One of the easiest and prettiest ways to combine your and your groom’s cultures, or pay homage to one or the other in ways that work with your wedding vision, is to use the Official Flowers of your families’ countries of origin. You might blend them into your centerpieces, or build your bouquet style around the perfect pairing of your roses and his plum blossoms – with each so meaningful to you and to your families.
You might wish to use these ‘emblem flowers’ in your site décor, such as vases filled with peonies to honor your Chinese roots at your cocktail party, or pedestals displaying dahlias as a floral tribute to your Mexican background. Floral emblems may also be used in the graphics used on your invitations or wedding programs – such as a pretty lily of the valley for your Finnish wedding, or an hibiscus for your Korean wedding.
The options are endless, so here is a starter list of different countries and their national official flowers. (Be aware that many countries’ regions claim their own individual flowers, and that some countries haven’t yet decided on specific flowers to call their own. And while legislation was put into place in 1986 naming the rose as the official flower of the United State, each individual state claims its own official flower.)
Antigua and Barbuda: Dagger Log
Australia: Golden Wattle [Australia has several different state flowers to consider]
The Bahamas: Yellow Elder
Barbados: Pride of Barbados
Belize: Black Orchid
Bhutan: Blue poppy
Bolivia: Kantuta and Patuju
Brazil: Tabebuia Alba
Canada: Maple leaf [And many provinces claim their own emblem f lowers, such as the mayflower, the emblem of Nova Scotia]
People’s Republic of China: Peony, plum blossom and chrysanthemum
Colombia: Cattleya Orchid
Denmark: Red Clover
Dominican Republic: Mahogany Tree Flower
Egypt: Lady Slipper
Ethiopia: Calla lily
Finland: Lily of the Valley
France: Fleur De Lis (Iris)
Greece: Violet and Laurel Branch
Republic of India: Lotus
Jamaica: Lignum Vitae
Japan: Cherry blossom [Not actually official, but the bloom of choice]
Jordan: Black Iris
Malaysia: Chinese Hibiscus
Maldives: Pink Rose
New Zealand: Silver Fern
North Korea: Magnolia
Poland: Corn Poppy
Portugal: Lavender, Sunflower, Red Oak and Carnation
St. Kitts and St. Nevis: Red Royal Poinciana
South Africa: King Protea
South Korea: Hibiscus Syriacus (Rose of Sharon)
Taiwan: Plum Blossom
Trinidad and Tobago: Chaconia
United Kingdom: Tudor Rose or Red Rose [Each region has its own emblem flower, including the Welsh daffodil and the Scottish bluebell, among others.]
Venezuela: Cattleya Orchid
Vietnam: Red Lotus
[Flower IDs were correct at the time of this writing; at any time, regions or countries may choose a different flower.]
Your sweet tooth will be singing as you see these fabulous candy-themed bat mitzvah images from Lindsay’s big day! We love the creativity of the candy installations, the vibrant colors and dazzling sparkle in this bat mitzvah event design, and we love re-living this very special day through these photos from Andy Foster Photography.
We’re so pleased to share with you Anil and Elsa’s wedding highlight video from their big day here at the Westminster Hotel. The entire Westminster Weddings staff looks back on this beautiful celebration with such joy for this wonderful couple, and we wish them every happiness in their future together!
Everyone loves a fabulous wedding bar sign, especially when it’s clever! An ‘invitation to dance’ like the photo above from Etsy will bring a smile to guests’ faces and likely sounds like the fun-loving wedding couple’s sense of humor.
We love a great bar sign at weddings and parties. Guests love them as well, since a beautifully-described cocktail and list of wines, brews and spirits on a gorgeously-made sign is far more enticing than a wedding bar with no sign, leaving guests craning their necks to read the bottles behind the bar.
We invite you to check out our Wedding Bar Sign Pinterest page for ideas and inspiration as you plan your bar list and wedding décor.
Imagine how excited your wedding, bridal shower, engagement party, rehearsal dinner or party guests will be when they find out that the 24-layer chocolate cake we offer at our events has been featured on Food Network’s “Best Thing I Ever Ate.” It’s a celebrity chef-pleasing, delectable indulgence, and a must for your event’s dessert menu.
Here’s our chef’s preparation of the cake:
We’re so happy to give you a sneak peek at some terrific wedding survey results, courtesy of The Wedding Report’s upcoming Wedding Report Quarterly issue. We know you want to give your wedding guests an amazing experience (we want that, too!) so here are the top ways to spoil your wedding guests, offering them even more than they would expect from such a special day:
The WRQ survey puts the top two ways to give your guests even more in the Drinks category:
- Offer a welcome drink or drink station upon guests’ arrival. (38.3%)
- Offer post-ceremony drinks or drink stations, so that guests can help themselves or be served your signature wedding drinks, a special post-ceremony drink, wine or champagne just after you say your I Do’s. With everyone having a drink in hand, a group toast may be in order! (36.5%)
The survey continues with a mix of gourmet cuisine offerings in your wedding menu, plus more drink options:
3. Offer a larger number of menu options at the cocktail party, including stations, passed hors d’oeuvres and a buffet. (26.2%)
4. Offer late-night bites during the dancing hours, since it may have been a while since dinner. Late-night bites let you treat your guests to even more of our wonderful catering options, and perhaps include some more casual items that didn’t make it into your final picks for your cocktail party or dinner menus…or maybe they did, and guests would just love to see that they get to have more! (22.1%)
5. Offer quick, light bite treats before the ceremony. Why make them wait? (21.3%)
6. Offer multiple signature drinks at the cocktail party. Such as His and Hers drinks, or a variety of cocktail choices. (19.9%)
7. Offer passed desserts in addition to cake and dessert hour options. Guests on the dance floor would love a mini pastry or other sweet treat! (18.3%)
8. Offer amazing entrée options. (15.6%)
9. Offer a food truck outside your venue for guests’ enjoyment as they depart (14.3%)
10. Offer an ice cream bar at the dessert hour. (13.3%)
Talk with our event coordinator and chef about your Westminster Wedding menus and drinks, and create a fabulous experience for all of your guests!