Wedding Party Gifts

Many couples will thank their close friends and family for standing up in their wedding by giving them a small gift. There are many different routes you can take when searching for a gift for that special person in your life that is standing by your side on your very special day. For the ladies, jewelry, cosmetic cases, tote bags, and custom wine glasses are relatively popular. But what about the guys!? I have noticed a lot of my couples ask me, “what have your other grooms purchased for their groomsmen as gifts?”. I’ve been doing some research and found a few unique ideas that you and your wedding party will love!

Bobble Heads

You may normally think of bobble heads representing professional sports players, but not anymore! Now you can have all of your friends made into mini versions of themselves with bobbling heads!

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Photo: https://www.groovygroomsmengifts.com/

Classic Prohibition Flask

Basically, a classy version of a flask! These flasks can be customized with the initials of your groomsmen with frosted lettering on the front of the flask. They also serve as a great way to store your favorite bourbon or whiskey!

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Photo: https://www.groovygroomsmengifts.com/

Caricature Glasses

Continuing with the customized theme, caricature pint glasses! It is very simple, all you have to do is send in a photo of each of our groomsmen and in return, you will receive pint glasses with caricature drawings of each groomsmen. A fun way to enjoy a brew!

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Photo: https://www.groovygroomsmengifts.com/

Tailmate

Men love sports, sports consist of tailgating, therefore men love tailgating. It is as simple as that! The guys would love this Tailmate tailgate chair and cooler in one. Complete with their name or initials embroidered on the backrest, this chair provides tailgate comfort while keeping their brews cold with a build in cooler underneath.

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Photo: https://www.groovygroomsmengifts.com/

So whether the wonderful guys standing up in your wedding like to drink, watch sports, or want to add a bobblehead of themselves to their collection, you’re covered!

 

You can find these items above as well as many more gifts here.

Jessica + Corey 10.22.16

I always get butterflies when a close friend asks me to create flower arrangements for her wedding and Jessica is one of the first of my friends I had the pleasure of working with. Jessica and I met swimming for the same summer swim club, which is where we spent pretty much all of our summer days throughout middle and high school. I remember the bus ride to a swim meet when she was telling us about this new guy she was dating. He was a hockey player who attended a private school in the area and of course, we all thought he was extremely cute =). They have been through a lot life’s stages together; graduating high school, attending and graduating college, buying a house, and if I am not mistaken they will adding a furry friend to their family very soon!

Jessica chose a gorgeous color pallet for her October wedding; ivory, soft pink and plum. Her ladies looked stunning in their floor length dresses with lace tops and Jess rocked a satin dress with a stunning beaded belt (have I mentioned before that I am OBSESSED with beaded belts??). Her ceremony took place at the Greenmead Historical Chapel in Livonia, it is such a beautiful and intimate setting for a ceremony. Afterwards, the bridal party took photos with an incredible sunset backdrop with surrounding trees of red, orange, and yellow. It was literally the perfect fall day, it couldn’t have been any better! The reception was held in the main ballroom of the Italian American Banquet and Conference Center in Livonia. She had a mixture of arrangements including lanterns surrounded by mini green and plum clusters, submerged orchid trio’s with a floating candle, and a combination of roses, stock, seeded eucalyptus and plum carnations in a tin container. All of her table arrangements were placed on a beautifully stained wood slab provided by her uncle.

Thank you Jessica for allowing me to be such a big part of your day and we wish you and Corey many many years of love and happiness!

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Photographer: Amber Marie Photography

Floral Design: Lasting Touch

Ceremony: Greenmead Historical Chapel

Reception: Italian American Banquet and Conference Center

Cake: Sorella’s

Ewa + Jason 7.2.2016 The Whitney Detroit

We feel very very fortunate to have had the opportunity to create Ewa and Jason’s floral for their classic wedding celebration at The Whitney in downtown Detroit. Ewa and Jason consider themselves born in the wrong century, they both have a very vintage style which they beautifully incorporated into their wedding decor. She had an amazing vision for the grand stiarcase at The Whitney which we were very excited to be apart of! Each table had stacks of old books surrounded by lush garland, lots of candles, and towers of baby’s breath. The books also doubled as their guest favors! Ewa’s bridal bouquet was very elegant featuring white garden roses, queen anne’s lace, seeded eucalyptus, and long cascading strands of ivy. Her dress had a beaded bodice with a tulle skirt and we just loved the groom’s attire with his top hat and cane! Their reception was filled with lots of polish traditions and dancing under the lights of the gorgeous gardens of The Whitney.

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Photographer: Amanda Dumouchelle

Reception: The Whitney

Event Planning and Design: Take a Seat Events

Floral: Lasting Touch

Jaclyn + Jeff 6.4.2016 Detroit Golf Club

I cannot express how amazing Jaclyn and Jeff were to work with. They are so kind and their wedding day was one of the most fun days of work I have ever had. They were so calm and go with the flow; the entire day was devoted to the love they have for each other and boy was it a beautiful day! Their bridal party was so much fun (as you can see from some of the photos below). They spent the beginning of the day getting ready, the girls at the Detroit Golf Club and the guys at the Detroit Athletic Club. The guys then came over to the Golf Club where Jaclyn and Jeff had their first look. Then, as a group they hopped onto their party bus to take bridal party photos and portraits at the stunning Detroit Athletic Club (be sure to check out the badass shot they got with George Washington!). The entire day was sunny and beautiful and just moments before their outdoor ceremony was about to being, it started drizzling. But Jaclyn and Jeff were not going to let a few raindrops get in the way of the beautiful outdoor ceremony they had planned on the grounds of Detroit Golf Club. The rain slowed and came to a stop during the ceremony. From the photos, you can see how happy they are walking down the aisle as husband and wife. Cocktail hour and the reception followed inside the main ballroom of the Golf Club. This group sure knows how to party, the dance floor was packed the entire night! Jaclyn and Jeff’s love is so sweet and strong, we wish them all the best in their new lives as husband and wife!

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Photography: Jesse Speelman Photography

Ceremony and Reception Venue: Detroit Golf Club

Floral: Lasting Touch

Event Coordination: Silver Bean Events

Cake: Elite Sweets

Cloryssa + Jason 8.27.2016 Wabeek Country Club

Cloryssa and Jason are such a beautiful and loving couple, they were nothing but smiles the entire day! They had planned on having an outdoor ceremony on the luscious green grounds of Wabeek Country Club, but mother nature had a different idea. Saying that it rained cats and dogs would be an understatement; it was practically a monsoon! Luckily, they were able to move the ceremony inside and it turned out beautifully. The white chiavari chairs, pink rose petals lining the aisle, and our wedding canopy with a white and pink arrangement across the top created a soft and romantic setting. After they said their I do’s, the rain stopped long enough for them to take some gorgeous photos outside. Their outdoor photos are some of the sweetest I have ever seen. You can truly feel the love between Cloryssa and Jason!

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Photography: BTW Photography

Floral: Lasting Touch

Linens: Lasting Touch of Linen

Wedding Ceremony and Reception: Wabeek Country Club

How Did The Concept of the Bridal Bouquet Begin?

There are a number of things that are the focal point of a wedding; the couple and the love that they share, the dress, the food, and the flowers, specifically the bridal bouquet. Have you ever wondered where this idea came about where the bride should carry a bunch of flowers with her as she walks down the aisle? I know I have! Being a florist who specializes in weddings, I feel that I should know this stuff, so I did a little research.
In ancient times, brides traditionally carried clusters of garlic, dill, and other herbs as a way to scare off evil spirits. Bridesmaids also carried these clusters to confuse the evil spirits as to who the bride was. Specifically in Europe starting around the 1600’s, the bride would carry an array of flowers in order to smell pretty on her wedding day. During those times, people did not bathe frequently and therefore would carry flowers to mask any odor.
I’m sure everyone if familiar with the tradition of tossing the bridal bouquet, but why do they do that?? When the bride would carry garlic and herbs, she was known to have good fortune for warding off the evil spirits to pursue a successful marriage. All the non-married women would gather and the bride would toss her bouquet to pass on her good fortune to the next woman. Hence, the one who catches the bouquet will be the next to get married!!
In more modern times, starting with Queen Victoria who also started the tradition of a white wedding dress, brides carried flowers because they are pretty and add a touch of elegance to a wedding. Today, bridal bouquets and all other flowers are used to tie all design elements together to create a beautifully styled event. Below we have shared some of our favorite bridal bouquets from this wedding season!
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Rachel + Joel 8.21.2016 Waldenwoods Wedding

Rachel and Joel had the most beautiful and romantic wedding at Waldenwoods Banquet and Conference Center in Howell. She chose teal and blush pink with gold accents which complimented the dark wood interior of the main hall. They had their ceremony under the arch with the lake as their backdrop. It was a sunny day with a few scattered clouds and just as they were pronounced Mr. and Mrs and had their first kiss, it began to sprinkle! Guests then gathered near the building for a stunning porch picture. It is such a great way to capture all of your friends and family that attended your special day! The ceremony was followed by cocktail hour and the reception where guests danced the evening away as the sun set over the lake.
Rachel and her family have been good family friends of mine for a long time. Rachel and I grew up swimming together and our parents have bonded while attending Michigan State Football games. It was so special to see her and her family so happy on her wedding day. They are such a close knit family who always show so much love and support for each other. It was a pleasure to be able to work with them to design the florals for her big day. We wish all the best to Rachel and Joel!
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Photographer Ashleigh Lawson
Floral Design: Lasting Touch
Wedding Coordinator: Silver Bean Events