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Weddings can be pretty similar—white dress, flowers, Beethoven’s Ode to Joy.

But you can personalize your wedding with small touches that make for big memories. Joseph Richard of Joseph Richard Florals in Armonk is full of suggestions to make your special day just that.

Flowers are an obvious place to start.

“Incorporate a favorite flower or a flower that has significance to you or your family,” he says. “For example, if your grandfather grew roses in his backyard, we can use roses.” Pieces of jewelry, a small photo, or a trinket wrapped around the stems lend distinction to a bouquet, while boutonnieres can provide a bit of whimsy or a clue about what the groom likes.

As an example, Joseph Richard explains, “A groom grows hot peppers and has inquired about incorporating a hot pepper in his boutonniere.”

Centerpieces are prime venues for the couple to express themselves. Joseph Richard Florals will borrow unique vases or containers from family members and arrange the flowers in them. Both centerpieces and the favors can reflect a family business with items like engraved soaps.

The artful use of pictures personalizes your wedding. Show a generational progression by displaying wedding pictures of family members. Use photos of the bride and groom at various ages—they can even serve as table numbers.

Weaving a subtle theme throughout your wedding day creates unique memories. It can range from including your pet—assuming Fido is well behaved enough—to releasing butterflies during the ceremony. A theme can extend to your flower girls, who can be dressed like fairies, for example.

“Incorporate a time you spent with your groom or an activity you did together and create a theme from it.” Richard suggests. “For example, a vacation, sky diving, where you got engaged, if you have a common hobby such as running. We had a bride once interested in incorporating sneakers into her card table to hold place cards. Another bride had us create a cityscape for her card table because they met in New York City.”

Even the date you choose can have significance; perhaps it’s one year from the day he proposed. The save-the-date cards and the invitation itself are another chance to share what makes you you.

“Ideas may sound a bit crazy in the beginning,” Richard says, “but if you incorporate them tastefully, they can work out beautifully.”

Joseph Richard Florals
2 MacDonald Avenue
Armonk, NY 10504
914.273.336 | www.josephrichardflorals.com

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