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THE FLOWERS AND THE WEDDING

In the Past, most of all during Romanticism, the language of flowers were used to communicate messages and express each kind of feeling, especially love.

In our present flowers have a massive importance too, in some occasions, like the wedding, are even fundamental. It’s not a case that the firsts images that we associate to the idea of wedding represent a wonderful flower arrangement or a delicate bouquet.

But, if today the function of flowers is essentially decorative, in the past they were actually used in order to express many meanings, both religious and symbolic, depending on the country and its culture, and often on the historical period. In Ancient Egypt – that is, according to some sources, also the bouquet’s historical homeland – people used aromatic herbs, often with garlic, to protect bride and groom from mean spirits.

A similar custom was common also in Greece, place where the myrtle, considered sacred to Aphrodite, was a symbol of love, beauty and energy.

In England too, during the Elizabethan Age, the aromatic herbs were the plants which accompanied the bride, especially rosemary that, picked up in small bunches, symbolized memory and loyalty.

As the years passed, the early bouquets began replacing the aromatic herbs, even though their purpose was neither to express emotions nor to embellish the bride. In fact, during Middle Age, because of the lack of hygiene, the flowers were the only “natural” method to contrast the bad smell of bride, groom and guests.

However in Italy, during the invasion of Sicily by Moors, that took place between VII and IX’s century, the traditional habit, from Arabian culture, to adorn the bride with orange blossom were introduced. The orange blossom are nowadays considered the flowers dedicated to the marriage par excellence, in order to wish prosperity and happiness to the couple, and as a symbol of bride’s virginity and purity.

Another uncontested bouquet and flower arrangements’ queen is the rose, inspirational muse of artists and poets, who defined it the “queen of flowers”, “daughter of the sky” and “glory of spring”. But, as many Flowers Dictionaries say, not all the roses are good for the wedding! At least according to the language of flowers…it’s clear that in modern weddings there are other causes that influence the choice: personal taste, season, budget and style of the wedding.

If you need other information, just write to me!

Desirée – wedding planner

wedding@graceevent.net

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PAPER DECORATIONS: AN ALTERNATIVE OPTION FOR EVENTS AND WEDDINGS

Floral arrangements are of course the most normal choice to decorate a wedding. In each shape or shade, they can fascinate everyone with their simple, undeniable beauty. Unfortunately, they’re not always also the most economic option. Flowers are in fact needed for ceremony and reception’s location, bridal’s bouquet, boutonnières and centrepieces, so that is necessary to spend a considerable amount of money. Luckily exists a more economical solution, able to substitute or enrich floral arrangements without sacrificing their scenic effect: paper decorations!

Homemade lovers already know it, with paper and imagination is possible to realize each kind of decoration. Festoons are the most simple and immediate and they can be hung to the walls or used for hanging ceiling arrangements.

In addiction, or in alternative, to the festoons, lanterns or paper honeycomb balls can be utilized. They can be realized in many dimensions, and are wonderful both for interiors and exteriors.

For the people who prefer to adorn lateral areas, paper garlands are ideals: they in fact assume, in addition to a decorative role in the location, a perfect background for photo shoot and photo booth, creating unique memories with friends and relatives. They’re created in many models, origami’s, boats’, ice creams cones’, and the ones who consider flowers fundamental can opt for the gorgeous paper flowers!

They’re already a trend overseas, and appeared for the first time in 2009 during the Chanel’s runway show. Paper flowers are ideal in many events, and adapt perfectly to each theme or palette: from pastel nuances to bright colours, two-coloured or monotone, created in different dimensions  depending on their use. Small or medium sized paper flowers are used for festoons or garlands, large sized ones for hanging decorations or lateral walls, and in the end giant paper flowers, perfect for photo shoot or to embellish ceremony’s naves or arches.

For a more realistic effect, it’s possible to add also the steams, in order to obtain “flowers” ideal for centrepieces, fable scenography and, why not, for the bridal’s bouquet too!

Unlimited possibilities for unlimited styles, from the romantic to the funny one, the vintage or the modern one, paper decorations arrangement can lend that original and refined signature, which will make unique your wedding!

Desirée – wedding planner

wedding@graceevent.net

 

 

 

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A wedding with an oriental twist

In Japan, bride and groom wear the traditional wedding kimonos together with the oironaoshi, a tradition that dates back to the 14th century. They change cloths four times, to symbolize the bride’s propensity to embrace everyday routine. At the beginning of the ceremony, she wears the shiro-muku under her kimono: it is a white item of clothing that symbolizes innocence, than colours will change up to arrive to red, a colour that, according to Japanese tradition, drives away evil spirits and represents happiness in conjugal life.

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Laura and Vittorio, my Italian wedding couple with a strong passion for oriental culture, wanted to follow the oironaoshi tradition, so I proposed a wedding day with colour changes both for set design and for stationery, starting with a total white religious ceremony and ending with total red for the cake cutting.

Shining black and red insets for the wedding announcement, with Japanese ideograms and a shining black sushi stick to close the invitation. The other stick closes the present box that are handed to guests at the end of the reception.

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The church – Basilica di San Lorenzo in Milan, Italy – floral decoration and the bride’s bouquet are completely white with callas according to the vegetation style created by the floral designer Rudy Casati. The contrast between the whiteness of callas and the late Romanic style of the church is absolutely touching!

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The guests have reached the location by a bus arranged by the wedding couple and have been welcomed at the Castello di Macconago with the sweet sound of a melody played by a string instruments trio: harp, violin and cello.

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A bamboo cane board with river stones and wax lanterns (graceevent world) shows the guests their table.

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Orange is the second colour: an orange ribbon gently wraps the table black napkins. Lantern menus feature the names of the Japanese cities that the wedded couple will visit on their honeymoon.

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The oriental buffet with Japanese, Indian and Thai influences leaves everybody breathless, due to the impeccable preparation and service by Catering Grasch.

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After the main courses, here comes a very elegant geisha wearing a red kimono. On a dark tatami with red and orange cushions, she starts the rituals related to the tea ceremony.

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Matcha tea inspired my vision: for this special wedding, I have asked the sugared almond artisan to create a treat with this peculiar tealeaf.

Total red for the dessert and sugared almonds buffet, which is red from the table runner to the floral compositions. The candy station has been spread all over the castle, using the tea tables that could be found in every castle room, so as to allow the guests relax while tasting delicious milk puddings and custards and excellent quality sugared almonds.

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Finally, the great cake designer Emilia La Volpe has prepared the surprising 2 metres tall wedding cake I designed for this wedding: red velvet with lemon custard filled with whole raspberries. Peach tree flowers made of sugar gently link the various cake levels, laid on a lantern.

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This post is translated by : Maria Elena Tondi – translations, content writing, copywriting, transcreation, web marketing – mariaelena.tondi@gmail.com

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