Although Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky have decided not to speak publicly about their highly anticipated nuptials this weekend, the media has been buzzing about what they are calling “The Wedding of the Decade”. Well, from what I’ve been reading, it seems as if the pricetag for this lavish wedding is as high as the expectations!
It is rumored that Chelsea will be spending $250,000 on… drumroll please… FLOWERS!! According to The Stir, Jeff Leatham, star of the TLC show Flowers Uncut, is the rumored floral designer. Along with his TV debut, Jeff has worked with a plethora of A-Lister’s like Madonna, Oprah (a rumored guest at the wedding), and Tina Turner. He also did the flowers for Eva Langoria and Tony Parker’s wedding. Nice resume’!
Leatham reportedly loves to incorporate long stems, barely tucked in flowers, or flowers that simply lay across the top of a tall clear vase in his arrangements. And his wedding trademark? Bouquets carefully placed on tabletops in a way that even DaVinci would be jealous of his artistry. He says he likes to lay the bouquets (out of vases) on the tables so the guests can easily take the flowers home. I’m curious to what kind of flowers Chelsea has chosen and even more excited to see what Jeff Leatham does with them (and with the $250,000 budget)!!
Lois, "The Corpse Flower"
Sitting at my desk today, I got an email from my co-worker. The email subject line read “stinky wedding”. Well, with a subject line like that I immediately had to stop what I was doing to open it! As I read the MSN article, I couldn’t help but chuckle about this Bride-to-be’s unexpected wedding guest who smells like dead bodies. Yes, dead bodies!
Jessica Zabala plans to be married in the Houston Museum of Natural Science this Saturday, but what she wasn’t planning was that Lois, a rare six-feet tall “corpse flower”, would start blooming in the room right next to where her wedding ceremony would be held. How’s that for a wedding crasher?
The flower is an Amorphophallus titanum, which has only bloomed 29 times in the United States. And as the name suggests when Lois blooms she smells like dead corpses. The rare flower’s dead-body smell attracts the flies and insects it needs in order to pollinate.
According to the article, Lois was about two-thirds of the way to full bloom by Thursday and between 3,000 and 4,000 people were visiting daily to take a sniff. Fortunately for Jessica, it will only stay open about two days, and the smell generally dissipates within the first 12 hours of blooming.
Although many brides may see Lois as an unwanted wedding guest, Jessica has a superb attitude towards the rare flower’s bloom exclaiming, “I don’t need a florist anymore, I’ve got Lois.” Forget orchids, calla lilies, or freesias, Jessica is making her wedding truly unique (and unforgettable I might add) with the rare corpse flower!
So, I was perusing Wedding Blogs the other day when I came across pictures from this Nashville wedding on Style Me Pretty. I’m not sure whether the bouquets were just put in vases for the photos, or if they actually used them as arrangements during their reception… but it got me thinking. I’m sure most of you Brides-to-Be out there are on budgets. And if you’re in the planning process, I would suggest that you seriously consider using this tip to possibly trim down your wedding flower cost. What is this amazing piece of information that I have been withholding from you? It’s not that outside of the box and I’m surprised I haven’t thought of it before, but why not use your bridesmaids’ bouquets as centerpieces for your reception!
If you think about it this actually makes a lot of sense. After the ceremony, what do your bridesmaids really do with their bouquets? It’s not like they need them while they’re dancing the night away and celebrating your nuptials! I’m sure that they would complement your reception décor seamlessly, as the colors and flowers used in your ceremony should also be reflected throughout the entire wedding from start to finish. More importantly, by “double duty-ing” you’ll be saving some money too! Even if the bouquets only serve as centerpieces for the head table.