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Best Wedding Flowers

When it comes to the best wedding flowers there are quite a lot of choices for you! Which ones do you gravitate towards – roses, lilies, daisies, plumeria, dogwood or lilacs?

This year, we are seeing a lot of orange and butter yellow shades. These flowers compliment both summer and fall weddings. You can use Peonies, Icelandic poppies, Juliet roses, chrysanthemums, carnations, and ranunculus to make a beautiful bouquet or bouquets for your bridesmaids. Add a delicate chandelier and you’ve got a very romantic space.

Another trend we are loving this year is moss! Who would have thought this greenery would replace the lush leaves we’ve been seeing for years? Moss adds a fabulous fairy tale element to your wedding space. Technically moss isn’t a flower, but you can add flowers to it to make it gorgeous.  You can use a moss wall as an indoor ceremony backdrop or place it as a runner down the center of a long banquet table. Different flowers can be placed in the moss to add a great splash of color.

Another flower we love is the arthurium. It appears like a tropical flower but can be placed with more traditional flowers like tulips, roses, celosias, calla lilies and mini gerberas. The arthurium gives your bouquet a very unique look. This flower is especially fun for both summer and fall due to the range of colors it comes in.

Ultra Violet Wedding

What is the color of the year you may ask? We answer: Ultra Violet! Brides, this year this blue based purple hue is very in and we have some creative ways to use it.

  1. Reception decoration : Ultra Violet is a versatile color and perfect for spring or summer weddings. The deep blue base could also work well for fall. We love using flowers with this shade for your reception center pieces. Tree peonies, ranunculus, and heirloom garden roses can come in this pretty shade. We also love using Ultra Violet for ribbons on the back of chairs with decorative clips or table runners.

2. Add Ultra Violet to your cake. Most people think of wedding cake as white so why not accent it with beautiful purple blossoms or a geode effect? We love that this color can not only be used an accent but also as a main color.

3. Your wedding party. If you’re a daring bride you may even wear the color yourself but it also looks great on bridesmaids and groomsmen! We love the pop of elegant violet against a handsome tux or suit. It’s a great shade for skin types as well. You can still give your bridesmaids a choice in the style of dress but the color will unite your wedding party.

 

No matter what you choose to do with Ultra Violet it’s a great color that it very hot right now! We know you’ll be seeing a lot of this hue in weddings this spring and summer!

Spring Wedding

We have some good reasons for you to choose a Spring wedding! Not only is this time of year ripe with flowers but it also is not terribly hot yet for those brides who want a wedding outside.

First reason we love a Spring wedding is the flowers. After winter we’re all ready for that splash of bright color. A lot of popular flowers are in bloom like peonies, tulips, daffodils and hyacinths. Nature can also provide a great back drop for your ceremony or reception. Trees start to bloom, grass becomes green and cherry blossoms, dogwood and moss are in this year. You can use them all to decorate your centerpieces or use as accents.

A second reason we love the Spring wedding is flexibility. The longer days make a midday wedding or evening wedding a piece of cake. You also don’t have to worry too much about scorching your guests at an outdoor venue. The bonfires and rustic theme go very well in a Spring wedding because the weather is cool but not bitter. Your guests can enjoy dressing in layers or even changing for the nighttime event!

Now, there are a few set backs to a Spring wedding as well. You should keep in mind holidays like Easter and breaks like Spring Break. This might leave a few weekends unavailable. But, there are plenty of ways to work around them. Just be sure to send out save the dates at least nine months in advance and check with your close family and friends to find a weekend that works for everyone.

If you’re planning on a Spring wedding destination then be aware of popular Spring break places. Your heart is set on say, Cabo, then just be sure to check in with the hotels and venue as early as possible. Or, let’s say you want a great honeymoon at a Spring break place – we suggest delaying it a week or contact the hotel/bed and breakfast to make sure there won’t be any crazy college kids shenanigans going on.

A Spring wedding is a great way to celebrate your marriage and the season!

Hanging Flowers

Hanging Flowers

As 2017 comes to a close we look forward to the new year! A surprising decor trend we love are hanging flowers. These beautifully put together decorations give your wedding a pop. But, how do you utilize hanging flowers?

We take a look at several options. First, is the hanging flower canopy which could be perfect if you are an outdoor bride. You can drape a canopy at the alter in the flowers of your choice and then accent them with garland, greens and sheer fabric. The hanging flowers give you a perfect backdrop for a romantic photo.

 

A second idea to use hanging flowers is hanging leis. This is a great tropical decor if you are a summer bride! We also love the versatility. You can use them as stand ins for chandeliers or table pieces. The hanging leis are a beautiful and light decoration that wont get in the way of conversation or block guests at the table.

The last idea for uses hanging flowers in your wedding is more rustic chic – adorn lanterns with flowers. We love the elegant feel of a lantern (even better if it has fake candles in it) that are decorated with blooms of your choice. You can use the lanterns inside or out. They could also be placed on the tables for center pieces but that would defeat the purpose of hanging decor slightly.

No matter what your style, it couldn’t hurt to think about using hanging flowers for your wedding. They provide stunning beauty that are sure to get your guests talking!

2018 Wedding Theme Colors

2018 Wedding Theme Colors

It’s never too late to start planning your wedding! We explore some of the color themes you should think about for next Spring.

  1. Dusty rose and Green. We love this color palette because it’s feminine enough if you don’t want pink. Rose can come in several shades from a romantic light to a dramatic, almost plum shade. You can dress these colors up or down. If you want a glamorous wedding the rose and green theme can work very well with the darker accents. We are also loving the natural look of a dusty rose and green if you’re a more rustic bride.

2.  Lavender and Lilac. For Spring 2018 we love this color theme because it’s so versatile. If purple is your favorite color then this is the palette for you! And if it’s not, you can still think about using a lavender accent. The shades of lavender run from a beautiful light, dusty color to a deep plum.

3. Dusty blue and red. This palette theme us usually used in the fall but they can work for spring as well! The dusty blue is more of a romantic shade than a sea/cerulean blue and won’t make your wedding look like something from Fourth of July or under the sea. The deep red is a very romantic hue. It can be used to accent your bouquet or bridesmaids dresses

Bohemian Wedding

Bohemian Wedding
Trending into next spring we have the Boho style wedding! It may be the holiday season but there’s no time to waste if you’re planning a wedding for next spring or summer.
If you’re a chill, free spirit and love those ethereal layers then you’ll want to look into the Bohemian wedding. We love the quirky details that make every Bohemian wedding unique. Here are some of our favorite Boho details that you can incorporate!
1. Flowy, lacy layers. These vintage style dresses can be worn with as much lace as you love. They can be accented with rosettes on the straps, romantic plunging necklines, with soft off the shoulder silhouette or wide bell sleeves.
2.Flower crowns in your hair. Instead of the traditional veil, think about flowers entwined with elegant vines as a jeweled piece on your head! A Bohemian wedding wouldn’t be complete with out flowers.

 

3.  Tee pees! What bride wouldn’t want a romantic white teepee to either take pictures in or have as a shady spot at the reception. It’s sure to be a hit with guests. You can get creative with embroidery, fabric and cost saving materials to make your own!
4.  The last one will be a sure hit for your bridesmaids–long, flowy dresses to match yours! They can be in the wedding with comfort and style as well in lovely pastel colors. They don’t have to be long, you can layer their skits or have them wear a cute crop top style over the shoulders.

Something Blue

Your dress is new, your mother gave you something old, and you borrowed something from your best friend. Now, all you need is something blue. Incorporating the color into your wedding day is easier, and more fun, than you may imagine.

Why Something Blue

The wedding cliché “something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue…” originated during the Victorian era. Blue was believed to symbolize fidelity and faithfulness. Today, many brides follow the cliché for good-luck.

How to Include Blue

At first, you may wonder how on earth you are going to wear something blue, especially if your wedding colors don’t exactly coordinate with the shade. Fortunately, there are plenty of options. Here are just a few suggestions.

  • Invisible wedding accessories – If blue clashes with your wedding colors, invisible accessories are a great way to incorporate blue. You are still following the wedding superstition, but the guests, and camera, don’t see the blue. One option is a blue garter. If you prefer a white garter, you can purchase one with a tiny blue bow. Another option is undergarments with blue detailing. This can be as subtle as a blue bow on the front of your panties or as extravagant as blue lettering across your hinny.
  • Visible accessories – If you want the blue to be visible, you can choose blue jewelry, headpieces, or shoes. This is a great way to add color to an all-white ensemble.
  • The Wedding Gown – Traditionally, wedding gowns were white or ivory. Today, gowns incorporate any color imaginable. Again, this can be subtle, such a small blue flower, or extravagant, such a blue trimmed train. The best part is you can choose the shade of blue that best coordinates with your wedding theme.
  • Wedding Flowers – Traditionally, brides carried an all-white bouquet. Today, many brides incorporate color into their bouquet. You can include blue flowers in the arrangement, or you can simply add blue details such as a blue ribbon wrapped around the stems. Another option is to wear a small blue flower in your hair.

These are just a few possibilities. We would love to hear your suggestions for fulfilling the wedding tradition of something blue.

Wedding Bouquets – 4 Alternatives

A few weeks ago, country couple Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton tied the knot. Miranda wore her mother’s beautiful ivory wedding gown and a multi-million dollar necklace, but as she walked down the aisle, she was flowerless. Yes, flowerless. Most brides carry a beautiful bouquet of flowers as they walk down the aisle toward their future husband, but not Miranda. She went a different route —she carried a brooch bouquet.

What is a brooch bouquet?

A brooch bouquet is an alternative bouquet made of brooches instead of flowers. It is a great way to incorporate an heirloom into your wedding day. It is also perfect for a wedding with a vintage flare. Best of all, you can save the bouquet after the wedding. Unlike flowers, this bouquet will last forever.

To make a brooch bouquet, begin collecting a variety of brooches. These can be found at flea markets, thrift stores, yard sales and your grandmother’s jewelry box.  Not crafty? No problem. You can order brooch bouquets on Etsy.

Unfortunately, brooch bouquets can be expensive, unless you make them yourself. Here are some other, more budget-friendly alternatives to traditional bouquets.

Felt Bouquets

Felt is a soft but durable fabric. It comes in a vast amount of colors and can be transformed into almost any shape. Felt bouquets are made of individual felt flowers. The designs can be simple or extravagant. These are perfect for summer or springtime weddings because they have a more casual feel.  If you are crafty (and have free time), you can make these bouquets yourself, or like the brooch bouquets, you can order from online stores such as Etsy.

Paper Bouquets

Don’t like felt? No problem. Another alternative is paper flowers. Don’t be fooled. These do not look like the flowers you made in kindergarten. In fact, many of these flowers are so artistically crafted that you can’t even tell they are fake (until you touch or smell them of course). The possibilities for paper bouquets are endless —there are tons of colors, textures, and patterns. Online stores such as Etsy offer paper bouquets for all types of weddings, ranging from casual summer weddings to romantic fall events. Again, this can be a DIY project, but you better me crafty and you better have some free time.

Silk Bouquets

Silk flowers are another alternative to traditional wedding flowers. Many silk flowers are beautifully crafted to look like real flowers. One of the great things about this option is the cost. Whether you make your own bouquet or purchase it, this option is typically cheaper than traditional bouquets. Also, you will have a great keepsake. Unlike real flowers, silk flowers don’t die.

All of these alternative bouquets have pros and cons. When choosing a bouquet, whether it is made of flowers, fabric, paper, or brooches, you need consider the tone of your wedding, your budget, and your priorities. Choose a bouquet that fits your personality and wedding-theme. The options are endless; you decide which option is best.

Below are two examples of Paper Bouquets.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bridezilla

Planning a wedding can be stressful, there’s no doubt about it. It’s expensive and time-consuming and no one seems to care about it quite as much as you do. With all of the added stress, it’s easy to become a little irrational and difficult to deal with, despite your best intentions. Here are a few ways to avoid becoming a total bridezilla in the months leading up to your nuptials…

Keep Your Priorities Straight: Yes, there are invitations to be mailed, flowers to be arranged, dresses to be ordered, food to be selected, but what’s the point of all of that? This wedding, above everything else, is about uniting your life with another, making a public declaration of your love, and committing to become husband and wife. As important as the favors or centerpieces or seating chart might seem right now, at the end of the day, your wedding is about you and your fiancé. When you feel the pressure of wedding planning creeping up on you, take a moment to remember why you’re putting together a wedding in the first place.

Keep Yourself Organized: Regardless of how big or small your wedding day is going to be, there are still tasks to be done. One of the biggest causes of bridezilladom is overwhelming stress. Avoid the added anxiety by staying on top of things. Buy a wedding planner, make checklists, and plan your time efficiently.

Continue Living Your Life: Although it may feel like there aren’t enough hours in the day or days in the month to get everything done before saying “I do,” it simply can’t be all wedding, all the time. You (and most definitely your fiancé) need a break from the wedding stress from time to time. Set aside non-wedding hours each week where you can spend an evening with your partner having fun and talking about anything but the upcoming nuptials. Or set up a girls’ night with some friends or an afternoon of solitary pampering.

Ask for Help: You don’t need to carry the full weight the wedding on your shoulders. Don’t be afraid to ask for help from your friends, family, and most certainly, your fiancé (Operation Groom Involvement). Even if you’re a total control freak, there are always tasks that can be done by others, you just need to reach out to the people in your life. However, when you ask…

Be Respectful of Others: Be considerate of time and expense when asking friends and family for help. Your maid of honor and bridesmaids should be there for you in your time of need, but it’s unreasonable to expect them to be at your beck and call 24 hours a day. Be honest with them about your needs and schedule a time that’s convenient for them. Be thoughtful about their budgetary concerns and limitations when picking out dresses, shoes, and activities they’re expected to participate in. Wedding Timelines.

Show Your Appreciation: Don’t forget to say ‘thanks’ to everyone who’s lent a helping hand throughout the planning process. Nothing says bridezilla more than an ungrateful or entitled bride. Be sure to express your sincerest gratitude to everyone—friends, relatives, vendors—who give of their time and finances to help make your wedding day a beautiful reality. Thank you card etiquette.

Vendor Spotlight – Elizabeth Wray Design

The Elizabeth Wray Design staff invites you to visit their boutique design studio located in Geneva, IL. Weddings have been their passion since 1992. The EWD gals have all been brides…they know the trials and joys that come with planning a beautiful wedding. Their artful design aesthetic, knowledge of the hottest trends, and their sassy sensibility, has created a niche in the Chicago wedding market. Designing flowers is their specialty… fresh & fragrant, extraordinary & elegant, lavish & luxurious, crisp & clean, charming & graceful, funky & fun.

What’s your vision/mission statement at Elizabeth Wray Design?

What ever you imagine, we’ll make it happen!

We strive to create every bride’s dream wedding, exactly how she envisioned it!

How has the company grown and changed since it began in 1992?

Although we’ve always been in Geneva, I started working out a space in my house. The area was large enough to have staff working with me, but for the bigger events we had to use the spare bedroom for extra space.

In 2002 we moved into our urban chic loft studio. We renovated the space in 2006 and added a wedding planning staff and a design staff for custom paper goods.

What can a bride expect from her experience with Elizabeth Wray Design?

Brides that come to Elizabeth Wray Design can expect the whole custom wedding design experience. Every wedding we do is different, so we love to work with your ideas and inspirations to create a beautiful event! We’ll create your design and you’ll be able to pick out flower types & colors. You can also choose from all of our many rental containers, custom printed items, and other services.

What sets you apart from other florists in the Chicago area?

We are a full service wedding and event florist. We take care of you by taking care of the details…all of your wedding flowers and decor elements. We distribute your wedding party’s personal flowers and stay until the ceremony ends. One of our signature services is re-purposing your ceremony flowers. We combine, redesign & add other elements to present them differently from ceremony to reception. Before we leave your reception, we make sure everything is in place.

What’s the design team like at Elizabeth Wray Design?

Our fabulous team of designers is very diverse in their ages and strengths. Some designers do the florals; some do graphic design, and some do wedding planning design. Collectively we have a very similar design aesthetic, but our different personalities allows us to view our designs in different lights to make sure every wedding event is completely unique.

Can you tell us a little more about your wedding planning services?

We’re available for full wedding planning and day of wedding planning. We’ve become experts in knowing all of the best vendors, and have the experience to anticipate your needs. We never receive referral fees so we have the unique ability to negotiate the best value on your behalf. Wedding planning is perfect for the busy bride who doesn’t want an ounce of stress on her wedding day!

Elizabeth Wray Design
15 West State Street, Ste. B
Geneva, IL 60134-2253
(630) 232-1975

Please enjoy the following creations by Elizabeth Wray Design.