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Wedding Flower Styles

Wedding Flower Styles

Wedding flowers are one of the most important visual elements of your wedding. Consequently, it’s important to look determine your floral style. Once you determine your wedding flower style you can easily play with other colors and textures. To help you with this here are wedding flower styles to inspire you.

Bohemian Organic Flower Styles

This flower style has been popular for some time now. Different than the clean, classic style these looser bouquets have asymmetrical shapes and textures incorporated. One aspect of this style is flowing greenery, stalk, and cascading wildflowers. Some examples of bohemian, or organically shaped, bouquets are cascade or hand tied bouquets. If you like bigger bouquets with organic shape this is your wedding flower style.

Classic Circular Wedding Bouquet

This style is a great idea for those who like a clean symmetrical look. Typical classic nosegay or biedermeier bouquets look tighter than the bohemian style. Because of this, they’re usually rounder and incorporate less cascade elements. If you like a look that is smaller and less dramatic for your bouquet, look into classic, circular bouquets. This style is perfect for a classic wedding.

Angled And Horizontal Wedding Bouquets

If you don’t like the vertical look of flowers, a presentation style bouquet may be the perfect choice for you. Think of the bouquet given to beauty pageant queens. This shape is one with which they cradle in their arms. Typically longer stemmed flower are better for this choice. If you like that look, search into a presentation bouquet option.

Unique, Fresh Vintage Flower Styles

Some vintage shapes are slowly making a comeback. One idea we’ve seen used as decoration and as a bouquet is a hoop wedding bouquet. These flowers are attached to a metallic or plastic hoop. This style is perfect for you if you like to be one of a kind! Another circular shape option is the Pomander bouquet. This type of bouquet is a ball shape. This is attached to a ribbon or loop from which it is carried. If you like to be unique with a vintage flair, these flower styles are perfect for you.

For more wedding planning inspiration, tips, & ideas take a look at more blog posts below! We know there are so many places to look for wedding planning inspiration. Thank you for reading Chicago Wedding Blog. Happy Planning!

Vendor Spotlight The Flower Cottage

Vendor Spotlight The Flower Cottage

Vendor Spotlight The Flower Cottage

Vendor Spotlight The Flower CottageThis week we’re spotlighting a delightful local flower shop in Frankfort! The Flower Cottage is filled with charming arrangements from Valentine’s day wreaths to Sympathy garlands. However, their wedding arrangements are the big deal there and they go to great lengths to create the floral designs of your dreams. They have been in business over 20 years and personally deliver to Chicago and over 100 other suburbs. The owner is very knowledgeable and the staff is experienced designers who create what you envision on your wedding day.

The customer service is very personalized and they ask detailed questions to create your vision on your wedding day. The Flower Cottage has great sample books brides may look through and customize bits and pieces for their own design. They don’t even mind putting crystals inside the flower bouquets for that extra sparkle on your big day! It really glams up a bouquet and then when it’s dried (if you’re keeping it) the crystals keep it beautiful.


Vendor Spotlight The Flower Cottage Vendor Spotlight The Flower CottageThe Flower Cottage will design anything from center pieces, head table arrangements, bridal bouquet, bridesmaids bouquets, boutonnieres, unity pieces and arrangements for mothers of the bride and other special family. The arrangements are professionally put together so they do not fall apart on the big day!


Alternatives to the Traditional Bouquet

As we are nearing the end of April, we hope that this month of showers will bring beautiful flowers next month. As the pollen levels rise and for those who will be living off anti-histamines the next few months and would prefer not to hold pollinating plants so close to themselves, we’ve got just the thing for you. This week the SimplyBridal creative team has put together a list of great alternatives to the traditional flower bouquet.  There are so many to choose from, which one is right for you?


Types of Traditional Bouquets

It’s the month of April, and SimplyBridal is celebrating flowers this season! Last week we enlightened you on the meaning behind flowers and what the flowers choose say about you. This week we’ve researched and compiled a list of different types of bouquets. If your going for the boho styled wedding, perhaps the basket bouquet would be the most suitable. Rustic wedding? Go with the cascade or shower bouquet. There are so many options to the classic flower bouquet, so check out this infographic to see which is the best for you.

Types Of Bouquet

Tips for a Fruitful Marriage

We just love new ideas when it comes to decorating your wedding tables!  Perhaps there is no better way to make a statement than with a show-stopping tablescape that mimics your weddings central theme.  When scanning all of the new trends and timeless accents, we find ourselves always drawn to elements that are both natural and extremely elegant.   Flowers are always our favorite go-to, but there seems to be another “from the earth” statement piece making quite a name for itself of the décor circuit: FRUIT!

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Studio Benjamin James

From citrus for summer soirees to plums and deep hued pears for Fall fetes, we keep seeing this trend used year after year to compliment florals and greenery.  It sounds like it couldn’t be any simpler, but using fruits and other seasonal objects can maximize their statement when used in some pretty interesting new ways. Here are a few of our favorite ways to use fruit right now!

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Summer Citrus:  Fresh, vibrant, and fragrant!  Meyer lemons, key limes, and gorgeous navel oranges are all bright and fun but can also add a certain whimsy to a summer wedding.  Our favorite look is taking lemons in bulk and keeping the look monochromatic. That means large revere bowls overflowing with stacked lemons, various sizes of apothecary jars filled to the brim with even more lemons and bud vases and bowl filled with yellow flowers interspersed between the displays.  We say when it comes to the big, bold colors of summer, keeping things all one tone maintains a level of elegance that is imperative for a wedding.  We also love sliced lemons bordering a clear glass vase that is filled with bright yellow roses, tulips, or daisies.  Fun summer flowers like ranunculus can also be a fun addition to the mix!  For those ready to really mix it up, we say it’s okay to throw in a small pop of green with some key limes and lemon leaves. The mix of greenery and long garland with lemons and limes or even oranges mixed in can be a really fresh and organic way to celebrate!

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Jennifer Weems Photography

Fruits of Fall:  The deep colors of Fall make the season one of our absolute favorites for any event, especially weddings.  In recent years, September and October have replaces Spring and summer months as the most popular for couples to say “I do.” And we can totally see why:  Perfectly rouge plums, pomegranates, and pears are the perfect show pieces for an Autumn affair.  Mixed with plush, deep hued florals and accented by napkins or menus tied with natural raffia, runners of burlap or small natural linen satchel bags, we can hardly resist this look!

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Martha Stewart Weddings

So when planning your event, don’t forget to think of all of the seasonal elements, not just flowers.  Fruits also prove to be a huge money saver considered how much bang you get for your buck. We love seeing this trend and hope its homage to all things natural continues!

Wedding of the Week: Coral Virginia Wedding

While browsing through one of our favorite blogs by the gals over at Southern weddings,, it became abundantly clear that not only is this next wedding more than worthy of a spot on our blog, but that events like this- so full of detail, Southern style and glorious paper ( wait until you see the paper!) are pretty rare.  We love the Southern charm that SW Mag brings us on a daily basis, but something about this wedding transcended your typical Southern Wedding and it chalk full of details and swoon-worthy elements that are perfect for so many different occasions. Let’s take you through a few of our favorites…


The over the top simplicity: This may sound like an oxymoron, but this Charlottesville gem’s choices of clean, fresh white florals accented with coral (the color of the day!) to the sleek vanilla palette of bridesmaids dresses just screamed elegant and purposefully simple.  Just the right amount of color is used throughout the entire event that keeping with a neutral palette is just about the chicest idea we can think of. The simple white wedding cake is adorned with a surprising petal detail and the insanely gorgeous head table is all clean lines and white flowers with just a pop of hot pink coral.  The entire look is the perfect balance of style and restraint. And to top it all off, the couple used a modern lampshade overhead for just the right amount of contemporary lighting.  It’s this type of attention to detail that is so thought out yet so subtle, that makes your guests feel so comfortable while knowing they are part of something so very special.


Pops of whimsy: Lampshades and color pops aside, the couple opted for little “stations” along the way. A fun sign “Just Dance” adorned to a basket of “dancing flip flops” in shades of pink and white and little stationery cards with cute quotes throughout the reception kept the occasion light and fun. And can we just take a moment to drool over the paper? The stunning paper accents were courtesy of the uber talented Charlottesville native Erika Jack, and they were everywhere! We especially love the Mister and Mrs. signs for the back of the bride and groom’s chairs and the one of a kind menu cards hand stamped with a wax emblem.  Almost everywhere you turn, there is another beautiful use of paper- from marriage advice jars to the elegant wedding programs and table names, it’s worth a peak at every last detail!


The tent: The Sperry tent (yes, that is the proper name, so don’t forget it when asking for your own!) is quintessential when it comes to have a wedding that screams “American Classic.” The fresh white flags on top are also about as cute as can be and with optional open sides, is perfect for various types of weather. And well the photo of the entire scene at night just about speaks for itself.


Photographer: Jen Fariello

Pinterest: Pins of the Week

Mason Jar InvitesEtsy has quickly become one of our favorite wedding resources.  Not only does it showcase great handmade products, but it also allows couples the chance to connect with beautiful artists all over the world.  Wedding invitations are one of our favorite things to browse on Etsy, and these beauties caught our eye this week.  They set the tone for an elegant and classic wedding, with touches of rustic simplicity.  Both the color and font create a relaxed, yet special feel, preparing guests for a one-of-a-kind celebration.  If you’re looking for that extra special touch when it comes to your invitations, may we suggest Etsy as delightful resource.

Mason Jar

DIY Silk Hairpin.  Do it yourself projects have been taking the blog world by storm lately, with more and more people embracing their inner artist and giving handmade creations a chance.  DIY in the wedding world is of course a longtime favorite, but with easy-to-follow tutorials and great resources, they’re becoming easier than ever.  This silk hairpin tutorial is a simple project, perfect for the bride who wants to add an extra something to her wedding day hair.  This would be perfect with an updo or loose curls, and may also be something to make for bridesmaids on the big day.

Flower Tray Centerpiece. As winter continues to wrap most of the country, we can’t help but look forward to spring and the warmth it brings.  (It’s probably not a coincidence that most of our recent pins involve bright sunlight, glorious florals, and grassy outdoor spaces!)  So of course, we loved this simple yet cheerful wedding centerpiece, made easy with classic florals and a wooden tray.  This could also be recreated with wooden drawers, mismatched in size and color.  This pin is proof centerpieces don’t need to be over-the-top to make a statement!


Amelia Johnson Photography

Using Etsy for Your Big Day

Etsy offers an invaluable resource to blushing brides hoping to add creative and unique touches to their wedding celebration without spending countless hours on DIY projects. In case you haven’t heard of it, Etsy is an online marketplace for artists, jewelers, designers, photographers, and other creative geniuses selling original, one-of-a-kind, homemade, or vintage gifts and goods that are often customizable. And now, Etsy offers an entire category dedicated strictly to weddings. Here are ten ways to use Etsy to add a wow factor to your wedding…

Photo Props: From cute chalkboard signs to handmade “Just Married” pennants to fake mustaches aplenty, Etsy’s vendors offer adorable, one-of-a-kind accessories to spruce up professional wedding photos and add some fun to candid photo booth shoots.

Cake Toppers: Customize your wedding cake with handmade cake toppers that represent you and your spouse. Etsy provides everything from edible designs to comical figurines to paper flags to provide couples with an original way to top their treats.

Bridesmaids Gifts: Etsy offers gorgeous gifts for bridesmaids or attendants that can be personalized while remaining affordable. Scour the online marketplace for jewelry, home goods, hair accessories, or artwork that make original and posh presents.

Stationery: The array of talented artists and designers on Etsy are able to fulfill your every paper need with an astounding collection of invitations, save the date cards, thank you notes, and more. With the ability to customize color and design, Etsy illustrators allow you to create the perfect paper items without the hefty price tag that can accompany hiring a personal graphic designer.

Favors: Etsy offers a wide array of wedding favors, sold in bulk quantities at great prices. Search by wedding season or type of gift (home goods, bath & body, edible, etc). Not only is Etsy a great place to shop for favors themselves, you can also find fun favor accessories on the site. Vendors offer homemade tags, customizable favor boxes and bags, and personalized labels.

Attire & accessories: Bedeck yourself in one-of-a-kind baubles from Etsy’s wide range of jewelry sellers, or walk down the aisle in a custom-made wedding gown from the crop of fashionistas selling their styles on the site. Etsy also offers a wide selection of hair accessories, shoes, and purses.

Flowers: Believe it or not, you can even find wedding florals on Etsy. A huge assortment of bouquets, corsages, and centerpieces are available, made from silk, fabric, or even paper flowers.

Guest Book: A full line of customizable and unique guest books are available on Etsy, as well as some unique ideas for documenting guests. Select a personalized framed illustration for guests to sign, have gifts fill out individual cards and file them in a guest box, or create a wedding puzzle with individual pieces for invitees to sign.

Candles: Add originality to the age-old tradition of lighting the unity candle with handmade candles or accessories, or spruce up reception décor with personalized candleholders that can double as favors.

Décor: Etsy’s got you covered for everything else as well, with a full line of interesting, creative, and original wedding décor items. Whether you need personalized signage, table numbers, centerpieces, or place cards, Etsy offers it all.