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make your special day a dream come true! We are delighted to introduce you to expressions of flowers – weddings, the floral industry’s most extensive compilation of the latest trends in wedding flowers and floral design. expressions of flowers - weddings was inspired by the wonderful uniqueness of today’s bride, her attention to detail and passion for incorporating her very own personalized style into every aspect of her wedding to create a magical day that is all her own. When you look through the eyes of today’s bride, you see a fabulous use of color through distinctive color palettes, to tell a story that really comes alive. From color-coordinated wedding party dresses and ties, to fabulous table linens and place settings, to wedding favors and invitations, color is abundant! Yet the most important and exceptional use of color in weddings, and the one that will remain in the minds of each and every guest, are your wedding flowers. Whether arranged in monochromatic tones, soft complementary hues, or striking bright contrast colors, wedding flowers allow the bride and groom to celebrate their unique personalities and express their love with one of nature's most beautiful and timeless gifts – flowers! Through the combined efforts of our team of world-renowned expert floral artisans and marketing professionals, expressions

of flowers – weddings

offers today's bride a fresh new look at wedding floral designs within each primary color – white, pink, red, orange, yellow, green, purple and blue – as well as first-of-a-kind options for wedding floral designs within detailed color palette combinations. What’s more, we’ve also created floral design options to fit the individual personality and style of today's bride. Whether your personal preference is traditional, in-style, or chic,

expressions of flowers – weddings

has a look and style for each and every bride and budget!

We invite you to explore the exquisite selection of wedding floral designs on the following pages. Our wish is that you'll find the perfect wedding flowers that allow you to express your love for one another and make your special day a dream come true…

Best Wishes!

Lisa Carmichael, Vice President of Marketing - BloomNet

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bridal bouquet

white

all white

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corsage

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boutonniere

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bridesmaid bouquet

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purity

all white

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centerpiece*

BW5-11

white

altar arrangement

* linens by Fabulous Events

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bridesmaid bouquet

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bridal bouquet

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corsage

BW6-32

boutonniere

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white

cream

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BW7-13 BW7-21

chair decoration*

white

centerpiece*

BW7-12

* linens by Fabulous Events

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BW8-21

centerpiece*

BW8-11

bridal bouquet

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* linens by Fabulous Events; wedding favors by Kate Aspen

white

pink BW9-11

boutonniere

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wristlet corsage

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floral hair accent

white

bridesmaid bouquet

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place card table

BW10-11

bridal bouquet

BW10-31

wristlet corsage

BW10-32

boutonniere

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white

emerald

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white

bridesmaid bouquet

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centerpiece*

* linens by Fabulous Events; wedding favors by Kate Aspen

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bridesmaid bouquet BW12-21

wristlet corsage

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boutonniere

serenity

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white

silver

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muff bridal bouquet

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white

breakaway centerpiece*

* linens by Fabulous Events

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style BW14-11

bridal bouquet

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centerpiece*

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* linens by Fabulous Events

white

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bridesmaid scepter

black

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boutonniere

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white

wrist corsage

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napkin decoration

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centerpiece* BW16-11

bridal bouquet

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* linens by Fabulous Events

white

cream

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altar arrangement

green

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boutonniere

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white

corsage

BW17-31

bridesmaid bouquet

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white cake flowers

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pink

hot pink

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boutonniere

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pink

bridal bouquet

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centerpiece*

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clutch corsage

unforgettable

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* linens by Fabulous Events

pink

hot pink

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pew decoration

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pink

boutonniere

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bridesmaid bouquet

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altar arrangement

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corsage

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bridal bouquet

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boutonniere

pink

white BW23-21

centerpiece*

pink

hot pink

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bridesmaid bouquet

* linens by Fabulous Events

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bridal bouquet

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bridesmaid bouquet

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hot pink BW25-21

wedding floral arch pink

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cream

shoulder corsage

kiwi

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boutonniere

* linens by Fabulous Events

pink

centerpiece*

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breakaway centerpiece* BW26-11

bridal bouquet

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* linens by Fabulous Events

pink BW27-11

altar arrangement brown

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boutonniere

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pink

corsage

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bridesmaid bouquet

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ring bearer pillow

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nosegay

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bridal bouquet

BW28-32

boutonniere

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love

fuchsia

tangerine

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pink

centerpiece*

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bridesmaid purse bouquet

* linens by Fabulous Events

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bridal bouquet

BW30-21

bridesmaid bouquet

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corsage

BW30-31

pew decoration

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BW30-42

boutonniere

pink

hot pink

burgundy

brown

pink

chartreuse

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centerpiece

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BW32-21

boutonniere

BW32-22

corsage

beauty BW32-11

bridal bouquet

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pink

hot pink

red

black

centerpiece*

pink

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bridesmaid bouquet

* linens by Fabulous Events; wedding favors by Kate Aspen

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square decorative oral wreath

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bridal pomander bouquet

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corsage

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BW34-32

boutonniere

pink close-up/detail of image element BW35-23

raspberry

bridesmaid pomander BW35-11 bouquets arrangement name

celery

4.875 x 6.75"

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centerpiece*

arrangement name

5.375 x 6.5" BW35-22

* linens by Fabulous Events; wedding favors by Kate Aspen

color/color pink

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pink cake flowers

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arrangement name

11.75 x 9.5"

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red

all red

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bridal bouquet

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wristlet corsage BW38-11

centerpiece*

passion BW38-31

bridesmaid bouquet

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* linens by Fabulous Events

all red

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boutonniere

BW39-12

chair decoration

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red

aisle decoration

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vitality

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bridal bouquet

BW40-21

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* linens by Fabulous Events

centerpiece*

red

white

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pedestal arrangement

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corsage

BW41-22

boutonniere

BW41-31

red

bridesmaid bouquet

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BW42-22

boutonniere

BW42-21

corsage

energy BW42-11

bridal bouquet

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red

kiwi

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bridesmaid bouquet

red

centerpiece*

* linens by Fabulous Events; wedding favors by Kate Aspen

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bridal bouquet

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* linens by Fabulous Events

centerpiece*

ruby BW45-11

bridesmaid clutch bouquet

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corsage

bubble gum

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red

boutonniere

BW45-31

place card bud vase BW45-32

napkin decoration

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bridesmaid bouquet

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bridal bouquet

BW46-32

boutonniere

BW46-31

wristlet corsage

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scarlet

steel

breakaway centerpiece*

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red

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* linens by Fabulous Events

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bridal bouquet

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hair accent

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nosegay

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bridesmaid bouquet

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pocket square

red

white

red

black

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centerpiece*

* linens by Fabulous Events; wedding favors by Kate Aspen

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red cake flowers

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pumpkin

toffee

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orange

white

bridal bouquet

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boutonniere

bridesmaid bouquet

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corsage

warmth

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pumpkin

toffee

white BW53-21

orange

centerpiece*

BW53-11

place card tree

* linens by Fabulous Events; wedding favors by Harry London

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boutonniere BW54-21

wristlet corsage

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bridal bouquet

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orange

yellow BW55-21

centerpiece* red

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orange

bridesmaid bouquet

* linens by Fabulous Events

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altar arrangment

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bridal bouquet

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bridesmaid bouquet

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boutonniere

BW56-41

corsage

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orange

centerpiece*

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peach

flower girl hair accent

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orange

junior boutonniere

BW57-13

clam shell ring bearer pillow

BW57-12

flower girl posy

* linens by Fabulous Events

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bridal bouquet

BW58-21

centerpiece*

BW58-31

corsage

BW58-32

boutonniere

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* linens by Fabulous Events

melon

honeydew

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orange

pew decoration

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bridesmaid bouquet

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corsage

bridal bouquet BW60-22

boutonniere

strength 60

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centerpiece* orange

yellow

purple

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orange

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bridesmaid bouquets BW61-13

BW61-31

floral wreath

* linens by Fabulous Events

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BW62-21

centerpiece*

BW62-11

bridal bouquet

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* linens by Fabulous Events

orange

BW63-22

hot pink

corsage BW63-21

boutonniere

kiwi

BW63-11

orange

bridesmaid bouquet

BW63-31

pedestal arrangement

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bridesmaid bouquet

BW64-11

bridal bouquet

bright 64

BW65-21

orange

centerpiece*

steel

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orange

centerpiece*

BW65-32

boutonniere BW65-31

wristlet corsage

* linens by Fabulous Events

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BW66-11

orange cake flowers

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yellow

BW67-12

flower girl bouquet and sash

yellow

white

BW67-11

bridal bouquet

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BW68-21

corsage

BW68-22

boutonniere

BW68-11

bridesmaid bouquet

sunshine

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yellow

white

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yellow

centerpiece*

BW69-11

breakaway altar arrangement

* linens by Fabulous Events

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BW70-21

punch bowl floral wreath BW70-11

bridal bouquet

BW70-31

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floral table decoration

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BW71-11

yellow

all yellow

bridesmaid bouquet

centerpiece*

* linens by Fabulous Events

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BW72-22

boutonniere

BW72-21

corsage

BW72-11

bridal bouquet

joy BW72-31

place card decoration

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yellow

green BW73-21

yellow

bridesmaid bouquet

BW73-11

centerpiece*

* linens by Fabulous Events

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BW74-21

centerpiece*

BW74-31 BW74-11

nosegay

bridal bouquet

BW74-32

boutonniere

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* linens by Fabulous Events; wedding favors by Kate Aspen

yellow

breakaway altar arrangement

orange

green BW75-25

BW75-21

BW75-23

BW75-24

yellow

BW75-22

BW75-11

bridesmaid bouquet

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submerged orchid vases

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yellow cake flowers BW76-13

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green

white

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BW77-11

green

boutonniere

bridal bouquet

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centerpiece* BW78-21

bridesmaid bouquet

BW78-12

napkin decoration

BW78-31

clutch corsage

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* linens by Fabulous Events

green

white

green

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appetizer table decoration

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BW80-11

bridal bouquet

BW80-21

oral arch/huppah

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green

pink

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cream

pew decoration BW81-21

centerpiece*

BW81-31

green

corsage

BW81-32

boutonniere

BW81-41

bridesmaid bouquet

* linens by Fabulous Events

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BW82-21

boutonniere

BW82-22

corsage BW82-11

altar arrangement

growth BW82-31

bridesmaid bouquet

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all green

breakaway centerpiece* BW83-26

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BW83-23

BW83-21

BW83-24

BW83-11

green

bridal bouquet

BW83-22

* linens by Fabulous Events

BW83-25

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centerpiece*

BW84-11

bridal bouquet

nature

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* linens by Fabulous Events

green

brown

bridesmaid bouquet

BW85-11

boutonniere

green

BW85-21

85

BW86-11

bridal bouquet

BW86-21

centerpiece*

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* linens by Fabulous Events; wedding favors by Kate Aspen

BW87-11

bridesmaid bouquet

green

BW87-21

corsage

BW87-22

plum

green

boutonniere

BW87-31

pew decoration

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BW88-21

corsage

BW88-22

boutonniere

BW88-11

bridal bouquet

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harmony

green

blue

BW89-21

centerpiece*

BW89-11

green

bridesmaid scepter

* linens by Fabulous Events

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BW90-11

green cake owers*

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* linens by Fabulous Events

purple

all purple

BW91-11

bridal bouquet

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BW92-21

boutonniere

BW92-11

bridesmaid bouquet

BW92-31

corsage

magic

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purple

all purple

BW93-11

centerpiece*

* linens by Fabulous Events; wedding favors by Kate Aspen

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BW94-11

bridal bouquet

BW94-21

centerpiece*

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* linens by Fabulous Events; wedding favors by Kate Aspen

purple

cream BW95-22

boutonniere

BW95-21

corsage

BW95-11

BW95-31

hair owers

purple

bridesmaid bouquet

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BW96-22

corsage

BW96-21

boutonniere

BW96-11

bridal bouquet

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romance

purple

burgundy

pink

BW97-21

centerpiece*

BW97-11

purple

bridesmaid bouquet

* linens by Fabulous Events

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BW98-21

boutonniere

BW98-22

corsage

BW98-11

bridal bouquet

luxury

98

purple

red

BW99-21

purple

bridesmaid bouquet

BW99-11

centerpiece*

* linens by Fabulous Events

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BW100-11

bridal bouquet

BW100-21

altar arrangement

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purple

BW101-11

centerpiece*

steel

BW101-21

corsage

BW101-22

purple

boutonniere

BW101-31

bridesmaid bouquet

* linens by Fabulous Events

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BW102-11

purple cake owers*

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* linens by Fabulous Events

blue

BW103-12

boutonniere

steel

BW103-11

blue

bridal bouquet

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BW104-11

bridesmaid bouquet BW104-21

wristlet corsage

tranquility

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blue

steel

BW105-21

blue

centerpiece*

BW105-11

altar arrangement

* linens by Fabulous Events

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BW106-21

unity candle

BW106-11

bridal bouquet

BW106-31

corsage

BW106-32

boutonniere

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blue

white

BW107-11

bridesmaid bouquet

BW107-21

blue

centerpiece*

* linens by Fabulous Events; wedding favors by Kate Aspen

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loyalty

BW108-21

altar arrangement

BW108-11

bridal bouquet

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blue

brown BW109-21

corsage

BW109-22

boutonniere

BW109-11

centerpiece*

BW109-31

blue

bridesmaid bouquet

* linens by Fabulous Events

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BW110-21

pedestal arrangement

BW110-11

bridal bouquet

BW110-32

corsage

BW110-31

boutonniere

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trust

blue

green

white

centerpiece*

BW111-21

blue

bridesmaid bouquet

BW111-11

BW111-12

BW111-13

* linens by Fabulous Events

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BW112-11

blue cake flowers

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cocktail table arrangement*

BW113-22

BW113-11

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BW113-21

* linens by Fabulous Events

wedding celebrations

bridal shower centerpiece*

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bachelorette party arrangement

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sweetheart table centerpiece and chair decoration*

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floral shoe accent

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* linens by Fabulous Events

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rehearsal dinner arrangement BW115-21

wedding celebrations

cocktail tray floral decoration

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mini heart bridal gift

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special guest "thank you" arrangement

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bridesmaid bouquet

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boutonniere BW116-11

bridal bouquet

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corsage

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corsage

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boutonniere

BW117-21

altar arrangement

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wedding express

centerpiece*

* linens by Fabulous Events: wedding favors by Kate Aspen

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large bridal bouquet BW118-11

small bridal bouquet

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wedding flower comparisons

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large bridesmaid bouquet

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wedding flower comparisons

small bridesmaid bouquet

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large altar arrangement

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wedding flower comparisons

small altar arrangement

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large centerpiece*

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wedding flower comparisons

small centerpiece*

* linens by Fabulous Events; wedding favors by Kate Aspen

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Dendrobium Orchid Stephanotis ‘Polo’ Roses Calla Lily Phalaenopsis

6 Ranunculus 7 Peony 8 Nerine 9 Stock 10 Lisianthus 11 ‘Charming Unique’ Roses

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6

1

3 12

12 13 14 15 16

Gerbera Gloriosa Lily Amaryllis ‘Opium’ Roses ‘James Storey’ Orchid

17 18 19 20 21

Tulip Spider Gerbera Asiatic Lily ‘Versilia’ Rose Mokara Orchid

flower colors

7 9 20 15 13

4

8

10 2

18 11

14 16

5

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21

22 41

35 31

22

27

26

28 42 33

39 23

23 24 25 26

Carnation Freesia Daisy Sunflower Calla Lily

27 28 29 30 31 32

Lotus Pod ‘Super Green’ Rose Anthurium Cymbidium Orchid Bells of Ireland Cipripedium (Lady Slipper) Orchid

33 34 35 36 37 38

Vanda Orchid Larkspur Agapanthus Carnation ‘Cool Water’ Rose Cattleya Orchid

39 40 41 42

Delphinium Belladonna Hydrangea Iris Muscari

29 36 24

30 25 40 34

flower colors

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38

32

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flower availability

year-round

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spring

summer

fall

Agapanthus Amaryllis Anemone Cherry Blossom Daffodil Dogwood Forsythia Heather

Agapanthus Amaranthus Astilbe Cosmos Dahlia Daisy Delphinium Garden Rose

Autumn Leaves Chrysanthemum Dahlia Heather Nerine Lily Ranunculus Seasonal Berries Sunfl ower

Hyacinth Lilac Lily-of-the-Valley Muscari Nerine Lily Peony Ranunculus Sweet Pea Tuberose Tulip Viburnum Waxfl ower

Gladiolus Lady’s Mantle Larkspur Nerine Lily (limited) Scabiosa Snapdragon Tuberose Violet Zinnia

Tuberose

winter Amaryllis Anemone Evergreen Heather Muscari Nerine Lily Poinsettia Ranunculus Tulips Waxfl ower

Alstroemeria Anthurium Aster Bells of Ireland Bupleurum Button Pompon Calla Lily Carnation Craspedia Eryngium Fiddlehead Fern Freesia Gardenia Gerbera Gloriosa Lily Hydrangea Hypericum Iris ‘Kermit’ Pompon Liatris Lily Limonium Lisianthus Lotus Pod Orchids Ornithogalum Arabicum Queen Anne’s Lace Roses Solidago Solidaster Spider Gerbera Statice Stephanotis Stock Trachelium ‘Viking’ Miniature Pompon

the meaning of flowers secret love Alstroemeria

devotion, prosperity Amaranthus

immortality, unfading love Amaryllis

pride, beauty Anemone

expectation Anthurium

think of me Aster

innocence, purity Bells of Ireland

good luck Bupleurum

esteem Calla Lily

majestic beauty

Cypripedium (Lady Slipper) Orchid

Snapdragon

thank you for understanding

presumption

Hypericum

Solidago

animosity

encouragement

Iris

Statice

communication, faith, hope

lasting beauty

Larkspur

Stock

fickleness

bonds of affection

Lilac

Sunflower

humility, confidence

power, devotion, adoration

Lily-of-the-Valley

Sweet Pea

increased happiness

remember me, shyness, blissful pleasure

capricious beauty Daffodil

regard Dahlia

elegance, dignity Daisy

innocence Delphinium belladonna

big-hearted, airy, fun Eryngium

independence Lily Freesia

purity

innocence, thoughtfulness, spirited

Lotus Pod

mystery, truth anticipation

pleasure watchful eye, love of variety

fame magnificence, love, beauty

red - pour my heart out pink - I’ll never forget you white - sweet and lovely

Gloriosa Lily

Chrysanthemum

Heather

bound

good luck, admiration

Craspedia

Hibiscus

faithful devotion

Hyacinth

loveliness

Waxflower

riches Ranunculus

radiant charm rare beauty

Violet

Queen Anne’s Lace

fantasy

you are a wonderful friend

Viburnum

Peony

bashfulness glorious beauty

Tulip

Orchid

Gladiolus

sincerity

Tuberose

Matsumoto Aster

Gardenia

secret love

Trachelium

neglected beauty

Forsythia

Carnation

good health

Hydrangea

the meaning of flowers

Agapanthus

Zinnia

thoughtful recollections Roses

red - love yellow - friendship pink - young love, romance white - pure, innocence

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wedding party THE L ADIES

ceremony Aisle runner

Bridal bouquet

Pew decorations

Bride’s toss bouquet

Chair decorations

Bride’s headpiece

Altar arrangements

Bridal shoe décor

Wedding Arch/Huppah

Maid-of--honor

Unity Candle and holders

bouquet/pomander Bridesmaids’ bouquets/pomanders Maid-of-honor &

Church door/window décor Entryway/foyer arrangements Kneeling bench Other

Bridesmaids’ fl owers to wear Flower girl headpiece & basket

wedding flower checklist

Mother’s corsage/clutch/posy

There are so many creative ways to incorporate the beauty of flowers into your wedding and the events surrounding the big day. From the events leading up to the wedding – bridal showers, rehearsal dinners, and greeting those out of town guests, to those special touches during your ceremony and reception, let us show you how incorporating flowers will bring out your signature style and personality!

Godmother’s corsage/clutch

Entryway/foyer arrangements

Other special guests’ corsages

Guestbook arrangements Place card table arrangements

THE GENTLEMEN

Groom’s boutonniere/ pocket square

Bar/punch bowl decorations Cocktail table decorations Appetizer tray décor

Best man’s boutonniere

Dining-table centerpieces

Groomsmen’s boutonnieres

Place-setting decorations

Ring bearer’s boutonniere/

Bride and Groom’s

Father’s boutonniere Grandfather’s boutonniere

chair decorations Bride and Groom’s sweetheart table decorations

Godfather’s boutonniere

Buffet-table arrangements

Bridal Shower centerpieces

Ushers’ boutonniere

Bandstand decorations

Bachelorette Party arrangements

Other special guests’

Gift table decorations

Rehearsal Dinner arrangements Welcome/Thank you

boutonniere

Wedding cake, cake table, cake cutter decorations

arrangements – Out of Town/

Cordial table decorations

Special Guests

Powder-room arrangements

Gift from the Groom to the Bride

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Grandmother’s corsage/clutch

pillow decoration

wedding celebrations

reception

global wedding traditions africa:

mexico:

Brides and grooms exchange kola nuts, which symbolize their commitment during hard times.

During the marriage vows, a white ribbon or rosary, called a “lasso”, is symbolically wrapped around the necks of the couple, which represents their joining.

china: Love, joy and prosperity are signi-

france:

The couple drinks the reception toast from an engraved two-handled cup – the coupe de marriage.

germany: German brides traditionally carry salt and bread on their wedding day, to symbolize good luck and wealth; grooms carry some grain. Both bride and groom hold candles trimmed with fl owers and ribbons.

greece: The groom’s godfather (but it can be any close male relative or friend), has a crucial role in a Greek wedding: he acts like a sponsor and instigates the actions of the ceremony. For example, he places crowns on the couples' heads; the crowns are usually white or gold or made of orange blossoms or twigs and vine wrapped in silver and gold paper. They are attached by a ribbon, and they are switched on the bride’s and groom's heads three times. The crowns symbolize that the marriage is noble, and that the couple is beginning a new family -- a dynasty -- together.

philippines: Sponsors pin the bride’s veil to the groom’s shoulder to represent their union.

hawaii: Couples exchange leis and seal

poland: Polish brides usually wear

their union by rubbing noses.

a lush wreath of fresh fl owers and rosemary in their hair.

india: In India, sweets (symbolizing a sweet life), eggs (for fertility), and money (for prosperity) are important elements of a traditional wedding ceremony. Brides and their attendants have their hands and feet painted with henna the day before the wedding.

ireland:

When married, a Claddagh ring is moved from the right hand to the left hand with the crown facing outward.

italy:

Candied almonds are given at wedding receptions to represent both the sweet and bitter aspects of life… a tangible reminder of “for better or worse.” Another tradition is the release of a pair of white doves after the ceremony by the bride and groom to symbolize the couple's love and happiness.

japan: Families (rather than just the couple) face each other while the bride and groom exchange vows.

korea: Ducks or geese may be incorporated into the wedding ceremony. Both ducks and geese mate for life and represent faithfulness.

spain: Brides carry orange blossoms to represent happiness and fulfi llment.

united states:

Something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue. And don’t forget to put a sixpence in her shoe. A handkerchief, brooch or locket with a picture of the bride’s parent or grandparents may also be carried by the bride to accompany her while she walks down the aisle.

did you know? In ancient times, brides were literally carried to their weddings to protect them from evil spirits believed to be lurking in the ground. White aisle runners offered brides pure pathways to their wedding ceremonies. These days, runners are not mandatory, but they are sophisticated and beautiful. And many are created in colors other than white. The use of custom-design aisle runners with your monogram or wedding logo has become increasingly popular (visit www.originalrunners.com). Or create a truly romantic mood with a scroll or carpet of rose petals (see page 39) and walk down the aisle in style! information gathered from theKnot.com

global wedding traditions

fi ed by the use of red. Red is everywhere, from the bridal gown to invitations, gift envelopes and decorations for the bride and groom’s guests. In addition, being married on the half-hour symbolizes that the newly-married couple begin their new lives on an ‘upswing’ as the clock hands move up, rather than down.

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Ted Bruehl, AIFD

Haskell Eargle, AIFD

Mary Linda Horn, AIFD

Jackie Lacey, AIFD

Frank Brice, AIFD

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Cory Lonsert, AIFD

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