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Wedding Talk Wednesday: The Top 10 Wedding Flowers…

Posted Feb 08 2012 7:26am

Good Morning!  Happy Wednesday!  We made it halfway through the week!  I’m glad about that!  Today we are supposed to get a tiny bit of snow here.  I only think it’s going to be about a dusting.  I think it’s supposed to happen right during the rush hour commute.  So I hope I can avoid it.  Thankfully, I leave work before rush hour so hopefully I won’t run into traffic.  I would really like at least one snowstorm before this month is over.  I think we need that.  I just want to enjoy a snow day.  There is something about having snow on the ground and relaxing at home.  It’s the best watching movies all day, and drinking coffee or hot chocolate.  I love it!  So I’m keeping my fingers crossed for a snowstorm at some point.  Only this month though.  I don’t want snow in March.  In March, the spring weather can arrive.  Have you had a snowstorm where you live or do you want a snowstorm or skip right to spring?

Yesterday afternoon, I couldn’t figure out for the life of me what I was going to make for dinner.  I finally decided to make pizza with the idea from Melissa.  After all, I did have pizza dough in the fridge that was going to expire.  I ran to the supermarket to pick up a jar of pizza sauce.  I also need mozzarella cheese and for myself since I’ve been having issues, I decided to pick up Veggie cheese to try it. 

My pizza ingredients, some for me, some for Mike


Veggie Shreds for me!


Our pizza


My dinner plate

It was amazing being able to eat pizza without needed my lactaid pills!  The cheese melted beautifully as you can see.  It tasted like real cheese too!  I am a fan.  I’m glad that the Veggie shreds were on sale because normally they are quite expensive.  I really like that I was able to find an alternative cheese for me to enjoy without needed medication.  In the long-run being able to enjoy dairy-free products at home will save me money from buying lactaid pills.  I’m loving that. 
So today, is Wedding Talk Wednesday.  I’ve been trying to figure out topics to talk about as I go through my planning and designing process.  Right now, I’m in the middle of designing our guestbook and Save the Dates.  I originally wanted to send our STD’s out by next Friday, however due to all of my health issues and whatnot, I think I might have pushed it back by a week or so.  Just as long as I get them mailed out by the end of this month, I will be on schedule.  I don’t think it needs to be when we are 6 months away to the date.  Just as long as I get them out by the end of February I will be happy.
I am also going on Saturday for my hair and makeup trial!!  I’m nervous.  You may ask why it’s so early?  Well my makeup artist is completely booked every weekend after this weekend.  She asked if I needed a weekend appointment for the trial and I said that would work best.  I want Melissa and my mom to be there with me.  So it’s easier if it’s done on the weekend.  So this is the weekend it is.  I’m going for my hair first with my friend/normal hairstylist, Faith and then after we will go to the makeup artist.  I’m nervous and excited at the same time!
Today I wanted to talk about the Top 10 Wedding Flowers according to The Knot .  I know for myself, flowers are a huge deal with our wedding.  I absolutely love flowers and I want a lot of them.  We haven’t met with our florist yet.  Our venue provides us with 2 choices of florists because our centerpieces are included, which will save us a ton of money!  So all we have to pay for are the ceremony flowers, bouquets, and boutioneers.  I have already posted my flower ideas  in a previous Wedding Talk Wednesday post.  
I thought I would share this list because I think there are some really great ideas here!
1.) The Rose - Roses are a symbol of beauty and love.  They are available in solid colors and bicolor varieties,  and there are striped roses and tipped roses as well. More than three thousand varieties of roses are grown commercially, many available year-round and that are affordable.  Not every rose is scented.  The most popular types of roses are: hybrid tea roses, spray roses, and garden roses.
2.)  The Tulip - Represents “consuming love” and “happy years.”    The flowers are grown in a wide range of colors, including white and cream; pastels like pink, yellow, and peach; and vibrant hues like magenta, red, and purple.  They are affordable, although rare varieties can be expensive.  The most popular tulips are: Dutch tulips, French tulips, and parrot tulips. 
3.) Calla Lily - Symbolizes ”magnificent beauty.”  Two types are available: a large-headed variety with a long, smooth stem and suitable for tall arrangements or presentation-style bouquets, and a miniature version ideal for nosegays and boutonnieres. Creamy ivory is the most popular color, but calla lilies also come in yellow, orange, mauve-pink, and dark purple.
4.) Lily of the Valley - Known as “the ladder to Heaven.”  It is the most plentiful during the springtime.  It is available and is very expensive the rest of the year.  Most people know the white lily of the valley but it does also come in pink.
5.) Hydrangeas - It is represented as “vanity.”  One of the most popular varieties changes in color as it grows from bubble-gum pink to sky blue, depending on the acid level of the soil. A stem or two of this moderately priced, scentless shrub flower helps fill out arrangements and bouquets, and a few sprigs make a charming boutonniere. It comes in white and shades of green, pink, burgundy, and blue.
6.) The Peony – This flower means “bashfulness.”  The peony is available in two main types: the herbaceous and the tree peony.  This expensive bloom is seasonally available from late spring to early summer but can be imported in the fall.
7.) Ranunculus - It is a relative to the buttercup.  A natural for the bridal bouquet or bridesmaid nosegays, the ranunculus also makes a whimsical boutonniere and is available in many colors including white, yellow, orange, and pink.  This is a cost-effective alternative to roses or peonies.

8.) Stephanotis - This flower means “marital happiness.”  The star-shape, waxy florets actually grow on a flowering vine; each must be individually wired or placed onto a special holder before it can be arranged. A bouquet of stephanotis blossoms is one of the most traditional a bride can carry, and a stephanotis boutonniere is a classic choice for a formal wedding. Mildly scented, moderately priced, and available year-round.

9.) Sweet Peas- Signifies “lasting pleasure.”  Its candy-like scent and ruffled blossoms make this an old-fashioned favorite. The sweet pea’s many colors range from white to intense pinks and purples, and its scent can be strong and sweet.

10.) The Gardenia - It has a heavy, sultry scent.  The delicate, creamy ivory petals of this expensive flower can bruise easily. Large three to four-inch blossoms, as well as a miniature variety, are available.

So there you have it!  Do you have any favorites?  See any that you would use or that you used in your wedding?  One of my favorites that I am planning on using at my wedding didn’t make this list.  The Gerber Daisy.  I love that flower! 
Have a great Wednesday!

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