Ah, weddings! This one-day celebration of love usually takes months (or even years) to plan and put together. There are so many elements to consider: church, reception venue, food, photography and videography teams... and oh, don't forget the flowers! These blooms, after all, will be used to deck out the venue, adorn the groom's suit, and of course, complete your bridal look as you walk down the aisle.
FYI, couples tend to spend a fortune on wedding flowers. There are some brides who even ask their florists to fly in their fave blossoms if that's what it takes. But what's a girl got to do if an allergic reaction is the one getting in the way of achieving that perfectly bloom-laden moment? Take it from newlywed Sophia Curia-Arriola, who opted to carry a bouquet of paper blooms instead.
The bride tied the knot with now-husband Christian Arriola, her college sweetheart, in a simple autumn-themed wedding at Santuario de San Jose in Greenhills. Soph wore a cream-colored duchess silk gown with barely-there straps. "I went for an A-line skirt with a short trail to keep it fuss-free," she tells Preview. Her gown designed by Jill Calimlim also featured pockets, a convenient detail that the bride requested for so that she could bring a tissue pack and her phone.
To complement her wedding gown, Soph wanted peach-colored blooms for her bridal bouquet. But because flowers tend to make her sneeze a lot, she had to think of a gameplan to turn this idea into a reality. "I couldn't stand being close to pollen for long periods of time. Just imagining being under the veil with a huge bouquet in very close proximity was scary to me," Soph explained. "[Because of that], I was sure from the get-go that we'd get paper flowers [instead]."
Soph came across The Paper Blooms on Instagram, which helped her achieve her dream bouquet without compromising the aesthetic she wanted. "I started by sending Gerry (head paperflorist) some Pinterest pegs for the bridal bouquet, and he just matched Chris' boutonniere with it. He also suggested which ones fit our budget and which buds and blooms looked best for each entourage role," Soph shares. "I was very anxious about how it would all turn out because I really wanted a certain feel for the wedding flowers. I got so hands-on, I wanted to see even the paper that will be used. I even kind of panicked at one point [about the shades] but Gerry reassured me that those materials were still going to be color-treated. At the end of the day, I just left it all up to him."
Planning to do the same? If you're not fully convinced yet, Soph further shared five reasons below why you should consider the idea:
1. Some flowers aren't locally available.
"If you want foliage and flowers that are not readily available locally, it will save you so much more money and time to get paper flowers made, compared to [using] real ones that were sourced from other parts of the globe!"
2. You won't have to worry about it wilting.
"You can also have the flowers delivered to your house weeks before the wedding to avoid the rush, without having to worry that they might wilt."
3. You get to keep them forever.
"As paper petals and leaves don't fall nor wilt, you're sure they'll look fresh not just until the end of the day, but forever! (Well, as long as you keep them from getting wet.) My mom even saved my bouquet and used it as an ornament in her home!"
4. They're pollen-free.
"If you're allergic to pollen like me, using paper flowers is definitely the way to go."
5. You can save big bucks.
In the end, Soph's bouquet and the groom's boutonnieres only cost them about P4500!