When we take orders for floral arrangements, we usually start with the basics… recipient’s name, phone number, delivery date, delivery address. The conversation is rolling along nicely until we get to a certain point: the card message. Nothing brings the process to a halt like a customer trying to decide what to say to the recipient. Often, the sender will ask us for suggestions. While messages are personal and there is no “template” for what to say, generally, the card message should come from the heart and be appropriate for the occasion. We have compiled a few ideas to consider on your next floral order.

short and sweet

Floral enclosure cards are small, roughly two inches by four inches. Lilium enclosure cards feature our logo on front, with our contact information and floral care recommendations on the back. That allows for a short message and signature. Perhaps you can say, “how do I love thee,” but there will not be enough space to “let me count the ways.” Concise messages can still effectively express your thoughts, feelings and well wishes.

what’s the occasion?

Because we are frequently asked to assist in composing a card message, we have a little experience in this area. Some occasions lend themselves to creativity, while others are best simply stated. Following are a few suggestions, arranged by occasion:

Birthdays
  • Celebrating you
  • May all of your birthday wishes come true
  • Cheers to you on your birthday
  • The day you were born is cause for celebration
  • You’re not getting older, you’re getting better
  • Love on your birthday and every day
  • Don’t count the years, count the blessings
  • Wishing you a very happy birthday… and many more
  • Hugs, kisses and birthday wishes
ANNIVERSARY
  • Thank you for loving me like no one else
  • Every year with you is sweeter than the last
  • Celebrating us
  • Happiness isn’t perfect until it is shared
  • I love you for who you are and who I am when I’m with you
  • Your love is all I need. Happy anniversary
  • You take my breath away today and every day
  • Looking forward to spending the rest of my life with you
  • Every day is an adventure, every year better than the last
  • May this anniversary reflect all the special moments you’ve shared, and all the wonderful moments to come
sympathy
  • With love and sympathy
  • Thinking of you in these difficult times
  • Sharing in your sorrow
  • With loving memories
  • May happy memories fill the sadness in your heart
  • You are in our thoughts and prayers
  • With heartfelt condolences
  • Thinking of you as you celebrate _____’s incredible life
  • _______ will be greatly missed
cheer up/just because
  • I hope these flowers brighten your day
  • Sending joy your way today
  • I hope these ruin a perfectly bad day
  • For the best reason of all – none
  • May your day be as wonderful as you are
get well
  • Wishing you a speedy recovery
  • Hang in there, and get well soon
  • Sending hugs and get well wishes
  • All this for a few days off work? Get well soon
  • We are here for you every step of the way
new baby
  • Congratulations on your newest blessing. Can’t wait to meet him/her
  • A beautiful miracle for your family. Congratulations
  • Congratulations on your new little one
  • Welcome to the world, ________. Congratulations to Mom & Dad
  • Congratulations on your bundle of joy
  • Sleep is overrated, babies are not. Congratulations

There are, of course, many reasons to send flowers that are not represented here, but we’ve tried to highlight the most frequent requests. Feel free to inject your own personality, a privately-shared joke, pet nickname, etc. While card messages should be personal, be discriminating about how much personal information to include in your message. Keep in mind that the shop sales staff, floral designers and delivery drivers can all see your message on the work order/delivery ticket. We’ve just about heard it all… sometimes more than we wanted to know. Lilium’s policy is to be discreet and protect our clients’ privacy. However, some messages are best delivered by you, in person.

At Lilium, we think our beautiful custom arrangements send a message all on their own, but we understand that the recipient will want to know who sent them. So, the next time you have a reason to send flowers, Lilium staff will be standing by to help you select the perfect arrangement, paired with the perfect card message. 817-481-1565. www.liliumflorals.com

Many of Lilium’s customers fondly remember Winston, who served as our beloved shop dog/mascot until his passing in 2020 just shy of his 15th birthday. Winston took his duties seriously for more than a decade, greeting Lilium customers and occasionally keeping the pesky squirrels at bay. He is still missed by Lilium staff and customers alike. 2022, however, is a time for new beginnings, as we emerge from the under the cloud of Covid-19 and look ahead to better days. It seems a fitting time to welcome the new sheriff in town: Tennessee Walker (or just Walker to his friends).



Walker is a Soft-coated Wheaten Terrier, who is by nature exuberant, friendly, and just a tad stubborn. If you have met him already, you may have experienced the “Wheaten Greetin’,” which is their breed’s overzealous response to seeing old friends and meeting new ones. Customers with pet allergies need not be concerned. Wheaten Terriers are hypoallergenic and do not shed, which makes them great dogs for interacting with our clients.

shop dog life

Walker hails from Tennessee (hence his name), and comes from the same breeder as his Uncle Winston. He joined us in February, right before Valentine’s Day, so he had a real trial-by-fire introduction into shop dog life. Walker is the family pet of Lilium owner Lisa Pritchett, but he keeps regular business hours on most weekdays. Wheatens are very social dogs, so Walker would rather be “at work” with his people than home alone. He spends most of his days greeting Lilium guests, napping, playing with a large collection of toys, and chasing away birds that get a little too close for his liking.

Word of caution: Walker is a puppy in training! He hasn’t perfected his shop manners yet, but he is working on it. Bear with us as Walker learns to control his excitement upon meeting new friends. If you visit Lilium and Walker isn’t on duty, chances are he is in puppy class learning all the rules. We are confident he will adapt well to his role as a Lilium team member.

dogs of instagram

We know that Walker, like Winston before him, will create quite a fan following. You don’t even have to visit Lilium (although we hope you do!) to keep up with Walker. He has his own Instagram account: walker.at.lilium. Check out his page or stop by to meet Walker in person!

For the first time in its history, the Pantone Color Institute created a new color as its Color of the Year. Very Peri, described as a vibrant periwinkle blue with violet and red undertones, was invented especially for the honor. That’s right, none of the 1,114 existing Pantone colors were deserving of the 2022 crown.

“It was really important for us to come up with a new color, because we have a very new vision of the world now,” Pantone Color Institute executive director Leatrice Eiseman recently told CNN in an interview. In choosing the color(s) of the year, the Institute considers global events. The Covid-19 pandemic continues to influence their choices. In 2021, for only the second time, two colors were selected: Ultimate Gray and Illuminating (bright yellow). The colors symbolized emergence from a dreary time into a brighter future. Likewise, the Institute felt that Very Peri was a hopeful and happy shade that created a feeling of newness.

As we move into a world of unprecedented change, the selection of PANTONE 17-3938 Very Peri brings a novel perspective and vision of the trusted and beloved blue color family, encompassing the qualities of the blues, yet at the same time with its violet undertone, Very Peri displays a spritely, joyous attitude and dynamic presence that encourages courageous creativity and imaginative expressions.

Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute

Digital influences

In addition to world events, Pantone studies the entertainment industry, art, fashion, design, travel and lifestyles for emerging trends. This year, technology played an integral part in their choice as our lives are increasingly tied to the digital realm, or metaverse. The color is found in platforms from the Fortnite video game to Zoom call backgrounds. To further promote the tech theme, Pantone partnered with Microsoft to launch Very Peri as a series of wallpapers, PowerPoint palettes, and even a Teams camera filter. 


peri partners

To give you a little inspiration for incorporating Very Peri into your world, Pantone provides suggested palettes. The color can be the star of the show among neutrals. It also serves as a complement to brighter hues.


Benjamin Moore paint company’s Color Preview collection includes Scandinavian Blue, which closely resembles Very Peri. They suggest pairing the color with a creamy white and silvery pale blue shade.


Peri weddinG?

Apart from the actual periwinkle flower (vinca), the blue-purple Very Peri color is rare in fresh florals. If you’ve fallen in love with the color and want to use it in your upcoming wedding, Lilium designers recommend incorporating the shade in your reception linens, invitations/announcements, bridesmaid dresses and accessories. It’s easier to coordinate florals to compliment the periwinkle tones than to find flowers in that specific shade. As shown in the suggested palettes above, there are many ways to build a color story around Very Peri.

Orchids are the most varied species of flower on the planet. It’s difficult to even pinpoint a number of varieties, as new ones are discovered each year, but there are an estimated 25,000 species in the orchid family. Orchids grow naturally in tropical climates, but many varieties can be cultivated in the U.S., and with a healthy green thumb, can be maintained as house plants.

When you visualize an orchid, the phalaenopsis orchid likely comes to mind. It is frequently found at garden centers, florists, and even supermarkets. It is fairly easy to grow, even for a beginner. Phalaenopsis orchids can be found in a wide variety of colors, from pure white, pinks and purples to apricot, orange, salmon, and yellow.

ORCHID CARE

Lilium customers frequently ask about how to care for potted orchids. When we deliver a potted orchid, we include an Orchid Care card with general instructions. We recommend placing the plant in bright indirect light. Fill a spray bottle with about 5 ounces of room-temperature water. Gently lift the leaves and mist the roots. Do not spray the leaves or flowers. Allow soil to dry out completely before watering again. Orchids do not like to stand in water. After the blooming cycle is over, continue to mist weekly to encourage future blooms.

There are some conflicting opinions about watering methods. Some orchid sellers and websites recommend watering orchids using ice cubes. Using ice cubes allows water to slowly drip onto the roots as the ice melts. However, orchids are tropical plants that grow in warm climates, so they are not naturally acclimated to freezing temperatures. If ice directly touches the roots, it will damage them. We recommend the misting method, using tepid water.

Orchid roots are unusual. The roots are thick compared to finely webbed roots on other plants, and they are intended to be open to the air and not buried in potting soil.  Orchid roots have a special covering called velamen, which acts as a sponge absorbing water and nutrients for the orchid. For most orchids, the roots are green when newly hydrated, silver-green, or white when healthy, but dry. Mushy, limp orchid roots indicate overwatering. Likewise, the roots should not be tan or brittle – this signals underwatering.


BLOOM cycle

In spite of the vast variety of orchids in the world, every orchid has something in common: it is bilateral symmetric, meaning it has mirroring halves. If you divide any orchid bloom from top to bottom, you will have two identical halves.

Most orchid plants bloom just once a year. Blooms last, on average, six to eight weeks. Many will discard the bare plant, or replace it with a blooming one. However, orchids will rebloom given care and patience. After blooms drop, prune the dead stems and nodes (yellow, brown or shriveled in appearance). The dead stems will not produce blooms, and may inhibit new growth. Water the plant just as you do when it is blooming, every one to two weeks, allowing it to dry out between watering. Patience will be rewarded with new blooms in eight to 12 months.

cut orchids

With their striking colors, patterns and shapes, orchids often steal the show in fresh arrangements. They are equally at home in tropical arrangements, or paired with more traditional florals like roses, hydrangea and tulips. Lilium designers love to incorporate orchids of all colors and varieties into custom arrangements.

  • Vased arrangement with succulents


FUN FACTS ABOUT ORCHIDS

Vanilla Planifolia
  • Vanilla comes from orchids (Vanilla Planifolia), and is the only variety of orchid yielding an edible product.
  • Orchids grow on every continent except Antarctica
  • Orchids are hypoallergenic (their pollen is not airborne)
  • The tallest species of orchid is the Sobralia altissima in Peru, which can grow 44 feet tall
  • Orchid seeds are about the size of a dust particle, so it can take years for an orchid to bloom from seeds.
  • According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the record is 91 blooms on a single plant.

For only the second time in 20 years, the Pantone Color Institute has selected not one, but two independent shades as its Color of the Year 2021. This year’s color winners are: Ultimate Gray and Illuminating. Perhaps the underlying message is that we are ready to emerge from the “gray” 2020 period into a brighter, sunnier 2021. Or, maybe gray can be viewed as a stable and solid hue, while yellow points to optimism and hope. The two colors, used together, create balance.

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The union of an enduring Ultimate Gray with the vibrant yellow Illuminating expresses a message of positivity supported by fortitude. Practical and rock solid but at the same time warming and optimistic, this is a color combination that gives us resilience and hope. We need to feel encouraged and uplifted; this is essential to the human spirit.

Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of The Pantone Color Institute

Yellows and Grays, Let Me Count the Ways

For more than 20 years, The Pantone Color of the year has influenced product development and purchasing decisions in a wide array of industries, including fashion, commercial and industrial design, home decor, and product packaging. There are other color systems, but the Pantone color matching system is the most internationally recognized standard.

“Language of color is really important for anybody who makes product. Anyone who designs product not in their garage, but through some sort of a supply chain where they’re going to lose control of that color design, they need a language to use with the supplier and say, ‘This is the color that I need.’ It’s very difficult to just send them a sample and say, ‘Give me that color.’ ”

Ron Potesky, a former senior vice president at Pantone

The annual selection is made through trend analysis and color influences, also taking into account world events and socio-economic conditions. Influences include art and films, fashion, social media platforms, and leisure and travel trends. The 2020 selection, Classic Blue, was a return to timeless tradition, while the 2019 pick, Living Coral, represented our changing environment.

Floral Pairings

The annual Pantone pick even influences the floral industry, as event planners incorporate the color trends into special events. Brides also tend to look to the trends when selecting wedding colors. Florals are easy to come by in yellow shades. Roses, lilies, chrysanthemums, tulips, daffodils, sunflowers, orchids and ranunculus are only a few of the floral varieties available in sunny yellow. While there aren’t many gray flowers (not fresh varieties, at least), floral designers can add touches of gray using dusty miller, lamb’s ear or silver sage.

Once the Color of the Year is announced in December, it takes a little time for product manufacturers and design professionals to put products on the shelves, racks and showroom floors. As we near the second quarter of 2021, you are likely noticing the use of grays and yellows, both individually and paired. Gray has been a staple in design for several years now, but combining it with yellow gives it a fresh take.

Lilium Floral Design is on top of the trends in the floral and event industries, and we can help you incorporate the 2021 Colors of the Year into your upcoming event. Visit our website, or call us at 817-481-1565.

In these challenging times, every retailer has a story… it may be one of struggle, confusion, anxiety, compromise, resolve, triumph, defeat, or if we are being honest, a combination of these experiences. For Lilium, the past few months have brought unprecedented challenges, highs and lows. We are still navigating this ever-changing business climate, but if there is one thing we can be sure of, it is that we would not still be standing without the support of our loyal customer base.

After surviving four years of highway construction in front of Lilium, where our entrances were often completely blocked, we were well-positioned for a banner year in 2020. Our recent building expansion was complete, and we were enjoying brisk sales in January and February. On March 9, we received a phone call from a standing account saying that they needed to cancel their weekly services. Losses mounted as those calls continued over the following four days.

There was tremendous confusion from federal, state and local governments as to proper protocol. Disinfect surfaces? Wear masks? What was essential business? Ultimately, florists were deemed “critical infrastructure” by the state of Texas, and florists were allowed to operate. Not only was this important in preserving jobs for our staff, we recognized the opportunity to make a positive impact on our community during discouraging times.

supply chain break

Our supply chain literally broke overnight. Every single local wholesaler closed. Farmers from all over the world were desperately trying to find a way to get their product to market. Trucking capacity dropped, flights were cancelled. We had to completely change our purchasing model, but in the end, we were able to obtain the same high quality product that our customers expect and enjoy.

when life gives you lemons…

As you might imagine, the loss of standing accounts, cancelled events, postponed weddings, no proms or graduation celebrations hit us hard. However, occasions that would typically be reasons to gather became occasions to send flowers. When families couldn’t be together for Easter, they sent flowers. With many working from home, business executives couldn’t take their administrative staff to lunch for Administrative Professionals Day. They sent flowers.

For the same reason, we anticipated that Mother’s Day was going to be busier than normal. So many were not able to honor their moms in person, but wanted to make her day special. Because of the disrupted supply chain, we were not able to create a Mother’s Day menu as we have in the past. We were receiving beautiful product, but couldn’t select specific stems as we normally would. Without missing a beat, we were able to deliver double the number of Mother’s Day arrangements over last year.

Community support

Again, we would not have survived the past few months without the tremendous support of our customers and community. The local community really rallied behind local businesses. The City of Colleyville twice issued postcards with a $35 value to be used at local businesses. Many of our loyal customers called to ask how they could help. They increased their purchase frequency, which boosted our day-to-day sales and kept us going.

The challenges of this pandemic have forced us out of our comfort zone in many ways. We had to get creative and find new opportunities as former ones disappeared. We have risen to the challenge, and our customer base has actually grown out of this adversity. Lilium is proud to have kept our full-time staff working, and to have served our customers and community well. Our commitment remains to serve you with high quality, beautiful floral designs and top-notch customer service. Most importantly, we THANK YOU for your continuing loyal support.

“Do you have peonies?” That is one of the most commonly asked questions we get from our customers throughout the year. In fact, peonies rival roses for our most requested flower. They are like the most popular girl in school, the one everybody wants to hang around with. And, like many popular girls, peonies play hard to get. They are only in season from late spring to early summer. Maybe part of their popularity can be attributed to their somewhat elusive nature, but I think most would say it is because they are, simply, stunning.

Peonies love to show off. Their blooms can reach 10 inches in width, with showy ruffled, densely packed petals. Their colors range from white and the palest pink to vibrant coral and deep burgundy. They are perfectly perfect on their own, but they are equally beautiful when showcased in an arrangement with other blooms.

symbolism

Peonies’ roots trace back hundreds of years to Asia, where they were cultivated for their healing properties more than their appearance. It was believed that parts of the peony plant relieved arthritis, headaches, and muscle cramps. To this day, peonies play an important role in Chinese culture (where the word is translated “most beautiful”). The flower is closely associated with royalty, and is a symbol of wealth and prosperity. Deep red hues are favored in Eastern cultures as a symbol of honor and respect. A favorite motif used by Chinese artisans, decorative objects featuring peonies are often found in Chinese homes to bring good fortune to its occupants.

beloved by brides

In the U.S., peonies more often symbolize love and romance. Pink blooms are favored in this context, but today’s brides choose from a variety of shades for their bouquets, ceremony and reception florals. Desirable for both their beauty and symbolism, peonies are believed to be a good omen for a happy marriage. That optimism should sustain the couple for at least a decade, as the peony is known as the 12th anniversary flower.

sourcing and availability

Now back to that “play hard to get” statement. While you might be successful in planting and cultivating peony plants in your home garden, commercially grown peonies are limited in both quantity and season. During peony season, which I mentioned is late spring to early summer, Lilium sources their blooms from Holland and Chile. We receive shipments of fresh blooms every week throughout the growing season. For weddings and special events, we can special order peonies in specified shades. We will also manage the stems so that their blooms open at the perfect time.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! OK, maybe second most. At Lilium, we love peonies, and the opportunity to showcase them in creative and beautiful ways. It is pretty convenient that Mother’s Day falls in the middle of peony season as well. Studies show that moms love peonies, too! Well, I made that part up, but all of the moms at Lilium think peonies are (to borrow a well-known phrase), “practically perfect in every way.”

Give us a call and let us share some of the season’s best blooms with you or someone you love.

Groundhog Day has passed, and if Punxsutawney Phil’s prediction can be believed, it will be an early Spring. Here in Texas, there are already some optimistic trees and shrubs putting out buds. In the florist world, that’s great news because it means we will soon have beautiful blooming branches to add to our fresh arrangements.

Branches are a great way to add height and interest to any fresh arrangement. While some varieties, like curly willow, are available year round, blooming varieties are seasonal. Generally, blooming branches are only available in the Spring months.         

Cherry blossom branches give height and add interest to these Spring arrangements.

In addition to cherry blossom, forsythia and dogwood branches, look for almond, apple, quince and lilac.

When we receive the branches, they will have a mix of closed and opened blooms. We monitor the bloom stage of the branches so that they open at the optimal time for a given event. Unopened blooms will open in a warm room around 75 degrees.

Care of Branches

Whether you have an arrangement that includes one or two stems of blooming branches, or you have a vase filled with branches, you will need to make sure the ends stay in water. Add fresh water every one to two days to encourage closed blooms to open and keep the branches hydrated. Floral arrangements that include blooming branches should be placed out of direct sunlight. This will help both the blooming branches and the cut flowers last longer.

Creative Uses

Blooming branches are great for other uses in addition to vased arrangements. Some branches are flexible, making them ideal for creating wreaths or flower crowns. They make unique touches to wedding decor as well, bringing a natural, outdoor vibe to the ceremony and reception florals.

Take advantage of this gift from Mother Nature while you can. The season is upon us! Call Lilium at 817-481-1565, or visit our website at www.liliumflorals.com to order a beautiful Spring arrangement, and be sure to ask what blooming branches are available. 

The Pantone Color Institute’s pick for 2020 color of the year leaves us anything BUT blue!  The Institute states Classic Blue has a timelessness and elegant simplicity. According to their website, it’s an honest color that offers the promise of protection. Non-aggressive and easily relatable, the trusted PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue lends itself to relaxed interaction.

Imbued with a deep resonance, Classic Blue provides an anchoring foundation. A boundless blue evocative of the vast and infinite evening sky, Classic Blue encourages us to look beyond the obvious to expand our thinking; challenging us to think more deeply, increase our perspective and open the flow of communication.Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute

Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute

The Pantone Color Institute has been selecting a single color of the year (with the exception of 2016 when two colors shared the honor) for the past 20 years. Their selection is based on careful trend analysis. They explore the entertainment industry and films in production, art collections, fashion, design, automotive manufacturing, and trending travel destinations. They also consider modern lifestyles, recreation trends, and socio-economic conditions. Inspirations might also come from new technology, social media platforms and even sporting events.

As we enter into a new decade, with fast-paced living and rapidly changing technology, Classic Blue suggests a sense of stability and dependability.  It’s a color you can count on. In the interior design arena, the color aligns perfectly with the industry’s return to traditional decorating styles.

Classic Blue will find favor in apparel, accessories, home decor, tableware and giftware.

Dynamic Duos

A bright white is a natural complement to Classic Blue, says Sue Wadden, director of color marketing for Sherwin-Williams. “A crisp white room accented with blue on one wall or cabinets is a classic pairing, but is still fresh,” Wadden says. “And depending on your decor, it can work for traditional, coastal, or glam styles.”

Photo: Sherwin Williams

If you look at a standard color wheel, yellow is the natural complement to blue. As you move along the wheel, you’ll see that related shades of gold and orange also pop next to this blue.

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Photo: Sherwin Williams

Floral Blues

Last year’s color of the year, Living Coral, could be found in a wide variety of florals.  Classic Blue, on the other hand, is not widely available in floral form. Blue, in general, tends to be a bit under-represented in the flower world. For florists, the most popular blue flowers are hydrangea, delphinium, and thistle.  Brides who want to incorporate Classic Blue into their weddings will find it easier to do so in the dresses or linens than in the bouquets or centerpieces. 

Photo: David Woo

      Photo: Kindig Photography

According to Pantone’s website, Classic Blue is imprinted in our psyches as a restful color that brings a sense of peace and tranquility to the human spirit.  Lilium agrees with their zen assessment.  We receive a variety of fresh flowers weekly, including blooms in the blue palette and coordinating hues. We look forward to finding creative ways to incorporate this year’s Pantone Color of the Year into our fresh arrangements.

Whether you have started Christmas shopping or thought about New Year’s resolutions, 2019 is wrapping up. 2020 is right around the corner, and we are looking ahead to see what next year’s brides will choose for their special day. Popular wedding websites, blogs and magazines have published their predictions, and most agree that couples will strive to make their celebrations unique and personal. When it comes to floral decor, the traditional flower-covered arch at the end of the aisle will be replaced with unique shapes (some not actually arches), providing stunning backdrops for the vow exchange.

The wedding arch, or canopy, is a long-standing tradition with rich meaning in many cultures. It may symbolize the home that the couple will build together, or the protection provided by the couples’ parents. It also creates an intimate focal point within a larger ceremony space. In addition, the arch or canopy provides a beautiful background for ceremony pictures.

With This Ring

One of the most popular choices in 2020 will be circles made of various materials and adorned with flowers and/or greenery. Circles are a popular choice, as they mirror the symbolism of the wedding ring.

Framed

Squares and rectangles are also in vogue, and can convey many styles, from rustic to industrial. Copper is a favorite material for modern arches. The element symbolizes love, balance, beauty and artistic creativity. Wooden frames are most popular for outdoor venues or rustic-themed ceremonies.

Another Angle

Circles and squares aren’t the only shapes vying for attention. We haven’t seen this many shapes since high school geometry class. Triangles, hexagons, pentagons… you name it. You will see a wide variety of shapes taking the place of the traditional wedding arch.

Daniel Poff Photography
Daniel Poff Photography

Chuppah-Inspired

The Huppah (Chuppah) is a traditional Jewish custom symbolizing the home. The covering represents God’s presence over the couple. All four sides are open to symbolize hospitality to the guests. Even non-Jewish couples are embracing this look, commonly referred to as a canopy to avoid offending guests of the Jewish faith. It is also a way to unite families of Jewish and non-Jewish faiths by bringing in elements from different cultures.

Doors and Gates

Doors and gates can be used to create an arch of sorts, while contributing to the overall wedding theme. Because doors and gates  are passageways, they may symbolize a portal to the couple’s new life together.

  

Chloe Giancola Photography

Grounded Arches

Another emerging arch trend is the grounded arch. This is a great option when the ceremony takes place in front of an already beautiful vista. A traditional arch might obstruct the stunning view that nature has already provided. The grounded arch still provides a focal point for the ceremony within the open space.

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Pampas Grass

Arches of all styles provide the anchor for a variety of decor. Brides might choose natural, organic looks with twigs and greenery. Foliage has been in vogue for weddings fo the past couple of years. It is versatile and usually budget-friendly. Within this category, one emerging trend is pampas grass. The fluffy, feathery tops create a soft, ethereal feel, and is neutral enough to use in combination with most color palletes.

Carlie Statsky Photography

Contact Lilium to schedule a complimentary wedding consultation, and let us create a beautiful arch (or other shape) for your ceremony.