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Bouquets, Brollies, and Boutonnieres – Oh My!

25 Sep

I mentioned in a previous post that my bridesmaids won’t be holding bouquets as they walk down the aisle and the groomsmen (and groom) won’t be having boutonnieres. This is because the weather may be what one would call stinking and stupidly hot. For the bridal party, who will be in suits, dresses, heels, and walking, standing, posing and smiling all day, the heat could be potentially horrendous. To add to this, half the bridal party are from the much cooler climes of New Zealand, specifically Christchurch (with one from Auckland).

And so, with that said, we’ve decided that the groom and groomsmen won’t be getting boutonnieres as they’ll, likely, not be wearing their suit jackets for most of the day. In lieu of a lack of boutonnieres, the groom and groomsmen will have custom-made shirts that’ll differentiate them from each other!

As for my girls, they’ll be given parasols to shade them from the heat. This way it’ll act as a twofold item – as an alternative to the bouquet to carry down the aisle, and as a way to shade them from the heat when we’re out and about taking photos and being generally bridal-party-like.

For those who aren’t convinced that parasols for bridesmaids are an awesome idea, look at this!

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Bridesmaids carrying parasols, so dainty! / Image via Martha Stewart Weddings.

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Parasols and blue dresses! / Image via Pinterest, photography by True Photography.

We’ll be purchasing the shirts for the guys from this website as documented in this post. And the girls will be getting their parasols from Chinatown Online, an Australian website which sells relatively inexpensive parasols (as compared to the other websites).

So what do you guys think? Was it a good decision on our part to skip the boutonnieres for the guys and bouquets for the girls?

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Flower Porn! … well ok, maybe not.

21 Sep

When Mr Big and I began this whole wedding planning thing, I knew we’d have flowers at the wedding. I didn’t know much about flowers, but I knew we’d have them because that’s “just what you did”. Mr Big didn’t care any which way, so he left me with the task of deciding on flowers. The only thing he mentioned was that he did not want to use boutonnieres. I also didn’t want to use fresh flowers for the reception because of the cost and preferred to give my bridesmaids corsages instead of bouquets.

When I began to look at types of flowers, I found myself gravitating towards these:

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From left to right, top row: white hydrangea, freesia, red roses and hypericum berries by Flowers by Pat; cascading ribbons on a bouquet of garden roses, fuchsias, hydrangeas, phalaenopsis orchids, and foxglove, image via Martha Stewart Weddings, arrangement by Ariella Chazar, and photography by Belathee Photography. Bottom row: bouquet of orchids, image via Martha Stewart Weddings; bouquet of blue Singapore orchids and white roses, image via Kylie Meyer Flowers.

It seemed I liked orchids, roses, hydrangeas, and berries, and I liked the bouquet to look sort of “thrown together”, but in a nice way. With this in mind, I looked up what flowers were available during summer in Australia, specifically around the month of January. According to this website, orchids, roses, and hydrangeas all seemed to be available during the summer months of Australia. YAY!

I found myself drawn to flowers which – according to The Knot – are “hand tied” (you know, the “thrown together” look?).

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A classic hand-tied bouquet. / Image via The Knot, photography by Jules Bianchi Photography.

It’s simple and doesn’t look too “neat”.

So, armed with this information, I searched around for a florist. I basically took a punt and went for the florist who seemed to be the most popular: Yeng Tan Floral Designer. Yeng was recommended by our reception coordinator Lou and our event decorator Kellie (more on Kellie later guys!). When I followed Yeng on Facebook and stalked visited her website, I loved the look of her designs:

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From left to right, top row: a bouquet of Talea roses, white lisianthus, and white freesias; a bouquet of Calla lillies with roses and lisianthus; bridesmaid bouquet of white David Austen roses, white lisianthus with a few sprays of blue Singapore orchids; Bottom row: Rustic bouquet of Cymbidium orchids, roses, hydrangeas, and bouvardi; bridesmaid bouquet of sweet avalanche, white freesias, peach pink sweet peas; and a bouquet of hydrangea, succulents and peppercone. / All flowers and images by Yeng Tan.

Her work speaks volumes.

I made a consultation with her in May of this year. Mr Big came along with me, but spent most of the time looking through the Smelly Cheese Shop next door (Mr Big loves his cheese!). Meanwhile, Yeng and I discussed flowers, the wedding, and even my dress. She’s a very awesome individual and really knows what she’s talking about. When we went through what I wanted for the wedding flowers, I made sure to emphasise roses and orchids. I also mentioned hydrangeas, but she suggested the flower lisianthus instead and showed me pictures:

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Pink lisianthus – so fluffy! / Image via Oasis Horticulture.

They were fluffy like hydrangea, but had a sort of quality that just made them charming – almost rose-like.

I also mentioned I loved the idea of foliage and berries, and I wanted pops of red. The flowers chosen for the bridal bouquet also dictated what was to be brought through with the boutonnieres chosen for the father-ofs and the corsages for the mother-ofs and bridesmaids.

In the end, this is what we ended up with:

  • For the Bride: a natural hand tied round bouquet of cream bounty roses with mini red roses, light pink lisianthus, white Singapore orchids with green berries and foliage. Stems to be tied with off-white satin ribbon.
  • For the Bridesmaids: 5 sets of wristlets with white Singapore orchids and red mini roses and foliage
  • For the Mother-ofs: 2 sets of corsages with white Singapore orchids and red mini roses
  • For the Father-ofs: 2 sets of boutonnieres with white Singapore orchids with foliage

It was important to me that I have orchids for the mother-ofs, as both of them love growing orchids and have a huge collection of them. It’s Spring right now, and my ma’s orchids are looking absolutely gorgeous!

Finally, I also requested mixed colour rose petals for the ceremony.

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Sprinkled rose petal aisle. / Image via Country Bouquets Maui, LLC.

All of that, for just over $500. I think I did pretty well for myself! I can’t wait to see what Yeng designs! Next up, I’ll explain why the bridesmaids won’t be carrying bouquets and why the groomsmen won’t be having any bouts!

What do you guys think of the choices? I’m not a flower enthusiast, unlike my ma, so fingers crossed it all works out!