Themed weddings are so much fun. The ideas for wedding flowers of course depend on the theme you have chosen. Wedding themes are certainly plentiful and a big hit these days. It at time seems that the traditional wedding is on its way out to make room for more personalized weddings. Everyone and generally speaking every couple has something they are passionate about. Creating a wedding around their passion is an excellent idea and many couples may have even met while participating in the activity that their wedding is created around.
In this article we will briefly look at a few wedding flower ideas for a few common and a few not so common themed weddings. A themed wedding can be anything from a Cinderella fairytale to a winter wonderland. Your wedding flowers will of course depend on the theme you choose.
For the Cinderella wedding theme you will want to go with the following three colors; white, pale pink and ivory. Roses are the top choice for flowers as are tulips and lilacs these are all very delicate flowers and provide a touch of class and elegance. For your table centerpieces consider using one or all of the following; a glass slipper, a glass pumpkin or a carriage. You can add a few sprinkles of glitter to the flower petals as well as using white candles with glitter lightly sprinkled around them to create an illusion of a magical day or evening.
The winter wedding theme
The winter wedding theme is another popular theme. For this theme you can choose any flower you would like however the color for a winter wonderland wedding flowers should be all white. You can use silver or gold glitter on your white flowers to make them stand out a little and greenery should be kept to a minimum if used at all. Centerpieces can be made of all white flowers placed in a clear crystal looking vase or a silver or gold container.
A usual wedding theme is the rock and roll theme. This theme is popular for adults who grew up in the late fifties and sixties. The flower colors will be pastel and tie-dyed; pinks, oranges, blues, purples and yellow. You will want the leaves for these flowers green as this was a popular color especially pastel green colored leaves. You can choose any flower you would like and a great centerpiece would be; baskets filled with wild flowers or multicolored daisies (with or without the stems.) A plastic guitar decorated with flowers would certainly work as would any miniature musical instrument.
A golf wedding theme is a rather unusual but quickly becoming popular as many sports related wedding themes are. For the flowers you can choose to make any flower you would like. The colors are white and green. Not much of a selection but an assortment of shades will look very nice. For the centerpieces a red vase with a piece of green crepe paper wrapped around the bottom few inches of the vase and the white flowers will resemble a golf ball sitting on a tee.
Once you choose your wedding theme, the themed wedding flower ideas should begin to come to you. Just because it is a theme does not mean you have to stick to the “rules” for every part if you truly want another color that does not fit in with the theme that is your choice after all it is your day and should be just the way you want it!
In 1718 a doubty prototype tourist, Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, encountered a system of coded messages used in Turkish Harems called Selam. She was enthralled and immediately copied it by sending a friend a box full of flowers and other objects with a hidden message contained in the specific symbolism of each. A seed had been sown. About one hundred years later, a book called Le Language des Fleurs by Charlotte de la Tour (Louise Cortambert) was published in Paris. It gathered together, for the first time, the symbolic meanings of specific flowers. Some of these came from the original Turkish practice, but many more were the fruits of her own painstaking research into ancient mythology and plant folklore. This new science, known as florigraphy, was immediately popular. In England and America, hundreds of similar books were published between the 1830’s and 1880’s. Each copied, added to, adapted and even discarded Charlotte de la Tour’s initial interpretations to suit each author’s knowledge and beliefs, or to accommodate some newly discovered flower.
These authors looked to the East and West, to ancient mythology, religious symbolism and medicinal uses; to assign meanings to flowers. A confusing plethora of interpretations was the result, as symbols could be analysed in many ways – positively, negatively, sacredly, profanely for each flower. But, despite the confusion, flowers were being used to express and even awaken feelings and emotions at a time when strict etiquette suppressed openness. It also appealed to the sentimentality of the new century. Fashionable floral jewellery immortalised these thoughts in its gold and precious gemstones. Later, the pre-Raphaelite art movement enthusiastically embraced florigraphy, Though sadly not all artists were as fluent in botany as they were in the language of flowers, resulting in further confusion and misinterpretation.
Although hugely popular during the 19th century, the language of flowers narrowly survived the ensuing decades, re-emerging only occasionally. The coronation mantle of Queen Elizabeth Il, for example, was embroidered with olive branches and wheat in the hope that her reign would be full of peace and plenty. Since then the delicate nuances of floral symbolism have largely been forgotten. Time, however, is cyclical: we are again in an age where communication is both a driving force and an apparent challenge as we strive to make it faster and easier at the cost of true power and meaning. Looking again at this lost language fills me with awe and respect as the story of each flower reveals its ancient roots. The language of flowers is both eloquent and elegant. Flowers have a voice and it is again time to let them speak.
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