There’s a flower ev­ery bride

Know the right pick for that spe­cial day

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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.

Clas­sic bride

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.

Mod­ern bride

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.

Ro­man­tic bride

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.

Beach bride

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.

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