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Bridal Shower Flower Ideas

Make the right floral choices to create an inspiring ambience

By Suzie Faloon

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Flowers are a romantic addition to the decorations at a bridal shower. You can order floral pieces from the wedding florist or create the centerpieces yourself. The shower flowers can be fresh, silk or handmade with paper or crystal. Choose one main centerpiece or a variety of small arrangements for individual guest tables. Use flowers that are favorites of the bride to make this party even more special for her.

Garden or Tea Party

Place small floral arrangements of sweetheart roses, baby's breath, miniature carnations and daisies in an assortment of china tea cups on the tables at a garden or tea party bridal shower. The dainty floral centerpieces will give the tables a romantic look. Rose or gardenia bowls that are filled with fresh garden flowers are a very low-cost yet lovely centerpiece on the bridal shower guest tables. Swags of tulle netting with a garland of flowers will create an unforgettable display around the shower cake or gift table. Set pots of flowering plants into small, decorative pails or watering cans for a whimsical look at a garden party.

Simply Elegant

Place a carnation, daisy or iris corsage at each setting at a more formal bridal shower. These colorful corsages can be set next to the place cards. Your guests can be encouraged to wear their own corsages throughout the party. A crystal or silver bud vase with a single white or pink rose will give a simply elegant look to each table. On each table float a gardenia or set an orchid in individual glass bowls or champagne flutes flanked with tea lights. Center small topiary on the cake table or at the sides of the entrance for an elegant effect.

Novelty Florals

Place a tussie-mussie or nosegay filled with violets or small, colorful flowers on each table for an old-fashioned centerpiece. Find a doily, embroidered handkerchief or pair of white, lacy gloves to display with the floral piece. Paint small wooden or metal boxes that are easily found at a craft store for a floral centerpiece container. Paint the bride's initials or decorative hearts and love birds on the boxes. Fill with miniature flower arrangements using colors from the upcoming wedding. Candy flowers in glass bud vases will be a conversation piece and edible favor when set out on a buffet table at the bridal shower.

About the Author

Suzie Faloon is a floral designer and a freelance writer.

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