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wearable accessories: personal floral

Bridal bouquets and table centerpieces are often the main focus when it comes to a wedding’s floral design.  Personal floral pieces for your loved ones can be another impactful design element at your event. Many couples choose to honor family members who aren’t in the bridal party with a wedding corsage or boutonniere. There of course aren’t any permanent rules or set in stone traditions, but it can be a thoughtful touch to recognize parents, grandparents, godparents, and immediate family members who have an important role in your life. It’s also nice to recognize ushers and ceremony readers with a small floral adornment as a token of appreciation for their part in your big day, especially if they are not in the same attire as your bridal party.

personalfloralImage on Left by Blaine Seisser, Center Image via Harwell Photography, Image on Right via Jen Kroll Photography

Though boutonnieres are small, they can pack some serious style. These dapper accessories add personality, color and style to any gentleman’s wedding day attire. You can use beautiful floral, greenery, herbs or berries to the boutonnieres depending on the look you are trying to achieve. Keep in mind, boutonnieres may not be the right fit for your wedding day attire, as some suits (in our opinion) look better with a great pocket square!

corsagesImage on Left via Green Wedding Shoes; Image on Right via Style Me Pretty

Wrist corsages are often perceived as cheesy and old fashioned. In our eyes, a corsage is only old fashioned if the design is outdated. To give the piece a modern flair, try adding one large bloom and opting for beautiful ribbon or lace instead of plain elastic around the wrist. Other couples opt to gift the ladies they love with nosegays also known as a “tussie-mussie” or “posy.” These are small bouquets often gifted to the bride and groom’s mothers. We have also done purse adornments for ladies as another personal floral variation. My husband and I gave our grandmothers wrist corsages on our wedding day. Seeing their faces light up when they received them was so special. We loved that they had a personal floral piece that made them feel loved and cherished on that important day.

flowergirlsImage on Left via Ruffled, Image on Right via Jen Kroll Photography

Flower girls are always so precious when they enter the ceremony decorating the aisle with flower petals. We love creating a special piece for them to accessorize their pretty dresses. Floral halos, a petal basket made of twigs and moss, or even a gardenesque wand are options they will love! Don’t forget about for your darling ring bearer!

floralstationsImage on Left via The Knot, Center Image via 100 Layer Cake, Image on Right Via Design Sponge

Some couples are opting to allow all of their guests to wear their own floral accessories. Floral stations can be a fun, interactive element at your wedding day. Create a beautiful display with boutonnieres, corsages and floral hair pins that your guests can select from upon their entry. Or better yet, have a build your own accessory station where guests can select from an assortment of fresh blooms and attach them to the pin or elastic of their choosing. What a joy to see your guest’s creations and how they choose to wear them!