You may have dreamt about your wedding for a lifetime, possibility planned the whole thing in your head for years. Wedding preparations can be somewhat overwhelming and choosing the right flowers for your wedding can be quite difficult if you’re not a professional. It goes without saying that the florist plays a very crucial role in the whole thing, even if you ‘think’ you know exactly what you want.
When choosing your florist, ask for recommendations from relatives, friends and colleagues and make an initial consultation at least a year before your wedding date. In this meeting you can expect to discuss all the basics such as the kind of arrangements you want for the church and reception venue, the button holes, bridesmaid’s bouquets, bridal bouquet, corsages and flower arrangement for the home. You should make sure you feel comfortable with you florist. A professional florist is ready to listen to your ideas and combine them with his or her expert advice.
Six months before the wedding day, finalize the order for your flowers at your chosen florist. Discuss the color scheme you have chosen for your bouquets and determine those types of flowers you would like and also those flowers you definitely don’t want in the arrangements. Your florist should guide you to the kind of flowers that will be available for the period of your wedding day. If you would like specific flowers that are not in season, the florist can import them from overseas. This of course, could raise the bar in terms of costs. The cost of your flower package may vary depending on which flowers you choose, the size of the arrangement and of course the complexity and work involved.
The Bride’s house is usually more decorated than the groom’s. The most common places to have your flower arrangements are usually at the entrance of the house and also in the sitting room where, most probably, you would have your cards and gifts on display. If the household has a staircase, it is very common to decorate it with flowers, garlands and tulle to give a very special effect, especially for the moment when the bride walks down the stairs and is caught on camera.
The main area usually decorated for weddings in a church are the entrance, main alter, back alter, pedestals and pew ends (benches). It is very important to find out whether there are any restrictions on the type of arrangements allowed in your church. It is best to discuss this with your parish priest and your florist. A very important issue which is often overlooked by couples and florists alike is that the choice of flowers and flower arrangements need to match the style and décor of the church. A classical church calls for traditional flower arrangements whilst a modern church or chapel can have more modern arrangements employing various colours and shapes.
A very important location for placing your main flower arrangement would be near the entrance. This would be the focal point of all your guests upon entering the hall and provides for a very good wedding photo as you are greeted by your guests. This arrangement should be placed on a pedestal or a column. Another idea could be to also have a small arrangement near the guest book. Then include other arrangements in specific places depending on the type of hall you choose, for example on fireplaces, bureaus and the pool area. The cake table is also a common centre of attraction and in this respect tulle and garlands are usually used to decorate it. Even trailing displays work well on a long table. If you are having a sit down dinner, opt for low, wide table centres for the main table (bride and groom and parents’ table) and tall, thin displays on round tables.
Undoubtedly, the bridal bouquet should be special. Nevertheless, some rules of thumb apply. Always follow the color scheme you have chosen. The bridal bouquet should always be different from that of the bridesmaids for obvious reasons. The groom’s button hole should have a touch of the bridal bouquet. For example a touch of silver or gold or any other filler or foliage used in the bride’s bouquet. Button holes are worn on the left lapel.
Bridesmaid’s flowers are traditionally smaller and less complicated than the bride’s bouquet. The importance of introducing colors that match the overall color scheme cannot be understated. Inexpensive alternatives to a bridesmaid or maid of honor bouquets include single exotic flowers or just three hand tied flowers such as coloured roses. Usually these match the colour of the bridesmaid dresses. On some occasions, one can also add some flowers to the hair decoration of the bridesmaids. Flower girls should carry smaller bouquets, or more conveniently flower baskets or flower pomanders (ball-shaped arrangement). Flowers for the hair can be combined with halos, hairbands or flower combs.
Whatever flowers you choose, make sure all is to your liking and that it gives that special touch to your wedding day. After all flowers brighten all occasions.