Surrounded by dark green, waxy leaves, the exquisite gardenia exudes a sultry, heavy scent. It was this intoxicating fragrance that captivated an English sea captain traveling through South Africa in 1754, prompting him to bring home one of the native plants as a souvenir. Gardenias are lovely tucked into a bouquet or floating in a low bowl as a centerpiece, and a single gardenia makes a wonderful scented corsage. But be gentle: the delicate, creamy ivory petals of this expensive flower can bruise easily. Large three- to four-inch blossoms, as well as a miniature variety, are available.
9. Sweet Pea
The sweet pea, which signifies "lasting pleasure," was first brought to England from Sicily in 1699, and the English have had a love affair with this delicate flower ever since. Its candy-like scent and ruffled blossoms make this an old-fashioned favorite in bouquets for the bride and her bridesmaids. The sweet pea's many colors range from white to intense pinks and purples, and its scent can be strong and sweet.
The Victorian meaning for this flower is "marital happiness," making the dainty white Stephanotis an obvious choice for weddings. The star-shape, waxy florets actually grow on a flowering vine; each must be individually wired or placed onto a special holder before it can be arranged. A bouquet of stephanotis blossoms is one of the most traditional a bride can carry, and a stephanotis boutonniere is a classic choice for a formal wedding. Mildly scented, moderately priced, and available year-round.
Looking for a cost-effective alternative to roses or peonies? Try the
lush, multi-petaled ranunculus, a relative of the buttercup. First seen by
Westerners in the Far East around the thirteenth century, this mild-scented flower features several blossoms on a stem with fernlike foliage. To carry ranunculus is to tell your partner, in the Victorian language of flowers, "I am dazzled by your charms." A natural for the bridal bouquet or bridesmaid nosegays, the ranunculus also makes a whimsical boutonniere and is available in many colors including white, yellow, orange, and pink.
The peony has a large, full head, strong perfume, and bright color. But despite this outward showiness, the flower acquired the Victorian meaning "bashfulness." Cultivated in Asia for more than a thousand years and developed further by the French, the peony is available in two main types, the herbaceous and the tree peony (the latter's flowers do not last as long when cut). A bouquet made solely of peonies can be gorgeous; the flower can also be used to create beautiful centerpieces and arrangements. Grown in single- and double-flower styles, this expensive bloom is seasonally available from late spring to early summer but can be imported in the fall.
With its big bushy head and intense shades of pink, blue, burgundy, and purple, it's no wonder that the hydrangea represented "vanity" in the Victorian language of flowers. One of the most popular varieties changes in color as it grows from bubble-gum pink to sky blue, depending on the acid level of the soil. A stem or two of this moderately priced, scentless shrub flower helps fill out arrangements and bouquets, and a few sprigs make a charming boutonniere. You'll find the hydrangea in white and shades of green, pink, burgundy, and blue.
4. Lily of the Valley
With bell-shape florets dangling from a thin stem, the lily of the
valley is sometimes called "the ladder to heaven." The fresh, perfumed scent from its tiny flowers is unmistakable. In Norse mythology, the flower is linked to Ostara, the goddess of springtime, and while most plentiful during this season, it remains available -- and very expensive -- most of the year. So while
a fistful of lily of the valley might be your dream, a more affordable
alternative may be to use just a few stems to infuse a bouquet or centerpiece with its wonderful fragrance.
Most people know of the white variety, but lily of the valley also comes in a very rare rosy-pink.
3. Calla Lily
Also known as the arum lily, this elegant, trumpet-shaped blossom
originated in Africa and symbolizes "magnificent beauty" in the language of
flowers. The calla lily's distinctive form has been depicted in Art Nouveau and Art Deco works, in addition to twentieth-century photography. Two types are commonly available: a large-headed variety with a long, smooth stem and suitable for tall arrangements or presentation-style bouquets, and a miniature version ideal for nosegays and boutonnieres. Creamy ivory is the most popular color, but calla lilies also come in yellow, orange, mauve-pink, and dark purple.
Although it's most often associated with the Netherlands, this flower is actually a native of Persia. Representing "consuming love" and "happy years," the tulip can be a meaningful wedding choice. The flowers are grown in a wide
range of colors, including white and cream; pastels like pink, yellow, and peach; and vibrant hues like magenta, red, and purple. Available during much of the year, the most common tulips are very affordable, though rare varieties can be expensive. The versatile tulip can enhance both elegant wedding settings and more casual venues, and work well in almost any permutation -- from bouquets to boutonnieres to table arrangements. Three main varieties are commonly used:
Dutch tulips (typically seen at neighborhood florist shops and in gardens), French tulips (expensive and elegant, with extra-long stems and large tapered blooms), and parrot tulips (noted for their ruffled, striped petals in intense colors).
Long considered a symbol of beauty and love, the rose figures into many
myths and fairy tales. Romantic writers and poets have used the flower as a
metaphor for emotion, beauty, passion, and true love throughout the ages. An all-star in the world of weddings, the rose is far from boring, particularly
when it comes to color -- the rose is available in solid colors and bicolor
varieties, and there are striped roses and tipped roses as well. More than three thousand varieties of roses are grown commercially, many available year-round
and that are surprisingly affordable. And though roses are associated with luxurious fragrance, not every rose is scented. Three main types are likely candidates for your wedding flowers: hybrid tea roses (the classic, uniformly-shaped commercial roses generally seen at your local florist), spray
roses (a rose with five to 10 small heads on each stem and a "natural, garden-grown" look), and garden roses (expensive, old-fashioned varieties with bushy, open heads and delicious scents).
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Your proposal story is one that you will tell for years to come. The funny way the bubbles tickled your nose when you noticed the two carat dream in the bottom of the glass or the butterflies in your stomach as he began to kneel before you at your family picnic. Here are the top ten most romantic ways to propose. Take notes as these fabulous events may be part of your proposal story one day.
10. Write her/him a story about your relationship. Almost like a journal with dates if possible. Begin with how you met and the wonderful changes and events in your lives together. Then end it with the date you are going to give it to him/her telling how you proposed and that the story can't be ended until you have the answer.
9. Throw her/him a surprise party inviting friends and family. Play it off as a just because I love you party and then propose. Once you have the answer. Wheel out the cake that says "She/He said yes!"
8. Sneak in to her home and fill it to the rafters with flowers and in the middle sit a teddy bear holding the ring and a note asking her to marry you.
7. Plan a treasure hunt. Start in the bedroom and lead your betroved on a treasure hunt for her heart. Set the clues in place and when he/she gets to the last clue you will be standing there with champagne and a proposal they can't refuse.
6. Spell your proposal out in glow-in-the-dark star stickers on your ceiling. Climb on top of him/her and wait for the yes! Yes! Yes! For a totally different reason this time.
5. Take her/him away for the weekend. Whisking your soon to be fiancé away from the hustle and bustle of everyday is just what the doctor ordered. Giving a chance to reminisce on good times and the intimacy shared between the two of you will ensure the answer wanted is given when you pop the question on your last day.
4. Wrap a large box and fill with smaller boxes all wrapped the last box that she will come to will be the smallest with the ring inside. Or alternatively wrap a large box and fill with those tiny foam pieces and let her look for the small box inside. It will be hilarious to watch her face go from surprise to excitement to frustration to joy!
3. Phone up your local radio station and kick it old school Get them to pop the question for you over the air waves at a time that you know she/he will be listening. Then dedicate a song to her/him
2. Write will you marry me --- her/his name in chalk on the street out side your apartment in big enough letters so that she/he will notice it.
1. Do it the old fashioned way. Nothing beats a classic. Get down on one knee with a rose clenched in your teeth and the ring in your hand just before you are about to eat dessert in a busy restaurant.
The proposal is the most essential event of the marriage. create a positive and overly romantic atmosphere to surround your lifetime proposal. Remember to personalize the event. If your fiancé is into art or is an artist, take him/her to an art gallery with a pre arranged painting with your proposal in crayon and your signature on it. Maybe not a good idea to take him/her to a baseball game and have the score board spell out will you marry me if she hates sports Your proposal story is the first of many monumental stories in your marriage. Make it good as you will be telling it for the rest of your lives!
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