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A Non-Traditional Wedding

Aug 17, 2007
Traditional? Not you. That's why you're searching for some non-traditional ideas for your upcoming wedding. With a little ingenuity and some silk wedding flowers, you can have the non-traditional wedding of your dreams.

If you've never been big on wedding bouquets, how about having your bridesmaids and maid-of-honor carry small handbags that are covered in silk flowers! Each attendant can wear a different color and they can carry a handbag personalized just for them. Get your glue gun out and attach the silk flower heads to the individual purses to match the color and style of the gowns. This rainbow of colors will be eye-catching and help to ensure a bright beginning for you and your groom!

If you're planning on having little girls in your wedding, but don't like the idea of the "flower girl", you can make a floral garland for them to carry. Simply cover birch vines with silk flowers that match or complement the flowers that the bridesmaids and maid-of-honor are carrying and let your two or three young attendants carry the garland in tandem. This will not only look adorable (get ready for the oohs and ahhs) but it is also a clever way of keeping the girls together.

As the bride, if you don't want to carry a traditional cascading bridal bouquet, or even a hand-tied bridal bouquet, consider getting married while holding a hoop made of vine and strung with various silk flowers. The hoop is carried like a tambourine.

Another option is the pomander, a Styrofoam ball that is covered in lace or tulle. Silk flower heads are attached and the lightweight floral pomander simply hangs from the wrist.

If you've lost someone special to you, such as a grandmother or even your mother, consider carrying something of theirs, such as their prayer book, garnished with their favorite flowers. This would be a lovely way to pay tribute to this missing guest.

In lieu of corsages, floral bracelets can be fashioned like small garlands with silk wedding flowers woven in. These not only would look lovely, but they would also give your wedding yet another non-traditional flavor.

If your wedding is in the autumn, how about decorating with pumpkins and wheat rather than the traditional floral arrangements? Christmas weddings can include strands of lights and lots of pine and holly. Beautiful glass ornaments can be included not only in the arrangements, but also in the bouquets. Reception guests can each receive a lovely ornament as a favor. The date can be inscribed on the ornaments as a reminder of this special day. Decorated boxwood Christmas "trees" would look stunning as centerpieces at each table.

Summer weddings can be lush with silk wedding flowers. Floral halos can be crafted for the young girls in the wedding. Beach themed décor can add a festive and fun touch to the wedding and reception. In place of flowers, your young attendants can carry small wind chimes that will add peaceful chiming to the day.

If you want non-traditional, you have to start thinking outside of the box. Once outside of the box, the sky's the limit!
About the Author
Bonnie Goodwin Ray has more than sixteen years experience in the wedding industry. She is the author of Wedding Planning Made Easier and has become a leading expert in silk wedding floral design.
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