Beyond The Rose: Some Alternative Wedding Flowers.

One of the most talked about parts of any wedding are the flowers. There are a wide and artistic variety just waiting to grace some blushing bride’s bouquet. While roses are the traditional symbol of love, there are a few others which, despite being fairly common now, have had an extraordinary history and can add an interesting visual flair to any flower arrangement. 

Tulips: Romantic Simplicity.

Even though they are now available all over the world, these delicate and refined flowers were once so prized in Holland they were as used currency. Originally coming from Turkey, the red tulip is seen to be an emblem of perfect love and is used to celebrate the 11th wedding anniversary, with the lovely black velvet center representing the growing love and passion between the married couple. With more than 3000 varieties of tulips to choose from, there is bound to be something to fit every type of bride and theme. From the simplistic tulip most of us think of to something more ornate and refined these lovely spring flowers are sure to be a show stopper. 

Peonies: Victorian Romanticism

Another lovely addition to any flower arrangement is the peony. With a similar look to both roses and several varieties of tulips, these romantic and sweet flowers have a long and interesting history. Once considered a delicacy and used to add a distinct flavor to food, they morphed in a favorite with artists and anyone looking to create a vintage feel to decorating and floral arrangements. Like the tulip, the peony is thought to bring happiness and stability to marriages. While the varieties of these beautiful and dramatic flowers don’t number anywhere near that of the tulips, there are still enough different kinds to have more than enough to choose from and create a signature floral design.

Dahlias: Dramatic Flair

For brides looking to go truly bold, dahlias are dramatic, audacious, and definite statement flowers. Having gained popularity in the 1940’s, thanks the film “The Blue Dahlia”, these large theatrical blossoms add a touch of glamour to even the simple of ceremonies, and is a great way to embrace the sophistication of the golden age of classic Hollywood.

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Anniversary presents: the odd numbers

Anniversaries are important, especially when it comes to married couples. They are markers of the work and love two people put into their marriage and the dedication they have to making sure it works. While many people still celebrate the big ones, 5 10, 25, 50 with predetermined extravagant gifts, what about the smaller ones which seem to slip by unnoticed? Well, lets take a look at some of the traditional, and not so traditional, gifts for milestone years people often overlook.

Lucky Number 7: 

Sure, there may be the seven-year itch, but in many cultures around the world, 7 is an auspicious number. So, it makes sense that the traditional gift for this anniversary is either wool or copper. These two materials bring warmth and comfort, just like the couple should do for each other. So, to bring some of this toasty reassurance to your marriage why not wrap each other up in cozy woolen scarfs as you sip tea or coffee from lovely copper mugs?

Unlucky Number 13: 

On the opposite end of the luck spectrum is the number 13. Often considered to be the unluckiest numbers around, it even has its own phobia, triskaidekaphobia. Don’t let that scare you off celebrating this milestone anniversary with its traditional gift of lace. Meant to represent the beautiful and intricate life you and your partner have created together, this can be a great time to splurge for a lovely lace table runner or, for the slightly more romantic couple, some frilly lingerie. 

23, the mystery number:

Some people believe there is a mystical aspect to the number 23. Whether this is true or not is up to you. However, there is nothing uncertain about how lovely silver-plated gifts are and, lucky for you, silver-plate is the traditional thing to give your beloved long-term spouse. So, for this special anniversary why not get new picture frames for your wedding photos or a lovely commemorative plate with your wedding date engraved in it. 

42, The Meaning of Life, The Universe, and Everything:

Douglas Adams told us the answer to the meaning of life, the universe, and everything. We just had to come up with the question. Strangely, this ties into this wedding anniversary perfectly. There is no traditional present. However, in modern times, real estate is becoming increasingly popular to buy. Whether, it is a vacation home or even a fantastic once in a lifetime to your dream spot, this is your chance to go big or go home. 

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Wedding dress colours around the world

In the West, huge white dresses are the standard. These dresses are meant to represent the bride’s innocence and purity. While white dresses are becoming more and more common, they still aren’t the norm in many countries and cultures. Let’s look at some of the most vibrant and colourful wedding dresses from around the world. 

China:


In China, most traditional wedding dresses are red. Believed to be the luckiest colour, bright red dresses are thought to bring love, fertility, success, and honor into the marriage. Gold thread is used to create beautiful and intricate designs in the material to invite prosperity and wealth to the new couple’s life. White is almost never used in China for wedding dresses, as it is associated with death and sadness, definitely not something you want to bring into a marriage.

India:


Much like Chinese wedding dresses, Indian wedding dresses tend to be red. However, there tends to be a bit more variety in the shade. Some brides wear bright red, while others opt for a richer tone, closer to burgundy or maroon. They also tend to take the idea of it being the bride’s day very seriously and make sure all eyes will be on her. The dresses are embellished with gold or silver thread, embroidered into some of the most wonderful and ornate designs, which sparkle and shine. 

Igbo:


Colour reigns supreme in Igbo wedding clothing. Instead of a traditional one-piece dress, brides from this region of Nigeria tend to opt for a blouse and wrap around skirt combination of different, but matching colours. So, expect to see a lot of pink and purple, red and blue, yellow and gold combinations. They also tend to wear beautiful, statement head dresses instead of veils. These can be either made from fabric or coral beads. 

Ghana:


In Ghana, the wedding couple wear matching outfits. These brightly coloured, beautiful Kente ensembles are full of meaningful patterns. Kente is the traditional fabric of Ghana which carries a deep and meaningful significance in the Ghanaian culture. Originally reserved for royalty, it is now used as in many formal ceremonies and as a symbol of pride for their culture and heritage. 

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Something old….

 We have all heard the old rhyme “something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue” when it comes to things a bride needs on her wedding day to bring luck to her marriage. However, how many of us have thought about the history and meaning behind this old wives’ tale? Let’s take a look at what each line means and ways you can incorporate it all into your wedding wardrobe. 

Something Old:

The first line is all about remembering the ties to the bride and her past. It Our first blog of the year symbolizes the things which made her the woman she has become, which brought her to this special day. There are so many things which can be used for this part of the poem: a family heirloom, a photo of the family sown into the dress, or anything else from her childhood works. 

Something New:

This is of course about the new life the bride is embarking on. It is all about the partnership she will have with her husband and all the ups and downs which go with that. This is probably the easiest part of the rhyme to fit into the day. The most obvious choice is the dress, but it can also be the veil or accessories. 

Something Borrowed:

This object is all about bringing the luck and stability of another marriage into the one about to take place. Usually borrowed from a friend or family member who is happily married with the hope some of that happiness will rub off on the new couple. Choices for this trinket can be anything from earrings or a necklace to the garter. 

Something Blue:

The colour blue has long been associated with faithfulness, love, and honesty. These are all traits which are present in the best marriage. So, it is no surprise this is one of the items included in this little ditty. There are a ton of different ways to make sure you have something blue in your outfit. From shoes, to a blue ribbon holding your bouquet together to your dress, if you are feeling really bold and want to combine two things in one. 

One Last Bit:

Sometimes there is an extra line thrown in for good measure: “and a sixpence in her shoe”. This is to make sure there is wealth, or at least enough money to keep the couple comfortable. While many bridal stores do sell sixpence pieces, placing any silver coin in the shoe will work just as well. 

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