Choosing a wedding bouquet for a bride is a truly difficult task. It should be far from banal, of course, beautiful and in perfect harmony with the bride’s dress, the groom’s suit and the general surroundings of the ceremony. In addition, festive flowers should represent a whole range of emotions: from slight sadness and tenderness to hope for a brighter future. Graceful calla lilies do an excellent job with all of the above tasks.
Symbolism of flowers
It should start with the fact that South Africa is called the birthplace of callas. The English officers who served there noticed these beautiful flowers and brought them home. The first bouquets, by the way, were intended for the royal family. Then — in the twenties of the last century — this species began to gradually spread throughout Europe, and brides began to choose a bouquet of callas for the wedding ceremony.
There was even a sign that if the flowers did not wither until the next morning, then the young couple would be happy for many years in the circle of a large family. The most valuable both then and now are the types of calla zantedeschia. In culture, the Ethiopian zantedesky is especially famous (in another way it is called the Ethiopian whitefly) and varieties of white callas bred on its basis.
Today, in Russia, brides can choose for themselves a bouquet of calla lilies on such an unforgettable day. These flowers symbolize hope for a prosperous and happy marriage. In addition, they also have an additional mystical meaning — such a bouquet will protect the hostess from any negativity. Surprisingly, in some countries, the attitude towards callas is completely opposite — they are called widow flowers and are used not at weddings, but at funerals. However, this concept successfully fits into the ideas of the Slavic peoples about the bride. In Russia, it has long been believed that a young girl dies at the ceremony, reborn as a mature woman.
The most common white calla lilies, which mean the purity and innocence of the bride. In addition, they symbolize the bride’s desire for eternal happiness in marriage. Red callas show passion and richness of feelings within a couple. Pink flowers represent tenderness and tranquility, while yellow flowers represent loyalty and attentiveness, as well as the desire for prosperity and success. Lilac tones speak of the tenderness and trepidation of the feelings of the young. The black variety of flowers is associated with mystery, elegance, alluring femininity and even aristocracy.
Which bride is suitable?
It is worth mentioning that a wedding bouquet of callas is not suitable for every dress. Mermaid and column silhouettes, classic straight models and Empire style outfits are considered ideal. In addition, you can not overdo it with voluminous details on clothes — an overly decorated dress will seem tasteless in a company with an elegant, laconic bouquet. There are some restrictions regarding the figure of the bride — plump and short girls should avoid elongated callas. The fact is that the flowers will visually shorten the figure even more, making the whole image rather ridiculous and awkward.
The same applies to pregnant brides. In this situation, it is better to give preference to traditional roses. There is, however, the possibility of ordering a bouquet of mini callas, but this only applies to thin petite brides. Such a composition will not require special additional decor and will look very appropriate.
The calla family is rich in numerous color variations. You can choose classic white and delicate pink, bright yellow and calm peach, juicy red and burgundy, dark purple and black, positive light green and even two-tone. All this suggests that the bride will be able to choose the very color that will match her desires and harmonize with the decor of the ceremony.
For summer and spring weddings, light, light and delicate shades are more suitable. - for example, white, beige, light yellow and others. In the cold season, bouquets of rich orange, bright yellow, purple and burgundy red will look much better. It is worth mentioning that the buds also have different saturation. For example, the shade ranges from light purple to deep purple, almost black. There are also iridescent variations, when one color passes into another.
Combinations with other colors
And although callas look great in a mono-bouquet, they are great combined with other types of flowers. Roses, orchids, freesias, alstroemerias and lavender are called ideal neighbors for them. When composing a joint bouquet, it is important to maintain a balance and ensure that one variety does not overshadow the other. The use of overly lush flowers, such as peonies and dahlias, is excluded, and, in general, the main rule for composing a bouquet is the expression “do not overdo it.” In a bouquet, by the way, not only shades of different flowers, but also smells should be harmoniously combined. Therefore, the use of several plants with rich pungent aromas is prohibited.
In general, it should be mentioned right away that calla lilies themselves are so self-sufficient that they do not need an excessive wrapper and a large number of additional details. In addition, the shape of the bud allows you to assemble a composition of any size — to make it small and neat or large and luxurious. It is quite possible to make a bouquet of these flowers on your own. It is enough just to collect them in a neat bunch, trim the height of individual stems and cut off peeking ponytails, and then tie them with a lace cord or ribbon to match the dress. If you want to add a little variety, then you should add some large elegant rich green leaves or twigs, as well as decorate with a pearl thread.
In those rare cases when a wedding is organized in art nouveau, minimalist or avant-garde styles, then for a bouquet it will be enough to combine snow-white and black callas, tying them with a neutral ribbon. Snow-white buds are also harmoniously complemented by eucalyptus or dracaena leaves. Greens always add freshness to the composition. To diversify such a bouquet, you need to combine callas with a milky rose.
The composition of snow-white callas and fresh purple irises will be bright and memorable. Often bright bouquets with this flower are complemented by burgundy berries. By the way, when preparing a wedding bouquet, do not forget about the groom’s boutonniere — both compositions must be combined. The same applies to the “live” jewelry bridesmaids.
In addition to traditional green leaves, it is recommended to decorate bouquets with lace and twigs, and in suitable cases even with cones, feathers or shells. When forming a composition, you need to focus on the largest flower, for example, a rose, and place callas next to it so that they rise. Usually calla lilies are located in the center and surrounded by other components. Flowers are placed tightly, but so that one element does not drown out the other. Everything is fixed in the middle and at the beginning, and then an even overall cut is made. Tape or other cord is fixed with pins.
Speaking about the shape of the bouquet, today the most popular is the cascading, which is very easy to implement thanks to the long legs of callas. Mono-bouquets are also popular — as a rule, they are made up only of callas, but at the same time they do not look like several copies, but like one large exotic flower. This is called glamelia. The simplest option is when the buds on long stems are neatly laid out in a spiral and tied with a cord. In the case of creating a round composition, a large number of various plants are usually required, so only callas are indispensable.
Laconic and discreet bouquet was called Biedermeier. Many girls choose a vegetative style accessory — it looks very natural and goes well with a wedding ceremony celebrated in nature. Thematic extravagant celebrations require the use of a fan bouquet, which rather serves as a bright decoration for a wedding dress. A bouquet of calla lilies is used at winter weddings accompanied by photo shoots.
Tips from stylists and florists
Experts believe that when choosing a bouquet of callas for a wedding, it is quite possible to order it in advance. It will not deteriorate at all — it will perfectly wait for the solemn ceremony, and then for several days it will delight its owner. Flowers calmly do without water for almost 2 weeks — this, of course, greatly simplifies the situation: a traditional attribute can be selected and ordered a few days before the ceremony. By the way, if the calla heads are slightly lowered, this indicates that there is too much moisture for them. It is enough to remove the bouquet from the vase and put it away for a couple of hours in a dry and unlit place.
Plants are not afraid of low temperatures either — therefore it is recommended to choose them for winter weddings. Withstanding temperatures down to minus forty, they will definitely survive being outside. The same applies to high temperatures — calla lilies feel fine at forty degrees of heat, which means they will not fade at a hot July wedding. Toa drowned bouquet in anticipation of a solemn day must be placed in cold water. True, you will also have to cut the stems a little every day. If the flowers fade a little, then it will be enough to get them out of the water, keep them in a dry place for about two hours, then scald the tips with boiling water and lower them into melted paraffin or wax for a couple of seconds. In the event that the procedure is performed correctly, the life of the bouquet will increase by fourteen days.
Despite all the advantages, it should be warned that the smell of these flowers is very bright and rich. Therefore, if the bride does not tolerate long-term exposure to strong odors, it is better for her to either refuse such a choice altogether, or combine them with plants that have a neutral smell. There is a third option — ask the seller in the store to treat the bouquet with a special solution that eliminates the smell. In this case, the bouquet will no longer be fragrant, but it will also be stored much less. Again, completing the issue with the smell, you need to be prepared that these flowers quite easily cause allergic reactions.
How to make a bridal bouquet of callas with your own hands, see the next video.