My love for The Sound of Music started at a young age. My mother and I made it an annual tradition to watch it together during the holidays. We would sing every song at the top of our lungs and dance around the living room. To this day, I always get a warm feeling when I hear any song from The Sound of Music. BUT my all time favorite song was always and will always be “Edelweiss” . So I got to thinking… I wonder if people have incorporated Edelweiss into their weddings and how was it done?
Edelweiss (edel=noble, weiss=white) is very rare and short-lived flower that can be found in secluded mountain areas. The flower is a symbol for rugged beauty, nobility and purity associated with the Alps and is a national symbol of Austria and Switzerland. There are stories and stories about the Edelweiss including young men who would climb the alps up dangerous trails pick Edelweiss and present to their special lady. It was a symbol of true love. As for the girl who received the Edelweiss , she would often dry, press it and frame it to be used as a pendant – to remember the man who had found this flower and presented it to her to show his devotion. The Edelweiss is love. Love and devotion. Prefect for weddings.
Every morning you greet me
Small and white clean and bright
You look happy to meet me
Blossom of snow may you bloom and grow
Bloom and grow forever
Bless my homeland forever”
Throughout the wedding process men might find it a little difficult to show their true personality within the décor. Their one (and only) accessory for the night is their boutonniere. The options and possibilities are ENDLESS! When talking with your florist, try incorporating your fiancés favorite hobby, music, or movie to show how much you appreciate his character.
These were some of my personal favorites because they were outside the box!
This is becoming more popular! One quick tip if this is what you would like to do for your groom, make sure to clip the barb down on the fly… If they put their jacket on their chair then lean back, you can not only puncture his nice shirt but it will be very difficult to get out as well.
This is one of my ABSOLUTE favorites! Autumn is the best time of year in my opinion and the brown with the fresh white of cotton just says perfection to me.
If you have been looking for a way to stray away from the traditional boutonniere I hope this got your creative juices flowing. Something about having an original piece for your groom to be connected to will tie him into the excitement of accessorizing. Any of these can be used through many different seasons, don’t get so stuck on what will look good or what people will think, remember to have some fun with it too!
What’s an “It Girl” you ask? The term references a women who is extremely fashion forward, confident, and iconic. She is the ultimate class act and can always keep her cool, especially when the paparazzi arrive in herds to snap pics of her. She knows who she is and what she wants. There are indeed celebrity “it girls” from Alexa Chung to the Jagger sisters who inspire folks by their keen fashion sense, mock their style and secretly want to be.
Each “It Girl” below has their own unique style for their weddings. While they are all beautiful in their own way, each is so different and out of the ordinary that we can’t help but to love these weddings! I’d like to present my fav fashion “it girls”.
Caroline Trentini (Model) and Fabio Bartelt (Photographer)
Kate Moss, that’s all that really needs to be said here. However, I’ll add a little text with this. She is hands down one of the most inspiring fashion icons of our time. Her wedding highlights her signature effortless style while looking absolutely stunning.
Kate Moss (Model) and Jamie Hince (Guitarist for The Kills)
Love is in the air! This couldn’t be more accurate for our next “It Girl” Pamela Love. Bohemian chic to the max. Pamelas dress was designed by her best friend and designer Mara Hoffman. The wedding was interactive as many of her friends and family collaborated on the decor of the wedding including a vegan cake, a hand crafted tee pee and a birch chuppah.
My absolute favorite Jewelry Designer Pamela Love and illustrator Matthew Nelson.
You know how they say, “Never judge a book by its cover?” Well in this case, “Don’t judge a flower by its name”. This flower adds that natural elegance into any bouquet or table arrangement but the name… not so much. It’s called Leptospermum. You can find this flower in many shades, however, the most popular are white, pink, and red.
See below for this unique Friday Floral and if you would want to use this peculiar accent flower.
While making flower selections for your special day this one might not be the first on your list, but the fact that it is not your average wedding flower makes it the exclusive spark you have been desperately needing.
This flower is an easy accessory to compliment any arrangement. Try to step outside of the box and use the “other mum” to satisfy the look you want on your wedding day.
Cake Smashing. No. Why would a couple want to begin their union with an aggressive competition? This one you can absolutely skip. For you history buffs wondering where this tradition originated from…. the wedding cake was originally a cake baked with barley or wheat. The cake would then be smashed over the bride´s head at the reception to symbolize good luck and fertility.
However, it’s 2014 and smashing a cake in your partners face is a sign of disrespect and just a bizarre way to start your life together. Instead, feed each other with respect and grace to kick off your future. No need to go overboard here.
AWKWARD!!! How many times have you been to a wedding where the couple preformed a garter toss? It’s so incredibly uncomfortable to watch, not to mention it’s pure embarrassment for the bride. Your parents, (Especially the brides Dad), family and friends don’t necessarily want to see your fresh husband get even fresher by going up your dress to remove your garter with his teeth. No thanks, I’ll be at the bar.
What we envision when tossing the bouquet (top pic) and then what really happens (bottom pic). CAT FIGHT! This tradition highlights your love-destitute single friends who my feel a bit embarrassed while they are being “dragged” to the floor to participate. It’s okay to nix this one.
Throwing rice is a thing of the past. Pelting newlyweds with rice was an old tradition meant to shower the new couple with prosperity, fertility and, good fortune. Now it’s hurts or little buddies, the birds. It’s also a total pain to clean up. Most venues won’t even allow any rice or confetti due to the labor needed to clean it all up in time for their next event. There are alternatives. Bubbles, ribbon, streamers…etc.
The first look. This really depends on your preference, however, this is a new trend that is picking up steam in the world of weddings. Here’s the idea behind the “First Look”:
To spend some quality time in private before the ceremony. Some couples feel that the “First Look” takes pressure off the wedding and the walk down the aisle for both the bride and groom. Couples feel they can be more relaxed if they see each other for just a few minutes before the ceremony. The added bonus is that you can take your formal pictures pre-ceremony when everyone is freshly done-up. On the flip-side, some people feel that seeing each other before the wedding is bad luck and the magic of the first walk is gone. However, spending alone time together prior to you wedding can help retain special memories together before you head face first into the wedding day rush!
Drunk speeches…Yes, they can be hilarious and highly entertaining. Buuuutttt they can also be a real buzz kill. Drunk speakers can be incoherent, ramble on and on and sometimes end up sharing highly personal information. These things don’t need to mentioned during a party. Embarrassing…
Keep it simple when passing around that mic. Only the parents, maid of honer, best man and the newly wed couple should really give a speech.
Oh the dreaded bridesmaids dresses! No matter how much a bride tries to convince her bridesmaids that their dresses will be “worn again”, they just won’t be. Food for thought, why not let your gals pick their own bridesmaid dress that will compliment their body and are comfortable in? Of course, it would be wise to give them a “criteria” when picking said bridesmaid dress, aka, color scheme, length, etc. Letting your bridesmaids pick out their own bridesmaid dress…Totally hot right now.
Another old tradition is going on your honeymoon directly after the wedding or the day after. Here’s the new tradition, relaxing and unwinding after your wedding hustle and bustle which allows you the time to gather all your things without the rush. Give yourself a week before you jetset off to Bali!
“Married in White, you have chosen right
Married in Grey, you will go far away,
Married in Black, you will wish yourself back,
Married in Red, you will wish yourself dead,
Married in Green, ashamed to be seen,
Married in Blue, you will always be true,
Married in Pearl, you will live in a whirl,
Married in Yellow, ashamed of your fellow,
Married in Brown, you will live in the town,
Married in Pink, your spirit will sink.”
A wedding dress should be white! Huh??? Just kidding…If you follow any of the wedding dress trends, the most popular color of wedding dresses today is ivory. The history of the white dress was traditionally chosen to imitate the color of Queen Victoria’s dress when she wed Albert in 1840. Many brides still embrace that tradition, however, today brides can choose whatever color they wish, whether they are virgins or not, and whether it is their first marriage, second or third. The only thing that matters is finding a color that you want to wear. Simplified, it is your choice.
Tiered cakes are not a necessity for a wedding anymore, mix it up and add a dessert display! It’s cute and gives your guests options!
Weddings tend to freak people out with what to do and what not to do with those long standing traditions. Don’t pull your hair out trying to figure out proper etiquette and take back your wedding. Break the rules you rebel!
Basically, as long as you’re not going to offend anyone, you can do whatever you’d like!