Your Personalized Wedding: The Official Flowers of Your Families’ Countries of Origin

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Photo by Dean Michaels Studio

 

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

Argentina:                               Seibo

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

Estonia:                                   Cornflower

Ethiopia:                                  Calla lily

Finland:                                   Lily of the Valley

France:                                    Fleur De Lis (Iris)

Germany:                                Cornflower

Greece:                                    Violet and Laurel Branch

Republic of India:                   Lotus

Iran:                                         Tulip

Iraq:                                         Rose

Ireland:                                    Shamrock

Israel:                                      Cyclamen

Italy:                                        Cyclamen

Jamaica:                                   Lignum Vitae

Japan:                                      Cherry blossom [Not actually official, but the bloom of choice]

Jordan:                                    Black Iris

Laos:                                       Plumeria

Malaysia:                                 Chinese Hibiscus

Maldives:                                Pink Rose

Mexico:                                   Dahlia

Nepal:                                      Rhododendron

Netherlands:                            Tulip

New Zealand:                         Silver Fern

North Korea:                           Magnolia

Norway:                                  Heather

Peru:                                        Cantuta

Poland:                                    Corn Poppy

Portugal:                                  Lavender, Sunflower, Red Oak and Carnation

Russia:                                     Chamomile

St. Kitts and St. Nevis:           Red Royal Poinciana

South Africa:                          King Protea

South Korea:                           Hibiscus Syriacus (Rose of Sharon)

Spain:                                      Carnation

Taiwan:                                   Plum Blossom

Trinidad and Tobago:             Chaconia

Ukraine:                                  Sunflower

United Kingdom:                    Tudor Rose or Red Rose [Each region has its own emblem flower, including the Welsh daffodil and the Scottish bluebell, among others.]

Uruguay:                                 Ceibo

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.]

Top Tips for Working With Your Wedding Floral Designer, a Guest Post by Lisa Plociniak of A Touch of Elegance

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When your wedding vision includes stunningly-gorgeous floral arrangements on every guest table, and a bouquet that could be featured in a bridal magazine, you want to be sure you’re working with a dazzlingly-talented floral designer who will bring your floral dreams to life…and make them even better than you can even imagine.

At Westminster Weddings, we’ve seen our ballroom filled with dreamy gardens of blooms, some of which have been featured on the top bridal websites and blogs, and we’d love to help you achieve the same kind of floral glory with your wedding’s flowers and greenery.

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The most important first step is finding the perfect floral designer. And we say ‘floral designer’ quite intentionally, because there is a difference between a Floral Designer and a Florist, as our friend and guest expert Lisa Plociniak, floral designer of A Touch of Elegance explains here:

“A professional floral designer is an artist whose medium is flowers. Often, their designs go beyond flowers and are inspired by big ideas. They are innovative and creative. They look to other disciplines and industries like interior design, fashion and architecture for inspiration. A floral designer is capable of bringing to life their clients’ vision while also maintaining their own style and leaving a memorable signature on the event.”

“A florist is a professional who provides everyday floral needs such as birthday, get well and funeral floral designs. They replicate floral designs that have been predetermined for them, with creativity less important in this area of the floral industry.” This is not to say that florists are to be avoided – you may wish to hire them to send thank-you florals to your parents, wedding experts, your maid of honor, anyone who has delighted you with their special treatment and is deserving of a sweet floral treat.

But for your wedding’s design in the floral realm, it’s best to stick with your floral designer, so that each floral creation complements the others, made from the same creator’s mind and talents, to look their best.

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That said, here are some top tips from Lisa for working with your floral designer:

  • “When working with your floral designer, it’s important to remember that they are visual people. Bring them any photographs of inspirational ideas you have. And – this is a big tip! – these images do not need to be limited to just flower arrangements! You can share other décor ideas like lanterns, room settings, cultural items and furniture to help your floral designer connect with your vision.”
  • “Stay open to your floral designer’s ideas. They may be able to help you create your vision in a way you did not think of, or might not be aware exists.” This is the real benefit of working with a talented, professional floral designer. Remember, they are ‘artists whose medium is flowers’ and in their training and experience, have lovely ideas for how your wedding venue’s entryway can be made even more stunning, or your centerpiece more in keeping with your wedding wishes. “Floral designers are always striving for the unexpected. They are creators of living sculptures. A few types of flowers can be used to create an object not expected to be made of flowers, or a design can be made completely without flowers, like a floral wall behind the wedding cake, or a trellis of hanging candles.

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  • “Visit your wedding venue with your floral designer. It’s a great way to brainstorm, and being in the space is an excellent way to visualize how the space’s look can be maximized.” Top wedding floral designers have worked in many wedding venues, but if they have not worked at yours in the past, this tour is even more important. It’s an exciting wedding planning experience to walk through your wedding venue with your floral designer, watching her creative gears in motion and getting wonderful new ideas about how florals can work magic in your wedding setting.

Welcome to our Wedding Gardens

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One of the most wonderful things about spring is all the pretty flowers starting to poke up, the lilacs and daffodils that are so quintessentially spring. At Westminster Weddings, our Zen gardens create the perfect setting for your al fresco wedding cocktail party, and our grounds are quite lovely for an outdoor wedding.

So many of our wedding couples have chosen to have their portraits taken beneath our pergola, and we’ve seen some beautiful lighting set there for evening photos as well.

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The key to choosing the perfect NJ wedding location is looking at what the outdoor setting will look like during the season of your wedding, and also what it CAN look like with different lighting effects. We welcome your wedding’s outdoor cocktail party on our terrace, by our fountains, for a celebration that makes the most of spring, summer and fall weather and all of those season’s prettiest wedding floral features.

Top Wedding Trends at Westminster Hotel Weddings: Your Wedding’s ‘Birthmonth’ Gemstone and Flower

 

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One of the top wedding trends that we see here at Westminster Hotel Weddings is personalizing a wedding to the couple’s birthmonth. It may be using their birthstone or their birthmonth flowers, such as featuring Lily of the Valley in the bride’s bouquet if she was born in May. Or, for a September wedding, the color Sapphire is a trendy color for a fall wedding, and the bride may incorporate some blue bling in the crystal accents on her dress, in her tiara or in her wedding day jewelry.

A great way to give this timeless wedding tradition a unique twist is to consider your wedding date the birthstone of your marriage. So, if your wedding is in July, your wedding’s ‘birthmonth’ gemstone is Ruby and your wedding’s ‘birthmonth’ flower is the larkspur or water lily. Your wedding’s ‘birthmonth’ is when your new life is born, so why not embrace a new set of pretty gemstone and flower as your partnership’s signature stone or bloom?

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Birth Month Gemstones

•January Birthstone – Garnet

•February Birthstone- Amethyst

•March Birthstone – Aquamarine

•April Birthstone – Diamond

•May Birthstone – Emerald

•June Birthstone – Pearl

•July Birthstone – Ruby

•August Birthstone – Peridot

•September Birthstone – Sapphire

•October Birthstone – Opal

•November Birthstone – Topaz

•December Birthstone – Blue Topaz

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Birth Month Flowers

January Birth Flower – the Carnation or Snowdrop

February Birth Flower – the Violet or Primrose

March Birth Flower – the Jonquil (aka Daffodil or Narcissus)

April Birth Flower – the Sweet pea or Daisy

May Birth Flower – the Lily of the Valley

June Birth Flower – the Rose

July Birth Flower – the Larkspur or Water Lily

August Birth Flower – the Gladiolus or Poppy

September Birth Flower – the Aster or Morning Glory

October Birth Flower – the Calendula (Marigold)

November Birth Flower – the Chrysanthemum

December Birth Flower – the Narcissus