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Making the Most of Wedding Blogs

Making the Most of Wedding Blogs

When I first entered the wedding floral scene in I was enthralled with the number of wedding blogs out there and the different style inspiration each offered. As time has gone on and the whole foraged, boho/romantic style being the trend for the last three years, I find that everything looks the same and is becoming so common that it really is not inspirational….trendy yes…unique no. Bouquets heavy on foraged greens with a peony, garden rose or dinner plate dahlia showcased in the front, staged invitations with raw silk ribbon “whimsically” placed in the grouping and backdrops of vines with a naked cake in the front have graced at least 90% of wedding blogs for quite some time. Please don’t misunderstand me …I LOVE this gorgeous style and am over the moon when I see the excitement in my brides’ eyes when she sees her foraged bouquet for the first time. This type of styling is perfect for couples looking for a perfectly pretty Pinteresty look. But…for the last few months many of my clients and colleagues have found ourselves asking…What are we designers and soon to be married couples to do? Where can we go in a sea of raw edged silk ribbon, forests of bouquet greens and calligraphy to find personal, unique and more defined inspiration to add to our existing celebration style?

Follow Blogs That Reflect Your Personal Style

Are you and your partner more minimalist at home?

Blogs for your wedding inspiration: For a more Kinfolk or Anthropologie kind of vibe and to keep your Pinterest boards and planning clean, crisp and organic look to Wedding Sparrow and Green Wedding Shoes for celebration inspiration.

Would you and your partner rather be out at the barn and exploring the locals trails?

Blogs for your wedding inspiration: Many of my couples live and love the outdoor life. Whether they are winery owners, dairy farmers, or country music lovers, weddings mean long tables full of loved ones and home cooking. Rustic Wedding Chic is full of the perfect blend of lace gowns and barn board.

Do you and your partner love all things Kate Spade and Hugo Boss?

Blogs for your wedding inspiration: Stripes, clean lines and preppy style is absolutely your thing. You will have a fun champagne bar, colorful flowers, Kate Spade gifts for the girls and perfect gold foil signage. Lovers of preppy East Coast style should look to Grey Likes Weddings and Martha Stewart Weddings

Your home is full of comfy sofas, rich area rugs and BOTH of you totally rock top buns!

Blogs for your wedding inspiration: I am going to be really honest I LOVE this type of organic freeform love in kind of styling. For perfect inspiration check out Festival Bride and Boho Weddings (two of my favorite blogs)

Your Pinterest account has more pages of DIY ideas and life hacks than Lord of the Rings (the ENTIRE trilogy).

Blogs for your wedding inspiration: You wouldn’t dream of buying anything for your wedding from a big box store and your motto is if I can’t make it we don’t need it. For inspiration that will twist even the best pinking shears visit Emmaline Bride and DIY Bride.

You are a romantic couple and your celebration is going to be all about the details.

Blogs for your wedding inspiration: Your vision includes having the perfectly captured first look, an intimate luncheon tucked away from it all prior to the ceremony, the ribbon on the bouquets will match the one on your kissing wands placed on every seat and your florist will tear up with pride as she places each individual oregano sprig alongside the gorgeous calligraphy on the menus (sounds like I have been here before…). Your perfect blogs are Style Me Pretty, Weddingchicks and Magnolia Rouge.

You are a couple that loves the big city, have a passion for fashion and the finer things in life.

Blogs for your wedding inspiration: Your celebration will be high above the city in a beautiful window filled loft, your tablescapes will be overflowing with candles and lush blooms and the first time your feet touch the ground after a day on Cloud Nine they will be in Louboutin. Your perfect wedding blogs: Wedluxe and Grace Ormonde: Wedding Style

You have most of your details in place.

Blogs for your wedding inspiration: You just need a little more inspiration for that perfect signature cocktail, bridesmaid’s dress color or let’s be honest you adore wedding blogs and can’t get enough of moodboards. My go to blogs for inspiration boards, styleshoots, and color palettes are Hey Wedding Lady, Burnetts Boards and The Perfect Palette.

Remember! Keep your inspiration simple and streamlined, don’t waste your time on blogs that are not your style and follow only those that 100% reflect your personal style as a couple.

Style Me Pretty | #SMPWeddings101 Blog Contribution

If there is one thing I love as much as floral design it is writing. When one of the editors from Style Me Pretty reached out to ask for content contribution for their #SMPWeddings101 weekly blog feature I could not have been more excited or honoured.

SMPWedding101One of the most common questions my clients ask me is what to do with the bridesmaids’ bouquets following the ceremony. I love to suggest the traditional but also some fun and unique ways to make the most of these gorgeous creations.

Tip 1

The most traditional and common use for the bridesmaids bouquets is to place them in clear glass vases on the head table for instant texture and floral décor. Add votive holders with candles down the length of the table for a beautiful and cost effective head table statement.

Tip 2

Have your girls lay the bouquets flat on the head table with the blooms facing the guest tables. Added to a gorgeous lush eucalyptus garland that has been accented with candlelight will create a  beautiful foraged, loose and textural look.

Tip 3

Ask your floral stylist to provide containers that are similar in color and shape to those you have selected for your centerpieces. Have her/him place the matching vessels (with about 4 – 5 inches of water in them) on the gift table, on a small table accenting your seating chart, on the bar and lemonade and flavored water stations. Once the ceremony is complete have the girls to pop their bouquets directly into the vessels.

Tip 4

Many of my clients ask for my thoughts on placing a bridesmaid’s bouquet on the cake table. Although very common, I advise against it. Whether it be a naked cake adorned in gorgeous figs and berries or a stunning fondant masterpiece featuring your monogram and a waterfall of gum paste flowers, today’s on trend and intricate cake designs should absolutely stand on their own.

Tip 5

Sweets tables, donut, candy and pie bars are also perfect areas to place extra bouquets. In a vase they add an additional layer to the overall esthetic of the tablescape.

Tip 6

Whether you have opted for cross back, chiavari, folding or versailles chairs have your floral stylist tie the bridesmaids’ bouquets to the backs of every other chair at the head table. Choose long trailing or tightly wrapped ribbon that compliments the esthetic of your event. Regardless of the wedding style this technique will suit it perfectly.

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