Hot Wedding Flower Trend: Using Your State Flower

Personalizing wedding flowers just took a new twist! Brides are incorporating their state flowers in their bouquets and floral decor! [We even have a bride who entered my current contest who’s using her state flower!]

Photo courtesy of Monday Flowers

Do you know what your state flower is? Here is a list from the site that will show you the blooms! Use one state flower for the locale of the wedding, or use both your and your groom’s homestate flowers. Or, tribute the state where you went to school, or where you met one another! So many ways to use this trend!

Alabama Camellia  
Alaska Forget Me Not  
Arizona Saguaro Cactus Blossom  
Arkansas Apple Blossom  
California California Poppy  
Colorado Rocky Mountain Columbine    
Connecticut Mountain laurel  
Delaware Peach Blossom  
Florida Orange Blossom  
Georgia Cherokee Rose  
Hawaii Pua Aloalo  
Idaho Syringa – Mock Orange  
Illinois Purple Violet  
Indiana Peony  
Iowa Wild Prairie Rose  
Kansas Sunflower  
Kentucky Goldenrod  
Louisiana Magnolia  
Maine White pine cone and tassel  
Maryland Black-eyed susan  
Massachusetts Trailing-Arbutus  
Michigan Apple Blossom  
Minnesota Pink and white lady’s-slipper  
Mississippi Magnolia  
Missouri Hawthorn  
Montana Bitterroot  
Nebraska Goldenrod  
Nevada Sagebrush  
New Hampshire   Purple lilac  
New Jersey Violet  
New Mexico Yucca flower  
New York Rose  
North Carolina American Dogwood  
North Dakota Wild Prairie Rose  
Ohio Scarlet Carnation  
Oklahoma Mistletoe  
Oregon Oregon Grape  
Pennsylvania Mountain Laurel  
Rhode Island Violet  
South Carolina Yellow Jessamine  
South Dakota Pasque Flower  
Tennessee Iris  
Texas Bluebonnet  
Utah Sego lily  
Vermont Red Clover  
Virginia American Dogwood  
Washington Coast Rhododendron  
West Virginia Rhododendron  
Wisconsin Wood Violet  
Wyoming Indian Paintbrush  

Kindle now offers my newest wedding books!

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Your Special Wedding Toasts by Sharon Naylor (Kindle Edition – Mar. 1, 2004) – Kindle eBook
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Your Wedding, Your Way by Sharon Naylor (Kindle Edition – Oct. 30, 2010) – Kindle eBook
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Your Special Wedding Vows by Sharon Naylor (Kindle Edition – Mar. 1, 2004) – Kindle eBook
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Renewing Your Wedding Vows: A Complete Planning Guide to Saying I Still Do by Sharon Naylor (Kindle Edition – Dec. 10, 2008) – Kindle eBook
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Essential Guide to Wedding Etiquette by Sharon Naylor (Kindle Edition – Oct. 1, 2005) – Kindle eBook
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It’s My Wedding Too by Sharon Naylor (Kindle Edition – Mar. 31, 2007) – Kindle eBook
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What’s Your Bridal Style ? by Sharon Naylor and Casey Cooper (Kindle Edition – Oct. 1, 2007) – Kindle eBook
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1000 Best Secrets for Your Perfect Wedding by Sharon Naylor (Kindle Edition – Nov. 1, 2004) – Kindle eBook
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Love Bets by Sharon Naylor (Kindle Edition – Oct. 30, 2010) – Kindle eBook
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Your Day, Your Way: The Essential Handbook for the 21st-Century Bride by Sharon Naylor, Michelle Roth, and Henry Roth (Kindle Edition – Dec. 22, 2010) – Kindle eBook
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The Bride’s Survival Guide by Sharon Naylor (Kindle Edition – Oct. 30, 2010) – Kindle eBook
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1001 Ways To Save Money . . . and Still Have a Dazzling Wedding by Sharon Naylor (Kindle Edition – Aug. 9, 2001) – Kindle eBook
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    Bridesmaid Handbook by Sharon Naylor (Kindle Edition – Mar. 1, 2005) – Kindle eBook
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    Busy Bride’s Essential Wedding Checklists by Sharon Naylor (Kindle Edition – Sept. 1, 2005) – Kindle eBook
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    It’s Not My Wedding (but I’m In Charge) by Sharon Naylor (Kindle Edition – Apr. 1, 2007) – Kindle eBook
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    1000 Best Wedding Bargains by Sharon Naylor (Kindle Edition – Oct. 1, 2004) – Kindle eBook
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    Bridesmaid on a Budget: How to Be a Brilliant Bridesmaid without Breaking the Bank by Sharon Naylor (Kindle Edition – Dec. 28, 2010) – Kindle eBook
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    Smart start to wedding planning: What DON’T you want?

    Your “Don’t” Lists

    An important part of planning your wedding is knowing what you DON’T want, which clears away the clutter and all those suggestions from other people, allowing you both to get clear about what you DO want.

    And talking together about your Don’ts gets you communicating about what’s most important for your wedding day.

    So print out and use the following worksheets as an essential part of your planning process…

    [Plus, it makes life easier when you can hand these worksheets  to your vendors!]

    What the Bridesmaids Don’t Want For Their Dresses
    What We Don’t Want For the Wedding Cake
    What We Don’t Want In Our Ceremony
    What We Don’t Want For Flowers and DÈcor
    Foods We Don’t Want Served at the Wedding
    What We Don’t Want for the Honeymoon
    Songs We Don’t Want Played At the Wedding
    What We Don’t Want For Our Wedding Vows
    What I Don’t Want For My Wedding Gown


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    Meet me at the lavish Wedding Salon event in NYC!

    What are you doing on Monday, November 15th? Come to the most glamorous, celebrity-attended wedding show of the year, where I will be appearing as Caneel Bay’s wedding spokesperson! So many big names will be there — Colin Cowie, Sylvia Weinstock, Michelle Rago, and on and on. Here’s a list of the participating companies and experts (so far!):

    The Wedding Salon – New York, NY

    Show date: Monday November 15, 2010
    Show hours: 4 PM to 9 PM
    Venue: Manhattan Center Studios
    Address: 311 West 34th Street
    New York, NY 10001


    »Register For This Event


    Alcor Viaggi
    American Airlines
    Amy Weschsler, MD
    Anne Koplik Designs
    Arabella Photo
    Ariston Florist
    Aruba Tourism Authority
    Atelier Isabey
    Atlantis Paradise Island/One&Only Ocean Club, Bahamas
    Bimini Bay Resort
    Blue Glass Photography
    Bridal Reflections
    Caneel Bay, A Rosewood Resort
    Carciofi Designs
    Carol Hannah
    Cinderella Bridez
    Colin Cowie Lifestyle
    Consejo Turistico de San Miguel de Allende
    Crystal Springs Resort
    Cystal Bloom Weddings
    David Beahm Design
    David Burton Photography
    Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings
    East Wind Caterers, Inn & Spa
    Élan Artists
    Elegantly Iced
    Elon Michelle Couture
    Fideicomiso de Promocion Turistica de la Riviera Maya
    Flowers by Topaz
    Gansevoort Miami Beach Hotel/STK & The One Group
    Gruber Photographers
    Grupo Presidente InterContinental
    Harrah’s Entertainment Atlantic City
    Ideal Ensembles LLC
    Island Style Weddings
    Jax Photography
    John Dunn
    John Malino Music
    Joseph Lin Photography
    Josh Wong Photography

    This is THE event of the season, so don’t miss it! See you there!


    Jumby Bay, A Rosewood Resort
    Katie Fischer Design
    Kellari Taverna
    Ketubah Graphia
    KohGenDo Cosmetics
    Landino Photo Image Studio
    Laser Cosmetica
    Lauren Renée Design
    Le Taha’a Island Resort & Spa
    Loli Events
    Magnolia Photo Booth
    Mark Tamayo
    Metamorphosis, You…Only Better!
    Mexico Tourism Board
    Michelle Rago
    Milani Cosmetics
    Misty Enright Photography
    Nandana Private Resort
    New Yorks Best Musicians, Photo and Video
    One&Only Palmilla
    Ostasz Studio
    Palace Resorts
    Palermo’s Bakery
    Pedro Avendano Photography
    Prouna USA Kiyasa Corporation
    Rafael’s Pastry
    Relais & Chateaux
    Rosewood Little Dix Bay
    Rue de Flore Bridal
    Shawn Rabideau Events & Design
    Stortz Lighting
    Sugar Flower Cake Shop
    Sylvia Weinstock Cakes
    The Card Lady
    The Knot
    The Registry @ Bloomingdale’s
    twobirds Bridesmaid
    Unique Vacations / Sandals Resorts
    Villa Foscarini Cornaro
    Windsong Photography
    Yves Saint Laurent at Bergdorf Goodman

    Green Bridal Showers: From My Column on Gorgeously Green

    I write a green weddings column for Gorgeously Green, and since so much has been mentioned about Chelsea Clinton’s vegan and gluten-free menu and cake choices for her wedding, I thought I’d share my article on planning a Green Bridal Shower to help you find an organic caterer and create your choices of green party planning elements!

    Gorgeously Green girls love to find fun ways to share their eco-conscious brilliance with their friends and family, so when it’s time to host a bridal shower, your great, green ideas can take center-stage! Especially if the bride lives an eco-kind lifestyle. She’ll love it that you’re honoring her belief system, and that her party creates good in the world.

    Here are your top tips for planning a Green Bridal Shower:

    Plan an organic menu. If you’ll hire a caterer for your posh bash, hire a chef who specializes in organic menus. He or she can be a wealth of smarts on which types of seafood to include (Tilapia! Farm-raised salmon!), and how to serve organic chicken – traditionally one of the most budget-friendly menu items – in a luscious sauce, or as a sate using organic peanut butter. Party guests groan when the appetizers are greasy, fried puffs of yuck, so freshen up your lush, green salads with – here’s the crowd-pleasing secret! – food items they don’t get everyday! Slivers of beets can be cut into star shapes. Artichoke hearts can be marinated in organic pear dressing. Carrots can be julienned and tossed with equally-pretty julienned green and yellow squash. Celebrity caterers now offer these organic, fresh, salad and veggie-based dishes at mega-stars’ birthday parties and at Oscar bashes, so they’re perfect for your shower VIP guest of honor and her cherished friends and family. Find an organic caterer at the National Association of Catering Executives. For smaller-scale parties, a personal chef may be your go-to green source.

    Green your drinks menu.
    Serve organic wines and champagnes, which you can find on Wine Spectator, also discovering some fabulous, award-winning vintages for less than $15 per bottle. Don’t forget that sources like Whole Foods and even your local supermarket are great for finding organic and fun sodas, such as Chill Guava, Chill Limon and Chill Pome from Chill, which are also low glycemic. Steaz offers 100% organic iced teas and sparkling green teas in flavors such as green tea and lemon, and these unique drinks give guests a thrill because they’re so adventurous and new to them. It’s not the same-old lineup of sugar-killed soft drinks. And of course, a 100% fruit juice-based punch with a splash of champagne and a dollop of sorbet on top is always a crowd-thriller.

    Get a green cake. Yes, specialty bakers create gorgeous organic and gluten-free sheet cakes, cupcakes, even pies and chocolate-dipped berries, so green up the dessert and coffee hour with delectable desserts.

    Use recycled papers. Shop for recycled or repurposed papers with which to make your invitations – and the same goes for envelopes. It’s so easy to find recycled papers at the craft store or office supply store that there’s no excuse not to use them for the bridal shower. And of course, there’s always the paper-free option of designing a pretty Evite invitation that helps you keep track of RSVPs and lets guests see who else is coming.

    Skip the games. You don’t need to force fun on your guests, especially with those toilet-paper-wasting games in which guests make a bridal gown out of a dozen rolls of Charmin. Allow guests to relax and mingle – they’ll thank you for sparing them the clothespin game! – and enjoy the fabulous food you’re serving.

    Use natural décor that can be replanted. Of course, organic cut flowers are on the market to be used as centerpieces, but a far eco-friendlier plan that does double-duty is to center each table with a collection of small, potted flowers or herbs that guests can then take home to enjoy or plant in their gardens.

    Borrow! Ask your fellow shower hosts and relatives if they can bring over their platters and table linens, even sets of china that can be stylishly mix and matched on the tables, so that you don’t need to purchase any tacky and toxic plastic-lined plates and utensils. When Moms and grandmoms get to see their beloved china sets used at this fabulous party for the bride, they feel wonderful for their contributions and for the sentimental touch it adds.

    Plan a display shower. It’s a hot new trend: send out a message to guests that they are not to wrap any shower gifts. You want to spare everyone that endless, grueling unwrapping session, and you want to avoid all of that terrible paper waste that comes from torn-up wrapping paper that gets no second life. The display shower is then created when guests set out their presents on a long, decorated table [potted flowers are great for this, and allow for extra take-home favors for guests!] with their card attached to the present. Guests can then stroll the gift table at their leisure, ooh and ahh at the pretty presents, and the bride can spend her party mingling with her guests.

    Give green favors. Those potted herbs are always a winner, and guests also love to take home sweet treats in the form of organic edibles. Shop organic candy sites and you’ll even find yummy gluten-free cupcakes and candies if that’s the bride’s preference.

    Choose charitable favors. You too can give a donation to charity in lieu of handing out favors, just like so many brides and grooms do for their weddings. Check out the I Do Foundation for details on how to connect with the bride’s favorite charity and arrange a donation in her name.

    Take up a collection! It’s long been a trend for shower hosts to ask guests to bring along a little something for the bride. In the past, it might have been a recipe printed on an index card, or little household items to place in the wishing well. Now, shower hosts are using this practice to Give Back, by asking guests to bring canned goods and non-perishables that will be donated to a food pantry. Or, the guests might bring items to sent to deployed military troops. Or children’s books for a kids’ library. Or jackets for a coat drive. Guests love the giving element of these requests, and many bring generous collections to add to the pile. When the bride sees how her guests have supported a cause dear to her heart, that’s the best surprise of all.

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