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Bermuda, Bahama—c'mon pretty mama...

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Posted by Kate Berry, Floral and Event Expert

Remember that cheesy 80's song, Kokomo, by the Beach Boys? I only bring it up because I just got back from a fabulous long weekend in Bermuda, and it's stuck in my head. I have to say, I had quite a scare on my trip. Sure, the weather was gorgeous and the views were amazing, but while dining at one of the resorts, I noticed some pretty horrifying wedding centerpieces. You know the type I'm talking about? The two-foot-tall martini glass filled with floral gel and an LED light with a few orchids and greenery spouting out like a fountain. It was so over the top - and not in a fabulous way! I know flowers aren't cheap when you're planning a tropical destination wedding, so you have to be a little more creative, but these were just too much.

When I'm designing arrangements, I always follow the mantra "Less is more." I also think that incorporating a few unexpected elements makes a bigger impact than blowing your budget on larger-than-life arrangements. I saw so many great local flowers and foliage all over the island that could be used, which saves you (in time, money, and effort) from having to import flowers. Using local foliage also gives your location a nice nod, and you can be sure your guests will have plenty to talk about once they see such unique centerpieces.

Is anyone planning on using local flowers at your destination wedding?

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Clockwise from the top left:  Oleander, a flowering shrub or tree whose blooms come in all shades of pink. Bougainvillea, which grows on vines and come in a full range of colors from magenta to yellow, is shown here in white. This would be great to achieve that sprinkled petals feel. Maidenhair Fern, often found in bouquets, have a delicate feathery flow to them. I don't know the name of this variegated red foliage, but it would compliment any flower, especially the Hibiscus, which comes also comes in a full range of amazing colors.

Comments (2)

  • Using local flowers is a great idea! You want to incorporate the feel of the island, or the feel of the place you are having your wedding at. Plus, it saves you a bundle of money!

  • Oleander is poisonus so I would stay away from that flower.

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