Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on July 27, 1975 · Page 79
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Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 79

Charleston, West Virginia
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Sunday, July 27, 1975
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14 F Julv 27, 197S C*M*M£M Beautiful Bouquets Full Of Color By WILMA 1UGGLNBOTUAM Daily Matt Lif eStyks Editor Color is the news in bridal bouquets. Almost 90 per cent of Charleston area brides are using colors. Flowers are old-fashioned, mostly running to nosegays. Daisies are enjoying an all-lime high in popularity .And something new has been added to keep them fresh--plastic holders which permit florists to tuci moistened oasis inside a plastic holder. This means no more wilted flowers at a wedding. The flowers are arranged with a border of plastic lace and variegated greenery which cleverly disguises the holder so the beholder is not aware of its existence. Favorite flowers seem to be daisies, either in their natural white and yellow colors or dip-dyed blue or pink--an art within itself. Florists are using "carloads of baby 's-hreath," stock and statke. Although the nosegay is a favorite, it isn't the only style in bouquets for brides and their attendants. There are baskets of daisies, miniature parasols filled with flowers, and the ever popular cascade, all with touches of color--even to the bridal bouquet which used to be all-white. John Burton of Winter Floral says parents don't seem to be stinting on flowers because of the recession. "They seem to want to spend for this special occasion. Flower costs for the average wedding with around six attendants and a small reception begin at a $250 minimum. The average parents speed $700 to $1,000 without batting an eye. And the more affluent will go as high as $3,000 for flowers for a formal wedding and country club reception for their daughter." Mike Mucklow, a designer for Bohnert's Flowers, says families they serve will spend from $300 up, depending upon the type of wedding. He agrees families aren't cutting budgets on flowers for their weddings. Both do the small "will call" weddings for much less. Mr. Barton says it's a must that his customers make appointments at least two months in advance. He prefers three. Mr. Mucklow says Bohnert's likes at least one month's notice. Advance planning is a rule followed by most florists in doing weddings. It's necessary, they say. to be certain the flowers wanted are available and the staff is available to do a top job for the event. For a wedding in Charleston in May, June or August, most insist on a three-month notice. The first visit is usually to chat about prices and what will be available. Most florists have two more appointments to make selections and finalize plans. Mr. Burton says, "I urge brides not to choose a date right before a holiday. We feel we cannot give them the best service at these times." Both men agree that weddings are going back to the churches and the couples are more sentimental. Church weddings are not a hard, fast rule, however. Bohnert's had one on the books for the Civic Center in June and have recently done some garden and home weddings. Mr. Burton says he is doing fewer of these. "Back to the church seems to be a strong trend." Mr. Burton says he'll never get over being sentimental. "After more than 2,000 weddings, when I look at the bride she seems almost being reborn again into a whole new life." He added that he believes mothers of the brides are giving more authority to their daughters in planning weddings, especially in choosing of the flowers. Mr. Mucklow says they find this seasonal. "In the spring, mothers of brides-to-be still in college do the planning and the choosing. For August weddings, it's a different story. The brides a-e doing it themselves." We might amend the last statement-the brides are doing it with the help of their intendeds. Mr. Burton says the grooms-elect are now coming in with the brides-elect to help choose flowers. "He wants a say as to her flowers and what his attendants will wear as boutonnieres. He's no longer satisfied with the traditional carnation. He wants roses, stephanotis, miniature carnations or something else. After all, men have gone from traditional blacks and greys in their dress. It's more Edwardian, more colorful." Mr. Mucklow says the groom often chooses a blossom from the bridal bouquet for his own boutonniere. "One thing for sure, brides are getting more sentimental," says Mr. Burton. "So . many brides are choosing the unison candelabra with three candles. Two are lit when the ceremony begins, then the bride and groom light the third candle together at the close of the ceremony, signifying they are now one." Another sentimental gesture being instituted has to do with two red roses many brides are asking for in their bridal bouquets. As the bride goes down the aisle toward the altar, she pauses briefly and gives one red rose to her own mother. As she walks down the aisle after the ceremony, she pauses by her mother-in-law and hands her the second red rose, indicating love has brought two families together. THE SPICY BEAUTY of pink and rose carnations, purple statice and baby's breath is used in this colonial bouquet which tells another bouquet color story. Design by John Burton of Winter Floral. DAISIES TELL A COLOR STORY-T/iis nosegay bridal bouquet features yellow marguerite daisies, white daisies and baby's breath. It's another John Burton design. OPEN MONDAY TILL 9 P.M. West Virginia's Oldest and Largest Home-Owned Kredit Jewelers When It Comes To Lots Of Brides Take Our Advice. CONVENIENT CREDIT TERMS -SANKAMERICARQ is there a marriage Sn your future? You're young ... and you're thinking about marriage ... and you've got a budget problem? Well, Custom Carpets can't tell you how to run your budget, but we can tell you how to get the most out of your carpeting dollar. 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