Is Fresh Best?

Authored by: Jim Emerson
October 25, 2011

In virtually every wedding album, photos of the bride holding a bouquet of flowers is featured front and centre

The selection of your flower bouquet is not a simple decision as there are as many different options as there are brides! The design of your wedding dress, the style of wedding, the season of the year as well as your budget will all influence your choice of bouquets. These days there are also so many various options to choose from!

Some brides look for alternatives to flesh flowers due to allergies, while others just want something unique, personal or non-perishable. Whatever your reason for selecting something other than a traditional fresh floral bouquet, there are many other beautiful options you may wish to consider.

Silk Flowers: The most common alternative to fresh blooms. If you had dismissed using silk flowers for your wedding bouquets, you might want to give them have a second thought.

  • Silk flowers are usually less expensive than the real deal;
  • you won’t have to worry about blossoms wilting;
  • conserving them won’t be difficult;
  • you can easily reuse them
  • they can be pre-arranged so you will know exactly what your bouquet will look like as you walk down the aisle,
  • and they are perfect for brides with allergies.

Some other interesting bouquets we have seen in recent years:
Paper bouquets come in a wide assortment of shapes and colors. You can buy finished bouquets or purchase individual blooms, then arrange them yourself.(They won’t wilt outdoors and are hypo-allergenic!) Fabric bouquets are a beautifully modest and unique touch and can be custom tailored to suit your wedding colours or style! Another intriguing choice is a selection of vintage brooch bouquets! Needless to say they have all the amazing qualities of the above selection of bouquets plus they add a dash of bling!

Maybe you would like to add an extremely unique twist to your bouquet and you may opt to carry a basket of flower petals. A variety of petals, either silk or fresh, are particularly beautiful for outdoor garden weddings.

For evening weddings outdoors, consider carrying a lit candle in a glass container. You can also line the aisle with candles or paper lanterns to light your way. Candles are a very elegant, sophisticated alternative to fresh flowers and everyone looks beautiful in candlelight!

Oftentimes brides also carry antique rosary beads that have been handed down through the generations.  Or a selection of feathers can be added to a bouquet, or become the bouquet!

Other alternatives to a floral wedding bouquet include a fur muff to keep your hands warm during your winter wedding; a parasol umbrella for those hot outdoor summer weddings, or even an elegant handbag.

Whatever you choose to carry down the aisle, make a statement by incorporating your personality and fashion sense into the style.

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About the Author: Jim Emerson

Author Website: https://www.enduringpromises.com


Vincy and Bruce

Hi Jim

We would like to thank you for doing such a fabulous job on our wedding ceremony. We received numerous commendations as to how our ceremony was set up, the words we used, and how the children were involved – everyone just loved it. 

I have also recommended to many of our guests that if they know of anyone getting married and they need an Officiant that you would be the only one to go with.

We both thank you very much for making our day so very special.  

Again many thanks
Vincy and Bruce

Vincy and Bruce

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Nicole and Eric

Hi Jim

Thank you again so much for assisting in our Special Day. We greatly appreciated your services.

We were very pleased from our first meeting with you, which is why we decided to go with your services. You were pleasant to deal with and available for questioning if necessary – you were very helpful! You were definitely able to help make the day special and memorable. 

The online ceremony template with the various ideas and suggestions allowed us to personalize and create our own ceremony, but didn’t limit us to only the selecions available. The template was able to provide us with choices that we could adjust to fit our personalities. It was great!

Enduring Promises was very prompt with their responses. We decided to do the programs through the company and the responses were in a very timely manner back and forth between us and the company. When I had questions that I needed answered  I was able to call and speak to someone who was able to answere all my questions. 

Thank you very much!

 

 

 

Nicole and Eric

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Lucie and David

Dear Jim

Once again thanks so much for all your help leading up to the wedding and for doing such a great job on the day of our ceremony. You were very professional and great fun to work with.

We were really happy with the service you provided and your personal touches. We highly recommend Enduring Promises to our friends and more specifically you.

Thanks for making our day so memorable.

Lucie and David

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Christine and Steven

Hi Paul H,

Steven and I were very impressed with you right from our first meeting. You was very professional, easy to talk to, and put us at ease by walking us step by step through how our wedding ceremony would flow. On our big day, our ceremony went off without a hitch. We received many compliments from guests about what a wonderful ceremony it was, and we were both very pleased with the service that you provided.

The template provided lots of great options and ideas to work with – it made building our ceremony quite easy. We has never planned a wedding before, so we really had no idea where to start – I would have been lost without the guidance of the template.

We had a very positive experience working with Enduring Promises. They were easy to contact, prompt in their responses, and we have only good things to say about our experience with your company.

Thanks again and kindest regards,

Christine and Steven

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Deb and Will

Hi Paul H,

William and I would like to thank you, from the depths of our hearts, for the lovely ceremony you officiated for us on the October 8th. It was a smooth, touching and lovely ceremony with an appropriate hint of humor.  All our guests were very impressed, especially with the sand ceremony.  

The envelope and letter you gave us after the ceremony touched us deeply. It made us realized that we were not just customers, but we were individuals who you really cared about.  

After the ceremony, we were so busy surrounded by the guest that we didn’t have a chance to thank you in person, so email will have to do…until we meet, hopefully, at a wedding in the future!

We are so happy to have had you Officiant our ceremony.  Thanks again for the time you shared with us and we wish you all the best!

Deb and Will

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Tristan and Tania

Hello Rinette,

Tania and I both had an amazing time on our wedding day! Everything came together so well and we really lucked out with the weather.

You met and exceeded all of our expectations. Thank you very, very much for your input and attention to all the small details!

The website template was really a huge help. I don’t think it could have been any easier and we can’t imagine having to put together our entire ceremony from scratch. Our ceremony would never have been so personal without assistance from the online template and your guidance.

Enduring Promises was entirely professional and I appreciated their prompt and friendly responses to our questions.  

Again, thanks Rinette for making our day so special!

Tristan and Tania

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Angelune and Ian

Hi Rinette,

You definitely helped to make our day special and memorable. You were a calming presence amid the chaos in the minutes before the ceremony. All of our friends and family said that the ceremony was special and reflected us as a couple.

The Enduring Promises ceremony template was great. It gave us the ability to develop our entire ceremony – words and music.

Enduring Promises was very prompt and helpful. All communications with the company were polite, friendly and professional and helped keep us on track.  

Thanks again for being part of our wedding. We absolutely loved creating our own ceremony, and being able to include my friend.

We will definitely be recommending Enduring Promises and you, to any friends who are looking for an Officiant.

Thank you!

Angelune and Ian

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Lili and Steve

Hi Mike, 

The first time I saw you perform a wedding ceremony, I thought you were fun, refreshing and  well spoken. I decided right then that you were the one I wanted to officiate our wedding ceremony. And at the time we weren’t even engaged!!!  

Steve and I were extremely happy with every aspect of the services provided by you.  You walked us through every step of the ceremony and gave us the confidence that we were in great hands. The professionalism, dedication and attention you gave us was above and beyond what I could expect and it made our day perfect.  

Leading up to the ceremony, we found the online template to be extremely easy to use and it enabled us to personalize our ceremony to represent us as a couple. I will be raving about you to my friends and recommending yourself and Enduring Promises to everyone I know in the future.

Lili and Steve

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Rosa and Allan

Hi Paul H,

One word says it all, you were “amazing”. You were the perfect match for “crazy me”, Allan and our family. We truly could not have found an Officiant that was better suited for us…you were perfect!

So a BIG thank you for doing such an amazing job, helping us create such a memorable ceremony.

 

Rosa and Allan

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Julia and Kevin

Hi Jim,

Thank you so much for making our special day that much more special! When we met you at the Wedding Show, we had a great feeling about you – and boy, were we right! You did an amazing job navigating our rather unconventional ceremony with poise and humour (as if all the ceremonies you officiate have guest sing-alongs!) Many of our guests commented on your great sense of humor and the way you fit in perfectly with our relaxed, fun vibe! We’ve recommended you to a bunch of friends – so we’ll probably see you again soon.

We found the ceremony template was very useful and Enduring Promises was a pleasure to work with. The office was very prompt and helpful in their responses.

Julia and Kevin

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Angela and Matthew

Hi Jim,

You were so great to work with.  You made us feel so comfortable and helped set our nerves at ease before the ceremony. Your little talk with me before I walked down the aisle helped me remember to focus on what was important during the ceremony.  Matt said your instructions were precise and your calm and humorous attitude made him feel more relaxed.

The online template was great and so easy to use. We liked that we had the flexibility to make our ceremony as traditional or original as we wanted.

Enduring Promises was helpful and reminded me when payment was due.

Many of our family members and friends have told us that our ceremony was beautiful and that was all thanks to you!

Thanks again!

Angela and Matthew

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