Flowers And Bouquets
From chic elegance to sumptuous exuberance, nothing adds colour, perfume, and personality to your big day like fresh flowers. The flowers you choose for your bouquet will depend on your colour scheme, what’s in season at the time, and your budget – which you will need to keep firmly in mind, as it’s very easy to get carried away by all that fragrant beauty! Other than your bouquet, you may also want floral headpieces, buttonholes, bridesmaids’ bouquets, corsages, and don’t forget flowers for the flower girl. Some brides order rose petals to replace confetti, and a fresh flower decoration for your wedding cake can look stunning.
If you like the idea of decking out your wedding and reception venue with greenery, hiring or buying potted plants can offer either an eye-catching alternative to floral arrangements, or can complement the flowers you choose.
And unless you’re lucky enough to have a gifted amateur in the family, you are going to require the services of a professional floral designer. Like all wedding professionals, a specialist florist will be able to offer invaluable advice and has the experience to know what works and what doesn’t.
Book your florist early. Ask family or friends if they can make any recommendations and at least six months before your big day, short list several wedding flower specialists. Ask to see photographs of the floral arrangements they’ve created for other brides and discuss what’s included in the wedding packages they offer. If they are not familiar with your venue, ask whether they will go and see it. And find out whether they transport the flowers, or if this is something you should arrange.
As with all your wedding professionals, thorough research before you sign on the dotted line will save you from last minute headaches.
Once your florist knows your budget and wedding theme, they’ll be able to advise you on the selection of your flowers and the size and shape of your bouquet. Your dress, body shape and colouring should all be considered. If you have an elaborate dress, match it with an elaborate bouquet, while a simple posy will enhance the elegance of an understated dress. And a teardrop shaped bouquet may be better suited to a shorter bride than the trailing cascade of flowers that taller brides can carry.
The selection of flowers for your bouquet is your first priority. All other arrangements should then be designed to complement it. Your bridesmaids’ bouquets can be either a smaller version of yours, or provide a complete contrast. For your flower girl, choose something easy for small hands to carry, or consider a pomander of flowers to be worn on her wrist. Buttonholes and corsages should also complement your bouquet.
For an outdoor ceremony, flower filled urns and topiary trees will add colour and can also be used to demarcate the area. If you have chosen a garden location, the need for additional flowers could be considerably reduced depending on the time of year.
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Flowers in Season
Fresh flowers are a delightful tradition. Your choice can harmonise with the season of your wedding, or, if you prefer, provide a refreshing variation!