edited by Jolene Rae Harrington
We often get questions from stressed-out brides, worried about everything from receiving-line protocol to last-minute venue changes. More often than not, we turn to our trusted Certified By The Guide wedding professionals for the answers.
I want to do something different for my groom and his attendants besides the typical carnation or rose boutonnière. We’re having a beach wedding—any suggestions?
—Delia P., San Jose
How nice of you to think about the guys, Delia! For some extra “flower power,” let’s turn to a few of our floral pros: “Certainly for a beach setting, wiring in coral or shells with the boutonnière pulls the look together,” says Nancy Liu Chin of Nancy Liu Chin Designs. “In fact, whatever your locale or theme, meaningful details make the groom and his attendants feel special. Why not add wooden tees for golf enthusiasts or bits of colorful tackle for anglers? Fiddlehead and other organic ingredients are perfect for the outdoorsman.”
Jennifer French, owner of Lush Floral, also likes to include non-floral elements, such as tiny seashells for a beach celebration, or small thistles, berries or herbs to complement a woodsy environment. Floral Designer Patricia Gibbons captures an ocean motif by using foliage that resembles sea fans. “And I like to loop bear grass around the flower to give the boutonnière movement,” she adds.