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Wedding Tips - Wedding Flowers

Wedding Tips - Wedding Flowers

Tip: Be Comfortable With Your Florist

It's important to feel comfortable with your wedding florist since this person will play an important role in your big day. Don't sign an agreement until you feel absolutely comfortable with the florist. Ask questions about their design strengths and what styles they prefer to create (traditional, eccentric, contemporary). Be completely honest about your budget so the florist can tell you if they can realistically work with you. Ask to see pictures and get references so you can get an idea of the types of weddings the florist has worked on before. You can also ask for the florist to do a site inspection before giving you a proposal for your floral costs.

Finally, decide on a deadline to receive the proposal from the florist so you don't waste any time.

Tip: Cutting Costs With Flowers

If your wedding ceremony or reception space will be large, you might look for ways to cut costs. One of the first places you can do this is with your wedding flowers. Using white flowers is a good strategy because the color stands out, which means you can use less and still make a statement. You can use a combination of colored flowers, as well, but use white flowers as your base.

Flowers aren't your only option, either. Bows and ribbons can be added to your floral arrangements to create a more festive atmosphere for less money.Check with your wedding florist, too. You're not the first bride on a budget and your florist might have some unique and economical ideas. And remember, you don't have to decorate the entire church, a few flower arrangements placed throughout the ceremony location can create an elegant effect, too.

Tip: Finding Top Wedding Florists

When choosing a wedding florist, you want a professional who will make your wedding beautiful. The American Institute of Floral Designers is a good place to begin your search.

You can also visit 5-star hotels and check out the floral designs in their lobby. Oftentimes, these flower arrangements are masterpieces and all you need to do is ask the concierge for their floral designer's contact information.

Ask brides who have been married recently for names of florist they enjoyed working with. When you do meet with a florist, ask for references and don?t be afraid to check them.

Tip: Flowers For The Wedding Party

The bride isn't the only one who needs flowers on the big day. The bridesmaids and groomsmen will need their own flowers, too. With the help of a wedding florist, you can decide on the perfect flower arrangement for your wedding attendants.

The mother of the bride should be given a posy-type bouquet that is slightly smaller than the bride?s attendants. If a traditional corsage is chosen instead, ask the florist to make it with a magnet (instead of pins). Another option is the wrist flower arrangement. If you want to skip the traditional bouquets with your bridesmaids, consider wreaths, candles in a bed of flowers, single long-stemmed flowers with ribbons or a decorated fur muff for a winter wedding.

Men will be given boutonnieres, which should be pinned to the left lapel. Groomsmen, best man and fathers should each wear a different style boutonniere.

Tip: How To Hold Your Wedding Bouquet Properly

Before you walk down the aisle, make sure you know how to carry your wedding bouquet properly. You can ask your wedding florist for tips or follow the directions below:

The bouquet should fit in with your gown and not steal the show. The biggest wedding bouquet no-no is holding it to your chest.

Look relaxed, loosen your shoulders by dropping your arms to the side. Place your elbows so they are even with your hip bones. Hold the stems of the bouquet in front of you at belly button height. As you do this, remember to keep your elbows close to your body and don?t raise your shoulders as you walk.

If you are nervous about carrying the bouquet, practice your walk with a handmade bouquet in front of a mirror.

Tip: Managing Your Floral Budget

One of the best ways to keep your wedding budget in check is by using flowers from your own garden. If you don?t have flowers on your own property, ask family and friends who have lush gardens.

For corsages and boutonnieres, you can use silk flowers. If a wedding florist is too expensive, order flowers from your supermarket's floral department and have your friends or family arrange them at the ceremony and reception locations. Moving your flowers from the ceremony to the reception will also save you big money. Ask the wedding ushers to move the greenery to the reception hall and arrange them. For instance, pew markers can be used as reception table centerpieces.

Tip: Non-Traditional Weddings Can Mean Less Flowers

If your wedding isn't being held in a traditional location (i.e. church), you can be more flexible with the amount of flowers you use. If you are getting married outside, you might need very few flowers because the natural backdrop is enough. However, even if you get married in a garden, there will be a few well-placed locations you can add flowers and ribbons. For example, if there is an arch you will want to decorate it with flowers. The altar is another great place for flowers. Floral arrangements attached to every third or fourth row is a good another good strategy. Votive candles and candelabras are perfect for evening weddings and can take the place of some flowers.

An aisle banner or runner is important, but how you decorate is up to you. Entry statues, fireplaces or mantels are other places that can be decorated or left bare.

Tip: Reception Area Flowers When it comes to decorating a wedding reception area, think about the main areas that need a little extra something:
  • Main entry
  • Guest book table
  • Cocktail Tables
  • Food Stations
  • Buffets
  • Bars
  • Dining Tables (centerpieces here are imperative)
  • Wedding cake table
  • Dessert stations
  • Dance areas
You might also want to consider the stage and place a few potted plants with ribbons on either side of the platform. While all the aforementioned areas are important to decorate, the table centerpieces will be your crowning joy. This is where you can be creative and mix and match a variety of flowers!

Tip: The Best Bouquet For Your Body Type and Dress Style

Once you've decided on your wedding dress, you can begin thinking about the type of bouquet you want. Your body type and dress style will play an important role in the bouquet you choose.

If you are tall, a cascading bouquet would be perfect. However, a shorter woman might get lost in the same flower arrangement.

If you have a dress with a lot of detail, you might choose a less flashy bouquet. If you have opted for a simple dress without a lot of accents, a more elaborate bouquet will add some flair to your look. The flowers in your bouquet will likely match the flowers being placed at the ceremony. However, you don't want to go overboard with just one color, so create a balance with shades that complement each other.

Tip: Using Wedding Ceremony Flowers At The Reception

Choosing wedding flowers should be fun, but be sure to take a few things into consideration to ensure a beautiful wedding day.

Your choice of wedding flowers will depend on the time of year you get married, the colors of your wedding and where you are holding the ceremony.

The flowers should be approximately 10 percent of your budget, but look around for great deals before making a final decision. If you want flowers for your reception, such as bouquets on the tables, this will be an additional charge on top of the flowers you have for the wedding ceremony. One alternative is to use the flowers from your wedding ceremony at the reception location. This is one way to have your flowers do double duty, while allowing you to save a little money.

Tip: Wedding Bouquet Style Options

When determining the style of your wedding bouquet, there are some old standbys, but you can also get ideas from your wedding florist.

The Biedermeier has concentric rings of varied colors and blooms and each ring is a particular blossom.

The Cascade bouquet is large and one of the more formal options. Flowers descend into a surge of blooms.

The Composite bouquet is hand-tailored and reassembles real petals and wiring them into one large flower.

The Nosegay bouquet is quite well-known and is a small, round bouquet that is 16 to 18 inches in diameter.

A Pomander bouquet consists of single flowers or various clusters that are linked together to form a ball shape that is hanging from a ribbon.

The Tussy Mussy bouquet is a small posy anchored in a cone-shaped holder. The Tussy Mussy is not usually thought of as a traditional bouquet, but it dates back to the Victorian era.

If you are looking for something very simple and elegant, go with a hand-tied arm bouquet of loose flowers or a fan with a few simple flowers decorating it.

Tip: Working With The Wedding Florist

Once you've narrowed down your list of possible wedding florists, call each of them to make an appointment. You probably only need to meet with your top three choices. Make sure your choices have experience with weddings and not just running a flower shop. Don't be alarmed if a florist doesn't have a shop, but instead works in a studio creating arrangements uninterrupted.

Ensure the florist will be available on your wedding day and provide them with the ceremony location. If the florist is familiar with the place, he might be able to provide ideas from the beginning. You will also need to provide the florist with the number of guests, who will be receiving personal flower arrangements and how much you plan to spend. When you meet with the florist, bring pictures you have cut from magazines or found on the Internet. If possible, bring fabric samples of your gown and the bridesmaids' dresses.