Wedding flowers and their meanings Part 2

March 14th, 2012 by

Wow, time has gotten away from us here at the farm!  We have been busy; busy booking weddings for this year and next and watching over the installation of our new stone fireplace that is being built inside the Gifford Barn.  The Quincy Room  now has a little more charm and will enhance the rustic elegance in any wedding!  We kow there are many of you prospective brides that are looking for a warm, inviting yet rustic and charming venue for your wedding.  Take the time, to call us and make an appointment to tour our facility.  We hope you come and see what we have to offer here on the farm, call us to schedule your visit 518-664-1515.  We promised to bring you all Part 2 in our Top 10 wedding flowers list, we brought you the Top 5 in Part 1 and here is the list of 6 – 10 to round out the Top 10 and give you some perspective to help you choose those all important flowers for your special day!

Top 10 most popular wedding flowers part 6-10.

6. The Peony - The peony has a large head, bright color and very distinctive and strong fragrance.  Although the flower itself appears very showy, the flower acquired the Victorian meaning of “bashfulness.”  The Peony was cultivated in Asia for more than a thousand years and developed further by the French in later years.  The Peony is available in two main types, the herbaceous and the tree peony.  The tree peony’s flowers do not last as long when they are cut.  A bouquet of peonies is beautiful but the flower can also be used to create beautiful centerpieces and arrangements.  It is grown in single and double flower styles.  The Peony is an expensive flower of choice and is seasonally available from late spring to early summer but can also be imported in the fall months.

7. Ranunculus – The Ranunculus is a cost effective alternative to the rose or peonies.  Ranunculus is a lush, multi-petaled relative of the buttercup.  The flowers was first discovered by Westerners in the Far East around the thirteenth century, it is a mild scented flower featuring 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.”  The Ranunculus is a natural choice for bridal or bridesmaid bouquets and can make a delightful boutonniere.  It comes in an array of colors including white, yellow, orange and pink.

 

8. Stephanotis – is a fragrant blossom that is a dainty white color and has star shaped, waxy florets the actually grow on a flowering vine.  It is very delicate and vulnerable to damage from heat, cold and handling.  Each vine must be individually wired or placed onto a special holder before it can be arranged.  The stephanotis is a traditional wedding flower whose Victorian meaning is “marital happiness.”  It’s delicate nature should be considered carefully before using them though, as they have the tendency to wilt in corsages and boutonnieres within a few hours due to body heat and handling.  They are however moderately priced and available year round.

 

9. Sweet Peas – The sweet pea was first brought to England from Sicily around 1699 and signifies “lasting pleasure.”  It has a candy like scent and ruffled blossoms that make it an old-fashioned favorite in bouquets for brides and bridesmaids.  The sweet pea has many colors ranging from white to intense pinks and purples, and it’s scent is usually strong and sweet.

 

 

10. The Gardenia – The gardenia is a beautiful, delicate flower surrounded by dark green, waxy leaves.  The gardenia is a heavily scented flower that just a few can easily fill a room with fragrance.  The Victorian meaning of the gardenia means “secret love.”  Gardenias are available all year long but don’t come cheap, they can run upwards of $20 a bloom.   Gardenias are lovely tucked into a bouquet or can be used as a simple yet elegant centerpiece floating in a shallow bowl and a single gardenia makes a lovely corsage.   Gardenias need to be handled with care, the delicate petals of the flower are easily bruised and will brown easily with too much contact.

This rounds out our list of the Top 10 Wedding flowers.  We hope that this has helped give you some direction when choosing the flowers for your perfect wedding.  Many couples when deciding on flowers for their wedding don’t give much consideration to the availability of the flowers they desire.  Flowers are unfortunately seasonal products and florists have adapted to limited availability by manipulating the availability of flowers so that many varieties are now available for more months the year.  However, these manipulations can be costly.  We hope our list has given you an idea on some of the seasons that these popular flowers are available along with the drawbacks of some along with the benefits.    Please contact a florist of your choice to gather more information to make the right choices for your wedding.  If you need some direction in deciding on a florist, we regulary recommend Kim from Florals by Design.  If you were able to attend the Gazette’s Hall of Springs Wedding show this past January in Saratoga and stopped by our booth, she designed the gorgeous flower display for us for the show.  Also, we have added a gallery of her designs to browse through.

Happy flower shopping!

 

Wedding Traditions

February 13th, 2012 by

When wedding plans are being made we wonder if anyone gives much thought to wedding traditions? Wedding traditions are the things that we have come to expect in the course of a normal everyday wedding but do we know where they originated from, why we continue with them to this day, should we think about changing them to represent ourselves in our own ceremonies?  Virtually every wedding tradition that we know, from the engagement to the honeymoon, is steeped in a rich and vast history.  A person’s culture, religious beliefs and even traditions passed down from our ancestors goes into shaping marriages and has for hundreds if not thousands of years.  The wedding itself is one of life’s unchanged rites, a primitive tradition in which nearly all the traditions we observe today are merely echoes of the past.

Just about every tradition we think of from the wedding veil and dress, throwing of rice, flowers, something old/something new, to bridesmaids and processionals, at one time had very specific and vitally significant meanings.  Although nowadays the original meanings are often lost, we still incorporate these old world customs into weddings because they are traditional and ritualistic.  As we have been helping some brides to be plan their weddings here at Liberty Ridge and of course talking about many of the traditional things involved in weddings we thought it might be of some interest and fun to explore and give a little background on wedding traditions.

The tradition of wedding flowers

Before the creation of the bountiful and beautiful wedding bouquets of today’s times, brides of long ago often carried bunches of aromatic garlic, herbs and grains to war off evil spirits as the walked down the aisle.  Over time the use of fresh flowers began to take the place of those bunches, symbolizing fertility and everlasting love.  There are specific flowers that have special meaning in many cultures, for example, in Hawaii the bride and groom wear leis and newlyweds in India wear floral headdresses.

The wedding dress

In biblical days, wedding attire was blue, not white, which represented purity.  The bride and groom would wear a blue band around the bottom of their wedding attire, which is where the “something blue” tradition came from. The white wedding dress is believed to originate from the Greeks, they used white robes to symbolize youth, joy and purity.  White wedding dresses did fall out of wedding fashion though again and was resurrected around 1499 by Anne of Brittany, who it is believed made popular again to symbolize the brides virginity.

Wedding Rings

Back in the times when life was much harder and shorter for people, husbands would often practice a superstitious ritual to ensure their wives’ spirits wouldn’t leave them too soon.  They would wrap a bride’s ankles and wrists with ropes of grass in the belief that it would keep her spirit within her.  As religious beliefs evolved over the years, the meaning of the bonds evolved as well along with the material used for the bonds.  Today, the ring finger is the only thing that is “bound” by grooms.  Grass bonds gave way to leather, then stone, then metal, and finally to what we use today – gold and silver.  Today, wedding rings symbolize the love and bond between a husband and wife.

These are just a few of the wedding traditions that are used commonly and the backgrounds behind them.  There are so many, we could only touch on a few in this post.  Once given a little thought as to wedding traditions and the evolution of them we decided why not make another tip suggestion for our blog readers following up on the tips we have been giving to make your day the day of your dreams.  So….

Tip #5

Create a new wedding tradition.

With all the traditional wedding activities and traditions that happen at weddings we thought maybe it is time for people to start adding their own touch to those traditions.  I recently was talking to woman I know who attended her granddaughter’s very glamorous wedding in Washington, D.C. this past fall.  There were a few new spins her granddaughter took with certain traditions that she thought were different but wonderful.  She was certainly proud that in all the planning they were doing for the wedding that her granddaughter found ways to make the traditional wedding a little different in ways the attendees would never forget.  For example, the matron of honor was not the usual best friend or former college roommate but the bride’s brother, whom she has had a very close relationship with their entire lives.  The fact that the bride picked her brother for the person to stand up for her was bucking all the traditional thoughts of the “matron of honor” role but anyone who knew this brother and sister said they couldn’t imagine them doing it any different.  She also put a spin on the traditional brides bouquet tossing, instead of tossing the bridal bouquet to all the single ladies in the room she had all the married ladies stand up and then sit down when the emcee called the number of years the ladies were married for.  The last woman standing was the one who had been married the longest and hence was the winner of the bouquet, the bride said she did it to celebrate the same everlasting love she would have with her husband, the same was done for the garter.  The last thing that she mentioned that we thought was a little different was host a breakfast for family the morning following the wedding.  She said it was so nice to have a more relaxed atmosphere to celebrate the happy couple and mingle with family the morning after the wedding before everyone was on their way back home since many came from afar.

We hope this helps to give you soon to be brides some different ideas about wedding tradition and will help when planning your own weddings here on the farm!

 

 

 

 

 

Impressive turnout at 2012 Hall of Springs Wedding Show in Saratoga inspires more wedding tips!

February 6th, 2012 by

Whew, what a day January 29, 2012 was for us! We attended our first ever wedding show at the Hall of Springs in Saratoga and were quite impressed with how beautifully planned the show was, kudos to the planning committee! We also were excited to see the presentations of all the attending vendors and are so excited to start planning our ideas to bring next year! We enjoyed seeing what other venues offer and were amazed at the floral creations, delectable food and creative ideas that were on display.  We cultivated many new connections with other vendors to expand our offerings in every aspect of wedding planning for our brides! Many brides  and their families came by the booth that day and we are looking forward to helping the brides who reserved dates with us that day create the perfect wedding day for them and their families to enjoy! The Hall of Springs Wedding show helped us to spread the news further that Liberty Ridge Farm is indeed not only the premier agritourism destination but also the premier wedding destination too!

We were so surprised at the amount of attendees that came to our booth exclaiming “we have been to Liberty Ridge Farm and love it!

A View through the corn at the Event Tent

But we never knew you held weddings there!” Guess we need to keep the forward momentum moving with getting THAT word out there! Yes, folks we are in the wedding business for those that did not know that and we offer a wide array of options here at the farm, from ceremony sites to reception sites.  We have options sure to please any bride looking for the ultimate in an outdoor rustic or equestrian themed indoor wedding and invite anyone looking for such a venue to make a consultation appointment and come see what we have to offer.  Here at Liberty Ridge Farm you not only get the “on the farm charm”, but you also get a wedding planned around your needs and wants by the owner and her family to make your wedding day truly the day of your dreams!

Coming from our post wedding show excitement we have a few more tips to share to hopefully enlighten you and help you in making your wedding day the day of your dreams!  Look in our previous post for Tips 1 & 2!

Tip # 3
Have your guests create a picture guestbook.
Instead of the traditional guestbook with it’s traditional white, padded covers and sometimes signatures from sometimes unknown guests to the bride and groom, have your guests take a picture of themselves to put in a book, maybe a larger specially made scrapbook, and have them sign their names and addresses and any other thing they might want to add. They can add quotes to the bride and groom, words of wisdom or tidbits such as when they first met you! The guests themselves can help create a guestbook that will be fun and heartwarming to look at years down the road. Ask friends or family to help or for equipment, some may have a polaroid camera that can be used or a kodak easy share system both of which will make the photos instantly available.

Tip#4
Have a “Kids Only” section of the room.
This can help parents and kids, who don’t always have the best attention spans for weddings and can sometimes cause disruptions to have their own special place to be with other children.  The kids only table can not only be the place where they have their meal, if so chosen by the parents, but a place where there can be some toys or creative activities to keep the children occupied and happy during the reception.   At Liberty Ridge Farm not only can we help you with ideas for your “Kids Only” table but we also offer the option for kids to go with staff to play at the many activities in Brad’s Barnyard during the cocktail hour of the reception at no extra charge to parents so the kids can run, play and unwind a bit before having to settle in for the rest of the reception.