Wedding Planning in Italy – Part 8 of 9: Flowers, Hair & Make-up

written by Tiana Kai
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*Photos courtesy of Studio Bonon Photography

Flowers are a main visual for any wedding, so I saw it as the perfect opportunity to get creative. I didn’t want a tightly wound up bouquet or perfect little roses everywhere. I wanted the mood to be light-hearted, rustic and romantic.

That brings me to Jasmine, a new friend Nicco introduced me to. She has the best green thumb in town. With a degree in event planning and access to a top flower shop, Bobolino, she can create any mood with a single flower. With her powers combined with Claudio’s, our decorator, I knew I would get what I was after.

The Italian tradition is for the future suocera (mother-in-law), A.K.A La Mamma to purchase the bouquet, give it to the groom to hand to a woman to then be passed to the bride. This represents the last gift the groom gives his bride before they marry. La Mamma knew that I wanted an asymmetrical, rustic bouquet that had a lot of greenery. No silk ribbon or too many roses.

Hair & Make-Up

*Photos courtesy of Studio Bonon Photography

Salons over charge because:

  • you’re obviously American
  • they don’t know you or your famiglia
  • it’s for a wedding

One stylist was going to charge me 1,000euros for both hair and make-up. Typically, if one stylist can do both hair and make-up they should offer a discount. For that price, I at least expected some sort of portfolio or examples of his style, which offended him when I asked for one. When I explained my dress and the natural look I was going for he rudely stated that my hair needed to be up in a ‘sophisticated’ manner, as if having my hair any other way would have been ‘unsophisticated’. I left and never called back.

The stylists that I ended up with were amazing. Adele, my make-up artist was from my father-in-law’s Sporting Club in Scarperia (40min north of Florence) where they have a wellness center and spa. Francesca, my hair stylist was from Teste Pazze (crazy heads) salon within the same complex. Both women knew my in-laws and ended up being exceptional. Famiglia knows best.

It definitely took a lot of help from my in-laws to get these things done right. Did you have any drama with your in-laws? I have heard some crazy stories, please share.

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Bonnie Marie October 26, 2012 at 5:55 pm

I saw your hairdo pinned on pinterest! wonderfully simple and elegant <3

Tiana Kai October 28, 2012 at 3:39 pm

Wow, awesome! Yes, I have to agree (not biased of course) that was one of my favorite ‘artsy’ shot—so sweet and contemplative.


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