The Wedding Bouquet Toss

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In medieval Europe, nearly everything a bride touched was considered to be good luck — from what she was wearing to what she was holding. Therefore, wedding guests would chase after the bride, ripping at her dress and flowers, hoping to get a piece of her luck. Many times, the bride would have to throw something to the guests as a means of distraction to get away. And so forms the tradition of the Bouquet Toss…

Today, however, it is a much more anticipated event for the guests AND for the bride. She will usually have her own bridal bouquet and a separate toss or throw bouquet. She will toss it into a crowd of unmarried women who gather to try and catch the bouquet because whoever catches it, of course, is said to be next in line for marriage.

Today there are also many alternative versions or twists to the tradition. Such as giving the extra bouquet to someone specific or giving it to the couple at your wedding who has been together the longest.

No matter what tradition you pick for your special day, it is important to make sure it reflects YOU!

Make em last longer!

Two of the top questions Americans ask when purchasing flowers are “How do I take care of them?” and “How long will they last?
From a single bud, to a small bunch to an abundant arrangement, just a little extra care can make a big difference. Most floral arrangements last from 4 to 7 days, depending on the types of flowers used and the type of care they receive. Here’s some specific tips to keep your flowers looking beautiful:

For floral arrangements… Keep the vase filled or floral foam soaked with water containing a flower food. If the flower food solution becomes cloudy, replace it entirely. If possible, recut stems by removing one to two inches with a sharp knife. Use warm water when adding water to the vase or refilling it.

Keep flowers in a cool spot (65 to 72 degrees Fahrenheit), away from direct sunlight. Avoid heating or cooling vents, areas directly under ceiling fans, or on top of televisions or radiators. Appliances such as televisions and radiators give off heat, causing the flowers to quickly dehydrate.

For boxed flowers or loose wrapped bunches… If you can’t get your flowers into a water and flower food solution right away, keep them in a cool place. Fill a clean, deep vase with water and add the flower food, following the directions on the package.

For all arrangements… Remove any leaves that will be below the waterline. Leaves in the water will promote bacterial growth, causing the flowers to wilt quickly.

Recut stems with a sharp knife. Do this underwater, in warm water. This allows the stems to draw in water instead of air. Then place the flowers in the vase solution you’ve prepared. When using woody stems and branches (such as forsythia, quince or lilac), cut the stem with sharp pruning shears.

Liatris – What’s that all about?

 

 Also Known as:  Gay Feather, Blazing Star

Availability: Year round

 Lasting Power:The fresh cut flower is able to last seven (7) to ten (10) days.

 Family Relations: In the Compositae family, this along with  corn flower, chrysanthemums, asters and zinnias.

 Description: Unusual looking, most blossom stems open from the bottom to the top of the spike. This flower blooms from top to the bottom. It is advisable to avoid buying the flower which the blossom already three-quarters.

Arrangement of Flower:  Most use liatris for what is referred to as line flowers in arrangements.  These flowers are suitable for drying.