The Sweet Christian Bride

A Glad Bride

by admin on August 17, 2011 in Flowers with No Comments

Choosing flowers for your wedding might feel a bit overwhelming.  Even if you have the perfect combination in mind, details such as cost, season, “shelf-life,” and scent can foil the best of plans.  The easiest way to choose the right flowers for your wedding is probably to share your vision and your budget with your florist and let him or her present you with corresponding options.

If you prefer to have a more hands-on approach, however, or if you are coordinating your own wedding, learning about your floral options can be a fun discovery process.  I’ll help you tackle one flower at a time. 

Since it’s August, we’ll start with the August birth flower, the gladiolus.  The gladiolus is a branch-less stalk of voluminous blooms that is in the iris family.  It’s name comes from the Latin word for sword, which is gladius.  Appropriate considering the stalk of blooms is strong and straight like a sword.

Glads are typically in bloom from July through September, and given their rainbow array of color (but no blue), they make for stunning, vibrant summer wedding flowers or for harvest-colored autumnal wedding flowers.

The tall shape of the glads make them ideal for tall centerpieces.  You can trim the bottom blooms to the appropriate height and then let the shafts of color shoot out from the top of the vase. 

They also make striking additions to the ceremony site by securing bundles of glads to the chairs down the aisle or using the height and strength of the flower to create blooming strands on your altar.

My favorite way of using the gladiolus is in the arm sheaf bouquet, also called the presentation bouquet.  This type of bouquet is natural in form and rests in the cradle of the bride’s arm.  It is a perfect match for an organic, rustic, or low-key ceremony. 

Another great bouquet form for glads is the teardrop bouquet, also called the cascade bouquet because of the fall of blossoms that spills down the bride’s gown past the heart of the arrangement.  The height of the gladiolus makes it a perfect fit for the cascading portion of the bouquet.

If you have a special connection to South Africa, you especially might choose the gladiolus, which is native largely to South Africa, as an emblem of your time or experience there.  Suddenly your flowers choice also becomes an invitation for your guests to know you more intimately.  If you do have a special meaning for choosing glads, or any flowers for that matter, tell your guests about it in the program or on table cards.  Your guests will love learning why you chose the details you did.

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