Are you searching for that elusive bloom that is inexpensive yet interesting and different for your wedding?

Gladiolus

by Eric in SF

Let me tell you the story of Sarah, a bride on a search for the perfect bouquets for her September wedding. Sarah had three goals for her flowers: distinctive blooms, warm colors and affordable. She did her homework and it included a list of flowers she didn’t want in her wedding. She was looking forward to seeing what we had for ideas.

Sarah’s phone call made me put on my thinking cap; as a designer the goal is to meet and exceed the needs of clients. The list of flowers that fit her criteria was short, and after some consideration, I recommended the humble gladiolus.

Gladioli get their name from the Latin word “gladius,” meaning sword. The flowers symbolize strength and moral integrity, the bloom represents infatuation and symbolizes piercing the heart with passion. What more could you want your wedding flowers to say?  The tall and stately stems with gorgeous florets have the ability to bring the drama of Roman gladiators to the wedding reception. Well… maybe a little too much poetic license?

Bridesmaid's Bouquet

Sarah came into the shop and we talked about her wedding needs, wants and the reality of her budget. She loved the glads and chose the yellow blooms with an accent of fall leaves for her bouquets.

The bride’s bouquet, a blend of white and ivory florets with some of the fall leaves worked in, would be finished with the handle covered in fabric trimmed from the dress during alterations. Sarah decided that she would toss her bouquet so there was no need for a “tossing bouquet.”

Corsages and boutonnières would be made from the smaller blooms mixed with some hypericum, seeded eucalyptus and a touch of foliage.

For the ceremony, the church alter was flanked by large vases filled with open glads in red, yellow, orange and a touch of chartreuse green.

Guests at the reception were enthralled with the simple centerpieces created by submerging open gladiola stems into water-filled cylinders that were aglow with LED lights. The simple clean presentation achieved the bride’s goal of a tall centerpiece that did not impede conversation at the table.

The cake was topped with a sweet little arrangement of green florets in a flat container and a few scattered blooms perfectly placed on the layers and more puddled around the base of the cake. The sweetheart table sported a rectangular glass vessel filled with a little hedge of gladioli, hypericum and fall leaves.

Sarah loved her flowers. Her guests enjoyed the décor. And I was proud to make Sarah’s wedding flowers so special.

What flower will you feature in your wedding, and why?

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