My daughter Casey got married this past September. I have created so many events over the course of my career with 1-800-Flowers.com and made more wedding bouquets than I can count. But the bouquets that I made for Casey and her daughter and maid of honor and my sweet granddaughter Juliette were by far the most meaningful.
There are so many options for flowers and décor for fall weddings that it can be difficult deciding on one theme or direction. Here are just a few fall wedding flower ideas to help you with the perfect autumn combinations to delight and inspire.
Rich Hues and Lots of Texture
Tap into what’s in season in the world of flora and fauna for bouquets and centerpieces that are unique and visually stunning. Continue Reading…
If you are interested in having a coastal themed wedding, here are a few beach themed wedding ideas that can help you. You can go tropical and colorful or coastal and serene. Here I took the serene path and worked primarily with blues and greens.
Find a floral designer and/or event planner that can be a true partner throughout the process. Talk about your vision and your budget. Show them as many pictures as you can of things that you like. One way for you to make your décor unique and economical is for you to source and buy most of the hard goods (vases, candles, etc.) for the floral designer to use.
Beach Themed Wedding Centerpieces
Linens can add a real customized feeling to the whole look. If the reception site doesn’t have the choices that you are looking for then I recommend visiting a local large fabric store. That’s where I found this perfect seaside stripe cotton material that I had a friend sew into a table runner.
Next stop was a large discount home goods store that has many options for vases, candles, etc. The retail prices in this type of store are unbelievably low (usually below typical wholesale pricing). The total cost of the 5 containers used for my tablescape is under $20!! I chose green cymbidium orchids for the oversized shell bowls and bear grass for the smaller green containers.
If you prefer to go with more of a Cape Cod/Nantucket coastal vibe then use Nantucket style baskets filled with hydrangea. Lots of candles and randomly placed shells complete the look.
Beach Themed Wedding Bouquets
For the bridal bouquet I went with white peonies and green cymbidium orchids. Peonies are perfect wedding flowers – they’re lush, romantic, and fragrant. Unfortunately, they have a relatively short growing season so I always try to use them when I can.
The bridesmaid’s bouquets couldn’t be simpler or more beautiful. A few stems of blue/green hydrangea tied with a ribbon and you’re set to go!
Check back for the details on the Wedding Day Daisies – a fun and modern look for that special day. If you are in NY – look out for me on the PIX Morning News. I will be talking about wedding day flowers! Can’t wait.
There’s a reason for the saying “Fresh as a Daisy.” Check out these great fresh floral wedding table centerpieces featureing the gerbera daisy with its wide selection of bold colors and its long green architectural stem adds a modern funky vibe as well. Gerbera daisies look best when used sparingly with no additional foliage both as a bouquet and in an arrangement. I’ve used a vibrant striped ribbon as a band on the stems for this bouquet – perfect for the bride or bridesmaids.
I love decorating a tabletop with multiples – vases, candles, etc. The look works great on either a round or an oblong table. Choose a modern shape glass vase like the unique fish bowl shaped one I used here. Two or more work best for an oblong table. You can get a nice dramatic look by lining up candles and floral arrangements right down the center of the table. Don’t the orange slice candles look fabulous! And in this case, the oranges were a personal shout out to the groom’s home state of Florida.
To make these candle arrangements, start with varying size glass cylinder vases. Place a pillar candle in the center. Fill the remaining area in the vase with orange slices and add water. Leave at least the top quarter of the pillar candle exposed for burning.
Bridal showers have come a long way since when I got married! Brides are older and wiser now. A chic bridal shower idea for the urban sophisticated bride-to-be is to have the bridal shower at a lounge or club. You can customize the cocktail menu by renaming some of your favorite libations in honor of the event, such as, Wedded Bliss, Blushing Bride, Love Potion, and Chastity Belt!
In keeping with the cocktail theme, make all of the floral arrangements in various size cocktail glasses. Here are some ideas for making your own or check out the Happy Hour Collection from 1-800 FLOWERS.COM.