Is It Crazy For a Bride to Carry A Single-Bloom Bouquet Down the Aisle?

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Nov 042013
 

Many brides choose big, bold wedding bouquets, while others prefer a more understated arrangement. For those planning a wedding with simple centerpieces and other low-key elements, is a single-bloom bouquet a good idea? Our wedding etiquette experts are here to answer your flower questions in our daily post.

I love the idea of carrying just one flower down the aisle. Am I crazy?

"It probably won't work in a huge cathedral, but a single bloom is perfect for a garden-y outdoor ceremony," says florist Alicia Tomlin of Mulberry Row in Sherman Oaks, California, For that wow factor, choose a large, striking bloom (like the peony above, an allium, a magnolia, a sunflower, or a dahlia) and ask your florist to accent the stem with leaves or ribbon.

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Rebecca Thuss’ New DIY Book, Paper to Petal, Arrives Just in Time for Winter

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Oct 162013
 
paper to petal book

Photo: Courtesy of Paper to Petal

We've had our heads buried in a mountain of Bridal Fashion Week runway photos, so excuse the delay in getting to Rebecca Thuss' beautiful new book, Paper to Petal: 75 Whimsical Paper Flowers to Craft by Hand, which landed on our desk just in time for the frost.

Filled with dramatic photos and inspired ideas for crafty DIY types with an affinity towards paper, Paper to Petal answers the call for anyone whose ever mourned the loss of a live floral arrangement. "Real flowers may come and go with the season," says Thuss, a noted wedding and event designer, "but paper flowers are a possibility anywhere, anytime."

photos paper to petal book japanese peony Photo: Courtesy of Paper to Petal

Above, one of the 75 projects beautifully photographed for the book: Japanese paper in dark pink and pale pink, paper twine and cotton balls combine to create a White Pine and Japanese Paper Peony which can be used as a delicate wedding centerpiece, an escort table accent or as a single-stem bouquet.

If Spring's prettiest buds—peonies, daffodils, lilacs and the like—are threatening to blow the floral budget for anyone planning a fall or winter wedding, the answer might lie with a stack of pretty pastel crepe paper.

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Add Some Bling For a Wedding Bouquet That Really Stands Out—and Won’t Wilt!

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Aug 232013
 
Ivory Brooch Wedding Bouquet

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We can't get enough of blinged-out wedding bouquets, whether they mix family heirlooms with fabric flowers or go full-on sparkle with rhinestone brooches. But the best part of all? You won't have to worry about droopy, wilting blooms, and you'll be able to save this special part of your day forever.

"Colorful brooch bouquets have been big for a while, but right now I'm really into the ones with clear crystals. They look glamorous whether you mix just a few family heirlooms into a posy of tulle or silk flowers or go megasparkly with an all-jewel version." —Casey Trudeau, Fashion Assistant

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Add Some Bling For a Wedding Bouquet That Really Stands Out—and Won’t Wilt!

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Ivory Brooch Wedding Bouquet

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We can't get enough of blinged-out wedding bouquets, whether they mix family heirlooms with fabric flowers or go full-on sparkle with rhinestone brooches. But the best part of all? You won't have to worry about droopy, wilting blooms, and you'll be able to save this special part of your day forever.

"Colorful brooch bouquets have been big for a while, but right now I'm really into the ones with clear crystals. They look glamorous whether you mix just a few family heirlooms into a posy of tulle or silk flowers or go megasparkly with an all-jewel version." —Casey Trudeau, Fashion Assistant

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Who Else Gets Flowers Besides the Bride and Her Bridal Party?

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Aug 202013
 

A great way to emphasize the role of certain people participating in your wedding ceremony—like dear ol' dad or your sweet flower girl—is to give them mini floral accents that match your wedding flower scheme.

Does anyone else, other than members of the bridal party, need flower arrangements?

Yes, you'll need a few extra small floral accessories to distinguish the special guests who play a role in the ceremony (or are particularly close to your heart!). Ushers, the ring bearer, a male officiant—if he is not wearing traditional religious robes—and any other close male family members (fathers, stepfathers, grandfathers, etc.) can wear smaller or modified versions of the groomsmen's boutonnieres. Meanwhile, flower girls, female officiants, and close female family members can wear corsages, feminine boutonnieres, or carry a miniature version of your bridesmaid's bouquets.

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Trying to Save Money on Flowers? Here’s How To Make Floral Centerpieces Like a Pro

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Aug 132013
 
DIY centerpiece book

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Right now, we're obsessed with this DIY floral arranging book that will help you fool even your closest friends into thinking you've hired a florist for all of your wedding events. Though you'll likely call on a professional florist for the big day, there are plenty of other events—your engagement party, bridal shower, rehearsal dinner—that could use pretty floral centerpieces. And don't forget the fabulous dinner parties you'll throw after the big day!

"If you're thinking about making your own centerpieces, check out The Flower Recipe Book, by the florists at Studio Choo in San Francisco. The step-by-steps are easy enough for an amateur, but the designs are so beautiful, everyone will think they were done by a pro."

—Heather Lee, Senior Editor

The Flower Recipe Book, $15, Amazon

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DIY centerpiece book

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Right now, we're obsessed with this DIY floral arranging book that will help you fool even your closest friends into thinking you've hired a florist for all of your wedding events. Though you'll likely call on a professional florist for the big day, there are plenty of other events—your engagement party, bridal shower, rehearsal dinner—that could use pretty floral centerpieces. And don't forget the fabulous dinner parties you'll throw after the big day!

"If you're thinking about making your own centerpieces, check out The Flower Recipe Book, by the florists at Studio Choo in San Francisco. The step-by-steps are easy enough for an amateur, but the designs are so beautiful, everyone will think they were done by a pro."

—Heather Lee, Senior Editor

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Make Your Party Pop With Paper Fan Wedding Decorations

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Aug 122013
 
Paper fan decorations

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Pretty-up your photo booth or add pizazz to your dessert table with fabulous tissue paper fans from Minted. The 18-inch fans are available in peach, pink, mint, and white and cost only $4 each! Whether you mix and match colors or go for a bold monochromatic look, these festive decorations are sure to wow your guests.

"Minted, my go-to for affordable invites, now sells reception decor. I adore the paper fans." —Heather Lee, Senior Editor

Fans from $24 for six, Minted

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How Can I Make My Bridal Bouquet Look Different from My Bridesmaids’ Bouquets?

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Aug 072013
 

From how to pick the best buds for your wedding bouquet to tricky questions about working with your florist, our wedding etiquette experts weigh in on all things related to your big day.

How can I differentiate my own wedding bouquet from my bridesmaids' bouquets?

There are several ways you can make your the blooms in your wedding bouquet look slightly different than your bridesmaids' bouquets. One option is to simply go bigger. Ask your florist to add a few more oversized buds to your bouquet or experiment with a different shape. Another idea is to play with color. Make your bridesmaids' buds monochrome and yours bursting with color, or vice-versa. Finally, you can also change the look (and price!) of a wedding bouquet simply by the flowers you choose. Design your dream wedding bouquet and then ask your florist to recreate it for your girls using less pricey floral counterparts.

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How Can I Make My Bridal Bouquet Look Different from My Bridesmaids’ Bouquets?

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Aug 072013
 

From how to pick the best buds for your wedding bouquet to tricky questions about working with your florist, our wedding etiquette experts weigh in on all things related to your big day.

How can I differentiate my own wedding bouquet from my bridesmaids' bouquets?

There are several ways you can make your the blooms in your wedding bouquet look slightly different than your bridesmaids' bouquets. One option is to simply go bigger. Ask your florist to add a few more oversized buds to your bouquet or experiment with a different shape. Another idea is to play with color. Make your bridesmaids' buds monochrome and yours bursting with color, or vice-versa. Finally, you can also change the look (and price!) of a wedding bouquet simply by the flowers you choose. Design your dream wedding bouquet and then ask your florist to recreate it for your girls using less pricey floral counterparts.

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