In the past two years, I lost both of my parents. My Father was in his late 90’s and my mother was in her mid 80’s and they lived with me until they died. Both of my parents loved flowers and gardens, but often had very different tastes as to what flowers they enjoyed most. When it came to the time of planning the memorial services, I wanted the service to reflect their lives. I spent a great deal of time researching flowers and their meanings by color and species. I was truly amazed at the choices that were available in flowers, and the lack of information that was actually addressing my interest.
I found that the meanings that were associated with certain varieties of flowers made some varieties of flowers seem much more appropriate and meaningful than others. I found the Alstroemeria, also known as the Peruvian Lily, has leaves that grow upside down and twist and turn as they mature and symbolize how friendship and lives twist together and bond over a life-time. Carnations were always a favorite of my mother, especially pink carnations. She loved the long lasting fragrance of the carnation as well as the belief that the flower first appeared on earth as a result of the tears of the Virgin Mary. They are the symbol of undying love and embodied my feelings for my mother. In ancient Greece, the Goddess Iris was the link between heaven and earth. Purple irises have, for hundreds of years, been planted over the graves of women so that they could summon the Goddess Iris to lead their souls to heaven. The statice flower, which was a favorite of both of my parents, is also known as sea lavender.
The bright color of the leaves and the flowers makes it popular with florists in bouquets. I wanted it at my parents memorial services because in the language of flowers it symbolizes remembrance. Tulips represent elegance and grace, two things that my mother possessed. They also have special meaning according to their colors. For example, yellow tulips represent cheerfulness, white represent forgiveness and purple represent royalty. The red tulip is said to represent perfect love.
My parents had a wonderful life together. Their union lasted over 70 years and when my father died, I knew in my heart that my mother would follow very shortly even though she was in very good health and enjoyed life to its fullest. I wanted flowers at their funeral memorials that truly symbolized their lives together and what they gave to our family. The stock flower is the flower of choice for that sentiment. A symbol of happy life and contented existence, the stock flower is native to Southwestern Greece and the Mediterranean.
Many florists are very well versed in flowers and their meanings and sentiments. The time of year and the part of the country that you live in will have an effect on what flowers are readily available, but many can be ordered from different parts of the country and delivered within 48 hours.
Tips To Ensure Your Big Day Is Perfect
You are planning your big day. Tons of time and effort goes into this process and the end result had better be good. So how do you make that happen and still keep your sanity along the way? The answer is quite easy and that is to read along and we will provide some wedding planning tips that can really help anyone to make it to the big day.
Do not forget to learn about how you will handle tax reporting for your business. Reporting taxes for a business is much more complicated than filing taxes for yourself. You might need to hire a tax accountant to sort out what you have to do in the first year that you are filing as a business, just to make sure that it is done correctly.
If you are planning an outdoor wedding you will need to consider the possibility of bad weather. If you do not have a backup plan, this could ruin your wedding and inconvenience all of your guests who are attending. Always prepare for the worst on important occasions.
When the wedding has ended, you will most likely receive gifts from the people who have attended. Make sure that during this time, you and your spouse are together so that you can both show the appreciation that is deserved. Thank everyone regardless of what type of present they give you.
You should try to create a wedding that is extremely personal by having elements which encompass you, your fiance, and the relationship between you two. Think about your time together and find a theme which matches it.
An outdoor wedding has its own natural beauty but you should still check on the place where your wedding will be held right before your wedding. Check to make sure that the grass has been mowed, leaves have been raked, and it is clear of debris. If you notice something that you do not like, make sure it is taken care of before your wedding day.
For the woman who is about to get married, don't skimp on the dress. This is your day to shine, to look the most beautiful you have ever looked before, and to be decorated with unending compliments. So go buy that expensive dress you have always dreamed of wearing on your wedding day.
Skip having guests throw confetti at your wedding as it makes a mess and isn't good for the environment, nor will you like picking it out of your hair. Instead, give your guests a noisemaker with the date of your wedding and your names on it to take home as an inexpensive keepsake.
Make sure that you never plan your bachelor or bachelorette parties the day before the wedding. There may be a lot of drinking at these parties, and the last thing that you will want to do is ruin the day of your wedding because you are not fully functional. Have a calm day right before your wedding.
It is okay to let loose at your wedding reception. Many people take their wedding day too serious and do not remember it is supposed to be a joyous occasion. When this happens, they look back at their special day with unpleasant memories. Laugh with your guests, and dance to upbeat music.
Share your discounts on airline tickets with family and friends who will be attending your destination wedding. If you have Airmiles, see if you can help by purchasing tickets for your family with the reduction in cost thanks to those miles. Ask around with all attendees to see if they can pool their resources and get more discounts!
When picking out your wedding ring, make sure to get one you know you are going to like years down the line. Many people pick a random ring, and later decide that they do not like it. Also, if you are going to get matching bands, make sure both of you like them.
The time has come to plan your wedding. It is the biggest day of your life, and you're putting every drop of energy into the process. You just might lose your sanity along the way, right? Wrong! If you follow the tips we have provided, you can make it to your big day and keep your sanity intact. Take a deep breath and enjoy the ride!