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Trendy Mother of the Bride Flowers

by Sharon McGukin on November 4, 2015 at 1:58 am

Traditionally a shoulder corsage has been the wedding flower of choice for mothers of the bride and mothers of the groom. Flowers similar to the bridal bouquet are frequently used. Today’s popular dress fashions often feature delicate fabrics and sheer overlays, which sometimes can make a pin-on corsage too heavy. Consider these floral fashionista options for your moms’ wedding day flowers:

Flowers to wear

The following ideas are easy for moms to wear or carry, and they’re less likely to get bruised or crushed by hugging guests.

  • Place a wrist corsage on mom’s left wrist.
  • Pin a corsage to the moms’ purses. Consider giving the moms the purses — matched to their dresses — as memorable thank-you gifts for the wedding day.

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7 Tips for Choosing your Bridal Bouquet

by Sharon McGukin on February 18, 2015 at 11:10 am

Bridal-Bouquet-fbWhen planning a wedding, one of your most exciting decisions will be choosing your bridal bouquet. Consider your personal style, body shape and the lines of your dress when choosing your design. Collect photos and magazine or web page images to illustrate design styles and color harmonies you love to share with your florist. This will help them to identify your signature style.

Try these seven tips when selecting your bouquet:

  1. Consider your body shape

Think proportion. Your height should be the first consideration. Share your height measurement with your florist when you discuss the length of your bouquet. Consider your overall body shape. Your physical form should influence the shape and width of your bouquet.

For example, a petite bride could opt for a smaller bouquet that doesn’t overwhelm or hide the dress. Smaller bouquets can be just as impressive as larger ones. Taller brides can accent their height and look very graceful holding a longer, cascading bouquet. A bride with a fuller figure might choose a larger bouquet rich in detail to capture the eye. A long, cascading design will flatter a full figure and lengthen its look by drawing the eye down instead of across the body. Read More

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15 Fun Floral Ideas for Ring Bearers

by Sharon McGukin on October 8, 2014 at 11:38 am

Ring BearerThe No. 1 rule when it comes to ring bearers: When attaching a ring to the ring bearer’s pillow, always use fake rings — never the real ones. Many horrified guests have watched helplessly as the bride or groom’s carefully chosen ring has fallen to the floor and rolled down a heat vent. Now that we got that important housekeeping tip out of the way, let’s move on to some ideas for your wedding’s most fun little guy.

Cover a pillow shape

  • Cover a small pillow, like a tooth fairy pillow or one of the small message pillows that can hang on a doorknob, with green moss. Tie a ribbon around it as though you were tying a package with a small bow at the top center. Tie or glue a very small cluster of flowers and faux rings into the bow.
  • Make a small pillow from the same fabric as the bridesmaids’ dresses. Stitch a narrow strip of fabric or ribbon underneath the pillow for the child to insert their hand through to hold it. Monogram the center of the pillow and pin the faux rings there along with a single flower bloom.

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Girls halos- medium-fbA popular tradition for flower girls is to fill a small basket with petals that she can strew down the aisle before the bride. This is a beautiful part of the ceremony for a child old enough to confidently do so. However, if a flower girl is very young, this can be a confusing job and lead to tears or retreat once it’s time to descend the aisle. It can be intimidating for a little one to face all the adult guests watching from their seats. Instead, make the job easier — fill her small basket with flowers and just let her carry it.

  • If your bridal gown is being custom designed, consider using remnants of the gown material to cover a plain basket in layers of elegant material, coordinating the flower girl with the bride. Fill the adorned basket with either petals or flowers.
  • If you were once a flower girl and still have the heirloom basket, recycle it by having your flower girl carry it down the aisle in your wedding with petals or blooms.

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Tips for Including Children in Your Wedding

by Sharon McGukin on September 30, 2014 at 11:35 am

Flower girlsYour wedding is your big day, and you want to surround yourself with all the people you love — including your family and friends’ children whom you also adore. Here is advice for including children in your wedding party as well as how to entertain them at the reception.

If you include children in your wedding party as the flower girl, trainbearer or ring bearer, it is important to remember that you are doing just that – including children. To expect them to act as miniature adults is unrealistic. If their behavior isn’t exactly as you had envisioned, a relaxed attitude and good sense of humor can help save the day.

It can be difficult for most children to stand still for any amount of time, and it can be especially scary to be in front of so many people during the ceremony. Make it easier for a child to participate in your wedding party. Here’s how:

  • Allow an older child to escort them down the aisle.
  • Send a young child down the aisle and have them sit with an adult in the front row.
  • Place an unsure child near an adult attendant they feel comfortable with.
  • Use a piece of tape to mark the spot on the floor where you would like the child to stand.
  • Give them responsibilities appropriate to their age.
  • Ask a parent to be with them — watching them at all times.
  • Include them in only the last segment of the pre-ceremony photo session.
  • Dress them in their wedding attire after they arrive on-site.
  • Offer them non-staining snacks with clear water to drink.
  • Provide them with a fun bag of quiet time activities.
  • Have realistic expectations for the age of the child.

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