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Let your personality bloom with flowers

Bouquet can reflect the bride's unique style

Thursday, January 26, 2012
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A fashionable white-on-white look is achieved in this bouquet from The Floral Garden. The flowers are phalaenopsis (or butterfly) orchids, mini white calla lillies, dendrobium orchid buds and tucks of white hydrangea. They are spiral-handwrapped with the stems kept long. A bride can do this treatment with ribbons that match her dress. (photo: Lisa Kretschmann)
A fashionable white-on-white look is achieved in this bouquet from The Floral Garden. The flowers are phalaenopsis (or butterfly) orchids, mini white calla lillies, dendrobium orchid buds and tucks of white hydrangea. They are spiral-handwrapped with the stems kept long. A bride can do this treatment with ribbons that match her dress. (photo: Lisa Kretschmann)

Along with choosing the date, place and gown for your wedding day, deciding on a bouquet may be a detail within the greater picture, though no less important. Your bridal bouquet will be one of your most memorable accessories, so let your taste and style shine through.

Florists Mark Felthousen and Janet Gough and David's Bridal manager Shana DiLaura have all witnessed wedding trends in the Capital Region and reveal what they see as up-and-coming styles for the 2012 wedding season. All agree that keeping fashion trends in mind and joining them with your own personality are vital when it comes to selecting your bouquet and all of your wedding flowers.

Felthousen, of Felthousen's Florist and Greenhouses, and Gough, of The Floral Garden, say that when brides do their homework -- and many of them are by researching ideas on the Internet, it gives everybody a nice starting point.

Popular colors for 2012 include blues (most notably navy) and purples varying anywhere from shades of lavender to eggplant and include jewel tones that lean toward the deep reds and violet. Other colors making a mark on local wedding scenes include white with accents of bright colors and shades of light greens such as sage.

On the national level, two color schemes seem to be on the rise: very light pastels and white with black accents (mostly as dress sashes), though they are not widely popular in the Capital Region right now.

Slower to catch on is the coral/peach color palette, according to Gough.

"It's very workable," she said. "What we're seeing less of are bouquets that are full of the pinks, reds and brighter colors that were common a few years ago."

The bolder colors that previously filled bouquets seem to be more of accent colors now. Florists and bridal shop staff agree that many white weddings have a splash of a bright color. DiLaura of David's Bridal in Colonie says that she has seen a lot of dresses with accents of bolder colors — most often as sashes — such as apple red or dark purple for both brides and attendants. This trend ties in well with the jewel tones in bouquets.

For more information

Felhousen's Florist and Greenhouses: 1537 Van Antwerp Road, Schenectady (and other locations in Cohoes and Troy). 800 278-2634, www.felthousensflorist.com

The Floral Garden: 340 Delaware Ave., Delmar. 800 478-6478, www.thefloralgarden.net

When it comes to this region, she says that fashion trends may be a little behind the national trends, though there is a nice niche of style brewing here in the greater Capital District. DiLaura also says that, "Wedding styles we're seeing more of are the 'vintage country' " and a lot of the 'greener' fabrics like cotton are becoming more common as opposed to satins." Lace is also making a big comeback.

This 'vintage' or 'refined' country style is echoed in the floral styles coming for this wedding season and lends itself well to either formal or informal settings. Felthousen says that in his shop, more hand-tied bridal bouquets are being done and many are being embellished with faux pearls and jewels.

Simplicity

Likewise, Gough sees a lot of interest in bouquets that look like they were just picked from a garden, though she is seeing bouquets that are embellished with more natural materials like grasses, botanical greens, feathers and berries.

This current nod to garden-like bouquets may stem from last year's royal wedding, where Kate Middleton's bouquet was quite understated and featured only a slight cascading form and looked like it could have been picked from an English garden. Whatever the reason, this type of bouquet is versatile within many styles, colors and budgets.

Popular bouquet shapes remain constant and range from the classic round to asymmetrical. The once popular cascading bouquets though are not as common but are making a slight resurgence, according to Felthousen . Round bouquets in their most formal appearance can include closely spaced flowers like roses or be more informal with flowers that have more 'movement' like tulips or lilies.

According to Gough, traditional, romantic and vintage styles are all still very popular for bouquets as well as the ceremony and reception. One of the things you'll see a lot of is a vineyard style which is becoming quite popular, she said. A vineyard-style bouquet could have purples and greens with accents of grapevines, and a centerpiece could have the same colors, with wine corks incorporated.

One of the more interesting trends in bridal bouquets is the inclusion of brooches. According to planetweddings.com, brooches are going to be very big in 2012. Felthousen also said they have become more common in recent weddings done by his shop. A brooch could be your something 'old' or 'borrowed'.

The overall theme for bouquet style for 2012 is simplicity. Many bouquets from seasons past have been busy and filled with big bold colors and cascading to almost knee-length depths. Not so for the upcoming season.

Flower choices

As far as the flowers themselves, keep in mind the time of year when the ceremony will take place and take your florist's advice as to what is available. There's no point in demanding a certain flower that won't be in season or that has to be imported from thousands of miles away. The cost will likely be high and quality low.

For the most part, roses are still quite popular and available year-round. And since they're available in many colors, they are often the go-to flower. One of the roses becoming more popular is peony roses. Felthousen says,

"The peony roses have a higher petal count and are a lot fuller than your typical rose," he explained.

Aside from roses, flowers that fit well with the upcoming 2012 wedding season include hydrangeas, lilies, tulips, calla lilies, orchids, and anemones. Hydrangeas can be big and full, or smaller and not as round as what you may be familiar with. Check with your florist on the varieties available.

Of the calla lilies, the Picasso is quite trendy, according to Gough. The Picasso is two-toned and matches well with the purple and green color palettes that are in style.

Cost

Florists can work within any budget and are available to guide and advise you on what bouquets, ceremony flowers and reception flowers will fit your day best. Average cost for a bridal bouquet ranges from $150 to $250 and can go up from there, depending on the type and number of flowers. Attendant bouquets range from $50 to $100.

Many factors will influence the choices you make for your bridal bouquet and wedding flowers, the most important being your own individual style.

"We have books and books full of pictures of flowers for brides to look at," says Gough, though she adds that what really helps is to use them as guidelines and identify the unique style that each bride brings to her day and her bouquet.

Likewise, Felthousen says that many brides he consults with bring in pictures of what they like, and it is appreciated.

 

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