Wedding Flowers: Everything You Need To Know To Help Your Wedding Bloom

April 15, 2016
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Flowers are a fantastic way to liven up your wedding and bring a burst of colour to your big day. Even though they aren’t one of the main things guests will notice, your wedding won’t be complete without them. Imagine walking down the aisle without a beautiful bouquet! So it is very important to get it right when you choose your flowers. Here is what you need to know.

Match Your Bouquet To Your Dress

Your bridal bouquet should be a similar style to your wedding dress. Otherwise it could stand out a bit too much. If it does, it can take attention away from your gorgeous dress. There is an easy rule of thumb to follow when you choose your bouquet. Keep the size relative to the size of your dress. So if the dress is big, pick a big bunch of flowers. If you have opted for a slim-fitting dress, stick to a simple, smaller bouquet.

Be Experimental With Colours

Some people think that the colour of the flowers should be the same as the shades of your whole wedding’s colour scheme. However, this just boils down to personal taste. If you are a bit more adventurous, then you can be adventurous and use a variety of shades and colours in your decor. Be daring and opt for bright red and orange flowers. Or, if you’d rather demure and discreet bunches, pick blue and purple bunches. If you aren’t too sure about what will work best for you, speak to professionals like Enchanted Florist.

Personalise Your Bouquet

To help your big day stand out from the crowd during wedding season, you’ll be adding your very own touches to it. The bridal bouquet is perfect for personalising, and there are many different and fun ways to do so. Many people choose to attach jewellery that has a sentimental significance to them and their family. You could even add some flowers from your parent’s or grandparent’s garden.

Think About Budgets

At the end of the day, you can only buy the flowers that you can afford. So there is no point getting any grand ideas beyond your means! However, there are ways you can have beautiful flowers for not much money. Grow your own! This idea isn’t quite as daft as it may sound and many couples do it for their big days. It is a great way to add your own touches to the wedding, and it can certainly let you and your partner’s personalities shine through the decor!

Consider Numbers

If you know how many people you know will be attending your wedding, you will know how many flowers to order or grow. You should have already figured out how many bridesmaids you’ll have. They will need their own bouquets as well! Don’t forget any flower girls either. They should each have some flowers to hold throughout the ceremony.

Gorgeous flower arrangements will help your wedding day look picture-perfect. Thanks to flowers, you big day will be a blooming success!

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Kalla: Luxury Bouquets with a Personal Touch

June 19, 2014

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There’s a new flower-delivery service blooming in Chicagoland this June—but unlike other shops that clutter the market with predictable, impersonal products, inspiration grows in each of Kalla’s hand-crafted, luxury bouquets.

“The floral industry has become saturated with generic arrangements and an assembly-line approach—particularly when it comes to online and mass-market retailers,” says Kalla lead floral designer Addie Flynn. “We wanted to bring a hand-crafted, personal connection back to flower delivery—while at the same time offering products that are incredibly unique and modern. Every relationship and occasion is different, so the craft and thoughtfulness that goes into each Kalla delivery makes it all the more meaningful.”

Kalla’s bouquets are rooted in this more personal approach and layer meaning in every vase, box, and flower petal. Each stunning arrangement is infused with its own story, inspired by famous pairs from history that range from “Josephine & Napoleon” to “Venus & Galileo.” And, in honor of the company’s Chicago launch, it recently unveiled the “Georgia & Alfred” and “Sister & Albert” bouquets.

Customers can customize their orders by pairing them with chocolates and expertly chosen wines and also have the option to create an accompanying video. They’re thoughtful, classically beautiful products with a modern twist, making each purchase a work of art down to the last detail.

Bouquets can be ordered online and delivered on the same day—and, with the help of a smart device, tracked every step of the way. “Flower delivery can be such a clichéd and expected experience,” Flynn says. “There’s an exuberance about this brand. We’re infusing new life, passion, and personality into every moment, from selection to delivery to enjoyment.”

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Design + Decor:
Tablecloth Textiles

July 23, 2013

It’s all about the tabletops and tablecloths this wedding season! The ideal hot spot for guests to wine and dine, and the ultimate location for the bride to mingle amid her guests. Here are some tablecloths with a mixed bag of textiles that will make any guest pleased to take a seat – and inspire the bride searching far and wide for her tabletops to pop! 

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indian_shoot_004Floral & Event Design by Tenley Erin Young and Magnolia Event Design; Photo by Kali Lu Photography

sm-IMG_2873Event Planning by I Do Wedding Consulting; Photo by LunahZon Photography  

029Wedding & Event Design by Kristeen LaBrot Events; Photo by Jose Villa Photography; Floral Design by Primary Petals

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mariage-cannes-xavier-navarro-md50Event Design by Lavender & Rose; Photo by Xavier Navarro Photographie; Floral Design by Sabine Flowers

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Inspiration Shoot:
Modern Luxe

July 19, 2013

Mason jars, hay bails, burlap table runners—check out any wedding blog and you’ll quickly see that rustic outdoor weddings are de rigueur these days. But if you’re more into Blahniks than boots then you’ll love this glamorous inspiration shoot by Davia Montoya. The principle designer and owner of Davia Lee Events puts a modern spin on old Hollywood glamour in a lavish way.

Her inspiration for the luxe looks come from the idea that there are no rules when it comes to your wedding. “The shoot was designed for the bride on top of fashion and not afraid to take risks like wearing a colored gown,” she says. The gorgeous jewels, created by Margaret Rowe Couture, help take the look from classic to contemporary. “We are seeing a lot of vintage pieces that are being made modern, so it is great for the bride that doesn’t have access to family heirlooms but wants to accomplish that same look,” she says. Check out her stunning shoot, with photography by Lindsey Hahn.

Move over, Ava Gardner.

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Designed by Davia Lee Events

Photography by Lindsey Hahn Photography

Bridal Accessories by Margaret Rowe Couture

Fashion by CLD PR

Hair & Makeup by All Dolled Up

Venue Villa Servillano


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Design + Decor :: Playing with Prints & Patterns

July 2, 2013

Whether it’s on the back of a sleek, shiny chair or in the icing on a sweet, sugary cake, prints and patterns can make any part of your wedding decor unique. After the ceremony is all said and done, your guests will surely notice the intricate details of your special day.


Alchemia Side Chair, $353, Bloomingdales.coom


Frank Lloyd Wright Invitation by Lizzy B Loves


Scalamandre by Lenox Zebras Dinnerware, $165 for set of 5, 

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Vera Wang Wedgewood Candle Holders, $150 for set of 2,


Chilewich Brushed Dots Placemat, $22,


Waterford “Lismore” Cased Goblets, $1,000 for set of four,


Black dot modern wedding cake,

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Design + Decor :: Petite Petals

June 27, 2013

Who says big floral arrangements are the only way to achieve a beautiful wedding tabletop? Not us! We’ve collected eight sweet-and-simple examples that prove gorgeous things can come in small packages. 


_MG_6363Fleur du Jour, Chicago, IL.


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ajp-22Holly Heider Chapple Flowers, Loudoun County, VA. Photo by Abby Jiu Photography.


events_large11Petals + Hedges, Charlestown Pike Paeonian Springs, VA. Photo by Vicki Grafton Photography.


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007577-R1-015Bash, Please, Culver City, CA. Photo by Tec Petaja Photography.


Centerpieces-meganPetals + Hedges, Charlestown Pike Paeonian Springs, VA. Photo by Joyeuse Photography


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Fashion :: Clutches for Summer Wedding Season

June 26, 2013

Whether you’re a a guest, a bridesmaid, or even a fashion-forward bride yourself, we’ve rounded up ten bright and bold clutches to accent any outfit. 


kayu-jen-straw-clutch-coral-e1361720591638KAYU Jenn Straw Clutch in Coral with Turquoise Stone, $170, 

picplaySanti Chevron Multi Colored Sequin Clutch, $225,

fs3766MOYNA Silk Clutch with Embellished Glass Beads, $168,

42692_zMar y Sol Opal Clutch in Navy Multi, $85, 


Shiraleah Milano Oversized Clutch in Fucshia, $85,

Prada-Degrade-Sequin-ClutchPrada Degrade Sequin Pouch Clutch in Felce, $995,


Tom Ford Two-Headed Serpent Silk Clutch in Coral, $1470,


Elaine Turner Bella Zigzag Raffia Envelope Clutch in Black, $195,


Alexander McQueen De-Manta Clutch, $525,

kat_blackKAYU Katherine Shell Clutch, $569, 

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Wedding Inspiration :: Mint Green

June 24, 2013

Hoping to liven up your wedding’s color palette? Mint green is the freshest hue to hit the wedding scene, bursting with a bevy of wedding decor, accessories, and yes, even mint green wedding dresses! Here are some fabulous ideas on all that glimmers and is green—mint green, that is.


 Wedding Invitation by Paper Moxie


Bouquet by Krista Jon

Bridal Couture by Romona Keveza
Color Stone Bracelet by J. Crew
 Wedding Cake by Erica OBrien Cake Design 
Bridesmaid Dress by BHLDN
Flower Girl Dress by Sweet Kids


 Menu & Table Setting by The Palace at Somerset Park
Tie  by Nautica

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Event :: More from New York City’s The NotWedding, part two

June 19, 2013

Last week, we showcased the best event photos from The NotWedding, and now we’re bringing you part two of our series. Take a closer look at the décor from the vendors that made the New York City’s version of The NotWedding shine. 


All guests at The NotWedding had the chance to see creative invites by stationary designers displayed around the venue.

(Wedding invitations provided by And Here We Are and Buzzy Craftery


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Photo Credit: Jean Spencer Photography 



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Photo Credit: Authentic Photo



Liddabits Bridal brought along tiny tokens like their custom banners and drink flags that added to the fun and festive décor.

(Event design courtesy of Tinsel and TwineField & FeatherRuffles & Tweed ; Paper flags and banners provided by Liddabits Bridal)


Photo Credit: Jean Spencer Photography 



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Photo Credit: Jean Spencer Photography 



Designers at the event switched up table numbers by mixing and matching the design of the text- they used letters, numerals, or even both to create a few different looks.



Photo Credit: Jean Spencer Photography 



Photo Credit: Jean Spencer Photography  



Photo Credit: Jean Spencer Photography 



Good things come in small packages…or vases. Floral design companies showed off what they could do with a few different flowers and a little green vase.

(Floral design courtesy of Tinsel & Twine)


Photo Credit: Jean Spencer Photography 



Photo Credit: Jean Spencer Photography 



Modern bud vases like these made tabletops pop with red and white peonies sprouted from the centerpiece of each table. Emerald colored plates made for an eye-catching combo.


Photo Credit: Jean Spencer Photography  



Photo Credit: Jessica Oh Photography 



Photo Credit: Jean Spencer Photography



Guests sipped on Ferrari Wine with a golden color scheme at the bar.

(Event design by Field & Feather


Photo Credit: Jean Spencer Photography 



Photo Credit: Jean Spencer Photography 



Chromatic Gallerie cleverly displayed its shoes throughout the venue for all to see, from sparkly indigo pumps to a wedding perfect pink patent leather.


Photo Credit: Authentic Photo 



Photo Credit: Authentic Photo 



Guests munched on a savory hor d’oeuvres provided by Soulfully Good Catering.


Photo Credit: Jean Spencer Photography  



Photo Credit: Jean Spencer Photography  


Photos by Jessica Oh PhotographyJean Spencer Photography, and Authentic Photo each captured the faux bride and groom throughout the mock wedding, including these adorable images in the park and with the wedding party.

(Floral design done by Tinsel & Twine; Dresses, Bride and bridesmaids accessories by The White Gown and Hushed Commotion ; Women’s shoes by Chromatic Gallerie ; Makeup and Hair by Makeup by Dana Marie ; Groom and groomsmen accessories by French Knot Studios


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Photo Credit: Jessica Oh Photography  



Photo Credit: Jessica Oh Photography  



Photo Credit: Jessica Oh Photography



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Paper Flags and Banners

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Floral and Event Design

Field & Feather

Ruffles & Tweed

Tinsel & Twine

Lindsay Rae Design


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Bride and Bridesmaids Accessories

Hushed Commotion

Women’s Shoes

Chromatic Gallerie

Makeup and Hair

Makeup by Dana Marie

Groom and Groomsmen Accessories

French Knot Studios


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Event :: The NotWedding takes New York, part one

June 13, 2013

What better way to figure out which vendors to use in your wedding than by witnessing their work in action? Modern Weddings goes behind-the-scenes at The NotWedding, an untraditional bridal event that goes beyond booths and flyers.



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From the ceremony to the I Do’s, bridal event founder Callie Murray has created a way for both brides and bridal professionals to get an idea of what a wedding day will be like thanks to The NotWedding. She created this untraditional bridal event as a way to gather top industry vendors—including florists, décor companies, planners, photographers, and more—together to create and celebrate a mock wedding, fake bride and groom included. And the guests attending the pretend nuptials? They are brides looking for the perfect vendor team to plan their own big day. “The NotWedding allows brides-to-be to get a feel for how wedding vendors would actually perform on their wedding day, and wedding vendors love being able to truly show off what they do and how they work,” Murray says.

Murray’s offbeat bridal event has taken place in a number of cities, including Atlanta, Charleston, San Diego, Nashville, and Cape Cod, but this was her first in New York City. The bash took place at Bath House Studios where inside the venue, “happy couple” Natasha and Jonathan said their vows as real brides looked on amidst the embellishments.

After the mock ceremony, guests moved into the reception area, where intricate design details filled every corner. They dined on bites provided by Soulfully Good while the band Mixtape: A Cover Band For Hipsters rocked out in the background.

Take a look at the gorgeously detailed event photos during part one of our two-part series.



Credit: Jean Spencer Photography


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Credit: Jean Spencer Photography



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Love is in the Details :: Classy Vineyard Affair

May 17, 2013

Any wedding planner will tell you it’s the small things that stand out. Here is one of our favorite (and perfectly planned) fetes

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Company: Make My Day Event Planning

Bride and groom: Stacy Billings and Jimmy Thomas

Designer: Leanne Silicato Prosser

Venue and Location: Nassau Valley Vineyard, Lewes, DE

Photographer: Matt & Nat Photography

“Stacey came to us two years before her wedding to make sure she had plenty of time to plan every detail,” sways Make My Day co-founder Prosser. “Their goal was to have a classy vineyard affair with some bold design details.”

The bride and groom chose deep blues and vivid oranges for their palette. Bright orange pomanders played off the copper chivari chairs to punch up the ceremony’s rustic site, but “we intentionally saved the blue tones to debut as a new element at the reception,” Silicano Prosser says.

Homemade favors- beer for the gentlemen, strawberry jam for the ladies.



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Love is in the Details :: Garden Party

May 14, 2013

Any wedding planner will tell you it’s the small things that stand out. Here’s one of our favorite (and perfectly planned) fetes


Company: Hey Day Event Lab

Bride and groom: Lauren and Matt Lewis

Designer: Jamie Lou

Venue and Location: The bride’s childhood backyard

Photographer: Bryan & Mae

“Lauren and Matt planned their wedding day on Lauren’s parents’ property tucked in the woods next to a serene pond,” LOu says. “They wanted a fun, casual garden party with delicious food, so everything was very natural and casual.”

Collections of chairs and lawn games enticed guests to spend some time together outdoors. “They bride’s parents spent an afternoon picking up their friends’ patio sets so that the yard could be peppered with casual seating,” Lou says.

After-dinner s’mores were a big hit at the evening bonfire.

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Event :: A Night at Brides, Bubbles and Bliss

May 10, 2013

Brides, Bubbles and Bliss co-producers Cara and Scott Nava of Carasco Photography held the 4th annual over-the-top affair at Bridgeport Art Center’s airy Skyline Loft

Like a magazine brought to life, the event included beautiful floral and tablescape designed by Revel Decor, Soiree Weddings & Events, Ashland Addison Floral and Event Decor and Sugar Chic Designs. Veuve Clicquot kept kept the guest’s champagne flutes brimming, while Jewell Events Catering provided small bites full of savory enjoyment.

A few additions to this year’s avant garde event included a beauty bar by Jouer Cosmetics and a U.S. runway debut of Ersa Atelier couture gowns, courtesy of Dimitra’s Bridal. See more from the blissful event below!

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Love is in the Details :: Elegance

Any wedding planner will tell you it’s the small things that stand out. Here’s one of our favorite (and perfectly planned) fetes


Company: La Belle Fleur Events

Bride and groom: Sarah and Ryan Shenoha

Designer: Ashley La Fleur

Venue and location: Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, Il

Photographer: Anna Guziak

“Sarah wanted an elegant wedding that didn’t feel stuffy,” La Fleur says. “Stylistically, we were on the same page because she enjoyed effortless romance: a wedding that is beautiful but feels comfortable.”

Sarah and Ryan married in the Cultural Center’s stunning Preston Bradley Hall. “It’s famous for it’s 38-foot Tiffany Dome, the largest in the world,” La Fleur says. To make the space feel more intimate and warm, she hung drapes and placed candles at various heights.

Grays and pinks anchored the decor. Peonies, roses, and hydrangeas balanced the strong gray table linens to make sure the April wedding looked sophisticated instead of too sweet.


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Love is in the Details :: Beachy Chic

May 8, 2013

Any wedding planner will tell you it’s the small things that stand out. Here’s one of our favorite (and perfectly planned) fetes


Company: A Day in May Events

Bride and groom: Kim and Mark Mastrangeli

Designer: Alicia Caldecott

Venue and location: Camp Redmonds, Suttons Bay, MI

Photographer: Jen Kroll Photography 

“Kim and Mark have been to 16 weddings the year before their own, so when they came to me, they said ‘We want something different,'”, says Caldecott, owner of A Day in May Events. To make their wedding look beachy but not feel tropical, Caldecott used blues, greens, and earthy tones to anchor the decor. Lighting was of prime importance, and Caldecott used different sources, including candlelight and drop down West Elm drum shades, to cast a soft glow. “We wanted to envelop everything in light to make it feel comfortable,” she says of the overall design.

Rattan changers kept the tables feeling rustic and polished.

At dusk, Caldecott lit more than 600 candles on the beach. “The weather was perfect – not a single one blew out!”


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