When planning a reception, you can follow a few simple steps and you can stress a little less. The ceremony is the “pomp and circumstance” of a wedding day. The reception is the party of the wedding day. Here is an easy guide to follow while planning a wedding reception.
Wedding Reception Made Easy
When selecting a room for your wedding reception, take a look at the decor of the room. You will not be able to change wall colors or chandeliers. However, this is also a good thing if the decor matches your wedding style as less decorations will be needed. In addition, most rented rooms include a day-of-the-wedding coordinator do verify all vendors and you stay on schedule. You may not be the only wedding at the facility the day of your wedding so you will be forced to stick to your schedule or face the consequences. Be sure to discuss the selected tables, chairs, linens, chair covers, location of dance floor, and location of needed vendor tables and required tables.
If you are looking for an outdoor wedding but want to keep all guests to a designated area, then an outdoor tent is your remedy. Outdoor tents offer you the advantage of selecting your own vendors, if not in the back lawn of a hotel or other business that may require you to use their vendors with the rented space. The best part of an outdoor tent is that you are outdoors without the worry of weather. You can always add heater lamps if a bit chilly or air conditioners if too hot. However, you must consider the location of the restrooms. How far will guests have to walk or will you have to rent port-a-potties? Outdoor tents are best when weather is not temperamental.
If you are looking for a blank slate to make your own, then renting a loft is the way to go. If you want to have a location be its own ambiance, then a wine vineyard or brewery is the right choice. Keep you options open and most location are available with any budget.
Get a map of the reception room as to where every table is located with seating arrangements and vendors’ stations. This way you will know if any close family could be upset as to their location in relation to the wedding party’s table or sweetheart table. In addition, you will know that the music entertainment will be close to the electricity and you will know where the head table is so you can be sure to say hello to all of your guests. The best locations for eating tables is to surround the dance floor with the music entertainment on one end. It is also suggested to keep the eldest in attendance furthest from the music.
When it comes to food, you must decide the desired style of the reception. Food can be buffet, potluck, family style, and plated with designated number of courses. Potluck is the least formal but offers the most homemade family recipes. Family style offers a chance for both sides to get to know each other better in a more casual affair. Buffets also offer a variety of foods and can be catered to you and your guests’ eating favorites. Plated food is the least customizable with typical limits to three different main course choices for guests.
When selecting flowers for your reception, we recommend to stick with flowers that are in season at the time of your reception. In addition, keeping money in the local economy with local growers is a great option too! Keep in mind that make may not necessarily mean less money. Flowers are also a way of keeping the reception unique to you by making each table with its own flower settings. A great suggestion is to use flowers where you want guests to focus, like the entrance, rather than trying to cover the window to a brick wall.
Many music entertainers offer the service of uplighting. Why? Because lighting more than any other reception venue feature will set the desired mood more than lighting. Do you want to have a more romantic setting with lit candles? Do you want to use colored accent lighting of your wedding colors like purple uplighting onto white sheer or ice blue colored flood lamps for the winter wedding? Outdoor weddings can be beautifully decorated with white string lights (can be purchased on after Christmas sales). Walkways can be accented with lanterns. Don’t forget to light the dance floor during party time!
Music entertainment is one of the most important selections made in the planning process. Do you want to have a band or DJ. Will you require a master of ceremonies? What kind of music style will be played during cocktails, dinner and dancing? Choose wisely and be sure they have your desired and dislikes in styles of music with a bit a freedom to read the crowd.
When choosing the drinks offered during the reception, you first must consider your budget. If you have a small budget designated for drinks, an open bar would not be a choice. However, you could have an open bar with two drink tickets given to each guest. If you have a wedding in which no alcohol will be servers, you can consider an all non-alcoholic bar with virgin Pina Coladas or Margaritas and O’Doul’s. You can also choose to have a beer and wine only bar. Another trend to think about is to offer signature cocktails. If you or your spouse has a specific alcoholic drink you like best, why not just have it brought to the wedding reception in a secret cooler?
Another offering for guests that reflect your personality is the dessert table. Is the desert table only going to contain the wedding cake? What will be the style of the wedding cake? Will you offer other sweet offerings like chocolate fountain, individual candies, dessert shots, and/or peti fours? You are only limited by your imagination.
It’s the end of the evening after a night of dancing and drinking the night away. Now what? Will you offer a late night snack? Are there other locations for your partygoers to go to to continue to celebrate like a private room at a restaurant or nightclub? Is there an offering for guests to get back to their sleeping headquarters safely?
The flowers that a bride and/or bridesmaids carry should bring in the colors of the wedding and tie them all together. The bridal bouquets should also compliment the bride and bridesmaids dresses. The flowers are a visual accent that should be taken advantage of to portray the desired theme. Selecting what wedding flowers to carry down the isle can be cumbersome. However, we are here to make decisions easier. There are five different bouquet styles.
Bridal Bouquet Tips
Tightly concentrated circles of the same color of flower, often framed with a collar of leaves, fabric and ribbon.
A dramatic flower created using the petals of another flower, wired together to resemble one large bloom. Keep in mind this style is high-end.
Cluster of stems tied off with a ribbon. This is a great style for the DIY bride or a classy, simple look.
Rounded, hand-tied cluster of flowers, or stems tied off with ribbon.
Large, hand-tied bouquet where flowers descend below the main portion of the design. This style os a more classy, formal style.
When selecting flowers, items to consider:
What flowers are in season at the time of the wedding. Flowers in season will be less expensive than the ones that are not.
Color – It’s best to use a flower’s natural color and beauty. The color also has to match or accent wedding colors.
Texture and overall look – Does it match the wedding theme?
Take a look online at all the different flower types, bouquet styles and the like. Have an idea what you want before going into any flower shop or consultation.
Also consider the holiday surrounding a wedding day. Pastel flowers (tulips and hyacinths) will be more around Easter and red flowers (roses) will be more around Valentine’s Day.
Current flower trends is bold is beautiful over pastel colors. When selecting flowers and colors there are three common color/flower options. Brides can mix and max flowers that are of the same hue. Select colors that are compete contrast to create excitement. Finally, a bride can select flowers and colors of the same likeness with complimentary colors.
With the end of Indian summer comes one of the most popular seasons for weddings: fall! September has now become one of the most popular months for wedding ceremonies, surpassing the traditional season of summer for weddings. Keeping that in mind, if you’re planning your own fall nuptials, it’s time to pick out your wedding flowers! The flowers you choose for the reception centerpieces and bridal bouquet will all be captured by your wedding photographer, so be sure to put plenty of thought into it. Here in New York, we are very spoiled with all the different varieties of flowers that are available for purchase but we have compiled a list of gorgeous fall flowers that are available across the country for all of our brides.
Fall Wedding Flower Trends
Dahlias- This beautiful structured flower hails from Mexico and other parts of Central America and Colombia. This option for flowers is at full bloom in September and therefore, is abundant and cheap for fall weddings! What’s great about this flower is that it comes in a variety of sizes, from mini-sized (perfect for boutonnieres) to nearly 10 inches in diameter (a great option for centerpieces at the wedding reception). Dahlias also come is every shade, although we recommend the marigold colored dahlias for your autumn ceremony.
Chocolate Brown Roses- This newest fall wedding flower trend is sure to be a hit with brides! Chocolate brown roses are a new hybridized shade for the traditional wedding flower and it looks great with fall color palettes. This is the flower’s first time on the market so be sure to snatch it up to make your wedding ceremony unique.
Dusty Miller- It’s botanical name, jacobaea maritima, is a mouthful but this slate colored flower is perfect for the vintage bride! This flower is a great option for those weddings that border the fall/winter season.
Choosing your wedding flowers is one of the best parts of wedding planning. We hope you found this article helpful and we can’t to share even more news on upcoming fall wedding flower trends!
How to make your own wedding boutonniere. Start with choosing a flower. Roses are very popular but you can use just about any flower you like. Next, you need to choose some type of filler to place with the flower. You can use leaves, grouping of leaves, herbs, eucalyptus or maybe some baby’s breath. You are also going to need something to bind everything together. Floral tape works great for this.
First, take your flower and cut the stem to about two inches – just an estimate. It can be shorter or longer if you choose. Just make sure it is long enough so you have something to fasten the boutonniere to the lapel. You do not need to select only one flower. Many boutonnieres are made with two or more flowers also. It just depends on what you prefer. Next, place the filler (greenery or otherwise) behind the flower. You can also place some of the fill to the side if you like. Take the floral tape, start at the base of the flower and wrap tightly around the flower and filler. Be sure to wrap tightly so that the boutonniere will stay together. Floral tape comes in several colors. Select which ever one suits you best.
After the boutonniere is fastened, you can add embellishments to it. These include ribbons or possibly jewels. Make sure you get a boutonniere pin to fasten it securely to the lapel.
Think about the season, or theme of the wedding when you are choosing the flowers and fillers for your boutonniere. If you are having a fall wedding, think about incorporating the shades and symbols of autumn into your boutonniere. Think about orange, red/rust and yellow flowers. Or how about groupings of acorns or tiny pre-wired pine cone flowers. Ferns work well as a filler and so do brightly colored ribbons. Do not forget about the ends of wheat stalks as fillers also.
Having a Christmas wedding? How about a deep red rose surrounded by some pine greenery with a shimmery Christmas style ribbon. Or think outside the box with tiny pine cones bundled with cedar sprigs tied with a plaid Christmas ribbon. Holly with holly berries look great together also. If you are going for a winter wonderland theme but not strictly Christmas, try Edelweiss flowers and frog berries over dusty-miller leaves finished with a rich white ribbon. This has a very wintery look while being very sophisticated.
Keep in mind, boutonnieres do not have have to be made of just real flowers and fillers. If you are looking to save some money, try using artificial flowers, flowers made of ribbons or felt, etc. Use your imagination when putting your boutonniere together. But, keep in mind what the rest of the flowers in the wedding are going to be. You want to keep a consistent theme with the floral arrangements.
Wedding flowers play an imperative part in wedding decorations and create a beautiful and fragrant environment at the time of wedding. Generally, flowers for decoration are picked to matching the flowers of bouquet that the bride carries while walking the aisle. However, one can select flowers suiting the theme of the wedding or according to one’s personal taste. There is no hard and fast rule of picking flowers, but still one should consider the theme or bride’s bouquet to create symmetry and attractive look of the venue.
Right Wedding Flowers
While choosing the flowers, keep your personal choices in your mind. If you do not have much information about flowers and decorations then talk to your florist. He may be able to lend you some good ideas about how to combine flowers in order to make a perfect bunch of flowers for every corner. Ask your florist to show you some samples or pictures so you can see a practical example what he wants to explain. This is how you will get the idea about what kind of flower will be apt for your wedding as per your decoration and budget.
It would be good to talk to florist in advance before you stick to a specific kind of flower for your wedding. Flowers are seasonal and if you are demanding flowers that are not readily available in the season you may still be able to get those flowers but it going to cot you more. If you really need a particular flower which is hard to find, consult your florist to suggest an alternative flower in order to create the same style and feel that you wanted for your wedding. However, there are some popular flowers such as roses, lilies, and orchids, that can be found all-year round. One way to compromise for both style and cost is to select at least two types of seasonal flowers and add in your special order flowers to save on costs.
If you are going for a theme wedding then half of your toil of searching for flowers is reduced. Nowadays, many couples are opting for theme weddings and decorate the venue with the flowers that complement that theme. For instance, if the beach wedding is your theme, then go for the flowers like orchids, bird of paradise, roses, blue muscari, lavender rose, blue hydrangea, and palm branches. These flowers are ideal due to their capability of staying fresh for longer periods of time in hot and tropical environments.
You can also select flowers and ribbons matching to the color of the bridesmaid’s dresses. This will create a symmetrical and appealing look of the venue. However, at times the venue is decorated according to bride’s bouquet. One can also keep bridesmaids bouquets of the same flowers as the bride’s. Do not get carried away with the flower decorations as other things are also important in the wedding. Before settling for a particular type of flower, look at your budget. It will be extremely helpful for you and your florist if you plan the decorations according to the budget. This helps you both in selecting the suitable decoration to get the best value for your money.
Wedding bouquets can be considered as one of the accessories that go with the wedding gown of the bride. Insignificant of the other floral arrangements at the wedding venue, the shape, size, color and design of the wedding bouquet has to be personally selected by the bride. The wedding bouquet also forms a part of one of the wedding traditions according to which the bride has to throw the bouquet behind her back towards the bachelorettes present at the wedding and whoever of them succeeds to catch, she is said to be the earliest bride in line.
Select Your Wedding Bouquet
These bouquets can be formal, semiformal, or casual. Mostly, the choice of a wedding bouquet is done according to the color, length and texture of the wedding gown of the bride. However, it can also be selected keeping in mind the theme and decorations of the wedding ceremony. A good rule to follow while picking the bouquet according to the dress is to match it according to the length and flair of the gown. Fuller and long stemmed bouquets look good with elaborated gowns where as, little informal or short wedding dresses match better with smaller and more casual bouquets.
Basically there are four main types of bouquets namely cascade, nosegay, arm sheaf, and flower bracelet. These bouquets differ from each other based on their floral arrangements. The cascade bouquet, popularly called waterfall bouquet, tends to provide a cascading effect in bride’s hand. These bouquets are not perfectly tied up and rather have trails of flowers flowing out from different sides with a rounded bunch of flowers at the top. Such bouquets mostly contain colored flowers like Calla Lilies, Lisianthus, blooms of Roses and Orchids.
Other popular type of bouquet is the nosegay. Nosegay bouquet contains a sparse packing of flowers, where the main significance is on the top arrangement of the bouquet that is the flower petals and the lower part or the stem is generally kept covered through color paper or ribbon. Most popular flowers in this category are Roses, Lilies, Irises, and Tulips.
Arm Sheaf is the third popular category of wedding bouquets. As suggested by its name, this kind of bouquet is rested on one of your arms rather than being held by both the hands. Such bouquets have long stems and are long and versatile. The flowers in such bouquets are compiled with complimentary leaves and other decorative items. Most popular flowers in arm sheaf category are long-stemmed Roses, Delphiniums, Calla Lilies, and Gladiolus.
Another popular type of wedding bouquet includes flower bracelet. More than being a bouquet, it is a bracelet for brides made of flowers, as suggested by its name. These are made through small groupings of colorful flowers and are a good option to pair with short and casual wedding gowns.
Some other common categories of wedding bouquets are fan bouquets, Biedermeier Bouquet, Head Wreath, Basket Bouquets, Pomander Bouquet, etc. Whatever the type of bouquet is, the important thing is to keep a personal touch in it through your favorite colors and flowers.
This article has been written by an expert associated with My Wedding Songs, a company providing wedding planning ideas for today’s brides and grooms.
Choosing the right flowers is a central part of your wedding planning. Are you going to carry a graceful cascade or is a small nosegay more your style? What varieties of flowers do you want and what colors do they come in? Will your pale pink peonies work with your gown and your wedding party’s attire? Then you have the pew decorations and the reception venue to think about. All this is difficult enough without the complication of a limited budget.
Don’t worry. Being on a budget does not mean that you have to settle for second best. By making a few economical decisions, you can still get the wedding that you dreamed of.
Wedding Flowers on a Budget
1. Find a creative friend
Talk to your friends. Maybe one of them has a secret talent and is secretly itching to get hold of some ribbon and floral tape. Perhaps you could explore the internet yourself and try out some of the many DIY bouquet projects; just make sure you learn how to properly place and bind a bouquet to ensure it stays together during the ceremony. Roses are especially useful to the novice floral designer – they can survive more manhandling than other, more delicate flowers.
2. Scale down
Be realistic and cut down on any superfluous flowers. Only decorate the front few pews during the service, reuse the altar pieces on the buffet table and use the aisle flowers as centrepieces at the reception. This may take a little more organization but you will really cut down on flower wastage.
3. The beauty of silk
You don’t even have to have real flowers. Using silk flowers is an affordable alternative, since you can reuse the same bouquet you carried down the aisle as a centrepiece at the bridal table. You can even use it in the wedding photographs taken prior to the big day.
4. Tell your designer
If you want to hire a floral designer but have little money to play with, be sure to tell them straight away. If your designer knows you are on a tight budget they are less likely to try and tempt you into paying an extra $1,000 for those specially imported orchids.
Whether you are going it alone or hiring a designer, there are ways in which you can further reduce your outlay:
Substitute expensive flowers for similar looking alternatives. For example, Dutch orange tulips can provide the vibrancy of mango calla lilies at seventy per cent of the cost.
Use cheaper wraps and fillers. Fern provides an attractive yet cost-effective filler, while imported ribbon and silk wires can be replaced by locally sourced alternatives.
Avoid composite bouquets. The time involved in arranging and gluing petals and buds into a man-made bloom costs money. If you are on a shoestring, simple is better.
Use flowers that are in season: they will cost less.
Research the different varieties of your chosen breed. Roses and orchids, for example, come in a wide range of varieties, some more expensive than others.
5. Style is priceless
The following tips cost absolutely nothing but are often neglected. Take stock of these and you will more than make up for what you lack in funding.
Be sensitive to your reception venue. Don’t block gorgeous window views with huge centerpieces.
Communicate with your floral designer and be flexible. Having a general theme and colour scheme is better than having a rigid set of prescriptions. You may already have an idea of what you want but a quality floral designer will have experience and good judgement and will tie in your flowers with your gown, your style and preferences and the location of the wedding. For example, they may suggest using accent colours to liven up a monotonous colour scheme.
Plan your flowers early. Not only does this give you more time to try things out, but flower orders can take up to six weeks to travel from the farm to your home.
Hoping these tips will help make your special day a forever memorable one!
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Nothing completes a groom’s outfit quite like a stunning boutonniere on the lapel of his tuxedo jacket. It brings a touch of style and a pop of color to his attire. For the most part, boutonnieres are reserved for weddings, proms and special occasions. They can also be worn at weddings by the best man, the groomsmen, the ring bearers and the couple’s respective fathers.
Boutonniere comes from the French word for buttonhole. In the olden days, gentlemen used to wear a single flower — usually a carnation — in the buttonhole on their lapels on a regular basis. Nowadays, most buttonholes are stitched close; so boutonnieres must be pinned to the lapel instead.
While single flower boutonnieres are still in style, the types of flowers used to create these little masterpieces has grown by leaps and bounds. Long gone is the idea that only carnations and roses are the only suitable choices for a wedding. You can now find a huge selection of flowers, from orchids to hydrangeas to lily of the valley arrangements, and so much more.
Keep in mind that a specific boutonniere style can be selected for various reasons: the type of wedding, the theme, the location, the groom‘s personality, the groom’s attire, the floral selection or the wedding color palette.
Floral boutonnieres are usually created by your florist and he/she can easily help you select a style that suits your wedding. If your budget is tight, you can find a lot of how-to articles and step-by-step videos on how to create one yourself online.
On a side note, there’s a new and fun trend for boutonnieres that steers away from flowers towards non-traditional elements like feathers, fabrics, ribbons, buttons, paper, miniature toys and trinkets. A new crop of boutonniere designers is starting to emerge — selling their handmade products on websites like Etsy.com. We found one particular designer, Fritts Rosenow, that created some fabulously quirky ones. Here’s a picture of some of his designs.
In the end, it’s a good idea to make your groom’s boutonniere stand out from the rest of the wedding party’s boutonnieres. You wouldn’t want to carry the exact same bouquet as your bridesmaids. For that simple reason, it would probably be nice for your groom’s boutonniere to reflect his own style and be uniquely his. After all, it’s his big day too!
Every bride wants to have beautiful flowers for her wedding day. But before you choose what you want, you may want to know what each flower symbolizes. Below is a list of the more popular wedding flowers and what each symbolizes.
Acacia – Friendship
Agapanthus – Secret love
Allium – Unity, Patience, Humility
Alstromeria – Fortune, Prosperity
Amaryllis – Pride
Anemone – Forsaken
Aster – Talisman of love
Astilbe – I’ll still be waiting
Azalea – Temperance, First love
Bachelor’s Button – Delicacy, Single blessedness
Bell’s of Ireland – Good Luck
Begonia – A fanciful nature
Bluebell – Humility
Bouvardia – Enthusiasm
Buttercup – Childishness
Caladium – Great joy & delight
Calla – Magnificent beauty
Camellia – Perfection
Carnation (Pink) – I’ll never forget you
Carnation (Purple) – Capriciousness
Carnation (Red) – Alas poor heart
Carnation (Striped) – Sorry I can’t be with you
Carnation (Yellow) – Disdain
Carnation (White) – Innocence
Chrysanthemum – Truth
Coral Bells – Challenge
Coreopsis – Always Cheerful
Cosmos – Modesty
Crocus – Youthful Gladness
Cyclamen – Good Bye, Resignation
Daffodil – You are the only one
Dahlia – Instability
Daisy – Innocence, Purity
Dandelion – Happiness, Faithfulness
Fern – Secret bond of love
Flax – Domestic Symbol
Forsynthia – Good Nature
Freesia – Innocence
Gardenia – Secret Love
Garlic – Strength, Courage
Gladiolus – Strength of character
Gloxinia – Love at first sight
Heather – Wishes will come true
Hibiscus – Delicate beauty
Holly – Domestic happiness
Hyacinth – Flowers dedicated to Apollo
Hydrangea – Heartlessness, Frigidity
Iris – Wisdom and Valor
Ivy – Affection, Friendship, Fidelity
Jasmine (Yellow) – Modesty
Jasmine (White) – Amiability
Kalanchoe – Popularity
Larkspur – An open heart
Lavender – Devotion
Lilac – Youthful innocence
Day Lily – Chinese emblem for mother
Lily (Orange) – Wealth
Lily (Yellow) – Walking on air
Lily (White) – Sweetness
Lily Of The Valley – Sweetness, Humility
Magnolia – Nobility, Love of Nature
Marigold – Jealously, Grief, Cruelty
Missletoe – Kiss me, Affection
Monkshood – Chivalry
Moss – Maternal love, Charity
Myrtle – Hebrew emblem of love, Home, Love
Narcissus – Egotism
Nuts – Stupidity
Orange Blossom – Purity, Innocence
Oleander – Caution
Orchid (Cattleya) – Palm Leaves
Pansy – Thoughtful recollection
Peach Blossom – I am your captive
Peony – Bashfulness
Petunia – Resentment, Anger
Phlox – Our souls are united
Pine – Hope, Pity
Poppy – Imagination, Eternal sleep, Oblivion
Primrose – Inconsistency
Queen Anne’s Lace – Haven
Quince – Temptation
Ranuculus – Radiant with charm
Rose Bud – Beauty & Love
Rose (Garland or Crown) – Symbol of superior merit
Rose (Single Bloom) – I love you
Roses (Burgundy) – Unconscious love
Roses (Deep Red) – Bashful
Roses (lavender) – Enchantment
Roses (Red) – Love, I love you
Roses (Peach) – Desire
Roses (Pink) – Grace, Perfect happiness
Roses (Tea) – I’ll remember always
Roses (Thornless) – Love at first sight
Roses (Yellow) – Joy, Friendship, Jealousy
Roses (White) – Innocence, Purity
Roses (White & Red) – Unity
Rosemary – Remembrance
Sage – Domestic Virtue
Smilax – Loveliness
Snapdragon – Presumption
Spider Flower – Elope with me
Spirea – Conceit, Victory
Star of Bethlehem – Purity
Statice – Sympathy, Remembrance
Stephanotis – Happiness in marriage
Stock – Lasting beauty
Sunflower – Adoration
Sweet Pea – Blissful pleasure
Tuberose – Dangerous pleasure
Tulip – Perfect lover, Fame
Tulip (Red) – Declaration of love
Tulip (Varigated) – Beautiful eyes
Tulip (Yellow) – Hopeless love
Verbena – May your wishes come true
Violet – Modesty & simplicity
Viscaria – Dance with me
Water Lily – Purity of the heart
Wax Flower – Riches
Weeping Willow – Mourning
Wheat – Friendliness
Yarrow – Healing
Zinnia – Thoughts of absent friends