Love blooms eternal
The bride and groom are the central figures of a wedding, so choosing flowers that mirror their personalities can make their big day memorable for everyone.
The floral theme creates the mood for the occasion, giving guests a hint of what to expect from the ceremony.
'The flowers reflect the type of ceremony and celebration you host, they define the level of formality,' says Tanarak Visessonchoke, director of Bliss and Buzz event planners.
'For the guests, experiencing the event begins with the decoration inspired by the couple's personalities.
'The colour scheme, the flowers and the table cloths are the factors used to represent your personal style.'
The mania surrounding the much-talked-about wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton has even influenced floral arrangements that are gravitating towards a more luxurious style.
'We will see more and more timeless and formal wedding settings where the guests dine on the finest food and wine. Each table is set with gorgeous silverware, fine china, crystal, linen, and stunning and grand floral arrangements,' Visessonchoke says.
Not only do floral arrangements play an integral part in a Western wedding, they are equally important at a Chinese one.
'Floral arrangements, or more specifically bridal bouquets, are steeped in tradition and are as important an accessory as the bride's veil or jewellery. Clients are also requesting a second bouquet for when the bride changes into her kwa (traditional Chinese wedding dress).
The bouquet adds the exclamation mark to the bride's ensemble and helps to complete the transformation of a girl into a bride,' says Masami Kuroda, creative director and part owner of Flannel Flowers.
The company holds the philosophy that 'flowers should be appreciated for their own beauty, and are best left presented in as simple and as elegant a setting as possible'.
'The bride must be satisfied and confident when taking that all-important walk down the aisle on what should be one of the happiest days of her life,' Kuroda says.
'We don't believe in over-wrapping or adding any superfluous trinkets to floral arrangements.
'The colours, beauty and freshness of the flowers should complement the bride's overall aesthetic and in order to achieve this, simplicity and elegance in the presentation of the bouquet are key.'
Kuroda believes in the importance of conveying the bride's message through the arrangements.
'The types and colours of flowers must be carefully thought out and should blend well with the overall atmosphere of the event,' she says.