Arranging flowers is more than grouping stems and blossoms together, it is an art. There are endless possibilities in arranging flowers for such occasions as weddings, anniversaries, showers and other celebrations.
Some brides are taking a new approach to bouquets. They are using an arrangement of vintage flower brooches. These unique arrangements are being made by artists like Amanda Heer of Fantasy Floral Designs. These can cost several hundred dollars, but are one of a kind.
According to Denise Vivaldo in Do It For Less! Weddings (2008), today the average cost of an American wedding is about $27,000 and on average, 10 percent of that is spent of flowers.
Potted Center Pieces
A more ecological approach to flower centerpieces for celebrations (which can cost quite a bit) is to use potted plants, which your guests can then take home as gifts. These not only give a natural, beautiful look to the tables, but will last much longer than cut arrangements.
Roses are the most popular flower for flower arrangements, due to their beauty, fragrance and meaning. The species Rosa Rugosa is one of the most widely sold, especially around Valentine's day.
More unusual colors of flowers are being used more often in recent years as brides chose more modern and colorful weddings. Flowers like green hydrangeas, green Kermit mums or black (deep brown) calla lilies.
According to floral artist Judith A. Babb, the art of flower arrangements dates back as far as 2,500 B.C. in Egypt. Evidence of this has been found in drawings of burial ceremonies, processions and simple decoration.
- "Inside Weddings" magazine; Discoveries Department; Fall 2009
- "Do It For Less! Weddings: How to Create Your Dream Wedding Without Breaking the Bank;" Denise Vivaldo; 2008
- Artistic Flower Arrangements
- Photo Credit Image by Flickr.com, courtesy of [griff] [griff] 'n [chuck]
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