Even though the sporadic climate change, which is Maryland weather, might be making you think otherwise, spring is finally here! Intrigue Design and Decor is nothing but ecstatic to jump into peak wedding season and help brides transform their wedding with chic floral and decor designs. However, for the budget conscious bride looking to make the most out of her special day, it is important to know what flowers are in season this spring. While certain flowers can be available year round, there can also be a dramatic difference in the price based on the month a bride needs her flowers. Here is a just a couple of popular bridal flowers that in season this spring…
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For most traditional brides, her ceremony will begin by walking down the aisle with her father while wearing a stunning white gown and holding an elaborate bouquet of her favorite flowers. As she walks down the aisle, every single woman in the audience will be dazzled by how beautiful the bride looks and will be eyeing the bouquet until the bouquet toss. While so much thought and envy goes into the beautiful floral bridal bouquet, I wonder if as many women would be so eager to catch the bouquet if they knew only a few hundred years ago that the bridal bouquet was just a bundle of herbs and spices, and not the beautiful flower arrangements we see today.
Bridal bouquets have been a wedding tradition dating all the way back to ancient times. But instead of brides holding beautiful bouquets of flowers to complement their gown and match their decor, ancient time brides held bouquets of garlic, herbs and spices. Originally, it was believed that by carrying a herb bouquet the bride would help ward off evil spirits during her ceremony.
Traditional Celtic weddings had the same superstition. Bridal bouquets were traditionally made of ivy, thistle and heather, which released a pungent odor. It was believed that the strong aroma from the bouquet had mystical powers that would keep evil spirits away from the bride and groom.
Traditional Rome and Greece weddings had different beliefs, and the arrangements were more of a symbol of hope than protection. Instead of holding a bouquet, a garland necklace would be placed around the bride and the groom. The circle garland was a symbol of new life, hope and fertility for the new couple to take into their marriage.
It was not until 1840 when Queen Victoria married Prince Albert that the tradition of having flowers in a bridal bouquet was adopted. Queen Victoria’s bouquet was made of marigolds and the herb dill, which combined tradition and her favorite flower. The dill from her bouquet, which is the herb of lust, was eaten by the married couple at the reception and thought to help increase sexual desire.
Floral bouquets grew in popularity during Victorian times, and the bride’s bouquet portrayed a secret message to her groom on their wedding day. Florigraphy, which is the flower language, gave specific flowers a significant meaning and lovers would use flowers to exchange secret message. So on the bride’s wedding day, the bouquet flowers were chosen to carry a significant meaning and not so much for looks.
Overall, the bouquet has taken on many different forms, held many different meanings, and will most likely continue to change. However, as I watch the bride walk down the aisle, it is nice to know that the tradition of weddings, bouquets and marriage is something that will continue on forever.
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For most of today’s weddings it is becoming more than just the ceremony and reception, and guests are beginning to expect some wow factor. Whether it is the bridal party dancing down the aisle, or fireworks and performers at the reception, most of today’s weddings now have some element of entertainment. Our lead floral designer Melissa Huston was driven to raise the entertainment value of floral design and created our first living floral center piece for the What’s Up? Spring Bridal Expo January 13, 2013.
Guests at the bridal show were completely wowed by our center piece and amazed when they saw that our center piece moved and was not just a statue. Kaitlin MacCullum, part-time model for Allison Barnhill Designs, graciously modeled as our living center piece. Kaitlin sat on top of a table decorated with matching calla lily and rose bouquets, floating carnation petals in tall cylinder vases, and draped linens by Rentals to Remember. She wore an incredible head piece covered in orchids that wrapped around the back of her head and ended with cascading flowers down the rest of her hair, which was done by the lovely ladies at Up Dos for I Dos. Melissa then created a floral shawl and gigantic bouquet that dripped orchids and incorporated beautiful greens and purples. But the element that amazed guests the most was the simple shoes that Melissa completely transformed into a couture piece by covering in orchids.
Our floral center piece was definitely a surprise that entertained the bridal show and provided an entertainment value that most weddings are seeking. Brides wishing to entertain their guests with surprise elements should consider having wearable floral pieces by Intrigue Design and Decor..
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When I think of nautical weddings, I usually think of bare feet on sandy beaches, wind flowing through sails, and anchor’s away! Enjoy this winter twist on the typical nautical theme!
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A little change is happening at Annapolitan Bride…
Over a year ago, I was a recently married lady, still basking in the glow of my wedding. The wonderful ladies of Intrigue asked me if I would be willing to build and manage a wedding inspiration blog for them, in order to feature their amazing work and gorgeous brides. Intrigue was one of my favorite vendors to work with, so of course I jumped at the opportunity. Having very little experience with web design, I didn’t know what I was getting into, but after a lot of hard work, and a LOT of Googling, Annapolitan Bride was born! This blog has been such a fun part of my life, and I’ve had the opportunity to see the most innovative and gorgeous wedding inspiration that Annapolis has to offer.
Now, my military life is taking me on an exciting new adventure overseas, and my time with Annapolitan Bride has come to a close. I’d like to thank the amazing ladies of Intrigue for inviting me into this opportunity, the gorgeous brides and vendors who have allowed me to feature their work here, and of course, the readers. Without you, this blog would never have happened!
Although I’m sad to go, Annapolitan Bride will still remain the best source for Annapolitan wedding inspiration! So keep reading, and keep submitting your gorgeous events! Thanks!
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This Thanksgiving, we’d like to give thanks for so many things. Without our readers, brides, and vendors who submit the gorgeous events you see featured here, Annapolitan Bride wouldn’t exist!! So thank you to all who contributed to the blog this year…we’re so grateful for you. We wish you all happiness and joy for this season!