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Choosing A Wedding Invitation Suite, Tips from Knots ‘N Such, Raleigh Wedding Planner and Florist

Feature image by Nieto Photography, invitation by The Oblique Pen.  Knots ‘N Such is a Raleigh Wedding Planner and Florist.

Chosen a date, time, and venue ✔️

Chosen a color palette & style ✔️

Chosen attire & flowers ✔️

If you said yes to the above items, it’s time to start thinking about your wedding invitation suite.  This will be your guests’ first peek into your wedding day, setting the style, colors, and theme for your big day.  Follow along in today’s blog as Knots ‘N Such, Raleigh Wedding Planner and Florist, gives some helpful tips in picking out your perfect wedding invitation suite.

Wedding Floral Invites

Photograph by Photographs by Stephanie

  • Choose a Wedding Style and Color Scheme
    • Choosing this early will help you craft your invitation suite. You want your motif to shine through in every choices, even the paper products! The invitation is important for letting your guests to know date, time, and location, but also for setting the formality and vision of your wedding.
  • Choose Elements that let your Personality Shine
    • There is room to be creative and let those personal touches shine through.  Maybe you love the feel of letterpress on a heavy paper. Or maybe you love printing on acrylic or metal. Or maybe you like odd shapes and sizes. Let the invites communicate your motif and your personality.
  • Choose Prudently within your Budget
    • As a planner, one of my responsibilities is to keep your budget in check. I work in “wiggle room” so you can splurge in a few areas, but not all. So look at the overall picture and decide if invitations are one of those areas that’s a priority for you. Knowing what you’re able and willing to spend will be a big determining factor in what suite you can choose.
  • Choose Wording Wisely
    • Make sure the wording is clear and easy to understand. Font plays into this as well, so choose something legible. Make sure your guests are able to answer your requests via the invites –  RSVP deadline, meal choices, or song requests.  Also, consider having multiple parts to the invitation, since too much information on one page can cause confusion.
  • Choose with a Time Frame in Mind
    • Your invitations will take time to prepare. Your guests need time to plan to attend. Factor these into determining when you need to finalize your suite. Save-the-dates need to be mailed by 6-7 months pre-wedding and invitations need to be mailed by 7-8 weeks pre-wedding.
  • Choose a Cohesive Style
    • As mentioned already, it’s important to have multiple items in your wedding paper suite. Some things to consider include: Save the Dates, Invitations, RSVP cards, Menus, Programs, Thank You Notes, Signage, Etc.  A designer can help create a suite that utilizes a similar theme, even if the design varies from element to element.  Creating a cohesive suite from the beginning can be a time and cost saving touch.
  • Choose a Proofreader
    • Before you have all the invites printed and ready to be sent out.  Choose a person you trust to proofread the writing for correct spellings, information, and legibility.  Having someone with fresh eyes will be super helpful. Your paper designer can even make mistakes, so be sure to do this!

Photo by Riley Maclean Photography, invitation by Cute Buttons

We hope these tips will help you in creating your sweet suite for your big day.  If you have any questions or are seeking a planner in helping with details like the wedding invite, contact Knots ‘N Such today!

XOXO,

Amy

 

 

The Importance of Hiring a Wedding Planner, tips from Knots ‘N Such, Raleigh Wedding Planner and Florist

Feature Image by Brian Mullins Photography. Knots ‘N Such is a Raleigh Wedding Planner and Florist.

You have thought about your big day since you were a little girl.  You had that secret wedding board on Pinterest even before you met your fiancé. Then it comes time to plan and pull your vision together, and you are at a loss for words.  Enter a wedding planner, like Knots ‘N Such.

River Ridge Golf Club Ceremony

Photo by Azul Photography

  • Help Establish a Wedding Vision and Stay on Track

One thing that a wedding planner can do for you is to take your vision and realistically craft a wedding experience that is both fantastic and attainable.  They also are a wealth of creative ideas that maybe you have never thought about or even had on your vision board. They are your advocate for your vision and will stand in the gap to make your day’s dream come true.

  • Help Establish and Stay on a Budget

A few weeks ago on the blog, we talked about bride’s with a budget.  A wedding planner can be very helpful in establishing a realistic budget, broken down by categories.  Then being a voice of reason to stay within the confines of that budget.  Before even hiring a wedding planner, I strongly recommend setting aside the fee for a planner to be the voice of vision and the voice of boundaries.

  • Help Establish and Stay on a Schedule

I think back to my wedding day and the biggest thing that caused me stress was establishing a schedule.  Taking your personal schedule and matching that with the vendors you have hired.  A wedding planner will work with you to establish a schedule and be the coordinator on day-of to manage that schedule, so you do not have to be getting your hair done while trying to communicate with the DJ.

  • Help with Vendors, Contracts

Related to the previous point, a wedding planner will be the liaison between the bride and the vendors/contracts.  This will help in the preparation, day of, and post wedding planning.  A voice that is on your side will be able to pull together all the previous categories: your vision, your budget, your schedule, etc.  Trying to do this on your own can be a harrowing task and lead to being stressed on the day of your wedding. And your vendors will thank you for providing someone to keep the day on time and organized. Everyone works better when they know what to expect and have a plan in place.

  • Help Reduce Stress on Day of Wedding from Updos to Exits and Beyond

Speaking of the day of your wedding, a wedding planner will be able to help reduce that stress and anxiety.  This will allow you to get your hair and makeup done in peace while enjoying this time with your bridal party.  They can coordinate the ceremony and reception, so all you have to worry about is showing up, having a great time, and then exiting by the light of sparklers.  One more thing that a wedding planner can do for you is the post reception coordination (for example, making sure the gifts make it into your parent’s car or that the florist’s vases are saved so you don’t have an extra fee).

Reception Arbor Sweetheart Table

Photo By Photographs by Stephanie

In conclusion, today on the blog, we hope that we gave some helpful, practical tips of the benefits of making the first hire for your wedding day to be that of a wedding planner.  If you are looking for a wedding planner, who could also double as your florist, please contact us at Knots ‘N Such today.  We would love be your advocate that makes your dreams come true!

XOXO,

Amy

 

History of Marriage Ceremony, tips from Knots ‘N Such, Raleigh Wedding Planner and Florist

Feature Image by Jamie Blow Photography. Knots ‘N Such is a Raleigh Wedding Planner and Florist.

Ceremony Arbor Floral and Lace

Photo By Photographs by Stephanie

Today, we’re sharing a guest blog from our friends at Charleston Carriage Works. It’s full of fun facts that will make you smile!

THE WEIRD HISTORY OF THE MARRIAGE CEREMONY AND MAKING IT YOUR OWN

Strap in, this is going to get a little weird. Marriage. As old as the institution of marriage is, it hasn’t changed much in the millennia it’s been practiced. Especially in recent history, we’ve seen tired repetitions of the same handful of wedding motifs. What was once a cause for great celebration is planned, timed, and pragmatically coded to follow the same pattern.

As a matter of fact, weddings as we have them today are attached to some pretty strange, often unsavory historical practices. We’re going to sift through history, traditions, origins, and ways to break the mould and make your wedding something that’s better than routines based on ancient procedures. Marriage is so much more than doing things the same way, it’s about making your journey with your partner something uniquely about the two of you.

Get ready to step into the time machine as we look into the past to explore some of the historical origins of marriage that are still practiced today. Knowing a little history will take you a long way when you’re stumped thinking of ways to make your special day more than a mere cookie cutter duplicate of hundreds of thousands of other couples’ special days.

A LITTLE BIT OF CONTEXT

Marriage is such a broad topic, it’s not possible to cover every single aspect of it. It’s barely possible to trace its origins entirely at all, because cultures spanning the world have iterations of marriage or the union of two (or more) beings laced throughout their mythologies, legends, and folklore. The traditional wedding ceremony practiced in the United States has certain elements that do have a traceable past and many of them are repeated today, remixed to fit modern society. It’s helpful to know a little bit about where your ceremony comes from. Some of it is cute, some of it’s strange, and some aspects are particularly barbaric; any way you cut it, the history of marriage is littered with truth, embellishment, and some things that’ll leave you scratching your head wondering why human beings are so weird. Let’s dive in.

ONCE UPON A TIME, IT WASN’T REALLY HER DAY

We’ve seen television footage of, and probably some real life experiences with, bridezillas. Those monstrous wives-to-be who freak out and obsess over every detail no matter how minute, stereotypically shouting something along the lines of “it’s my day!” You know the ones. And grooms aren’t exempt from being monstrous, but this applies specifically to women as we look back, because men are monstrous in an entirely different way.

A long time ago, marriage was anything but the bride’s day. It began as a financial transaction solidified in a social exchange called marriage. Wedding guests bore witness to the exchange, making the contract legitimate. Suitors would first come to a young woman’s father and offer gifts to him in exchange for his daughter’s hand in marriage. They’d basically pay for a wife-to-be and if the father found the price is right, she’s now belongs to the suitor. It’s a little more complex than that, but that’s the basic gist of the marriage exchange.

Fathers of families in lower social standings would often do this to raise their own financial status, boost their social standing, and/or combine families with a wealthier house. The point is, the girls to be married generally had little or no say in the matter. Today, when you see a father walking his baby girl down the aisle to marry the dapper looking guy at the other end, it’ll be adorable to see as there isn’t a dry eye in the place. However, it began as a father literally selling her.

THE WEDDING PARTY WASN’T ALL SHOPPING AND SPEECHES

Wedding parties are incredibly important to brides and grooms alike. They’re close friends, family, and foundational support during the process of wedding planning. Matching dresses, flowers, bachelor/bachelorette parties, showers, gifts, ring holding, the list goes on. Originally, these parties held entirely different roles than being a supportive group that makes heartfelt speeches through misty eyes. It was once a much more dangerous task than enduring bride-and-groom-zillas.

GROOMSMEN:

Continuing the theme of a marriage not being about the will of the girl involved, there are a couple accounts of the purpose of groomsmen and both of them involve sword fighting:

  • The more barbaric account is of the groom and his squad of groomsmen kidnapping a girl from her village/family and the groomsmen would be responsible for fighting off her defenders whilst the groom-to-be would carry her off.
  • The less barbaric account is that when a girl was given to her husband-to-be, his groomsmen would be responsible for the bodily protection of the groom. You know, just in case angry fathers tried something heinous or jealous suitors who were turned down felt like hacking at the lucky groom. The groomsmen would stand in the way and fight for the groom if it was needed.

In both cases, the groomsmen were responsible for protecting the groom. The best man was generally the best swordsman, greatest warrior, or something of that ilk. Because who wants their best man to be a mediocre swordsman, right?

Speaking of swords, traditionally the standing arrangement of bride-on-the-left and groom-on-the-right was for sword wielding purposes. Now, it’s little more than a few words included in the marriage rite when the guests are asked if anyone objects to speak now or forever hold their peace. A long time ago, objections were common and a lot more violent. If someone were to object violently, the groom had to have their right hand free (because apparently no one was left handed) to sweep a sword in defense of their bride whilst pushing the distressed damsel away from danger with their left. Our only question is, where’s the best man in all of this? Isn’t this his job?

BRIDAL PARTIES:

Because ladies are inherently queens and marriage was stacked against them, bridal parties were selfless on an entirely different level. While groomsmen were busy defending the groom, the ladies stuck together. The bridal party dressed to match the bride for a couple reasons:

  • It was a common belief that evil spirits weren’t a fan of marriage and would try to attack bride and groom. If both bridesmaids and groomsmen were dressed as each other, they could more easily fool the malevolent spirits who would attack one of the decoys.
  • Much more realistically, those men who were turned away by the bride-to-be (or, more often than not, her father) would less often attack the groom–because of his band of sword wielding ruffian bros–and more often attempt to kidnap the bride. The same dressing came as a way to confuse the kidnapper, so one of the others would be taken and the bride would not be. Talk about sisterly love.

CROSSING THE THRESHOLD:

We’re going to hear a bunch about evil spirits when talking about archaic superstitions around marriage, but the groom carrying his bride across the threshold carries a few connotations:

  • The bride was supposed to display that she wasn’t excited to be leaving the safety of her father’s home, so she would be dragged across the threshold symbolically (though often this was anything but symbolic).
  • Those pesky evil spirits would still be trying to sabotage the married couple, so in a final attempt it was believed they would wait at the floor of the entrance to the home and attempt to get to the bride through her feet. Therefore, her husband would carry her in. What happened to the groom’s soul? We’re not sure.
  • Finally, in remembrance of those kidnapped brides and bridesmaids who were carried off against their will, this would be used as a nod in memory and honor of their sacrifices (recent or historic) for the safety of the new bride.

YOU CAN THANK THE QUEEN FOR THE WHITE DRESS…

The white dress wasn’t a thing until Queen Victoria. Before that, brides would try and boost their visible financial status by adorning themselves in the most expensive things they owned. They’d stack on layers upon layer of their highest valued clothing, jewels, furs, any potentially wearable valuables that made them appear wealthy. Remember that marriage was treated as a transaction, so brides (read: fathers of brides) would be made to seemwealthier than they might have actually been. Nothing like starting off marriage with a little deception, eh? Then in 1840, Queen Victoria got married and wore a spectacular white gown. People far and wide went nuts for it, and here we are now, having television dedicated specifically to saying yes to the dress.

…AND THE POPE FOR THE ENGAGEMENT RING

The engagement ring is an ancient Roman custom in which women wore rings with small keys attached that signified their betrothal. However, it’s unclear that this only applied to marriage because some cases inferred friendship or general caring. Think of it like a friendship ring or a best friends bauble that could bear romantic or platonic significance.

But in the 13th century, Pope Innocent III widely declared that there be a waiting period between betrothal and marriage. During this period, the betrothed couple would wear rings to signify their commitment to each other. Given the power of the Catholic church, this idea stuck, and shortly after that, so did the mandate that wedding ceremonies be conducted in a church by the appropriate religious figures. That engrained notion to judge certain engagements as “too brief” comes right from the Pope.

Why diamonds, now? They seriously don’t have to be diamonds, but we’re easily stuck in our ways and follow the example of old royalty, mimicking their moves. In 1477, Austrian Archduke Maximilian had a ring made for Mary of Burgundy, into which he had set small diamonds in the shape of an “M”. Diamond engagement rings and monogramming all hit the scene at the same time, thanks to Archduke Max. Less cute is the fact that the wealth needed to make this happen made diamond engagement rings something that was reserved for royalty and aristocracy for hundreds of years until, eventually, diamonds became more accessible.

DO SOMETHING DIFFERENT

What are some tweaks you can make to your wedding that’ll change things without jarring the foundations of the earth and scaring guests away? That depends on your level of attitude, but we’ve got some modern suggestions that are certainly different from what most people are used to.

GENDER ROLES, SCHMENDER ROLES:

Pulling apart the patriarchal construct that marriage used to be, wedding parties 100% don’t have to be gender separated. Bridesmaids and groomsmen can be easily switched to bridespeople and groomspeople. Play with punny names and display your friendship outside the ancient confines of gender restrictive social behavior, it’s 2018!

BE YOUR OWN QUEEN:

Ladies, now let’s get in formation. Queen Victoria might’ve made the white wedding dress a thing, but you’re not her, you’re your own queen. The guys have been wearing pretty much anything to their weddings for a long time now, it’s your turn and you have more style options. Rock something different than the white dress millions of people are looking at. Say yes to whatever makes you shine, that aisle is your runway.

Take a page from the Vikings. Neither bride or groom in ancient Viking weddings wore any clothing of particular importance, but the bride paid close attention to making their hair look magnificent, as well as having an elaborate crown. Similarly, the men didn’t focus on suiting up, but bore an ornamented sword, axe, or hammer to the ceremony to honor Thor. Look into your own family history and see if there are elements you can add as a gesture to your own heritage while reaching beyond traditional wedding practices.

OFFICIANT:

You don’t need a priest, judge, or any sort of legal or religious authority to perform a wedding. Legally, you’ll need to have the proper paperwork done (obviously), but this can be done in an office. The ceremony itself is about having someone speak to the couple being married, someone who knows them and can speak deeper than any officiant reading out of a book. Have a friend, family member, or anyone close to you both lead the ceremony. The signatures and legal formality can be dealt with either beforehand or afterward. Make your ceremony personally relevant.

DO IT BACKWARDS:

A newish version of eloping is coming into play as a clever move for couples who don’t want all the fanfare and expenses of the traditional wedding. Some have planned a “wedding” date as a time they are married legally in a very small ceremony, leaving immediately for a honeymoon. Upon their return, they celebrate a reception with an intimate group of people, keeping the whole thing as tightly knit as possible.

Those are small examples of how you can take a pre existing structure and add some personality. In reality, the amount and style in which you seek to make your ceremony unforgettable depends on the you, your spouse-to-be, and the guests attending your wedding; don’t be afraid to try new things as you embark toward your new life.

REMEMBER TRADITIONS, INFLUENCE MEANINGFUL CHANGE

Now that you know some of the weirdness surrounding a ceremony that’s been contrived for thousands of years, what can you do to change things up? You’ve likely been to numerous weddings that are a song-and-dance you can recite backwards and forwards. What makes people so apprehensive to break tradition and make their wedding day something that people won’t want to fall asleep to?

The answer in changing the wedding game such that it fits your desires and sprinkles in much needed originality lies within the hearts of the lovebirds tying the knot. This day is for both of you, don’t worry yourselves over what people think of your ceremonial decisions. In a way, the most evil spirits that attack brides, grooms, and wedding planning are those of people who forget that it’s not their place to control a marriage that isn’t their own.

Remembering traditions is important to tracing where we came from and how we do things. Most importantly, what to hold on to and what to let go. The idea of marriage is wonderful, the way humans go about it can be admittedly less than wonderful. While we’re not stealing brides and having sword fights in churches, is there much difference in the way weddings now are often more about spectacle and commercialization than the celebration of love between two people?

Making your wedding day special requires planning and a thorough understanding of the mutuality of love to make the day as long lasting as the love you’re both professing. How you make your wedding unique lies completely in this. When tempted to think it’s your day (either of you), remember that it’s not. There are two of you and you’re celebrating both of you. This shouldn’t detract from the details and what you’re aiming for in the celebration, because, face it, who doesn’t also love a well-thrown party? We know we sure do.

Now that you’ve shaken your head at the preposterous past of some of the ceremonial marriage practices perpetuated today, it’s time for you shake things up a bit. There might not be evil spirits attacking you as you’re preparing to get married, but there’s an undeniable funk that can surround wedding planning. Chase them away from your day and plan something that reflects the charisma, quality, and journey of the love between you and your spouse-to-be. One thing is certain: as old as marriage is, love is older and it’s stronger.

Egyptian Wedding Ceremony Flowers in NC

Photography by Brian Mullins Photography

I know today’s blog was a bit longer but I thought it was some great material when it comes to wedding planning.  If you are ready to plan your wedding your own, contact us today at Knots ‘N Such, Raleigh Wedding Planner and Florist.

XOXO,

Amy

Addressing Wedding Invitations: Tips from Knots ‘N Such, Raleigh Wedding Planner and Florist

Feature Image by Photographs by Stephanie. Knots ‘N Such is a Raleigh Wedding Planner and Florist.

An important part of wedding planning is addressing the invitations.  You’ve set the date. You’ve booked the venue.  Now it’s time to invite those guests. Here are some tips for wedding invites from Knots ‘N Such, Raleigh Wedding Planner and Florist.

  1. Timing is Important
    • You generally want to send out your invitations 8 weeks before the wedding.  This allows for RSVPs and any errors that may occur when sending out through the postal system.  Don’t underestimate the time it takes to address the envelopes. If you’re using a calligrapher, ask her how much time she’ll need based on guest count. Art takes time, so give her plenty. (For beautiful calligraphy services, check out www.theobliquepen.com.) For a less formal affair, you might choose to have the addresses printed, in which case you need to confirm the company you use provides that service (many online invitation companies do not). Or you might decide you’d be happy with simple stylish handwriting from a talented person. (For handwriting with flair, contact brich2222@gmail.com.) Still some of you might choose to hand write the addresses yourself. Be honest with your schedule to determine if this possible without causing unneeded stress. At all cost, do not pull an all nighter and do not send those invites out late because of poor planning!
  2. Etiquette for names
    • When building your guest list, know who you are inviting. What is his/her full name? Title? Significant other? Guest name? Children and their ages? All of these details will dictate how you address the envelope. So get this well in advance to save the stress of last minute phone calls/emails/texts. If you’re using a calligrapher and/or wedding planner, he/she will know the etiquette rules for addressing envelopes.
  3. Ask for the spelling!
    • Check, check, double check, triple check your spelling.  I recently managed RSVPs for a formal wedding and there was a guest named Debra. She RSVPd that she wouldn’t be attending, but included a note that her name is actually spelled Deborah. Spelling of names is a big deal seeing as how we live in a first world country.
  4. Get Excited
    • Once you send out these wedding invitations, the countdown to your wedding is on.  Get excited, because the big day is coming!
Bride Groom Wedding Ring Photography

Photograph by Photographs by Stephanie

Addressing wedding invites may seem like a hassle, and formality can feel overwhelming.  Yet look at it as a countdown to the big day and a reason to celebrate. You got this!  Here at Knots ‘N Such, Raleigh Wedding Planner and Florist, we would love to help you with any questions you may have when it comes to wedding invites and timelines to wedding day.  Contact us today!

XOXO,

Amy

Building a Wedding Day Emergency Kit, Tips from Knots ‘N Such, Raleigh Wedding Planner and Florist

Feature Image by the Nixons Photography.  Knots ‘N Such is a Raleigh Wedding Planner and Florist.

Thinking back to my wedding day, I thought I had all the pieces worked out, but then the unthinkable happened, I ended up with my lipstick somehow smeared on the front of my dress. Luckily, my sister had made a day of emergency kit that came to the rescue.

No matter how much planning goes into place, an emergency kit for the day of will always be helpful.  Knots ‘N Such, a Raleigh Wedding Planner and Florist, is here to provide the top 5 items from our emergency kit that may help you the day of your wedding.

Bride Getting Ready Photo

Photo by Thirteenth Moon Photography

  1. A Sewing Kit and Safety Pins
    • You never know when the zipper is going to snag or a hook is going to fall off when everyone is getting dressed for the wedding.  A sewing kit and safety pins will come in handy to do a quick sew in or fix for those unwanted malfunctions. You might also want to think about clear nail polish and/or super glue to help with snags and runs.
  2. A Tide-to-Go Stick or Some other quick stain removing device
    • Like I said about my wedding day, stains are going to happen.  Having a quick stain removing device will potentially come in handy not only for the bride but the whole wedding party.  There are so many elements that are just waiting to attach themselves to these fresh threads.  Being prepared will help calm nerves.
  3. A granola bar, bottle of water, or another mess free snack
    • Weddings are long days.  Blood sugars can drop.  Arrange for meals – breakfast and lunch if possible. Making sure to eat and hydrate will help with any unwanted hunger side effects. No one wants to be the one that passes out in their service. It will also fight off those “hangry” feelings that come along when you are bit too hungry.
  4. First Aid Kit and Over the Counter Meds
    • Long days can bring about headaches, stomach issues, and other minor injuries.  Tiredness, hunger, and stress can all play into this.  It might be great to have a first aid kit for things like bandaids or Benadryl cream. Also having Ibuprofen or other pain meds could be very helpful to get rid of headaches or cramps quickly.
  5. Spray on Deodorant and Mouth Wash
    • Smelling fresh and clean is a goal for everyone’s wedding days.  Have spray on deodorant available to reapply throughout the day.  You don’t want those streaks left from the roll on brands.  Also fresh breath is just as important. Having mouth wash will give you that just brushed feeling.
Bridal Floral Headpiece

Photo By Photographs by Stephanie

Planning ahead can help with these unforeseen circumstances. Put your maid of honor or another bridesmaid in charge of the emergency kit, because you will have a lot on your mind that day.  Also having a wedding planner, like Knots ‘N Such, can put your mind at ease because we come with a large emergency kit.  Contact us today to discuss how else we can help you!

XOXO.

Amy

Beyond the Centerpiece: Floral Trends and Tips from a Raleigh Wedding Planner

Feature photo by Vesic Photography. Knots ‘N Such is a Raleigh Wedding Planner & Florist

Close your eyes.  Imagine your big day.  The beautiful dress.  The perfect partner.  The flowers.  Floral designs have been a staple for a wedding for many years.  And designers have broadened to include flowers in more than just centerpieces and bouquets.  Let Knots ‘N Such, Raleigh Wedding Planner & Florist, help you make your flower dreams come true for your big day. Follow along to look at some unique floral trends that have popped up recently.

Flower Crown Pink and Burgundy

Photo By: Danell Beede Photography

-Creating Hanging Flower Displays: I, personally, am in love with the idea of elevating flowers even more than an elevated centerpiece can do.  This trend can include hanging chandeliers with florals as the focal piece, inverting floral displays to give the ceiling a “Secret Garden” motif, or dangling flowers from a potted plant, glass orb, or creating a shower of flowers from the top.  This could be a unique way to showcase your favorite color, signature flower, or just create that “oh wow” moment for your guests.

Reception Arbor Sweetheart Table

Photographs by Stephanie

-Integrating Hair Pieces: Spend some time on social media and you will quickly see that integrating the flowers into your hair design on your big day will create a uniquely fresh look.  From floral head pins to flower crowns, a bride will leave everyone breathless with an elegant hair design.  

Bridal Floral Headpiece

Photographs by Stephanie

-Elevating the Cake Design: There are many aspects of the wedding day in which to incorporate floral designs; one you may consider also involves the “sweet” part of the day: your cake.  Cake tasting is definitely a treat during the wedding planning process, so maybe consider bringing your florist along to help in the design of the confectionery delight.  Floral cake design can wrap around the cake (creating a cascading feel to the flowers that might match your bouquet) or possibly a topper that elevates the cake to the next level.   

Couple's Cake with Floral Accents

Photographs by Stephanie

 

-Highlighting the Ceremony Backdrop: When it comes to your ceremony backdrop, you might want to consider: what unique touches will add to the photographs of the important ceremony?  The ceremony backdrop is an awesome place to add a touch of flowers or make a whole floral showcase.  If you are using an arbor, consider using flowers to accent the arbor or as curtain ties for the drapery.  

First Kiss Under Wooden Arbor

Danell Beede Photography

There are many other ways to incorporate flowers into your wedding and reception design.  Look at your venues and think what could be accented with a beautiful floralscape: a fountain, pompadours, staircases, etc.  The list really does go on and on, from lighting accents to floating florals.  This is where having an awesome florist and/or wedding planner comes in handy to make your garden dreams come true. Knots ‘N Such, Raleigh Wedding Planner & Florist, would love to come alongside you to incorporate flowers in a variety of ways into your big day. 

XO,

Britney

KNS Coordinator

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