June, traditionally the most popular month for weddings, isn’t quite here yet but with two upcoming weddings in my family, the scent of orange blossoms is definitely in the air. It seems all my friends have kids getting married, too. Wedding planning has become so complicated I can only hope my own kids will seriously think about eloping when their time comes. (Just joking, kids! Sort of.)
I never realized wedding flowers were so important—my own bouquet consisted of daisies and purple statice and not much else, but today’s brides have a lot more interesting choices. Wedding flowers, and not just those the bride will carry, help set the tone of the wedding, as do the floral arrangements that decorate the pews and the tables at the reception.
I grew up listening to Laura Nyro’s “Wedding Bell Blues,” the Dixie Cups “Chapel of Love” and Paul Stookey’s “Wedding Song,” although my own wedding featured the less traditional “All You Need is Love” by the Beatles. The music has changed, and so have many other things—just look at the million-viewed YouTube video of Jill and Kevin's wedding dance. Not all weddings are fun and funky, though. Some are as formal and fancy as a royal wedding.
Wedding planners aren’t just for celebrities now; top selling romance author Nora Roberts has even written a quartet of books about four friends who plan weddings for clients and find their own happy-ever-afters along the way. Vision in White and Bed of Roses are available now. The third book in this series, Savor the Moment, comes out on April 27; the fourth, Happy Ever After, comes out in November but can be pre-ordered now.
Brides who want their flowers to be stylish as well as beautiful may want to check out one or more of the books currently available featuring floral designs and artistic arrangements for bouquets and other wedding flowers. You don’t have to be wealthy to recreate the designs in these books, but it might help to have a friend with a flower shop to help you locate the more exotic blooms.
A tip to the bride from an old married lady: don’t stress too much about the details. Your big day will fly by so quickly you’ll have to look back on your wedding photos to remember it all. I wish you every happiness as you embark on the next stage of your life. There–did you smell that? Orange blossoms again.
If you have a wedding coming up, what flowers are you going to include? If you’re already married, what flowers do you recall from your wedding?
Becke Davis is the senior writer for The Landscape Contractor magazine, a member of Garden Writers of America and the Ohio Nursery and Landscape Association. She has written well over 1,000 published articles and is the author of five garden-related books in addition to being the moderator of B&N's Mystery book club.