When you start planning a wedding, there are some typical questions that eager onlookers will ask you. One of which being what kind of flowers you will have. So, even if flowers are not your number one focus, they are always going to be on that checklist of decisions to make. When deciding what flowers you want, you will need to pay attention to what is in season, the symbolism, the color scheme, and price, but what happens when floral is the theme? Then you are going to be paying attention to how to incorporate that floral design in the details of your wedding.
The Bridal Bouquet …. of course.
It may seem like a duh to point out that you should feature a floral design in a flower bouquet, but the point I want to emphasize is that the bridal bouquet is a focal point to the wedding and more particularly the floral tone. Thus, the bouquet should feature the main flower (or flowers) that you are using as the center stage or focal flower. Also, this means that you will want to and almost need to make that bouquet a piece of art or beauty. The above bouquet is a great example of someone utilizing a flower’s shape and color to create a cohesive floral look that can either enhance any wedding theme, or can act as a base of the light and fresh floral theme.
The Flower Girl and Ring Bearer
The flower girl does seem like another obvious choice to add in that flower detail, but what about the ring bearer? A floral designed pillow is a great way to tie in that floral theme. The lily inspired ringer bearer pillow on the right is great because its design is a little more abstract, making it a less obtuse way of scattering that floral design throughout the wedding ceremony. If you want something a little more literal, a bearer pillow like the one on the right from Wedding Star would be an equally lovely choice.
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Even though having a flower girl or ring bearer is optional, including one of your favorite little ones is always a nice way to make them feel a part of your special day. Traditionally, their main job was to make it down the aisle, scatter floral petals or carry the rings on a pillow, but nowadays, brides are thinking beyond the petals and the pillows and letting them make their own grand entrance. Depending on your theme, here are seven alternative items your flower girl or ring bearer could carry (or walk) down the aisle with:
1. Bird’s Nest
Perfect for any garden wedding, have you flower girl carry the rings in an artificial bird’s nest.
Photo: Live View Studios
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Adding a little canine influence to your wedding day is getting more and more popular, and while I’ve discussed alternatives to attending the nuptials for your pooch, I didn’t take the time to go over assessing your dog’s ring bearer potential in the first place. So, how can you be sure that your dog has what it takes to spend close to an hour sitting patiently (and adorably) by your side without ripping his bow tie to shreds or wetting the aisle oh-so-inappropriately? And what can you do (if anything) to get your dog wedding ready? Read on:
1. Get him comfortable with wedding wear
Even if you are blessed with the most well-behaved dog on the planet, don’t just assume that he’ll be too hot about the collared shirt and pillow you’re going to try and strap on him hours before he’s supposed to trot down the aisle. Some dogs are very particular and sensitive about what gets strapped to them, especially if it’s supposed to fit around their feet or ears. Practice a few times before the big show to be sure that your dog won’t freak out or try to rip anything off on the day-of. I suggest getting a cheap t-shirt or neckerchief substitute (before trying the expensive ones) and letting Fido lounge around the house in it for a few days. If he still isn’t having it, scrap the idea and let him run naked on your wedding day. He’s a dog – no one will mind.
2. Attend a doggie day camp
Naturally obedient dogs make complacent pet parents. Even if your pup is well-behaved at home and doesn’t lunge at passing cars with frequency, you should invest in a quick trip to a doggie day camp for a little re-training. Familiarize the both of you with simple commands and strengthen the bond you share before trotting his behavior in front of friends and family. You might even learn something new! Seasoned dog parents shouldn’t ignore this request either – everyone can benefit from a fresh perspective on doggie behavior.
3. Designate a dog sitter
You might be a little busy on your big day. While I would never recommend designating the task of dog baby sitter to anyone against their will, it might be pertinent to make sure you aren’t the only one watching your puppy during the nuptials. Ask one of your parents, or your generous and kind maid of honor, to keep one hand on the leash at all times (and be sure to schedule a few pre-nuptial potty breaks).
4. Be content with a stay-at-home ending
Not every dog is cut out to be a ring bearer. My dog is one of these animals. If all else fails, don’t blame yourself – just be content with a few cute getting-ready photos with your puppy and enjoy a stress-free day sans-doggie.