Your wedding flowers are firmly planted in the lush garden of tradition — but they also offer a great opportunity to represent your emotions and values on your big day.
What you clasp in your hands is a primordial rite that has remained largely unchanged for generations, though in the past, the nuptial tradition called for pungent herbs and spices to ward off evil spirits.
Your blooms will be scrutinized and remembered by your guests — trust us — so have them reflect your personality and complement your color scheme.
Don’t restrict your wedding palette to colorful pastels; experts say you can do anything you want, as long as the flower is fresh.
“The first thing I ask customers is what kind of flowers are they looking for,” says Margaret Yven, owner of Petite Fleur in Prospect Heights.
To assist them, Yven takes a trip to the wedding venue and then creates a custom bouquet, cascading with domestic and European buds, including dahlias, hydrangeas, peonies, and tulips — all favorites.
If you’re aching for an autumn wedding, but want to add a summery splash, you can still have your cake and eat it too by pairing soft hues with deeper shades of the same color.
Armando Cuatianquic, owner of East Village Florist in Manhattan, says he gets an instinctive vibe from his clients the minute they walk in the door.
“I can see their style, I know what they like,” he said.
A bride-to-be contacted him recently for a bouquet, but she wasn’t sure about what she wanted, except that it should be eye-catching, and a comely contrast to her wedding dress and her grandmother’s pendant, which she planned to wear.
Cuatianquic’s floral plan for the October nuptials? Clean lines and a heart-warming fusion of reds and oranges spun out of mango calla lilies, and roses sprinkled with wild berries and leaves.
“Simplicity is key because people can appreciate something that isn’t too busy, and get a connection with it,” he contends.
You can also think outside of the garden and create a stunning arrangement made out of vintage broaches or creatively incorporate “something borrowed” with a bouquet made out of family heirlooms. If you’re crafty, you can even construct a beautiful bouquet out of something as simple as paper or felt. The important part is that you find a bushel of blooms that will match your personal style.
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