Repurposing wedding bouquets for your reception

Ever wonder what to do with your and the bridesmaids' bouquets after the ceremony? I definitely recommend that they serve double-duty as reception decor. Besides being an earth-friendly and budget-conscious idea, it's easy! May Floral delivers our bouquets in vases that match your wedding design, so it's stress-free to execute this idea. Here are my go-to ideas: 

1. Put the bouquets in vases and add some candles and a runner of greenery and voilà, the head table is decorated!

2. Wedding cakes look amazing on their own, but a touch of flowers and a few candles can add a little extra to the tablescape. 

 Photo by  Katie Ricard

Photo by Katie Ricard

3. Some flowers and candles add a beautiful, welcoming touch to the card and gift table.

 Photo by  Elle Rose Photo

4. The sweets table is my favorite! Desserts + flowers = winning combination! 

 Photo by  Anna Guziak

Photo by Anna Guziak

5. Jill and Scott's bar at Salvage One was spruced up with one of the bouquets, candles and this sign that speaks the truth!

 Photo by  Furla Studio

Photo by Furla Studio

Hope this helps! If you're planning a wedding and need flowers, say hey here!

Wedding day portraits in Evanston, Wilmette and the North Shore

If your wedding will be in Evanston, Wilmette or other North Shore towns, check out this list of nearby locations that provide the most beautiful backdrop for your wedding day portraits. I got married in Evanston and included the spot where we took our photos. Other ideas are courtesy of couples I've worked with and their talented photographers. Also, ask your photographer for location ideas. They will likely have locations not mentioned here.

 My husband and I at the Lighthouse Beach | Photo by  Jeremy Lawson

My husband and I at the Lighthouse Beach | Photo by Jeremy Lawson

 Haley and Jonathan at the Charles Gates Dawes House | Photo by  Ed and Aileen

Haley and Jonathan at the Charles Gates Dawes House | Photo by Ed and Aileen

 Denae and Brendon at Shakespeare Garden | Photo by  Christian Wilson

Denae and Brendon at Shakespeare Garden | Photo by Christian Wilson

 Ronit and Jonathan by Lake Michigan | Photo by  Becky Brown

Ronit and Jonathan by Lake Michigan | Photo by Becky Brown

 Natasha and Derrick at Northwestern University | Photo by  Cassie Anna

Natasha and Derrick at Northwestern University | Photo by Cassie Anna

 Dawn and Mark at Bahá'í House of Worship | Photo by  Oh So Lovely Photography

Dawn and Mark at Bahá'í House of Worship | Photo by Oh So Lovely Photography

Flowers for your junior bridesmaids and flower girls

Planning on having a flower girl or a junior bridesmaid in your wedding party and not sure what kind of flowers they should have? There's no right or wrong answer. Like a lot of wedding traditions, it's completely up to you whether you want any part of it! Here are some options I suggest to couples during their floral consultations: a mini version of the bridal bouquet, a flower crown and a basket of rose petals.  

 Photo by  The Collagrossis
 Photo by  Kathy Davies

Photo by Kathy Davies

 Photo by  Maddie Blecha

Photo by Maddie Blecha