Bride s Guide to White Wedding Hair Flowers

Thanks to Kate’s Royal Wedding, hair flowers are quite the rage. White wedding hair flowers have always been popular for wedding hair pieces but it seems they are more popular than ever since we got a glimpse of Pippa’s beautiful hair piece of white lily-of-the-valley flowers.

There are many sizes and styles of wedding hair flowers to choose from. The hair style will dictate which one will look best. If the hair style is arranged completely up, hair pins with flowers attached is a good choice. Also a hair comb is an excellent base to attach flowers and will hold them securely.

With a hair style that is partially up as with Pippa’s style, barrettes, bendini combs, or clips would hold the hair and flowers securely.

Barrettes, pony tail bands, bun wraps, head bands, clips, and bendini combs by scunci are good bases for hair flowers. Simple florist wire bent into a circle is the perfect base to make a beautiful flower girl halo. Small flowers and leaves are taped or glued onto the wire. A ribbon is a beautiful addition to cover where the ends are joined together.

To attach flowers to a hair accessory, they can be wired with florist wire, taped, or glued to any hair accessory available It is a very easy project and can be as simple as a single flower or as elaborate as a large arrangement of flowers wired together in the same fashion as a corsage.

The type of flowers used can range from silk, faux or fresh. Real touch faux flowers are so realistic it is hard to distinguish them from real flowers. If you choose fresh flowers keep in mind that some flowers such as gardenias, tuberose and lilies have a stronger fragrance.

Dendrobium and oncidium orchids make gorgeous floral hair pieces. They are very light weight and tend to stay in place well. If you are considering orchids as hairpieces, a good tip for saving on the cost if to purchase an orchid and cut the blooms. The plant will bloom again and make a wonderful house plant.

Keeping the floral hairpiece in place is easy if you remember a few techniques. For little flower girls who can be quite active, a tiny braid on each side of the head and attached in the back to form a circle makes a good foundation to attach the halo. Use small bobby pins or alligator clips.

Richard Ward and James Pryce (Kate Middleton’s hairdressers) created an ingenious technique to hold her tiara in place. The hair was backcombed on top with a tiny plait in the middle to create a foundation. The tiara was then sewn in place. This was an amazing invention. Sewing holds clothes and upholstery in place so why not use it for our hair! The important thing is to have the look we want with the least amount of worry. If it works, why not use it?

If you’re wondering what type of needle and thread to use, I would suggest a large tapestry needle and a strong thread such as upholstery thread in a color that matches the hair. Tapestry needles have a large eye for thread and a blunt end to prevent accidental punctures. If the hair is very long and heavy, tapestry thread could also be used.

White wedding hair flowers are definitely in fashion and there are so many wonderful variations to delight brides and their attendants.

The Rekindled Fascination With Wedding Hair Flowers

Thanks to Kate Middleton, one of the hottest accessories for wedding hair flowers is a hair piece made from fabric flowers or feathers. They are gorgeous and can be used in so many ways it’s no wonder everyone is including them in their ceremony.

Although Kate wore fresh flowers of lily of the valley, almost everyone who attended the Royal Wedding wore a hair piece, a hat, or a fascinator. Many were made with feathers and fabric flowers.

These small works of art are constructed on a hair comb, clip, or head band. They can be worn on top of the head, on either side, or toward the back. They can have a veil attached or it can be positioned under the piece with a separate comb.

A birdcage veil is a great choice to wear with these pieces. This type of veil is made from French or Russian netting or illusion netting which gives a softer look. The length of a birdcage veil can be just across the eyes, across the nose, or to the chin.

Another popular way to incorporate a veil is to have a small piece of the netting designed with a flower and feathers. It can be used to make a bow or small circle “base” for the flowers. This design is also attached to a comb, clip, or head band. For the bride to be who doesn’t want a full veil, this is a great choice.

My favorite wedding hair piece is called a fascinator. There are so many designs it’s really hard to choose just one, but I simply love when flowers and feathers are placed on a “disc”. This is a type of mini hat that makes an elegant hair piece and still allows most of the hair style to be seen. It also can be removed without messing up the hair.

The disc can be covered in fabric to match the wedding dress. A small circle of Russian or French veil looks great when placed under the disc. Fabric organdy or organza silk flowers can be attached on top of the disc and a few ostrich feathers to give it an extra touch of glamour.

A unique way to make the fascinators extra special is to attach a crystal broach or earrings to the disc. They can be removed and worn long after the wedding. Many brides are opting for a matching fascinator for the maid of honor, bridesmaids, and flower girl. Attaching a broach or earrings makes a lovely gift and adds that extra sparkle during the ceremony.

Of course, there are so many styles to choose from ranging from just a few feathers to large elaborate designs of flowers, feathers, pearls and crystals. A very subtle one could be made from just a few feathers arranged on a hair comb with a single pearl at the base of the feathers. Another subtle style could be made on a comb or clip using one or two silk flowers and a few airy feathers.

Feathers and silk flowers can be dyed to match any color of fabric which makes it easy to coordinate the bridal party. Hair pieces are all about how they make you feel and that should be like a princess! Be careful when you try on these wonderful accessories. If you go into a bridal shop wearing very casual clothes and only try on a hair piece, it is impossible to see how beautiful they really are.

As you shop for your wedding hair piece, keep in mind that as with anything, there is a large price range. I have found that the inexpensive pieces have flowers that do not hold their shape and are poorly made. Fabric flowers should be made from a good grade of fabric and they should look more like a real flower.

This is an accessory that will breathe new life into the wedding ensemble. Have fun with it on your special day and enjoy the fascination with wedding hair flowers!

Your Wedding Ceremony Decorate the Altar With Herbs and Flowers at Your Perfect Wedding

No matter where you’re being married, if there isn’t a table behind you for flowers, you may want to find one to put there. You may want candles, flowers or pictures to make the space more beautiful. Instead of a spray of flowers, carefully coordinated with the wedding attendant’s dresses, why not use the language of flowers and herbs to enrich your wedding ceremony?

Flowers have ancient meanings associated with them. In the past, lovers used to use flowers to hold conversations with one another when they didn’t have as much access as we have to our beloveds. Did you know that Bachelor Buttons mean Hope; Calla Lilies, Magnificent Beauty; and Daffodils, Regard and Constancy? Who knew a bouquet of springy yellow flowers could mean: You are the only one? Those are great Courtship flowers.

But the Orange Rose of Passion, the Red Rose of Love and Desire, the Violet of Devotion, Lavender of Loyalty and Marjoram of Joy? These are flowers to be included in the flowers gracing your Altar Table.

  • Find the flowers that have meaning for you and for your relationship and have a bouquet created for the altar table.
  • List the meanings for the flowers in your program so everyone can share.
  • Gather those meanings as blessings for the marriage on which you are embarking.
  • Pledge those characteristics as promises in your wedding vows.

The goal of your wedding ceremony is to create a lifelong marriage based on your wedding vows. Using flowers to cement the important characteristics and promises in your minds (and in your community’s) is an effect tool for reinforcing your vows. Use flowers to speak to you of love in your wedding ceremony. Then give one another flowers and emotions throughout your life together. The reminders will continue to work to deepen your rich relationship.

Do Your Homework on Wedding Centerpiece Flower Ideas Before Meeting With Your Vendor

There are so many amazing possibilities for wedding centerpiece flowers it’s hard to choose just a few. In fact, you may actually never see these wonderful ideas when meeting with wedding planners and vendors. Most often you will be directed to planning suggestions that are both convenient and profitable for the vendor. A little research on your part will help uncover some amazing choices that you don’t want to miss.

Once armed with some really good ideas then begin negotiating and planning with your vendors. Don’t be afraid to stick to your guns for what you really want. You will often hear the words “impossible” or “it can’t be done” which translated actually means, “We don’t have the time,” “we don’t know how,” or “there is very little profit in that.”

Most important in your selection is to stay true to the central colors and theme of your project. Here then are some wedding centerpiece flower ideas to spark your creativity. And rest assured we are not reinventing the wheel here. I have used or seen all of these ideas employed in weddings and in context they were all quite beautiful.

First decide if you want a casual beach style wedding with sea shells and tropical flowers, a formal display of roses and orchids, a romantic Victorian ceremony with peonies and hydrangea, or an over the top wedding with ice carvings, draped fabric, twinkle lights and chandeliers.

Carved ice centerpieces for tables at the reception works well with a garden wedding, a cruise wedding, or at an elaborate country club setting. For added charm, the ice can be carved into vases to hold fruit and flowers or into containers to hold food on the buffet table.

Carved ice sculptures can be placed on draped fabric with twinkle lights or votive candles to add to the ambiance or with rose petals scattered around on the table.

Chandeliers above the display will add a glow and extra sparkle to highlight the centerpiece. For an outdoor wedding, Paris flea market chandeliers can be ordered online and spray painted any color. They come with a hook and can be hung above the tables.

Silver works extremely well as a compliment to the ice sculptures. It can be used for the votive cups or containers for other floral arrangements. Silver punch bowls, candelabrum with flowers, or single silver candle stands are good choices.

Silver confetti scattered on the table, silver napkin rings, or simply a silver ribbon to hold the napkins will tie the scheme together. Tiny silver photo frames can be used as place card holders or to hold photos of the bride and groom.

Faux cement urns are amazing when brought indoors and used on the table tops, on pedestals, or on the floor with large full floral arrangements. Faux cement containers look like the real thing, but they are a fraction of the weight. Potted plants are also great choices to fill the urns. Green sheet moss makes beautiful organic filler in between the pots.

For a Victorian wedding, vintage containers are a great choice to hold centerpieces. Everything from a soup tureen to dainty tea cups can be used to hold flowers, potted plants, candles, and mints. The charm of a Victorian theme is that the containers don’t have to match. Vintage napkins and table cloths with lace would be a lovely addition.

Romantic roses, hydrangea, and peonies make the loveliest Victorian floral bouquets. During the Victorian era, flowers were used as a means of communication. A few of the flowers used and their meanings include: roses (gratitude), peony (prosperity), light pink roses (desire, passion, joy, beauty), lavender (love at first sight), and white for eternal love. Wheat conveys a message of “wealth and prosperity” and yellow expresses “friendship.”

Beach themed weddings can be casual, fun, and relaxed. Cool cottons or linens are great choices for the dresses and table cloths. Sea shells can be used to hold floral arrangements, as serving bowls and candle holders. Small shells can be made into place card holders. Shells can be incorporated into the bridal bouquets and centerpieces.

Natural “ribbons” of raffia and drift wood with tea lights, sand scattered on the tables with shells, a few tropical flowers all make wonderful choices for a beach themed wedding.

Keep in mind that florists and other wedding vendors will generally attempt to steer you in the direction of products and services that are most convenient with the highest profit for them. For that reason there are many wonderful choices for wedding centerpiece flowers that will not be brought to your attention. That’s why it’s important to do your homework before contacting your vendors.

How to Choose Dazzling Wedding Beach Flowers

It doesn’t matter whether you are planning a beach theme for your indoor ceremony or you are having an actual beach wedding, beach flowers are a must. You have endless types of flowers to choose from, and they come in colors, shapes and sizes to suit everyone’s taste and budget. All you need to do is invest a little planning time and you can treat yourself and your wedding guests to a beautiful display of flowers without spending more than you can afford.

Try these strategies for creating a winning beach wedding floral design on a budget:

Types of Floral Arrangements

The first step is determining the number and type of floral arrangements you’d like for your wedding. You can have loads of flowers, no flowers at all or something in between. Traditional weddings usually feature these types of flowers and floral arrangements: A floral arch, the bride’s wedding bouquet, the flower girl’s basket of flowers, bridesmaids’ corsages, boutonnieres for the groom and groomsmen and flower arrangements for the reception tables. Corsages or boutonnieres for the couple’s close relatives are also common. Some brides use additional wedding beach flowers to create an aisle or path leading guests to the ceremony.

Tip: You will need fewer flowers for a beach wedding because you will be surrounded by the natural beauty of the setting. If you have a limited budget, you can get by with flowers for the bride and groom only. Replace the bride’s bouquet and groom’s boutonniere with colorful Hawaiian-style leis to enhance the beach theme.

Cost

The average couple spends $2000 for flowers for their wedding. Beach flowers don’t need to cost that much, unless you choose to splurge.

When you have added up the number of flower arrangements you want, decide whether you want tropical flowers, non-tropical flowers or a mixture. After you know this, you are ready to ask florists for price estimates so you can lock in your budget.

What to Ask Florists

Unless you are an experienced floral arranger, leave that task to professionals. Ask wedding planners, other newly-married couples and hotels for their recommendations on local florists. Try to get at least three names, and meet with each candidate in person. Interview the florists by phone when this is not possible.

Ask each candidate these questions to identify the florist that’s ideal for your wedding: What services do you provide for weddings? Do you include your design services in the flowers’ cost? Have you designed floral arrangements specifically for beach weddings before? If so, can you show me some examples? Are there any additional charges on top of the cost of the flowers themselves, such as delivery or setup? How much lead time do you need for my order? Instead of an estimate, is a firm price quote possible?

Compare answers and quoted prices. Choose the florist who provides the most satisfactory answers to your questions AND offers a reasonable price in comparison to their competition.

Additional Money-Savers:

Use Locally Grown Flowers

If you stick with locally grown flowers you will save money. They don’t require refrigeration or shipment over long distances so florists usually sell them for lower prices. This lets you have a more lavish wedding on a smaller budget.

Tell your florist about the color of your decorations, the bridal couple’s clothing and the rest of the wedding party’s clothing. When your florist knows your color palate, they can recommend local flowers that coordinate with your wedding beach theme.

Use Floral Arrangements for More Than One Purpose

Flowers for your ceremony also can be used at your reception, reducing your floral budget. Plan ahead and your florist or close friends will be able to immediately move the ceremony flowers to the reception.

Make sure you use flowers with strong, waxy blooms if you want your flowers to do this kind of double duty. Heliconia, antherium, orchids and calla lilies work better because they hold up in heat and keep their fresh look throughout the ceremony, the reception and beyond.

Include Potted Plants and Greenery

Ask your florist to use potted plants and local greenery generously in your floral arrangements. These are less expensive than cut flowers. For example, palm fronds are beautiful, dramatic and plentiful. Depending on the location of your wedding, you may be able to find some local greenery on your own…for free.

To stretch your budget even further, include potted plants such as African violets, smaller orchids, and tallandsia, and give them to guests as wedding favors.