Friday, June 24, 2011

Aisle Runners

Aisle runners were originally used for a couple different reasons. It was once thought the bride should stand on ground were no one else has been,"Holy ground", during her marriage. Another reason was to keep her dress clean. Today, the decision to use aisle runners, or petals to define the aisle, seems to be more a choice of esthetics based on colors or style. There are endless choices for aisle runners! If you can dream it, someone can design it for you! You can use your monograms, specify colors or special sayings. You can also purchase seasonal runners such as blue with white snowflakes, or ivory with autumn leaves.
Cloth runners are typically used indoors on a hard surface. If you choose to use one outdoors, there are a few things to be aware of. Make sure the runner is securely attached to the ground to assure it won't blow around or wrinkle too much with the bridal party walking on it. Don't want any tripping hazards! Wedge heels are highly recommended as spike heels may poke through the cloth possibly causing the runner to either get stuck on the heel.
Petals are a popular choice for outdoor weddings. Based on your budget and taste, these can be used to define an aisle by lining just the sides of the aisle...
or covering the entire aisle.
You can even have your florist place petals in different designs such as your monogram, scrolls, or one of my favorites shown below, hearts!
It's a great idea to tie off the aisle and have your guests be seated from the outside of the aisle so they don't walk on your path. If using a personalized cloth runner, this can be rolled out during set up of your ceremony with the aisle tied off just to be used by the wedding party. A plain white or ivory runner can be rolled out by the ushers after all guests are seated, including grandparents and parents of the groom, just before the processional begins.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Rainy Day Wedding

No bride wants to think about an entire day of rain on her wedding day, but mother nature doesn't always cooperate when we'd like her to! This was the case last Saturday for Jaime and Owen's wedding at Hawk Inn and Resort. Its always a good idea to entertain an alternative plan in case of inclement weather....just in case. The tent ended up playing host to the ceremony, cocktail hour and reception! It was a scramble getting everything set up in time but ended up working out beautifully! The tent was warm and welcoming complete with hanging lanterns and birch trees with lights.
The color scheme was green and white for everything! The bridal bouquet below, has a mix of green hydrangea, white dahlia, white tweedia and green hypericum berries with some mint scented geranium leaves.

The five attendants carried bouquets of white hydrangea, green hypericum berries, green dianthus, and scented geranium leaves.
There were two dogs included in the ceremony that wore matching flower wreaths which I unfortunately did not get any photos of.
Centerpiece flowers included white and green hydrangea, white peonies, stock, dahlia, ladies mantle, berries and scented geranium leaves. The birch table number holders were loaned by Vermont Country Flowers.
The birch arch, decorated with fabric and coordinating flowers along with 2 large arrangements in sap buckets, was ideally going to be placed in the field next to the brook but had to be moved inside the tent for the ceremony.
Everything looked beautiful and everyone had a fantastic time despite the weather! Rain? What rain? Congratulations Jamie and Owen!

Monday, June 6, 2011

Corsages & Boutonnieres, who wears them?

When putting together your list of floral musts, other than your bridal attendants and groomsman, there are some very important people in your life that should not be overlooked! Your parents, grandparents and step-parents have played important roles in your life and should be honored with flowers.

Pin-on corsages of lily of the valley and ivory spray roses.

Corsages are usually worn by mothers, grandmothers and step-mothers. Options include the traditional pin-on corsage, as shown in the top photo, or a corsage worn on the wrist, also known as wristlet, shown in the next photo. As parents and grandparents all wear different colored clothing, it looks more cohesive in photos if all the flowers are the same, such as an ivory color.

Wrist corsages of blue delphinium flowers.

Some people prefer not to wear flowers, for them, other options include a small nosegay bouquet, a single flower that is carried or a small corsage that can be pinned to a purse.
Boutonnieres are pinned on the left side, over the heart, to a lapel, vest or shirt. These can be made with flowers, berries, branches, cones, feathers, or any combination.

Boutonniere made of lily of the valley and a peony bud.

Boutonniere made with bird of paradise and james storie orchids.

Other people you may want to consider honoring include godparents, elderly relatives that have traveled from afar to attend your celebration, readers, or anyone else that has played an important role in your or your fiance's life.