Monday, January 28, 2013

Wedding Flowers

It's that time of life: when all my friends seem to start picking up husbands and wives (only sometimes in the 'bench-press' meaning of the term) and I get recruited to offer advice and/or support.

With two (known) bridal parties in my future, that means I'm doing some looking at bouquets and dresses. Lately I found an old website,, where you can design a bouquet online. There's only a few flowers that are free, but $4.99 will buy a week's membership... more than enough for my purposes. (Or you can pay $12.99 for a month, or $29.99 for 3 months, but I don't really need to disappear for 3 months, now do I? Because I probably would.)

Of course I promptly abandoned all of the brides' restrictions and colors and went on a designing spree. Beware; designing with flowers online can be highly addictive.

If you like cascading bouquets, this is a good visual guide for making them.

If you just want to see some of the things you can do, these are some the designs I made:

Cornflower, light blue delphinium, white baby's breath, white freesia. Greenery consisted of pittisporum in the body, ruscus for drape, and couple of pieces of eucalyptus.

Phaelenopsis orchids on top of purple hydrangea, used pink hyacinths to create a "mass drape" flower effect on the bottom, added a green dendrobrium orchid on the side and some dendrobrium orchid buds for texture. All over ruscus.

S-shaped bouquet. On the bottom are a couple of galax leaves, with curly mint and eucalyptus up top, and ruscus and curly mint at bottom. Variegated pittisporum accent at lower right. For flowers, starting at top left, pink larkspur and two different shades of orange alstromeria, orange freesia, orange lily, orange calla lily, orange gerbera daisy, orange dahlias, burgundy calla lily, kangaroo paw, and dark red phaelanopsis orchid branch.

Pink aster, freesia, hydrangea, calla lilies, light pink spray roses and a rose of the same light pink, larkspur, heather, and a gerbera daisy on top of two aspedistra leaves and some lemon leaf. Crescent-shaped bouquet.

Calla lilies with lily grass and pittisporum.

Lots of stuff. Lilies, alstromeria, kangaroo paw, stock, larkspur, astilbe, aclepsia. I have no idea what the last two are, but they made a very nice bed for the flowers.

On a bed of galax leaves, baby's breath, calla lilies, and dahlias.

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