Incorporate Hawaiian Flowers and Lei into Your Wedding

By Karen Rose

Tying the knot in Hawaii is a dream come true for many couples. Surrounded by beautiful scenery and tropical splendor, there’s no better backdrop for the perfect wedding. Incorporating a bounty of tropical flowers into a Hawaiian wedding is simple and elegant. Traditional lei ceremonies also add an extra touch of paradise to your special day.

Hawaiian Flowers

There are many ways to add vibrant, colorful Hawaiian flowers to a ceremony. With a multitude of tropical flowers, the only difficult decision will be choosing which ones to select for the picture-perfect Hawaiian wedding day. From bridal bouquets to haku (head) lei, from flower petal paths to ceremony and reception flowers, the selection of exotic blooms is both vast and beautiful. For a classy, contemporary theme, adorn simple white tablecloths with purple orchid sprays and place ti leaves under plated dishes. Sprinkle loose blossoms on the bridal pathway or use them to adorn cocktails at the reception. The possibilities are endless.

Giving of Leis

In Hawaii, leis are offered to one another as symbols of love and respect. There are no strict rules regarding the exchange of leis, as they can be given to all invited guests if so desired. The bride and groom often exchange leis as a symbol of their commitment and love for one another. The couple can also offer leis to their new family members to symbolically represent the joining of their two families.

A common tradition for lei giving is to have the wedding officiant bless the leis prior to the ceremony, when the couple will exchange leis to symbolize their union. Parents of the bride and groom may wish to adorn their new son or daughter-in-law with a lei to welcome them into the family. Couples may also choose to give all wedding guests a fresh lei, to share with them the spirit of love and aloha. However Hawaiian flowers are incorporated into a wedding, they create a gorgeous and lovely ambiance — not to mention beautiful, life-long photo memories.

See also: Hawaii Weddings

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