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Wedding Flower Ideas

Holding a wedding without wedding flowers is almost like holding a wedding without sending invitations-not the best idea. But the struggle to balance the right colors and your favorite wedding floral arrangements can plague you until the day of your nuptials. Should you go with more traditional wedding floral arrangements or a more modern look? What wedding flowers work best in a bouquet? To answer those questions, Wedding Paper Divas has added the following wedding flowers article to our site. It offers the wedding flower ideas you need to set the right mood for your wedding.

Wedding Floral Decorations

Flowers are a massive part of this special day. They are used to greet guests; adorn tables; wear and even carry down the aisle. Wedding floral decorations are there to instill mood and ambience to the theme of the ceremony and reception for the bride and groom, and to basically top of the romantic notion that is the wedding.

Some wedding floral decorations can involve such things as:

Orchids:

Catlaya — Usually white with shades of pink or lavender in the center of each petal. These are larger than other orchids.

Cymbidium — Smaller than Japhet orchids with a curly edge only at the center.

Spray Orchids — Long spikes covered with tiny orchid-like flowers. These are very expensive and are available in winter.

Lillies:

Lily of the Valley — Small white blooms that look like tiny bells.

Rubrim — Star flowers that come in a variety of colors.

Zephyr Lily — Smaller than most lilies. It is available in white, yellow and shades of pink.

There are numerous other flowers used in a wedding floral decoration, others include daisies, carnations, freesia (comes in white, orange, pink, lavender and red), violets, straw flowers (straw-like petals shaped like daisies), lilac and iris. These aren't the only popular flowers that grace weddings though, a florist can help point you in the right direction. All you have to do is tell the florist about what sort of wedding it will be and they will take care of the wedding floral decorations.

Traditionally, the bridal bouquet consists of either white or cream flowers such as stephanotis, orchids, roses, lilies of the valley, gardenias, carnations or sweet peaks; the use of bright colors, however, has become more of a staple feature. The bouquet should be designed to complement the gown. You may wish to carry a prayer book or small Bible - a florist can advise you how this can be incorporated.

Before deciding on the wedding floral decorations for the ceremony site, check with your clergy as to what decorations are permissible. In decorating for your ceremony, it's best to focus attention on the altar, or in a Jewish ceremony, the chupah. If you are being married at home or in a hotel, select an attractive spot for the ceremony such as a fireplace or a large window and decide what floral arrangements will best enhance it.

If your reception is at a club or hotel, wedding floral decorations are usually included in the rental fees.

Your wedding decorations are the pinnacle of mood and should be thought of as such. Whether it is a formal wedding, a casual wedding or even a traditional wedding, flower decorations are certainly a high priority.

Jen Carter is a wedding planner and owner of My Wedding Blog, offering free wedding tips and advice for bride and groom.