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One of the oldest wedding traditions, the custom of throwing rice, originated with the ancient Hindus and Chinese. In these cultures, rice is the symbol of fruitfulness and prosperity. Tossing it after the ceremony was believed to bestow fertility upon the bride and groom. Eating rice and other grains was thought to guarantee health, wealth and happiness for the newlyweds. Today, rice tossing is being replaced by the more ecologically friendly birdseed tossing, because uncooked rice is damaging to birds who eat it off the church lawn.

 

Floral Points to Ponder • Although often used interchangeably, the dictionary states that typically a Boutonnière is worn by a male, while a Corsage is worn by a female. • Corsages are most commonly worn on the left lapel of a suit jacket or blazer. • For females, you might want to consider the outfit when deciding between a LAPEL or WRIST corsage. If the outfit is slight or does not have a jacket, then it may be more practical to use a wrist corsage. If you decide to use lapel corsages for the women, speak with your florist to make sure they are not made too large or too heavy. When in doubt, ask the recipient about her preference. • Ask your florist if a magnetic lapel corsage pin is an option. • Either ask the florist to label the corsages or make sure you do. Do not assume people will tell the difference by their look or size. • Flowers may be requested by your cake decorator, decorator or photographer. • Prevent water from dripping onto your dresses and suits by patting off excess water on bouquets and corsages when removed from refrigeration. Be sure to tell the groom for their preparation as well. • In the interest of safety for young boys in the wedding party and women with slight outfits, large safety pins are useful to replace stick pins for their lapel corsages as to prevent “sticking” them with the pin. They are also helpful because corsages are often too heavy and the safety pin helps to keep it in place. • If a corsage needs to be adjusted or repaired you may use clean, needle-nosed pliers (even new pliers have grease you should wash off), to grip and remove the stick pin either to prevent breakage of the plastic head or if it is already broken. Commonly Needed Corsages • Groom • Parents/step-parents • Grandparents/great-grandparents • Adult children of the couple • Siblings • Males in wedding party including ring bearers and junior groomsmen • Other male children or grandchildren of the couple • Ushers seating guests or opening doors for bride • Master/Mistress of Ceremonies • Driver of bridal car (if not hired) • Readers • Singers/performers • Any other significant person in wedding • The officiant does not typically wear one • Make your corsage list and check it twice. Buy one extra corsage for good measure. Commonly Needed Flowers/Bouquets • Bride • Females in wedding party including flower girls and junior bridesmaids • Mothers/step-mothers in lieu of corsages • Grandmothers/great-grandmothers in lieu of corsages • Throw bouquet for reception • Flowers needed for rituals during ceremony such as rose ceremonies or presentations to mothers and grandmothers • Flowers for memorial chairs – When flowers are placed on a reserved chair in memory of a loved one who is passed, such as a grandmother • Tree for a tree-planting ceremony • Other flowers required for decoration such as on the cake and cake table, register table or a fireplace mantle • Loose flower petals to cover aisle, either laid down before wedding or for flower girl to throw during procession • Make your flower list and check it twice. Items to Have on Hand • scissors • needle-nosed pliers • wire cutters • extra large corsage pins • large safety pins • white and coloured ribbon to tie or repair bouquets based on your chosen bouquets Distribution of Corsages/Bouquets Your bouquets and corsages are often delivered together to the bride’s location. The corsages will need to be immediately sorted in the following manner: • people at bride’s location ◦ bride, bridesmaids, flower girl, ring bearer, parents, grandparents, children, siblings, driver • people at groom’s location ◦ groom, groomsmen, parents, grandparents, children, siblings • flowers needed for ceremony ◦ readers, performers, MC, ushers, flowers for ceremony rituals or decoration • flowers needed for the reception ◦ throw bouquet, cake flowers, flowers for reception decoration Once bouquets and corsages needed at the bride’s location are separated, the corsages for the groom’s location and ceremony will need to be brought to the groom’s location right away. The groom should then take the remainder to the ceremony and distribute them accordingly. Someone who is not directly involved in the preparation should be delegated to bring the throw bouquet and cake flowers to the reception location to be refrigerated there. How to Pin a Lapel Corsage: in 5 Seconds! 1. Always pat off excess water before attempting to pin. 2. Hold the corsage against the left lapel with your left pointer finger and thumb. 3. Line it up, angling it with the cut of the lapel. 4. Now with your fingers holding the corsage stem in the front and your thumb behind the lapel, turn the lapel over to expose the back. 5. The corsage pin or safety pin should be in your right hand. 6. Through the lapel, stick the pin in the top of the stem, making sure not to go through to the front. 7. Weave the pin through the stem and stick it out through the back of the lapel. 8. The pin should not be visible from the front and should be visible twice at the back. Perfect every time! Thanks to Ross Squires of Memories Forever for coming up with this fool-proof technique about 20 years ago, based on his experience from videotaping weddings. With this technique, you will not see a pin on your lapel in your photos and you can dance the night away without the corsage falling off. You may have been given two corsage pins with each corsage but with this technique you only require one. Safely place the extras aside because you may need them later. The corsage stem often cracks away from the flowers, while placing or adjusting the lapel corsage or during a hug. Don’t worry. Here is Wendy’s 5-second fix! How to Fix a Broken Corsage: in 5 Seconds! 1. Carefully remove the broken stem and flower from the lapel. 2. Locate the extra pins that you put aside already. 3. Carefully place one pin down through the middle of the main flower, straight through the middle of the cracked part of the stem, now creating an artificial stem. 4. Then, push the artificial stem straight through the middle of the broken stem, reattaching the two. 5. Now re-pin to lapel as described before.

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