No wedding can do without flowers. They’re the one thing that beautifies your whole wedding, and they speak volumes about who you are, and the man you’re marrying.
There are weddings where petals of white line the aisle, where the beautiful lady in white walks, hand in hand with her father till he hands her over to the man she will marry.
And there are those with a colourful personality; 50 shades of pink and green throwing the church in a forest’s overcasting shadow – reminding one of a particular scene in Crazy Rich Asians.
When the music plays and the morning light casts through the tinted windows upon your hand held bouquet, is the very moment you will walk into a new chapter of your life with your partner.
Let’s start with the basics, and the number 1 essential – your bridal bouquet.
And possibly the last day as the most beautiful woman on earth before she sells her life out to motherhood, cooking, and cleaning up after her man. No celebration is complete without a bouquet for her, period.
But what kind of bouquet?
When it comes down to looking for your ideal bouquet, there are a few things one can start off with.
Throwback to courtship days, when he had asked you what were your favourite flowers, then pretended like it was nothing, only to show up the next day outside the door with a bouquet of them.
Your wedding bouquet should be all about you. If you have a favourite flower, then naturally, it should be there to witness the day your marry the man of your dreams.
If you don’t know what you like, well, go on then. Scroll the Internet. Don’t settle until you find the one, to sit in the middle of your hand held bouquet.
Style (formally wrapped, or loosely put together)
Bouquets have styles that follow the trends too.
1950s: Queen Elizabeth
1980s: Princess Diana
2010s: Duchess of Cambridge
Bouquets, like fashion, changes through the seasons. If you are a fan of the classics, then go for a neatly wrapped bouquet as seen on the Duchess of Cambridge. Also known as a trailing bouquet, the Duchess picked from a selection of cream roses, stephanotis, white hydrangea and with a little touch of home, eucalyptus leaves wrapped in a spherical bouquet.
However, if you prefer a more loosely wrapped, minimalistic bouquet (which is currently in trend), then look for a florist specializing in customized bouquets. This is because “loosely” wrapped bouquets, contrary to popular belief, is a tougher job than the neat little ones on display at the florists. These guys at Bloomen do a wonderful job if you’re looking for a florist who pays attention to details.
The most important step is picking out the right colour to go along on your wedding day. The first consideration to take note of should be your gown. It’s easy if your gown is white, because white goes well with most colours. But if your gown happens to pop in striking hues of red (like the Chinese cheongsam) or other colours, then you may want to use a colour palette to find out which colours would best complement your gown. Alternatively, talk to your florist experts to work the colours out so everything matches perfectly on your big day.
Another consideration to keep in mind is the theme of your wedding. Pastel colours would go well with an indoor wedding, while vibrant colours like magenta, orange would flourish better in an outdoor wedding.
Flowers and weddings go hand in hand. But the type of flower you choose could say a lot about your personality, the way horoscopes tell. In this guide, we show you the different types of floral and fauna and the language each one speaks. Ready?
Flowers provided an incredibly nuanced form of communication. The colour of each flower expresses a variety of emotion; like how men would traditionally pick a red rose for a lady he fancies to express love and affection.
Take, for instance, all of the different meanings attributed to variously colored carnations: Pink meant “I’ll never forget you”; red said “my heart aches for you”; purple conveyed capriciousness; white was for the “the sweet and lovely”; and yellow expressed romantic rejection.
However, a single colour does not necessarily convey a universal meaning across all types of flowers. One sees that a white rose in The Hunger Games represents the ultra-evil President Snow, yet a bouquet of white lilies can be used to represent innocence and purity, and are often used for weddings.
With so many distinctive shades to choose from, deciding on the perfect palette can be a bit overwhelming. And here’s 5 unique colour combos that work, so you’ll never have to worry about matching colours.
Emerald and Melon
Pairing a rich hue like emerald with something softer ensures both colours their moment without forcing them to compete. Melon gives depth and balance to the rich jewel tone, making this palette work in any season.
Lilac and Baby Blue
Cool colours like purple and blue set the scene of a pastel-themed wedding; dreamily demure like the sky nearing dust. Lilac and baby blue give off a romantic vibe and pair it with neutrals or metallics. Or get your bridesmaid to dress in them!
Yellow and green
Think yellow like the petals of a sunflower, and green like Sweddish forest of pine trees. Shades of yellow evoke cheer, while green can create a calming mood against the radiance of a brighter yellow theme. Both shades can stand on their own, but together they’re a winning combo for warm-weather affairs, or an outdoor wedding.
Flamingo and sage
If you’re a romantic at heart, this combination is for you. Soft pink can mask as a neutral, setting the stage for the sage green blooms. Or, if you want a more feminine theme, emphasize the pink.
Coral and mint
Create a sense of whimsy with this unexpected pairing – mint has a preppy feel while coral keeps things cheerful and add a touch of vibrance. Plop in traces of gold or even copper for a more luxurious get-up, perfect for a classy outdoor setting.
Colour is important in a theme. It sets the mood, like a filter on a photograph. But ultimately, the flowers you pick should be what you like. It is afterall, YOUR wedding. Be proud to show off a black bouquet if your heart says yes!