Guest Author - Connie Krochmal
Now there’s a wonderful title that can help brides-to-be with their wedding planning.
“Beautiful Wedding Flowers” by Diane Wagner is a Victoria title. This was released by Hearst Books/Sterling. I highly recommend this for anyone planning a wedding. This is a must-have.
Whatever color scheme and theme you’ve chosen for your wedding, this title features lush vibrant floral designs for the occasion. All in all, it features over 300 unique designs by this talented designer.
For each individual design, Wagner provides tips and details along with information about the types of flowers and other floral materials that are used. Among the fabulous 300+ designs are every imaginable type of arrangement. There are designs for every use from centerpieces and corsages to boutonnieres and decorations for arbors, arches, table settings, and cakes.
This title is very easy to use. The designs are organized into chapter according to their use. One chapter is devoted to the reception. Another provides ideas for use during the ceremony. There is also a chapter with lots of stunning ideas for all members of the wedding party.
The introductory chapter is very helpful, and I would urge all those planning weddings to begin with this chapter. The author carefully explains how to choose a color scheme. She has suggestions on the seasonal flowers to use for the best effect.
The final chapter will be especially useful for those planning to create their own floral arrangements at home. This chapter features lovely designs for corsages and boutonnieres as well as bouquets. The author also provides extensive details on making different kinds of bouquets, including hand-tied ones.
About every type of flower you can imagine are included in these arrangements from romantic callas to the informal, unassuming sweet William. This covers a wide variety of floral design styles from elegant and chic to the more informal.
Wagner isn’t a purist. She shows that high quality silk flowers have their place in weddings, particularly in the headpieces of young flower girls.
Throughout the book there are helpful lists, including lists by different flower colors. There are also lists of suitable foliage as well as ideas on using fruits, pods, and the like. This also has a quick reference guide to the language of flowers.
Even after the wedding is over readers can still get all kinds of ideas from this book. It features many kinds of arrangements that can be put to use for various other kinds of events.
Weddings are the author’s specialty. She is a New York city-based floral and event designer. She is also author of Victoria Flower Style. Her work has appeared in many major magazines and publications and on network television.
For disclosure purposes I received a review copy of this book from the publisher.