Adventures in Everyday Entertaining
For many, flowers are an extremely important part of their wedding. They are fresh, beautiful, and smell great. Plus, even if you don’t possess the “decorative gene”, flowers can make the whole day look lovely!
This is one reason that flowers can become the cornerstone of the entire wedding’s theme, color scheme, etc. Another reason is that flowers oftentimes are connected with emotions and memories. A bouquet might have lilies because it was the first flower that was given as a gift by their partner. Lilies of the Valley may be used because it is someone’s birth flower.
The choices that we made with our flowers ended up being the entire reason our wedding looked the way it did– and it wasn’t even on purpose.
Because we weren’t going to be able to have our families present or any of our close out-of-town friends, I decided I wanted those people to be represented that day in my wedding bouquet. At this point, we really weren’t thinking about themes or colors, or really anything other than the fact that we were going to stand in our backyard before the garden gate and pledge our love for one another. (For those who may not have read earlier wedding-related posts, we got engaged and were married a month later because we just didn’t see any reason to wait). So, I reached out to parents, grandparents, etc. to discover what their favorite flowers were. This ended up being a great learning experience since I didn’t know anyone’s prior to this (even those on my own side) and found out neat little facts like that both of our mothers chose the same flower!
Once I had answers from people, I looked down at my flower list. In it, I saw a trend. In addition to several specific roses, there was three flowers that kept repeating: Sunflowers, Irises, and Red Gerber Daisies. In another post, I’ll talk in more detail about how these flowers helped to create a color scheme and helped to enhance the desired Mediterranean feel of the food.
So, my bouquet ended up being a beautiful mixture of sunflowers, irises, gerber daisies, and roses. There were a couple other flowers that had been favorites but weren’t in season and so we had to make a couple adjustments so that each person was represented with a flower (regardless of if it was a favorite). We then used the three main flowers for the alter, food table, etc. Instead of your “typical” greenery, we used fresh rosemary which made everything just smell even more wonderful!
My flowers turned out gorgeous but they didn’t cost a fortune. We utilized a local grocer who has a reputation for having beautiful, fresh stems (Central Market for those Texan readers). The cost was very reasonable because I got all the flowers loose. I DID NOT use the word “Wedding” when talking with the florist.
I created my own bouquet and “L”s boutineer. Friends put together the rest of the flowers with vases and mason jars I had around the house.
Everything was beautiful and the best part was that my bouquet had a lot of sentimental value. Those who couldn’t be with us were there in the beauty and fragrance of the flowers around us.