Posts Tagged ‘flowers’

The May Day tradition dates back to the pre-Christian era with the festival of Flora, the Roman goddess of flowers.

So it wasn’t too far of a stretch when in 1929 Hawaii officially made May 1st Lei Day.


Lei Day is a day to celebrate island culture with lei-making competitions, concerts, and the giving and receiving of lei among friends and family. With the advent of tourism, the Lei became a world-wide symbol of Hawaii. The Lei was actually introduced to the Hawaiian islands by Polynesian voyagers. Leis are constructed of flowers, leaves, shells, nuts, and even bone and teeth of animals. Traditionally, Hawaiians wore them to beautify themselves and distinguish themselves from others. Basically, the best kind of jewelry (and it smells good, too!) 🙂

Lei also symbolize the spirit of Aloha. The giving and receiving of lei is an act of welcoming, love, and family. In fact, in old Hawaii, lei were given to both visitors coming to the island and people leaving the island. It is said that people leaving the island on ships would throw their lei into the ocean and let it return to the island in hopes that they too would someday return.

There aren’t many rules when it comes to wearing lei. Anyone can wear them anytime, anywhere. However, be aware that a lei is considered a welcomed celebration of one person’s affection for another. Always accept a lei that is offered to you. It is properly worn draped over the shoulders, hanging both in the front and the back. It is also considered rude to remove the lei in front of the person who gave it to you, so be careful!

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Now that the Holidays are over and it’s 2013, a huge wave of people are thinking about ONE thing: their upcoming weddings. Even if you’re already married or even if you’re never planning on taking the plunge, you probably know someone who is. So this post is really for everyone.

There are some really cool things trending in 2013. We’ll start with our FAVORITE topic: FLOWERS!

Popular Trends: Vintage, Simplistic One-Toned Bouquets, Modern Vivid Color, Country Garden

What’s in: Peonies.  Peonies are beautiful, lush-looking blooms. It has been the most requested wedding flower for two years running! However, since they are only in bloom for 2 months out of the year, most brides will need another option.

Garden Roses are a similar flower that still have that super-luxurious feel.




Color Schemes:

Trends: Neautral, Shabby Chic (organic), Rustic, Luxury, Elegant, Black Tie

Another cool trend is in color pallette choices. This year, neutrals with pops of color are big. Greys, taupes, and creams are very elegant. And interestingly enough, in 2013 it won’t be taboo to mix and match your themes. So if you want classy china place settings and antler chandliers…go for it! Let your imagination run wild.

Here’s a beautiful example of a rustic-feeling wedding


Remeber: Your wedding is YOUR’S! And there’s never been a better year than 2013 to make your wedding exactly the way you want it.

No matter what the “rules”. Check back with us frequently for more wedding trends. We’ll keep you in the loop.

Happy Planning!

For more wedding arrangements or to schedule a consultation with us, visit http://www.watanabefloral.com/weddings/

Also see our Pinterest for inspiring wedding ideas: http://pinterest.com/watanabefloral/in-the-mind-s-eye-of-a-bride/

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