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Sunflower Wedding Bouquets
I Love Sunflowers
Sunflowers, or as they are properly known, helianthus (which means, oddly enough, sunflower) are wonderful flowers, though it may surprise you to know that at some point in history and in some places, they have been viewed as weeds!
These large flowers on impossibly tall stems hold their heads towards the sun throughout the day, but to my mind, that's not the best thing about them. What I like most about sunflowers is that they'e cheerful. It's almost impossible not to smile when you see one!
My wedding was really disappointing from a floral point of view. At my first I made my own bouquet from silk flowers (I couldn't afford what I wanted) and at the second the bouquet, was made from wired carnations and really was not at all what I wanted..
As a result, I've often wondered what I would do if I could do it all again. Would I go for something elegant and sophisticated, like orchids or lilies, or something a lot more fun.
After a lot of thought I've concluded that the most important thing in married family life is laughter, and as a result I think it would be the sunflower for me.
So this lens is a bit of wishful thinking. All about sunflowers, what sort of bouquet and wedding flowers you could have, on a budget or off, and looking at the different types of sunflowers available, large small and, of course, silk.
Sunflower bouquets are easy.
Or so they say!
Last year I bought some silk sun flowers and experimented.
It was really easy to create a simple hand tied posy, just grasp the flowers just below the bloom and hold them together with floral tape while you add others. That's probably why so many of the bouquets you see are simple cushions of sunflower heads, all mashed together. Not my favorite, I must admit, you don't see the beauty of the flowers, but here's one I really like, a fall bouquet of orange sunflowers, yes, they come in colors other than yellow!
Because there's something a little wild about sunflowers, they look great surrounded by wild flowers and foliage, especially warm fall foliage, gerbera daisies, red hot pokers and other fall or high summer flowers. They also make wonderful overarm sheaths, but don't be fooled, you can combine sunflowers with something truly sophisticated and still get a stunning result.
Where to get it
- Sunflower Bouquet Pictures and Suggestions
Detailed web page about sunflower bouquets
Website specialising in silk flowers. They also sell small ready made silk brides bouquets. Choose 'real touch' flowers if you want the most realistic.
- Fifty Flowers
Online wholesaler with a very wide variety of flowers. You'll find sunflowers in yellow, chocolate and orange as well as Teddy Bear sunflowers and star burst sunflowers.
- Marshalls Floral Products
Website where you will find all the professional tools and equipment a florist would use to create a sunflower bouquet or centerpiece, including bouquet holders and all the different types of wire mentioned in this lens.
Watch a sunflower bouquet being made. - I know this film is high speed, but I am still surprised at how fast this can be done.
The bouquet in this video includes lilies, freesia and even some orchids, and I think it looks gorgeous. If you needed to be persuaded that a sunflower bouquet was a good idea, then this should do the trick! No more hand tieds, the sunflower has broken out of the mold and is just as at home in a cascade style bouquet.
A sunflower centerpiecee
With the trend for tall wedding centerpieces, I think this would make a lovely centerpiece for a summer wedding. A bride with a sunflower bouquet, and these talll glasses on each table. Although the vases would cost a fair bit, the flowers,at only three per table would be very econimical indeed, and you must admit, they look great.
Of course for an evening reception you could dress them up a little, by adding trailing ivy up the glass stem and placing votive candles around on the mirror.
Sunflower seeds, ideal to use in wedding favors so all your guests will remember your beautiful bouquet.
Color Schemes for Brides Who Love Sunflowers
Yellow isn't everyone's favorite color, but that's OK because there are several types of sunflower, you'll find them quite easily in yellow, orange and even brown, and if you look harder you'll find lemon/yellow as well as red. Teedy bear sunflowers are a little different to their traditional cousins, as you can see in the picture. They have a lots of tiny petals instead of a tiny number of large petals, but at 3 inches across they are still spectacular blooms, and available in red as well as yellow.
For the bride the choice is easy. White dress, yellow flowers, but what about the bridesmaids? Should there be more color? What if the bride wants more than one color in her bouquet.
Yellow and white is a popular combination for spring brides, and now that sunflowers are available all year round we may see them appear more often at spring weddings. They blend well with yellow and white gerbera daisies, yellow ranunculus and almost any type of foliage, from fern to deep green ivy. With the bride in white, the bridesmaids can be in reverse, dressed in yellow and carrying white bouquets with a hint of yellow.
One of the brightest color combinations associated with sunflowers in yellow and purple. I have to be honest. I really don't like this, even though yellow sunflowers do look lovely when mixed with irises. The floral side can be enchanting, but bridesmaids in purple carrying yellow flowers are a little too colorful for me.
The most practical color scheme for the bride who loves cheerful, yellow sunflowers is yellow, black and white.
Because in an age when every penny counts, the bridesmaids can be dressed in elegant little black dresses which they'll use again and again. and contrast beautifully with yellow bouquets. Add some black and white spotted organza ribbon and you've put together a delightful combination. If you want to build black into the bouquet add ribbon or burgundy black dahlias, purple black carnations, darkest red/black calla lilies. Or go all the way, and add black feathers.
Some dress ideas.
Now that I'm old, I tend to look more for classic, elegant designs when it comes to almost anything.
My wedding dress (2nd time round) was a pink confection, easily identified as coming from the 80's.
Don't let that happen to you. Stick to classic designs. And why white? It can be so boring. There are some great options here.
All your bridesmaids maids of honor will look elegant in this dress, and an elegant black dress will always be useful - far more so than some frilly concoction which is so obviously a bridesmaids dress!
Add a bouquet.
Did I mention my great grandmother was married in a black dress.? This can be a practical choice for the bride as well as her attendants.
This years Wedding Trends
So you're not a big fan of sunflowers?
You might still want to consider a sunflower bouquet, even if you don't want to go all the way to a sunflower themed wedding.
This years color trends include yellow, black and gold, and if that's not just yelling 'SUNFLOWER" I don't know what is.
Each year the wedding gurus deliver a set of color palettes for weddings the following year. These are the colors you'll find in the shops, in bridesmaids dresses, favor ideas, and of course, flowers. There are always several alternatives so brides have plenty of choice, but this year, sunflower yellow is thoroughly in style as you can see from the 'style' picture.
Adding some gold to your bouquet
This years trend is definitely luxurious - so is it a bit too upmarket for the humble sunflower?
I don't think so, as long as you add the right sort of accent.
Sunflowers don't call for 'bling' as such but a subtle hint of gold is exactly what the 'Midnight Sun' idea board calls for. One way to do this is to add some gold wire. You can buy the wire that florists use from floral suppliers like Marshall Floral Products, and there are lots of ways to add a gleam of gold to your bouquet.
Flat Wire is just what it says, flat, gleaming wire which can be bent into swirls, whorls whatever you can think of and added to your bouquet.
Diamond wire is a 12 gauge wire available in gold as well as many other colors which will ad a touch of sparkle without going too far.
Mega Beaded Wire comes in 13 foot rolls and feature large 1/2 to 3/4 inch beads on a soft (6 gauge) wire. You can use this to wrap around stems, or simply add to the bouquet and have it trail over the blooms, or have several pieces hang down like trails of ivy to add that golden glow to your sunflowers.
Bullion wire is a very economical soft wire which is crimped and catches the light. You can cross this over a bouquet to add a metallic touch, the wire comes in gold as well as many other stunning colors.
Angel Hair wire is often used to cover the base of an arrangement, or the stems in a vase, but it can be used in many different ways. In gold, it has a soft luxurious gleam, it can added to a bouquet in clumps, used almost as a bouquet collar, or, as in this video, wrapped around the handle to add a very subtle, but very luxurious golden touch.
(Yes, I know the video doesn't feature sunflowers, but you get the idea!)
The prefect bride needs perfect accessories.
Here are some I found, quite by accident, but they seemed so appropriate I couldn't leave them out!
When I got married my mother insisted that I wear my grandmothers pearls. She said a bride should always wear pearls 'for tears'.
I don't agree. There are tears enough. lets wear sunflower instead, for smiles, laughter, and celebrate the love you'll share for the rest of your lives.
These earrings would make an excellent gift for a bridesmaid or maid of honor, and a lovely way to remember a sunflower theme.
Sapphires and diamonds don't usually look like this!
This versatile piece of jewelry is both pendant and brooch, so you can wear it often and remember the day you wore it to walk down the aisle.
Just a little different, but still every inch a sunflower!
- A Fool For Flowers
Useful site with information on flowers, flower arranging and flowers for centerpieces and wedding bouquets
If you're already married - if you've been married more than once. What would you do differently if you decided to do it again?
Would you spend less? Would you spend more?
Would you go away? Would you celebrate at home?
What sort of flowers would you carry? Would you have a sunflower wedding bouquet?