From a distance, this bouquet of viburnum and a Queen Anne's lace look-alike appears to be a bunch of soft, puffed snowballs; a close look reveals tiny blooms.
In a gilded cascade, beaded florets, strung by hand, glint like tiny holiday lights amid cymbidium orchids, bupleurum, gloriosa lilies, and lady's mantle; velvety gold-tipped cockscomb lend their own luster. The stems are wrapped in a wide gold band of satin ribbon and adorned with ''something old'': a starlike rhinestone brooch.
Think about going green (and we don't mean with an all-bamboo bouquet). This fresh-as-cut-grass combo of lady's slipper orchids, hellebores, viburnum, gladiolus, and parrot tulips has a decidedly sophisticated vibe. Try attaching a tiny handmade fan to the handle with a hatpin; its pleats echo the blooms' frilly petals.
In this surprising mix, bell-like fritillaria and wide-mouthed Green Goddess' calla lily blooms masquerade as foliage among yellow-edged hosta, Solomon's seal, and spotted calla lily leaves. Delicately petaled tree peonies seem to float on top. An olive-colored satin band and crimped satin streamers complement the stems.
The blue-gray of juniper boughs and deep green of arborvitae boldly replicate the cool colors of winter; the branches themselves determine the dramatic shape of the bouquet. Delicate, graceful snowdrops are tied onto the branches, tiny blossoms cascading as they would in nature.
Turn kids' metal beach buckets into custom centerpieces by painting them in the wedding colors. First, sand and prime each bucket, then coat with water-based enamel; let dry overnight. For stripes, tape off a pattern, paint exposed areas in a contrasting color, and remove the tape while the paint is still wet.
Wedding favors allow guests to take a little piece of the celebration home. Though often presented at place settings or displayed on a table by the door, favors can be offered in another way that is both impressive and economical: grouped together as centerpieces. Even if you spend a bit more on the favors themselves, you will most likely save money overall by forgoing traditional floral arrangements.
The natural lines of lemon boughs create the balanced curves that legendary English floral designer Constance Spry favored. Their stems are kept long, and jonquils, amaryllis, anemones, lilacs, hellebore, and speckled foliage fill out the arrangement. A pair of these might frame the altar at a wedding ceremony.