As you all know, flowers are a favorite of the staff at Alexan Events. Since adding floral services to our repertoire five years ago, we have been truly fortunate to have the chance to do work with flowers everyday. Making complex delicate bouquet masterpieces is my absolute favorite part of floral design. I always personally handle the brides bouquet. I spend quite a bit of time thinking about what suits each bride best and what will make them swoon. The most treasured moment in the process is when I deliver the bouquet to the brides dressing room. I get overwhelmed with joy when I see their faces light up. It is just so rewarding. But not every bouquet that we make is an intricate web of flowers all entwined. Nope, we also love to make single stem bouquets. There is something equally gripping about a single stunning stem.
So I wanted to show you a few examples of how you can make a statement with one glorious bloom. There are several flowers that lend themselves well to this type of bouquet. Of course, large single stem blooms are the best bet and of the large single stemmers out there, few compare to the peony (above and below). Peonies come in a variety of stunning pink, red-burgundy, and white hues. They are known for being beautiful and… expensive, so using them in a bouquet is a great way to have them make an appearance at your event without breaking your budget. You should keep in mind that even though you are only using one stem in this type of bouquet, you are still having to pay for a bunch of them from your florist. Typically, they are not sold by the single stem, so you should find another place for the other 4 that will come in the bunch!
Another noteworthy bloom for the southern brides out there, Magnolia. Oh my, I am a southern girl and I am completely head over heels with the Magnolia flower. A symbol of grace and charm, there are few flowers that match it’s gentle, romantic silhouette.I will say, this flower is a challenge to find outside of the southern states. But if you are lucky enough to get your hands on something as spectacular as one of the above open magnolia blooms, it will make a striking impression as you walk down the aisle.Since we are talking about southern show stoppers, I thought I would give a quick nod to the fragrant and lovely Gardenia flower. Standard Gardenias have the opportunity to become quite large in certain regions, so if you are interested in a soft and delightfully sweet smelling gem, consider the standard Gardenia.Dahlias are a prized flower often used in bridal bouquets.
Most often, you see the smaller varieties that add texture and color. But there are dahlias that are the size of dinner plates. Hence the name, dinner plate Dahlia. These Dahlias are specimens that are perfectly suited to stand alone.For a more modern bride, the Protea offers a decidedly unique and remarkable bloom to use in the single stem bouquet.And, the last flower that I wanted to talk about is the most economical of them all, Hydrangeas. Often we use hydrangeas in bouquets, in large part because they have significant size to them. But that is not the primary reason they make appearances in wedding flower bouquets and centerpieces. The main reason for their popularity is that they are lovely! Available in so many colors, you are sure to find a perfect match for your bridesmaids dresses or for your gown. Purples, hot and light pinks, greens, whites and antique dappled green with burgundy spots, there are just so many to choose from.