Your Wedding Theme – Calla Lilies, Sunflowers or Daisies

Most all brides want to create a wedding that is “her own”. One way to do this is to choose a color palette that will be reflected throughout the wedding and reception. Another way to create a signature look for the wedding décor is to choose one particular flower as the centerpiece of the wedding theme. There are lots of flower options but in this blog post I will focus on Calla Lilies, Sunflowers and Daisies.

calla liliesCalla Lilies create an elegant look and are most often seen in formal or semi-formal weddings. They are available in several color choices and sizes and are the most expensive of the three flowers featured here.

One way to save money on calla lilies used in centerpieces an décor is to arrange them yourself. It is relatively simple to get an elegant look from just putting calla lilies in a vase. They don’t require a lot of expertise to arrange. And you can easily create a bridal bouquet, especially if you choose the presentation/arm bouquet style. Our Pinterest board has lots of ideas and inspiration:  Calla Lily Wedding Theme

SunflowersSunflowers work wonderfully for an outdoor or informal wedding. They look particularly lovely when paired with a bright blue or purple accent flower, as shown in the photo collage below.

They can easily be added to Mason jars and other simple vases to create a lot of wow-factor! Or they can be meticulously arranged in to a topiary or floral pompadour. There are a lot of photos of sunflowers in our Country Chic/Rustic Pinterest board:

daisiesDaisies are the least expensive of the three choices and like sunflowers, work especially well for outdoor and informal weddings. However, they can be a good choice for more formal weddings, as well. It all depends on how they are arranged, other flowers they are paired with, etc.

Sunflowers work especially well with the colors of yellow and/or green to create a fresh, summery look. Like sunflowers, they also work well as a topiary or floral pompadour.

Calla Lilies – Click to Enlarge:
Calla Lily Wedding Theme

Sunflowers – Click to Enlarge:
Sunflowers Wedding Theme

Daisies – Click to Enlarge:
Daisies Wedding Theme

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Photo Sources:
Calla Lilies:
Pink Cake Box, Style Me Pretty, The Flower Pot, Calla Lily Favor Exclusively Weddings – Sunflowers:  Mi Belle Photography, Charlotte Geary Photography, David Sixt Photography, Happy Cakes by Ana Delmy – Daisies:  The Cake Girls, Wunderweib, Jessica Schilling Photography, Faithfully Focused Photography, Wings of Glory Photography, The Wheatgrass Grower, susie freaking homemaker

Bridal Bouquet Shapes

Hand-Tied BouquetIt’s time for you to choose your bridal bouquet but where do you begin?

Using a florist you trust is a good starting point and then having good communication with that florist increases the odds that you will be pleased with the final results.

Being able to clearly express your preferences will help your florist create your dream bouquet. Sharing photos of what you like and don’t like will go a long way in making it perfectly clear what you want your bouquet to look like.

Also, be sure to bring a picture of your wedding dress to the consultation with your florist so that your bouquet and dress are in harmony with each other. If you have a special hanky, brooch or other personal item you want included with your bouquet, be sure and bring it with you to your consultation.

In choosing your flowers, consider the time of the year that your wedding is taking place.  If you choose flowers that are in bloom during the season of your wedding, you will keep costs down.

In this blog post, I’ll focus on shape of the bouquet because the shape of the bouquet will influence flower choice and size. Other influences are the formality of the wedding, the style of  your wedding gown, and venue. It’s also important that your bouquet is in proportion to your size. If you are a petite bride, then a huge Cascade bouquet would not work just as a small Posy is not the best choice for a tall, full-figured bride.

I have found that there is not consistency among florists when it comes to the names of the bouquet shapes. So that you and your florist are on the same “page”, it’s best to show him/her a photo of the style you want to use.

There are quite a few bouquet shapes and I will focus on five of them here.

Round Bridal Bouquet: A Round bouquet typically uses one type of flower, although it can incorporate assorted blooms, as well. It can be hand-tied or created using a florist’s bouquet holder. When talking about the Round bridal bouquet, it is a natural progression to mention the Nosegay and Posy, since they are so much alike. The Nosegay and Posy have a similar appearance to the Round bouquet but are smaller in size and often more tightly arranged. A Posy’s small size means it can easily be held in one hand.Round Bouquets

Hand-Tied Bridal Bouquet:
A hand-tied bouquet has a casual appearance. It is made by simply gathering the flowers and tying with ribbon. It can be made using one type of flower or combining many.
Hand-Tied Bouquets

Cascade Bridal Bouquet:
Also, called Waterfall, the Cascade bouquet consists of flowers that drape downward in to a waterfall effect. This style is typically the most traditional and formal but as you can see from the bouquet in the last photo, it can also have a more modern appearance, as well.Cascade Bouquets

Composite Bridal Bouquet:
The Composite bouquet, also called a Glamelia, is made from hundreds of flower petals that are wired together to create one gigantic flower. Due to the labor involved to create the Composite, the price can be much higher than other styles.Composite Bouquets

Presentation Bridal Bouquet:
The Presentation bouquet, also called a Sheaf, Flat or Arm bouquet is made from long-stemmed flowers and is carried in the crook of the arm.
Presentation Bouquets

To see more bouquets, visit our Pinterest boards:
Colorful Wedding Bouquets
White Wedding Bouquets
Composite Wedding Bouquets

Photo Credits:
Collage 1: Petal and Bean, Bouquet Wedding Flower, Project Wedding, Project Wedding, Project Wedding, Ken Kato, My Inspired Wedding, Real Etsy Wedding – Collage 2: Southern Weddings, Floral Artistry, My Wedding Concierge, HiFi Weddings, 100 Layer Cake, Tim Duncan Events, Rachel Whiting – Collage 3: (Project Wedding), Fiore Fresco, Project Wedding, Project Wedding, Rustic Wedding Chic, Heather’s Floral Designs, Vermont Country Flowers – Collage 4: Daniel Taylor Photography, Style Me Pretty, Nightingales, Wedding Planner, St. Jude’s CreationsCollage 5: Amina Michele, A Low Country Wed, Ruffled Blog

Fresh Ideas On Wedding Flowers

Never underestimate the beauty and charm of carefully chosen flowers. Even a single rose added to a place setting can guarantee a bit of magic and romance.

Here are some tips for adding nature’s touch to your special day:

  • Make your bouquet the “something blue” with a nosegay of sweet forget-me-nots.
  • Explore  locally grown flowers by visiting nearby gardens and nurseries.
  • Don’t overlook herbs as beautiful partners with your favorite cut flowers.
  • Have your attendants carry wreaths of flowers instead of traditional bouquets.
  • Savor the simplicity of a garland of greenery tied with colorful ribbon.
  • Consider more than just cut flowers for centerpieces, using lovely potted plants instead.
  • Planning a church ceremony in December? The church may be decorated for the holidays already, so simply add a few candles.
  • Create distinctive bouquets for attendants that reflect the flower symbolic of their birth month.
  • Make a large area a cozy setting by bordering it with large ferns or even a decorative screen.
  • Have fresh flowers delivered after the wedding to both of your parents’ homes.
  • Pansies are a symbolic way to say “thinking of you”.
  • Not marrying in a house of worship? Create an alter with fresh flowers atop white linen or damask cloth, or wrap a railing with greenery and ribbon.
  • Don’t forget t let your florist know of any specific flowers you don’t like.
  • Instead of the traditional mother’s corsage, consider a small floral bouquet held in a Victorian tussy mussy.