Arrangements in pastel shades and the softest yellows, peaches, warm pinks, creamy whites and subtle greens make us feel safe, snug and loved. Consider a nurturing floral arrangement for a new mother, a sick friend or a grieving loved one – anyone who would benefit from a caring, loving embrace. See five emotional color palettes and the flowers that bring them to life.
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Serenity and relaxation are the essence of this color scheme. A floral arrangement featuring a vase of tranquility is perfect for busy moms, harried professionals and those who seek a moment of calm from life’s stressful situations.
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|Budding News for Brides|
|Flower Holidays, Occasions & Parties - Wedding Flowers|
Brides need not worry about matchmaking when it comes to wedding flowers. From the bridal bouquets to the boutonnières, wedding flower trends include diversity of choice, boldness of color and distinctiveness of design, according to a leading expert.
Floral and interior designer Rebecca Cole is author of Flower Power, co-host of Discovery Channel's Surprise by Design and a regular contributor to the Today show. She describes leading trends.
“Wedding flowers follow fashion trends,” Cole said, “and today, individuality, rather than convention is in style. No longer do the bridesmaids' bouquets need to match the bridal bouquet, the boutonnières and centerpieces.” In some cases, each bridesmaid may have a different bouquet, according to Cole.
When it comes to dramatic and distinctive design, hand-tied French twist bouquets incorporating bold ribbons and pearls will make a striking statement. Cascading bouquets, a current popular selection for brides, will continue to add drama. And, table décor will become even more of a central focus.
Think Outside the Bunch
Beyond the most established uses for wedding flowers – room and table décor and corsages – flowers of all varieties are being used to enhance the special day in many non-traditional ways. For example:
Working with a Florist
For many brides, the most difficult floral decision can be finding the right florist. “One of the biggest mistakes a bride can make is not entrusting a professional florist to design their wedding flowers. The touch of a good floral designer is unmistakable and will be reflected in the feel of the ceremony, as well as in the wedding pictures,” Cole said.
“Flowers are one of the most important elements of your wedding day,” Cole added. “They set the mood and tone for the event and will remembered for years to come.”
To find a wedding florist, visit SAF's National Florist Directory at www.nationalfloristdirectory.com.