Rochester Brides & Grooms Issue 52 November 2017 - May 2018 - Page 43

o m F lowers Bouquets for your attendants are usually similar to your bouquet in size and shape, but colors and flowers may differ. Their flowers should complement their style of dresses. The maid or matron of honor's bouquet may be a different color or larger size than the rest of your attendants. The flower girl may wear a wreath and carry a nosegay or small basket of flowers. Mothers may choose to wear a corsage or not. Grandmothers should also be presented a corsage. The wedding party, fathers and ushers traditionally wear boutonnieres. The ring bearer may or may not wear a boutonniere, depending on his outfit. The church may be decorated with flowers and plants, depending on the mood you want to create, any church rules and your budget. Flowers are used to purposefully draw all eyes to the front of the church and the bridal couple. You may choose to drape ribbons and flowers down the aisles to mark pews and add color. Use table centerpieces on both sides of the altar or place centerpieces down the aisle. Jewish ceremony vows are spoken under a chuppah that is placed at the altar and decorated with greenery and fresh flowers. Flower laden arches are popular for outdoor ceremonies. Flowers at the reception should complement table linens and the size of the tables. If a buffet table is used you may want to place an arrangement there. You may also rent indoor plants or small trees from your florist as well as canopies, twinkle lights and an aisle runner. An equally beautiful alternative to fresh flowers is silk flower arrangements. Silk flowers are guaranteed to last and can be enjoyed long after your special day. You may opt for silk flowers alone or in combination with fresh flowers. Whether you choose silk, fresh or a combination of both, your wedding flowers will play an important role in your special day. November - May 2018 • 43