There’s a flower every bride
Know the right pick for that special day
Your wedding day is the perfect time to stop and smell the roses — or the daisies or the tulips or the hydrangea.
A bride’s flower options, from her bouquet to the centerpieces, are virtually limitless. If you’re having a difficult time choosing the right blooms, consider the type of bride you are. There’s a perfect flower for everyone. Here are some suggestions depending upon your own personal style.
Silver-screen star Grace Kelly comes to mind when you think of the classic bride: Simple, sophisticated and timeless. She follows all the rules of wedding etiquette, and she takes tradition seriously.
The classic brides’ current celebrity role model might be someone like Jessica Simpson, who walked down the aisle carrying a bouquet of stephanotis in 2003. White roses or stephanotis with pearl pins in the center are the ideal flowers for the classic bride’s bouquet. The classic woman’s bridesmaids carry cascading roses in shades that match their dresses. Her groom and ushers sport rose and baby’s breath boutonnières. Long-stemmed white roses in tall vases that allow guests to see one another make for traditional, tasteful reception centerpieces.
This bride is up on all the hottest wedding trends, and she’s more than happy to include them in her big day. She is in vogue and willing to think outside the box. Debra Messing, the “Will and Grace” star who carried a tall bouquet of calla lilies at her wedding in 2000 to screenwriter Daniel Zelman, is someone the modern bride can emulate.
When it comes to the bouquet, she should consider singleflower monochromatic nosegays or calla lilies in white or a bright color. Calla lilies in various shades — from yellow to crimson — are ideal for the modern girl’s attendants.
Her groom might stick with the traditional rose boutonnière or simply a silk handkerchief tucked in his front pocket, depending upon the affair’s degree of formality. Wildflow- ers for centerpieces or towering trays of cookies or another conversation piece are key signs of a modern bride.
The glamor bride
Diva is the first word that comes to mind when you hear about the glamorous bride. Everything she does makes a dramatic statement.
And her flowers — or lack thereof — are no different. Think Melania Knauss, who wed Donald Trump in January 2005. She clutched rosary beads in lieu of a bouquet as she walked down the aisle solo.
A glamorous bride who prefers to make a statement with flowers should choose something like orchids, peonies, giant peonies, or black-magic roses. This bride often chooses more sleek and simple flower arrangements for her bridemaids — if she includes them — because she should be the center of attention.
She wants to be a princess for a day and often wears a big frilly dress with lots of regal details. The late Princess Diana is her role model. The romantic bride chooses flowers that are cascading and pastel. Consider dahlias, a baby’s breath cloud or a nosegay in a silver or gold cone-shaped vase called a tussy mussy.
Tea roses are a great choice for the bridesmiads, and the flower girl wears a wreath of baby’s breath in her hair. Decorative reception flowers should be soft and demure in color.
This girl knows when the surf’s up, and she wants to smell the salt of the ocean when she says, “I do.” Beach brides often dress in a slinky dress with little detail.
Therefore, the bouquet should be eye-catching. Mira Sorvino carried a burst of tiny white and yellow blossoms when she got married on the Italian island of Capri overlooking the Mediterranean. Something like spiky blue veronica with hydrangea, white amaryllis, sunflowers or birds of paradise can make a statement.
The groom wears linen and goes sans flowers. The bridesmaids are more likely to have a tropical flower in their hair than in their hands. Reception décor that features shells in lieu of flowers make for fitting centerpieces.