolio reflects many styles – look for the personality of the couple to shine through in the events, not the same likes of the planner over and over again. Talk with your planner and bounce ideas off each other to make sure you’re on the same page before you begin.
As obvious as it may seem, make sure to ask for and check your planner’s references. Know their experience level, how long they have been in business, the size, scope, and budgets of the weddings they have done to make sure they have enough experience in the type of wedding you want and can afford. Check with past clients they refer you to, but also do your web and chat room research. Make sure there are no outstanding issues out there.
4. Are they familiar with your venue and vendors?
Most wedding planners are well connected with other professionals in the wedding industry, and can help give you reliable options that they know of or have worked with before. If, however, you chose some of your own vendors, make sure they are willing and able to work together so that everything goes smoothly on the day of and egos stay out of the way. Ask if the event planner takes a referral fee from vendors and if so, be sure you’re seeing the selection you want. If one company is heavily pushed on you over all others, that can be a sign of a back end financial agreement. This is very common and often industry standard, so don’t be too put off by it, just be smart about your selection.
5. How involved will you both be?
Find out how often you will meet, if they will come to your vendor meetings, how much planning you will do on your own. Think of things that you really would want to do on your own, if any. Make sure both of your jobs are clearly discussed and understood.
6. How busy are they?
See how often your planner has a wedding on a calendar, especially for the month, week, and even your same day. If you feel like they are trying to overbook there is a good chance that you won’t get the personal attention that you need and deserve. You want to be the only bride she or he tends to that day. You might also ask if wedding planning is their full time job or if it is a side hobby as that can also lead to scheduling conflicts.
7. Emergency situations
Although hopefully you won’t have any last minute emergencies to deal with, such things do happen and you need to be prepared. Ask what would happen if your wedding planner was suddenly not able to make the wedding, if someone in the wedding party got sick, bad weather affecting out of town arrivals and the event itself, etc. Find out if they have had any situations like this in the past, and how they did, or would, deal with them – in case of an unforeseen occurrence, does the planner have staff and/or a backup plan if they cannot make the day.
This may be an assumed task for the wedding planner to oversee, but you can never be too cautious. A wedding can quickly go over budget, so make sure you find a planner who makes your budget limit their top priority.
9. Is it a real business?
Ask your planner if they have a business license, insurance, education. See if they belong to a professional organization like the ABC, ACPWC, Weddings Beautiful, June Weddings, WIPA and ISES, all of which are respectable bridal consultant groups. Also ask if the group they belong to requires them to have training every year or simply pay an annual fee.
Don’t forget that after the party is over, you want to have an amazing relaxing honeymoon vacation with your new spouse! Ask if your wedding planner has travel contacts or resources for you to use. Perhaps they can even help to plan your special vacation.
But above all the rules, paperwork, and fine print, most of all, make sure you really like your wedding planner, because you will be spending a lot of time together in the coming months!
03 Apr 2009
in Advice and Tips, Economy, Love, Money, Relationships, Wedding Ceremony, Wedding Fashion, Wedding Party, wedding planning, Wedding Reception, Weddings
Tags: bridal, brides, budget bride, budget wedding, budget weddings, cheap wedding, cheap weddings, inexpensive wedding, inexpensive weddings, planning a wedding, wedding, wedding ideas, wedding planner, wedding planners, wedding planning, wedding tips, Weddings
The economy got you down? Or perhaps got your guest count is what’s down? Your wedding is still one of the most important days of your life, regardless of market status. So how do you have that fairytale ending but do it on a budget? Get Married’s host Colin Cowie shares with us some insider trading secrets to creating an extraordinary and cost-conscience event to make your wedding planning a lot easier.
1. Dream big
Small ideas get small results, so put budget aside while envisioning your dream wedding, then figure out what you can afford.
2. Cut your coat according to the cloth
It’s better to do 5 things correctly than 10 things on the skinny.
3. Consider a destination wedding
Weddings can take place anywhere, so think beyond the exotic beach and think about a bed-and-breakfast or country inn.
4. Opt for a fantastic DJ
Instead of a big orchestra band, find a great DJ who can create great background music and just as easily keep the guests moving on the dance floor.
5. Invest in a trusted wedding planner
A professional is there to ease some of the pressure while bringing your vision to a reality.
6. Design a signature drink
Rather than serving an open bar, offer guests a specialty beverage that is as delicious as it is memorable.
7. Create monochromatic flower arrangements using one type of flower
When bundled en masse in short ceramic vases, whether roses or carnations, tulips of spider mums; these flowers are beautiful and impactful
03 Apr 2009
in Advice and Tips, Life, Love, Wedding Ceremony, Wedding Fashion, Wedding Party, wedding planning, Wedding Reception, Weddings
Tags: calla lilies, calla lillies, calla lilly, calla lily, floral balls, floral ideas, flower balls, flowers, spring bouquets, spring flowers, tulips, wedding advice, wedding bouquets, wedding flowers, wedding ideas, wedding planners, wedding planning, wedding tips, Weddings
Spring weddings brightly shine with spring blossoms. The season represents rebirth and new growth, so your flowers should equally reflect this blossoming time. Since spring is a season that goes hand-in-hand with fresh, beautiful flowers, make the most of what will be growing at this time. By selecting flowers that are in season, not only are you saving money, but it is also the greener choice to support local and seasonal agriculture, and in the end, you often have a much bigger selection to choose from (that isn’t so cost prohibitive). So what should you be shopping for? Take a look at some fabulous flowers for your wedding:
One spring favorite is the tulip, which comes in over 400 varieties and colors in spring (but sorry, no blue). Sweet peas are also a great option and are plentiful, a great bargain for the budget bride, and their light and sweet scent makes for a mild wedding perfume. Another option is lily of the valley, which is great for an accent or even possibly as a part of a larger arrangement or bouquet (beware as they are delicate flowers). These small flowers have a distinctive fragrance that many love, and can also be used in boutonnieres. Or consider daisies and bright yellow daffodils, which are quintessential spring and can be a sweet touch in a flower girls hair or on table arrangements.
Multi-colored calla lilies are amazing in this season and are a popular choice – so make the most of them when the price is right. Roses are also plentiful during most seasons, spring being no exception and since they are the true, classic wedding flower, you can’t go wrong. Bulbs are very significant to spring wedding themes, and flowers like crocuses, hyacinths, orchids, iris and ranunculus are all great choices too. If you’re a bit more adventurous, blossoms like ones from apple or cherry trees are a delicate sign of the advent of spring, and full branches can be used as dramatic centerpieces that they anchor within.
Been waiting all year to wed when peonies are readily available? Then you’re in luck, peonies are plentiful this time of year. A classic flower, they have a vintage flair and looks amazing as a center focus of wedding design or as an accent flower. They can be in bud or fully open or a mixture of both, just make sure to specify to your florist since they have such a variety of looks.
So once you have your fauna selected, how will it be designed? Floral balls, whether hanging or as table adornments are a fun and seasonal option that can be an extension of the polka dot wedding decor you may be considering. Spring is a more casual laid-back season, so unstructured floral arrangements are a natural choice, as well as very simple designs like a few stems in a basic vase on tables or containers with spring moss and a few blooms. Think organic, picked out of a garden, fresh and full of life.
As for the bride, nothing is more fitting than a wildflower bouquet filled with colorful local finds. You can also choose an all-green arrangement, or one bursting with big blooms in either bright colors or pale naturals, as both are great for spring. Hair wreaths made of seasonal florals are another option to consider. Simple earthy nosegays are a nice choice for your bridal party, or maybe a more basic design like a few colored Gerber daisies held in the hand as they walk down the aisle. Whatever you opt for, make it look effortless.
Spring is a great time to use the local bounty that nature has provided to help celebrate your day and represents the new growth that you and your fiance are about to embark on. Pay homage to that tradition in the flowers you carry on your very special day. And be sure to cut some corners by visiting Get Married for the ultimate wedding planning website.