No shrinking violets here!
Available-by-the-armload blooms like mums, daisies, and dahlias bring big personality to your day, and since each variety comes in a range of different sizes and colors, you can mix and match them to create stunning graphic displays for your ceremony and reception. Plus, they're hardy enough to look fresh from your walk down the aisle straight through to your very last dance.
This mod, 1960s-inspired headpiece—made with chrysanthemums and gerbera daisies—is a playful way to pump up your reception look. Or just wear it during a photo session for some showstopping snaps. To create the design, we hot-glued a sturdy paper bowl to a headband, then glued stems to the bowl. It can be made the day before and stored in the fridge.
Love can turn your world upside down—why fight it? These dangling fringe gerbera daisies can be used as a ceremony marker, photo-booth backdrop, or even displayed behind an escort-card table. For that suspended-in-midair look, we wired flowers to a series of white-painted dowels and hung them from the ceiling. (Your florist and venue will know the best way to attach them; if you have a chuppah, stems can be fastened directly to the structure.) Any flowers with long, straight stems will work, including French tulips and lilies.
In Full Bloom
Despite its super size, there's something simple and sweet about this white-and-yellow bouquet. For a dramatic but uniform look, it's built with only round blooms, starting with the largest varities in the center—including standard gerbera and fringe gerbera daisies—and decreases in size to chrysanthemums and chamomile (and the sporadic dahlia). For a charming, unified look, bridesmaids can carry single-variety arrangements featuring only the smaller flowers.
The Details: Steven Birnbaum Collection "Dahlia" silk-faille trumpet gown with petal keyhole neckline, in Light Ivory, $2,825, stevenbirnbaumbridal.com. Mokuba frill satin ribbon, $23 per yd., mokubany.com.
For a lush, fun take on the centerpiece, try table runners of peach, pink, and yellow gerbera daisies, wax flowers, mums, dahlias, and little spheres of gomphrena. Like smaller versions of the flower aisle, they're assembled in sections with shallow trays. One tip: Ask your florist to keep the blooms at glass height so as not to hinder conversation.
(No) Show of Hands
This pretty-in-pink muff is more whimsical than warm, but we think it's perfect for a photo op, or as a second bouquet to use for the send-off. It's assembled with a simple tube of hex netting, lined with thick fabric to protect hands; spider mums are then hot-glued all the way around.