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Wow, you ain’t seen nothing yet till you’ve seen a Japanese wedding bouquet.

Some of the styles are so unusual and beautiful. And some are over the top but there are some great ideas here if they were simplified.

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See more of these amazing bouquets and dresses at Japanese website HK-Wedding

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These gorgeous photos of flowers in a rainbow of pastel colours were part of Alissa and Ryan’s wedding as featured in Style Me Pretty.

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Florist Jodi Shalgosky explains the choices you have when choosing your wedding flowers and some beautiful, but different, bouquets and table arrangements.

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Wow, Snippet and Ink do the most fantastic inspiration boards. Here’s one they did for a winter wedding. Deer cupcakes oh my!

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Photo Credit: Snippet and Ink and the following:
Top row from left: bride photo by Aaron Almendral, note basket from Better Homes and Gardens, silhouette cookie photo by S&J Photo, log cabin photo by James Carriere
Row 2: eggnog photo from Jupiter Images, bouquet from Martha Stewart Weddings, votive and basket of flowers both from Matthew Mead
Row 3: pearl ring photo by Jessica Claire, cupcakes by Baked NYC via Creature Comforts, invitations from Martha Stewart Weddings
Row 4: notecards by Moderncard, bouquet from Brides, kissing in the snow photo by Grazier Photography, bedroom from Country Living

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I’m planning to have blue thistles or sea holly in my wedding bouquet. I like the architectural feel of these plants and think their colour is stunning.

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It looks great for the groom’s buttonhole too.

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When I was a little girl I can remember my Italian grandmother (or Nonna as I know her form the Italian) sitting at her table surrounded by fine netting, rolls of shiny ribbon, the smallest flowers and leaves and sugar almonds. She would cut away with scissors and bind with green florist tape to make beautiful small bouquets. It wasn’t a full time job for my nonna…she was too busy feeding up us grandkids and generally fussing over us. And besides I think she would have happily made them for free and often did as it was such a pleasure for her. She’s been waiting for the moment she can make one of her grandchildrens wedding bonboniere and finally she now has a chance.

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Bonboniere are Italian wedding favors. They come in all shapes and colours with different flowers and can also be used for for christenings, first communions, golden and silver anniversaries. The one thing the wedding bonboniere have in common is that traditionally they should have 5 sugared almonds. These symbolize health, wealth, happiness, fertility and long life. When the bride and groom walk around the tables at the wedding breakfast they hand them out to each guest, usually from a decorated basket carried by the bride.

I love my nonna’s bonboniere but most of them were made in the 1980s and though beautiful they’re not to my taste and they wouldn’t match our wedding. So its up to my fiance and I to guide my nan and give her ideas on what we would like the bonboniere to look like. I would like to stick to the shapes that I remember my nonna creating but making them with a modern feel. No peach coloured flowers for me!

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My nan is making samples for my fiance and I to look at as I write. She has about 1000 wires to twist for the almond ‘twigs’ alone! They are already looking wonderful. Will post photos of the results.

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Dress up your bouquets and centerpieces with winter wedding accents such as:

EUCALYPTUS

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HYPERICUM BERRIES

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WINTERBERRY

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JUNIPER BERRIES

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SNOWBERRY

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SILVER BRUNIA

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ROSE HIPS

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PRIVET BERRIES

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