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So many brides are looking for a rustic feel to their weddings this season. Pulling the theme off can be challenging, but our resident floral expert has some tips and suggestions to help you out.
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Picture a country lane lined with trees, their leaves bathed in bright fall colours, and an old wooden fence leading up to a barn. What a great place for a fall wedding.

As the floral wedding consultant for BunchesDirect, I’ve talked to many brides lately who have that same idea — a barn wedding.  These brides are looking to give their wedding a rustic look, and really, you can’t get anymore rustic than getting hitched in a barn.

Here’s an idea of the types of floral arrangements and décor I’ve been suggesting for brides in search of that trendy, rustic look for their weddings.


Picture this: the bride in ivory with her bridesmaids in brown.

The bride carries a clustered, casual look, with red, orange or yellow garden roses (or a mixture of all three), accented by some bronze Chrysanthemums daisies, a couple of sunflowers, deep purple lisinathus with some red hypericum berries. Add some solidago, which looks like Goldenrod, and will give any bouquet a bit of a wild, garden-type look.  For additional greens, I would suggest asparagus or sprengeri ferns. Wrap the stems with burlap and tie with raffia.The attendants can carry the same style of bouquet, just a bit smaller. For the groom The groom and male attendants very small clusters or a single flower boutonnieres to match bouquets.


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The big look for tables these days are mason jars, which are just perfect for rustic weddings in a barn (especially on a checkered tablecloth.)  To fill them up, use the same flowers as the wedding party, only larger, and add some branches, wheat, and maybe a bit of straw around the bottom of the jars. Remember, you have a large space to deal with, so the decorations have to be big and showy – subtle won’t work here.  If you really want to go all out, display some bales of hay and corn stalks with cabbage plants in the corners of the space.

I would also suggest having mason jars on the head table filled with just water to put the bouquets in, rather than just laying them on the table.


Not the barn type? You can still achieve the rustic look.

Let’s start with a church: I suggest two large arrangements on the floor or on pedestals at the front of the church, Arranged loosely with large flowers in fall colours to follow the theme, such as Gladiola, Sunflowers, Celosia (otherwise known as Cockscomb), Chrysanthemums, Red Hypericum Berries, Solidago, and maybe some corn husks at the bottom of the arrangements.  If you want to go further, add some pew markers, made of burlap ribbon with clusters of corn husks.  You can transfer the church decorations to the banquet hall after the ceremony.

Now, on to the banquet hall.  Start with the chairs – instead of the stin covering, use burlap on the back of the chair tied with raffia and a raffia bow at the back.  The mason jars could have a band of burlap ribbon around them and tied on with raffia on checkered table clothes.  Add a lantern for a country rustic look.
For the head table: again, checkered tablecloths and the two arrangements from church spaced in front, with mason jars lined up on the front of head table for the bride and attendants to put their flowers in.


The choices are endless with cakes and colours, but let’s say the cake is brown. The cake top should have a casual look, like the bouquets – perhaps a block of oasis on a aluminum plant.  It must be light so it doesn’t sink into the icing.  For the bottom of the cake, I suggest a bit of garland with ferns and a bit of straw.

A do-it-yourself wedding takes a bit of work, but it’s worth it. The BunchesDirect brand was designed for brides on a budget, and Bunches Bob is here to help you. Whether you buy premade arrangements or do-it- yourself, have fun with those blooms.

ABOUT BUNCHES BOB: A fifty year floral industry veteran, Bob started in the floral business in Cornwall, Ontario back in the late 1950s. Bob has hosted and taken part in numerous floral demonstrations for various groups. Some of his greatest claims to fame was when the Toronto Star commissioned him to create a Thanksgiving bouquet for their annual Thanksgiving Day special section, and when he had the honour of creating a floral arrangement for Elizabeth Taylor’s birthday while she was filming in Toronto. A man of many talents, Bob has been heavily involved in community theatre, film and commercial acting, singing, dancing, directing and choreographing, and his favourite hobby, painting in watercolours and acrylics. Bob has helped hundreds of brides in recent years as a wedding flower consultant for BunchesDirect, and has become a hit on Youtube, with multiple videos garnering over 100,000 views.

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Lately I have consulted with brides who have decided to have their weddings outdoors.  There are a few things you have to deal with when having such a wedding which I personally have dealt with.  Actually it was my niece’s wedding and it was held on heer father’s property in the country.  The ceremony was on the top of a hill beside a pond.  The wedding was in July, so they had erected a trellis made into a arch and planted some blooming vines on each side hoping they would crawl up each side and over the top in time for the wedding.  That didn’t happen, they only grew halfway up, so we had to addvines and flowers.  So that’s one thing, sometimes you have to help nature along the way. The reception was held inside a tent, dance floor and all.

They decided to have vases on each table with a few blooms, very casual.  Now this is where you have to consider the wind factor, what vases to use.  I suggested wide vases that hold a lot of water forweight.  Not slim vases which can fall over easily when a gust of wind hits them.  We filled the vases with branches with berries on that grew in the woods on the property.  Stripped the leaves off and left the berries on, a great touch.  Also used dendrobium orchids, iris and roses.

Beside the main tent, there was another tent for the buffet table.  instead of a wedding cake they had pies.  So I decided to make a large vase arrangement of roses, dendrobiums and branches and stack the pies aroun it at different levels.  Having done all that, a gust of wind came into the tent and almost knocked the vase over.  Problem, what to do, I ended up finding a low wooden box, filled it with sand, pushed the vase into the sand, put salal leaves and branches over the box and sand, stacked the pies around, great look.  My point is, don’t panic, there’s always a solution, especially when you’re surrounded by woods.  Says, Bunches Bob.

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When you look at wedding pictures from the past, you see how fashions and wedding bouquets change.  Usually influenzedby a movie star, royalty and in one case by a Canadian Prime Minister’s wedding.  Back in the fifties, the cascade was big.  Every flower was wired and taped.  We used to work for hours into the night, wiring and taping hundreds of blooms, not to mention, feathering carnations, ( splitting them in two).  It would have been so much faster and easier to use miniature carnations.  For some reason or another, they were too expensive then.

Then the styrofoam bouquet holders came in.  they didn’t last very long.  The idea was to glue all the flowers into the styrofoam, however if you glued too many too close together, the styrofoam would break or if you used hot glue, the styrofoam would melt, oh, oh, bouquet fell apart.

Then the oasis bouquet holder came along.  This was great because the bouquet would stay fresh looking.  There was a simple problem, once you insert the stem, you must leave it, if you try to adjust it, the hole will get bigger and oops, out pops the stem.  Also if you are making a cascade, unless you wire the cascading part to the holder, it will slip out because it’s too heavy for the oasis to hold it.

So now we have the hand tied round tight or oval or just a casual cluster with stems showing.  It’s fast to make for all DIY brides.

Which brings to mind, when a Canadian Politician got marred and wife carried an arm bouquet of spring flowers, very lose and natural looking.  How many weddings did I book, asking for same?  Quite a few.   Says, Bunches Bob.

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What’s with these paper flowers and brooch bouquets.  Brooch bouquets look like a bunch of insects.  Who’s nightmare was that?

Paper flower bouquets.  You could compare it to wearing a pair of running shoes with your wedding gown.  Most bridescarry their favourite flowers.  Can you hear the conversation a few years from now when looking at your wedding pictures.  What were those floweers in your bouquet?  The answer-” Paper floweers, we were on a strict budget “.  Why are you not holding your flowers in some of the pictures?  Well, it’s kind pf embarassing , a gust of wind came along and blew the bouquets out of our hands we couldn’t run fast enough to retreive them and they ended up floating down th river.

Now the brooch bouquet.  ” We had problems, I threw it and injured the lady who caught it “.  I probably would get arguments about that, about the fact that the bridedoesn’t throw the bouquet she carries, she gets a separate throw bouquet.  I could go on but my point is, nothing can take the place of fresh flowers, the fragrance, the feel, the memories.  You don’t have to shudder anymore when you hear the price.  Bunches Direct will make sure of that. Says, says Bunches Bob.

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To all you DIY people out there, in answer to to your question,

How long will the flowers last?  will the wilt if I get them too soon?

People relax, they will last longer than you think they will, if you follow directions.  The other is just old wives tales.

Years ago then I was a designer running a flower shop.  Some weekends we would have seven weddings to deal with.  We wo We couldn’t assemble them all the day before the wedding.  So we started on Moday.  Those were the days of the cascades, when every flower had to be wired and taped.  After we made the bouquets, we misted and sealed them in plastic bags and put them in the fridge.  The same with the corsages and boutonniers.  it worked, no problem.  The still looked fresh at the end of five days.

Most people have the idea that all flowers must be put into a fridge, only some.  For instance, Carnations should be left in room temperature to open.  If you put them in the fridge, they will never open.

Exotic flowers, such as Birds of Paradise will not open in the cold.

actually, any flower that grows from a bulb must be left in room tempereature to open.  Says, Bunches Bob.