Advice on planning your wedding
You're planning a wedding, you've got to choose bouquets, boutonnieres, centerpieces, church arrangements, and one perfect corsage for your beloved.
Kick off with color
If you're not sure where to begin, start things off with a color scheme, anything from all white to hot brights, why not start with the color of the bridesmaids' dresses and choose co-ordinating hues.
Follow the season
Fall weddings lend themselves to rich-toned flowers in amber, burgundy, and rust, while cold-weather brides can create a sparkling winterland of evergreens, white, silver, and crystal. Summer weddings, think beach or juicy citrus tones.
Set the scene
Flowers are more than eye candy; they help set the mood for the whole day. So choose blossoms that match the formality and venue of your wedding. Daisies, for example, look too casual for a white-tie wedding, and lush garnet roses are too formal for a beach ceremony.
Keep an open mind
When you meet with us, tell her what kind of flowers you like and don't like. But refrain from having such a strict vision that you're not open to new ideas. "e;Give us the parameters to work within, like a color, then let us be the experts."e;
If you allocate wisely, you should have enough to go around, expect to spend about 10 to 15 percent of your overall budget on flowers.
Describe your dress
You'll be a vision of white when you walk down the aisle, but which white? Wedding dresses come in every shade of pale, from snow to ecru. To ensure that your flowers work with your gown, get a swatch of the fabric at your first fitting and pass it along
The size of the bouquet should be in proportion to the size of the bride: Petite brides should stick with smaller bouquets, while taller women can opt for something more robust.
Your mom is your biggest fan perhaps salute her by carrying the same flowers that she (or your grandmother) carried on her wedding day. It's a great way to show your love and respect.
Get hooked on history
Read up on wedding traditions. Queen Victoria adorned herself with orange blossoms; brides in the Middle Ages carried fragrant herbs to ward off evil spirits. You may find unexpected inspiration and discover there's nothing more modern than honoring the past.
If you plan to keep your bouquet as a memento but wonder what to throw to those eager maidens in the crowd, ask your florist to create a "e;toss bouquet."e; It will be smaller, less expensive, and easy to lob.
Come in from the cold
Winter brides, take note: Rohman warns that some flowers may turn black in temperatures under 42 degrees. This doesn't mean that they can't be carried outside during chilly months, but if you do make a trip outdoors with your blossoms, in his words, "e;don't loiter."e;
Cigarette smoke will make your bouquet wilt and turn color, so if you must sneak out for a puff before walking down the aisle, leave your posies behind.
Don't get sappy
"e;Hollow-stemmed flowers, such as daffodils and euphorbia, are very popular, but watch out, because their sap can drip on your gown. "e;So be sure that their stems are fully wrapped, lest you find yourself in a (literally) sticky situation.
Pollen is for bees, not you
If you're carrying lilies in your bouquet, make sure your florist has removed the stamens before walking down the aisle. Left in a bouquet, they'll stain your dress with bright yellow pollen.
Deal with the heat
Getting married in warmer weather? Be sure to stick with flowers that can endure the heat and humidity. High temps can cause fragile flowers, such as hydrangeas, to wilt and sag. Opt for hardier blossoms, such as roses, orchids, and even herbs.
Organize all your flowers with this wedding flowers checklist:
Ask yourself questions like:
• How many bridesmaids and groomsmen will there be?
• Who outside the bridal party will receive flowers to wear?
• Will the florist decorate the pew ends or the altar in the church?
• Will flowers be required for the wedding cake?
• Will the florist decorate the reception site, including the head table and other tables?
In addition to budget information, bring such helpful items as photos or magazine clippings of flower arrangements you like, a photo of your wedding dress so she can match the style of the flowers with it and a fabric swatch from your bridesmaids’ dresses for color comparison.
* Maid (Matron) of Honour
* Flower girls
* Bride's Toss Bouquet
* Maid (Matron) of Honour
* Flower girls
* Best Man
* Father of Bride
* Father of Groom
* Corsages (Lapel or Wrist)
* Purse/Handbag Decoration Flowers
* Arm Bouquet
* Thank you Bouquets
* Main Entrance
* Pew Ends
* Head Table
* Buffet Tables
* Cake Table
* Wedding Cake
Floral decor & color styling adds drama
Bouquets from creamy lavender to pale peach to hot pink to deep purple to dark burgundy to baby pink and from butter yellow to bright orange, Color the shades of the rainbow.
Hint -- Contrasting colors bring attention to the flowers.
Hint -- Colors match to the gowns for a subtle look.
Color saturation is the watchword for today’s bridal bouquets, blue is still a very trendy color for flowers, especially when paired with purple or a periwinkle color. Subdued colors such as taupe tinged with pink are edging their way into bouquets everywhere, too. These colors go well with the taupe and pewter dresses worn by today’s bridesmaids.
Bouquets offering simple elegance’ are the first words out of every bride’s mouth.
Elegant simplicity has changed the way churches and weddings are decorated. Many modern brides are doing more at the reception, the church look is simpler and the budget is targeted at the reception."e;
Hot Pink, Deep Red, Bright Green
Pink flowers mixed with red can be set off against coffee berries and green foliage. Adding vibrancy with touches of white and purple.
Have your florist or a friend make up a small throwing bouquet so you can keep your own bridal bouquet for preservation. It can be set in a vase to decorate the guestbook table, then used when you throw the bouquet. Or, use a backup bridal bouquet for this purpose.
Blue and Peach Soft Elegance
Pale blush pink, soft peach, and ivory make a subtle but elegant statement for a wedding. Roses may be the best choice for this color scheme since they offer soft variations on these tones.
Summer brides could choose flowers in loving shades of yellow. Spring daffodils and tulips, buttery roses, alstromeria, carnation, chrysanthemum, freesia, mimosa, ranumculus, stock, and sunflowers are yellow.
Purple, Lime Green, White
Wow a beautiful and trendy combination, fresh and crisp. Limey greens will add brightness. Purple flowers include some roses, agapanthus, hydrangia, iris, cornflower, delphinium, lilac, lisianthus, pansy, stock, mums, alstromeria, gladiolas, and lavender.
Use pink everywhere in shades from pale to deep, pink. Pink flowers are feminine, and romantic. Go for one shade or a mix the splendor of pinks. Pink flowers include roses, ranunculus, wax flowers, sweet peas, nerines, stargazer lilys, camellias, bouvardia, hydrangias, and more. You can even combine hot pink with the Purple, Lime Green, White above for a really dramatic look.
The Romance of Red
Red vibrant colors are associated with romance and can look wonderful in a wedding any time of the year. Winter weddings can look especially dramatic when using deep red roses, pretty greens, and shiny winter berries for accent. You'll find red in the rose, tulips, peony, gerbera daisy, ranunculus, carnation, lilys, and camellia.
Summer shades of Green and Yellow
Yellow with either green or white accents is a sensational combination. Summer brides could choose flowers in multi shades of yellow. Spring daffodils and tulips, buttery roses, alstromeria, carnation, chrysanthemum, freesia, mimosa, ranumculus, stock, and sunflowers are yellow are but a few of the shades of summer. Lighter greens often used are grape leaves, tulip leaves, ivy, euphorbia, hosta, green parrot tulips, hydrangia, berries, and orchids.
Green green we love green
Green is your basic accent color as it goes with all colors, after all mother nature know best... Greenery adds color and texture.
-- Silvery greens include eucalyptus and silver queen.
--Deep greens are found in ivy, camellia leaves, ferns, rose leaves, magnolia leaves, galyx, hosta, palms, lemon leaf, evergreens, and bear grass.
--Lighter greens in grape leaves, tulip leaves, ivy, euphorbia, hosta, green parrot tulips, hydrangia, berries, and orchids.
--accents of lime green add another layer of color interest.
-- Camellia leaves are shiny deep green, evenly shaped and quite elegant.
-- Ivy is more textured and can be verigated in color.
-- Ferns offer a lighter green and a lacy look
-- eucalyptus come in a gray-green tone.
-- Pretty loops of bear grass add a light, green touch, and a gentle curving line when added to bridal bouquets or centerpiece arrangements. We offer bouquets made within airy "e;cages"e; of bear grass.
Blush Blues with Hot Pink & White
Blues are cool, serene, and the color of water and sky. Bring some blue to your wedding flower by using delphinium, iris, cornflower, agapanthus, or hydrangia. Pink flowers include roses, ranunculus, wax flowers, sweet peas, nerines, stargazer lilys, camellias, bouvardia, hydrangias, and more.
Are you into passionate purple
Use lighter shades of purple if your ceremony is inside a dimly lit church or event hall is a good idea. Deep purple can be lost in a flower arrangement as those pretty purple blooms will look nearly black when viewed from a distance.
Mother Natures Berries
Berries add texture and interest to floral arrangements and are available in green, red, burgundy, pink, yellow, and other colors. Think of intertwining twigs with berries cor a different and unique look...
This Bud's For You
Flowers buds can look delightful, quality florists know they can be used as an accent in a centerpiece or bridal bouquet. We love the look of buds in a bouquet ask our staff for more information.
White on White bouquets
Usually sensational and ultimate luxurious. We choose white flowers in shades of white, ivory, cream, or pale beige that will compliment the color of your dress fabric. The all-white look is a visual statement that also benefits the bride to call more attention to the bride's dress and face.
European hand-tied bouquets
European hand-tied bouquet retains its favor with brides everywhere. These arrangement have a fresh, natural appeal and often include a diverse selection of flowers. These bouquets have a casual simplicity that many brides find particularly appealing.
Planning to have the stems show, we then delivered with the stems left a bit longer and in a vase with 1"e; of water. When the bouquet is needed, remove it from the vase, cut off at least 1"e; to get to a dry area of stems.
For a very long wedding, outdoor or hot weather, consider having 2 bride's bouquets made (keep one in water or under refrigeration) so that you'll have a fresh backup for photos later in the day or an extra one to use as a throwing bouquet.
Ribbon Wrapped Flowers
Wrap your bouquet in a twirl of folded tulle netting or sheer silk. This technique adds color, softness, and a sweet delicacy to a hand-held bouquet.
Another idea is to wrap selected individual flowers in a folded circle of netting or silk ribbon. Folding the material gives a soft edge next to the flower and allows the raw edges to be wired or taped out of sight to the base of the flower or bouquet.
Pavé the trendy no leaf look
Many brides today seek out a pavé arrangement, which is a tight cluster of blossoms. This can add to the cost of arrangements since more flowers will be needed, however many brides will pay the price for this elegant modern look. Bouquets and centerpieces are now being made without sans greenery. Flowers are placed tightly together to make a very exclusive and dramatic statement in their simplicity.
Pavé bouquets often consist of a single type of flower in the same or related colors or it might include several different varieties of flowers. A very balanced, geometric look made popular in recent years.
Twigs, yes we said twigs
Bringing visual texture and an earthy quality to floral arrangements that contrast and enhance formal flowers such as roses. Curly willow branches can be twined inside vases, wrapped around arrangements, or used to heighten nearly any centerpiece. Straight twigs will also add height without blocking sight lines completely.
Think big and bigger
Larger floral arrangements at the ceremony and reception may mean you can use fewer arrangements.
Bigger displays add a sense of scale to the space. These focal points are often more effective than lots of little arrangements on every post and pedestal. In a reception area with little cocktail tables you might think about doing a large garden arch of flowers, and simply scatter flower petals and romantic votives on the tables rather than doing a centerpiece for each.
Dressing Up Your Chairs
Most couples opt to have their reception chairs decorated with flowers, tulle, or leafy swags. Make sure these embellishments are comfortable to sit on and won't catch your dress or poke into your back. Consider having these made of silk or dried flowers and cherish them as keepsakes that still have utility as then used for anniversaries etc.
Color Blocking is an art
When a wedding that has a definite color palette we create order and grace by color blocking the table arrangements.
For example, at a wedding using purple, cream, and lime green, you might do three arrangements per table -- one in all purple flowers, one in all cream, and another using all green.
Fruits are fine
Using fruit in centerpieces creates added color, texture, and aroma. Summer weddings often use citrus fruits nestled into flowers and gilded pears are appropriate for a winter wedding.
Ribbon Loops and Leaf Loops
Floral arrangements love curves this is achieved by using loops. From supple folded leaves or from lengths of sturdy wired ribbon we place the curving tops into the arrangements as though they were flowers. This is a sparkling idea is to add a metallic sparkle. --
Think white organdy ribbons woven with silver threads or deep burgundy satin ribbon edged with gold.
Whether formal or natural, flower use different styles of rich-looking ribbon.
--Satin ribbon might wrap around a bouquet’s stems to hide them and to ensure unstained, unpricked hands. Wide satin ribbon in silk gives a lush simplicity when tied in a simple bow. --Sheer ribbons add a fairy-tale feel to a tight cluster of elegant blooms.
--Ribbon colors are available in a rainbow but often for brides are from deep cocoas to pearly white.
We offer beaded vases, you can match with beaded handbags, or even plant pots. These can be filled with fresh flowers (arranged in a waterproof plastic container) and used on reception tables. They'll make memorable take home keepsakes as well.
The wonder of spheres
A modern contemporary look is that your reception centerpieces be made to completely conceal the container. The finished arrangements will look like spheres of flowers set directly on the table. We often then sprinkle petals, glitter, or use votives and twines of ivy to visually connect these arrangements.
Gracious potted orchids will make delicate arching centerpieces for a reception. A large orchid plant in a beautiful footed urn, with mounds of damp green moss or smooth river rocks creates a centerpiece that will contribute both height and glamour to a table. These also make wonderful take home gifts and will last many weeks beyond the wedding with weekly watering.
What flowers do brides choose to include in their bouquets?
Romantic roses top the list. Brides also choose fresh lavender, sages and other herbs. Berries, Lisianthus (also known as the false rose) and hydrangeas make regular appearances, too.
Top of the line silk flowrers that can hardly be differentiated from freshare popular, brides even include delicate silk fruits in their bouquets.
For the men
Boutonniéres also have a pared down and simple look, often with a satin ribbon to accompany them. Like the pavé bouquets, boutonniéres often forego the greenery to achieve a single-minded elegance.
Preserving the Flowers
Please read or other information pages on preservation as with all the effort, time and money that go into the wedding flowers, a detail sometimes overlooked is preserving them.
For centuries brides have discarded or left their bouquets to dry and shrivel away. Now brides can keep their bouquets with the latest technologies in flower preservation.
The process of flower preservation is incredibly involved and time consuming if done correctly.
We suggest you consider hiring a floral preservationist that knows how to handle each flower to provide you with the most "e;life like"e; look possible. Keep in mind plans must be made in advance if floral preservation is desired.
Consult a floral preservationist at least two months prior to the wedding to arrange to have the flowers shipped, delivered, or picked up immediately after the wedding while they are still fresh.
Preserved flowers are attractive accents for any home. Special display pieces can be made using the flowers and other wedding keepsakes. Just as the wedding gown, photographs and other sentimental memorabilia can be a reminder; bridal flowers too can bring a lifetime of enjoyment!