Keeping a definite style throughout will make your wedding memorable—and you’ll never have any regrets.
Contemporary: You are in tune with everything fresh, new, and avant-garde. Your social media skills are honed to a fine point. You drink martinis and have never had a beer. Your wardrobe is edgy: You love graphic color-mixing. Your circle looks to you to see what’s the next trend. You will want a stylish, sophisticated bouquet in unconventional color. You might wear a cocktail dress instead of traditional wedding gown, and probably no veil, instead maybe a cocktail hat or a fascinator. It’s a given your shoes will have red soles (Louboutin!).
Traditional: You are a class act. You may wear a locket on a gold chain with a strand of pearls. Your favorite outfit is slim jeans, a great white blouse and a fitted blazer with classic flats. Your crowd is knowledgeable about art, wine and charitable giving. You prefer luxe in destinations and accommodations. You have a traditional church or temple ceremony in mind. You will probably go with your mother to New York to get your gown directly from the designer. You might wear your Nana’s veil. You would never think of changing your wedding dress for your reception, which will be lavish, sit-down affair at your family’s club. Tenderloin always is on the menu. You admire Kate Middleton’s style, and your ideal wedding look is a la Grace Kelly. Your bridal bouquet is lush and white, with lily of the valley, peonies and David Austin roses. A monogrammed, double-faced satin ribbon—dress-maker quality, with a tone-on-tone monogram—will grace your bouquet.
Romantic: You love Downton Abbey. Your favorite wedding designers are Marchesa and Carolina Herrera. You love chick flicks, and he doesn't mind being dragged along. He (knowing you so well) probably asked your parents for your hand in marriage, and proposed on one knee on a trip to San Francisco while visiting Muir Woods. A tented wedding reception would be your preference. You would love to be married in a European-style garden. You love lace, ribbons and blush/pink. Your bridesmaids will give you a tea for a bridal shower. Your bouquet will have romantic garden flowers: ranunculus, hydrangea and roses—mostly ivory with a touch of pink. You hope your bridesmaids like the tea-length bridesmaid dresses that you picked out. You’ll have a piece of his late mother’s jewelry worked into your bouquet. The men will wear traditional morning suits with striped trousers for your afternoon wedding. Monogrammed cake boxes are a must. That way, all the unmarried lassies can dream of their Prince Charming. You’ve found yours, and will keep him until the end of your lovely life together.
Boho-Chic: You’d prefer to be married in a field of wildflowers. The reception site will be crisscrossed with bistro lights. You wear a lot of vintage clothes, including a very worn black leather motorcycle jacket—worn with leggings and leather boots, it’s your fall and winter favorite go-to outfit. You wouldn’t dream of a Chanel heel or a sky-high Jimmy Choo. Strappy sandals are more your style. You’ll probably pick a lace sheath with flowers in your hair. Your dream reception is having trestle tables in a barn, serving locally grown food with centerpieces in the antique mason jars you've been collecting. You admire the style and design of Nicole Richie. The groom and his groomsmen and ushers will all wear their own suits, along with one of the vintage 1940s ties you've picked up at thrift shops—all different, all unusual—and they also might wear period Fedoras hats.
Some brides will embrace a combination of styles, and if that’s their preference, go for it. I get weak when I hear a woman who’s been married for 10 or 20 years say, “I loved my wedding, you guys really did such a great job!”
Remember, use an experienced, full-service florist. And—always—live happily ever after.
Wedding expert John Sullivan has worked with partner Ken Miesner for 30-plus years at Ken Miesner's Flowers in Plaza Frontenac, where they have collaborated for some 1,200 weddings! 'Like' him on Facebook under 'Wedding Wisdom,' where guests are welcome to post pictures, and leave comments and opinions.