Lovely Lavish Weddingsby Carol Caggiano on April 1, 2012 at 9:32 am
Every wedding is lovely, romantic and the fulfillment of a dream. Whether simple or elaborate, a wedding is one of the most cherished events in our lifetime. It may be our own or we may be sharing the wedding day of someone else. Either way, the experience brings anticipation of celebration and romance. When you are in the “wedding business,” you experience a wedding or two every weekend — and each one is magical and exhilarating.
Flowers are my business, so when it’s wedding time that is where I come in. I have designed floral arrangements for well over 4,000 weddings during my career, which have ranged from simple, intimate affairs to glamorous events.
I thought it might be fun to look at some of the glorious details that make some of the lavish weddings special.
Head tables are usually the focal point of the reception room. They can be intimate seating for just the bride and groom or include the entire wedding party, creating a much larger table.
For one wedding, we created a 19-foot banquet table with an 18” wide runner of flowers extending through the center of the table right down to the floor on each end. Accenting the luscious runner crystal candelabra sparkled through their center making a table fit for not only a king and queen but their guests as well.
Outdoor weddings are also special. Imagine a tent by the water’s edge with sheer curtains cinched back to allow the summer breezes to wisp through the reception space beautifully set with lavish bouquets and crystal accents. Cane backed chairs unexpected yet so perfect for the setting, add an elegant complement to the stunning lush bouquets.
Large weddings usually have dramatic floral designs throughout their event space.
Urns stacked upon each other reaching over 12-feet high, overflowing with cream roses, hydrangeas and sparkling crystal make an awesome sight when guests enter the room. The elegant all white bouquet was the center of the bar area. The vase is covered with fresh covered with fresh gladiola petals and the “drops” from the arrangement are created with rose petals strung on to a monofilament with a crystal “bob” at the end.
It’s really fun to be around when guests discover these details in the gorgeous arrangements as they exclaim wonder and praise. The art is temporary, but that is part of the romance of beautiful yet perishable blooms.
And what about the beautiful ceremony?
How about an aisle sprinkled with petals in a lattice pattern? And what if we varied the color to start with yellow and gradually turn to pink as they work their way from the front to the back? So lovely and original yet temporary as the petals scatter when the bride walks her way down the aisle.
These designs are there just for this one day, those few moments in time when we celebrate love, friends and family. Each wedding is special whether it is big or small.
Smaller weddings have very special memories, but it is fun to have the opportunity to create elaborate florals when the budget allows. We say less is more, but you have to admit that a lot of beautiful flowers are really wonderful. You can imagine the talk that went on for months, if not years, about the lush atmosphere created at these weddings. And, of course, the pictures make them last a lifetime.
What do you think of these lavish weddings? Have you ever been to one?