Martha Stewart Weddings, Winter/Spring 1996

A wedding without flowers is as sad as a marriage without love. A bouquet is particularly meaningful when it's the "something blue" a bride carries. The fresh green bouquet, left and below, would be perfect for a spring wedding. It was made with maidenhair ferns, lady's-mantle, white lilacs, and green hydrangea blossoms. Velvet ribbons serve as counterpoint to the fragile flowers.

For inexpensive table decorations, flowers can be placed in jars, then enclosed in crisp white paper bags. German chamomile (Matricaria) was used for the arrangement below.

The top of the bag was folded over, punched with holes, and laced with yellow ribbon. Below, boutonnieres made with, from top, a Dendrobium orchid, a pink rose on hydrangea leaves, and a hydrangea floret on a maidenhair fern.

Flower Girls and Bridesmaids


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