Outfit your attendants with coordinating blooms for a processional that will make an impression -- the perfect prelude for a bride and groom. A dazzling bridal bouquet dictates the colors and styles of posies and boutonnieres. The flowers needn't be perfectly matched, as long as a common element unites them.
All Dressed in White
Greens, grays, and yellows add dimension to classic white. For the bride, the large, rounded blooms of Miltonia orchids mix with showy white clematis, smoky buds of dusty miller, dainty feverfew, and fuzzy lamb's ears foliage. Orchids and feverfew show up again in the maid-of-honor bouquet. Feverfew tied in grosgrain makes a sweet posy for the bride's mother.
Adorned with Leaves
Dried moneta leaves, each individually wired, frame unique compositions in soft hues. The bride's bouquet has green ranunculus, Dutch roses, and sophisticated varieties of carnations; the carnations are the sole bloom in the bridesmaid arrangement. In both, the stems are bound with satin-and-organdy ribbon. A corsage with cryptanthus foliage looks lovely pinned to a pink leather clutch (by Lauren Merkin). For the men, santini mums and a single leaf are tied with felt rickrack.
Romance in Roses
Lush cabbage roses and more petite rose varieties in yellow, pink, and peach with sprigs of lilac seem straight out of an English country garden. The bridal bunch is tied with a cheerful polka-dot bow. (Bridesmaids could carry a smaller version or blooms in a single color.) The groom and male attendants each get one rose tied with narrow polka-dot ribbon in a deeper green. Clusters of pink roses with their leaves still attached are fragrant corsages for the bride's and groom's mothers; the long ribbons -- one matching the boutonnieres' -- can be either tied around the wrist or left to dangle if the corsage is pinned on.
In an exotic bridal bouquet, ivory-tipped cymbidium orchids, burgundy dahlias, lilac sprigs, and deep-red roses are nestled among dendrobium orchids in three shades. The dendrobiums are singled out in boutonnieres, set against lengths of reed and knotted with satin cord. In a Hawaiian wedding, the couple's hands might be bound with a lei (a symbol of love and respect); for a continental ceremony, bridesmaids could wear these fragrant strings of crown flower.