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Wedding Flowers – Take Your Time?

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Flowers have an important role to play at a wedding, both in the actual ceremony and the reception. They are usually colour coordinated with the whole wedding theme, and can use up quite a substantial part of the budget. They bring not only colour, but also offer elegance, style and fragrance to the environment they are in. In fact, for many brides, choosing an imaginative and talented wedding florist is just as important as choosing the dressmaker, cake, or photographer.
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Not only do they decorate the church or wedding venue itself, they are used on the top table, as table centrepieces, not to forget the bride’s bouquet and that of the bridemaids. It is also tradition for the mother of each the bride and the groom to be given a bunch of flowers at the end of the wedding breakfast. So, obviously the bride wants the flowers to be right.

397564914_6698e52b9c_oWedding flowers are also hugely symbolic. The bride can incorporate her favourites, her mother’s favourites, or types of flowers that evoke certain memories. A lot of care should be taken when choosing your flowers.

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The people who tend to wear a flower corsage on the day itself are the parents of both the bride and groom, grandparents, and any other immediate family members who are not in the  wedding party. Anyone who is undertaking the role as an usher, or doing an important reading or speech, will also usually wear a flower.
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There is no etiquette rule as such for who should wear flowers in buttonholes, often guests decide to get their own corsage for attending a wedding, or some brides arrange to have one made for every guest, it really just depends.

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If you want a long lasting keepsake then you may opt for a high quality silk floral bouquet. This will then last a lifetime and more, allowing you to even pass this down to your children and grandchildren. Real fresh flowers can be pressed and preserved to an extent, but silk alternatives are a good idea if you really want your bridal bouquet to become an heirloom.

Your Role As a Bridesmaid

 

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Your friend is getting married, and she has asked you to be a bridesmaid. She is giving you a special honor and a touching compliment. The bridesmaids are usually those closest to the bride, her close family members and her best friends. You want to show your support and appreciation to her by being there when she needs you and helping make her day special and stress free.

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What is Your Role?

The role of the bridesmaid can vary slightly depending on the bride’s needs, and how traditional the ceremony is going to be. The Head Maid or Matron of Honor has most of the roles in assisting with wedding planning and during the wedding day festivities. As a bridesmaid, however, you do have your role as well. You will be standing in the wedding party with your friend or family member. You will also have things to do leading up to the big day.

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First, you will help the bride shop for her wedding dress and the bridesmaid’s dresses. It is very important that you offer your input about color and style preferences, especially if a style or color does not work for you or indeed your Bride. Some people look pale wearing certain shades of pink, red, or orange. You want to look beautiful on the big day because your beauty will help enhance and add to the bride’s beauty. Be honest with the bride about the dresses that she tries on as well. She may have her sights on something elegant, but if it does not look perfect on her, she will not be happy on her big day.

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You will also assist with different aspects of planning the wedding. When asked, offer your input on decorations, colors, music, and favors. If you happen to know that the kids are enjoying certain types of party favors, let the bride know. Flower girl gifts and gifts for the pageboys are important, and meaningful gifts they will enjoy will give them lasting memories of the day.

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Be ready to help the Maid of Honor plan the bridal shower and Hen Party. You may be asked to chip in for expenses for either event. If you are able to assist, be sure to save money aside for those events as well as your own gift for the bride. If you cannot assist financially, ask the Maid of Honor what else you can do to chip in instead. She will appreciate it and you will feel like an active part of the wedding planning.

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At the wedding reception, be social. Speak to as many guests as you can, help introduce people, and guide guests to the guest book and be ready to help with the special moments, such as the cake cutting. Do not forget you will have an important role before the ceremony as well. You will help get the bride ready for her day and keep her calm. It is also a good idea to assist the Maid of Honor in making sure the bride remembers to eat, as many forget that in the excitement of the day.

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The bride has given you a big honor and shown you how special you are by including you as an active participant in one of the most important days of her life. Enjoy your role as bridesmaid. Be there for your friend and most importantly, enjoy the excitement and the festivities.

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The Mother of the Groom

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In a wedding, a lot of attention is paid to the Mother of the Bride. The Mother of the Groom is an equally important role. She is about to take part in a very important day in her son’s life, so it is important that she have an active part in the festivities and feel a part of the new family that is forming.

Her Role in the Grand Affair
motherofthegroomspeeches_bWhile the Mother of the Bride traditionally takes on many of the pre-wedding planning responsibilities, many modern couples are including the groom’s mother as well. If your son is getting married, it is a good idea to let your daughter-in-law to be know that you are ready to assist in any way she and her mother need. You do have some key traditional roles as well.

6a00d83451fe0769e20120a5ba68c0970cOnce the engagement is announced, be sure to invite the bride’s parents over for cocktails or out to dinner. This allows you time to meet and get to know each other. If you already know each other, this is a perfect opportunity to congratulate each other and see what the preliminary plans are for the wedding, and what additional assistance you can offer. You should also arrange a dinner to introduce the bride to the rest of your son’s family.

stephs-hen-partYou will attend the Hen Party and bring a gift. You also have your role at the wedding, such as standing in the receiving line with your son and dancing during the mother/son dance. In addition, you have an important role the day before the wedding: the rehearsal dinner. You and your spouse will be responsible for paying and planning the rehearsal dinner, including sending out invitations and managing RSVPs.

dreamers-wedding-planner-cutting-costsIf you are unsure about what additional roles to take on and want to be sure that you don’t step on anyone’s toes in wedding planning, offer to the bride and her mother to help them manage the invitation list for your side of the family. This can be especially helpful if they are planning a large wedding. You will know the contact and RSVP habits of your family members better than anyone. Offer to gather addresses and make follow up calls to your family members to ensure everyone gets their reply back in time for wedding planning.

What to Wear for the Big Day

The other important thing for the Mother of the Groom to know is what to wear. The Mother of the Groom’s outfit should complement the wedding and coincide with wedding colors. It should also never clash or overshadow the dress for the Mother of the Bride. Traditionally, the Mother of the Bride will contact you to let you know what dress she has chosen, so that you can match color and style appropriately. If she does not contact you, reach out to her so that you can get the information you need. You can also relay the information about color and style preferences to your family members so that wedding guest dresses do not overshadow the wedding party.

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If you are looking for a good way to bond with the Mother of the Bride, consider inviting her for a Mother’s Day Out to shop for dresses and plan hairstyles and make-up. Shopping together means that you both ensure dresses that complement each other and the wedding itself. Getting your hair and make-up done together is a fun and relaxing way to prepare yourself and get to know each other.
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As the Mother of the Groom, you have a very big day ahead of you. Your son is about to begin his life with the woman he loves. Enjoy the day and all of the excitement that leads up to it and congratulations. 

Article Author: Daisy Flipper