Flowers

FLOWERS ARE THE QUINTESSENTIAL SYMBOL OF LOVE, SOMETHING LIVING THAT EMBODIES A CORE OF NATURAL BEAUTY. WHETHER THEY’RE PERCHED ON A WEDDING CAKE OR STARRING IN A TABLE CENTREPIECE, BEAUTIFUL BLOOMS ARE ALWAYS IN STYLE.

They are also the single most prominent feature used in the decoration of weddings. Their uses are varied: bouquets, corsages, church and reception decorations … even the cake can revel in the additional beauty of a few fresh flowers. You might use the same flowers to keep a consistent theme running through your wedding, from the invitations to the gown and onto the reception itself. Even ask your florist about fresh rose petals as a natural confetti alternative, but however you choose to use them, flowers will contribute colour and perfume to the proceedings.

With so many beautiful blooms to choose from, the task can initially seem daunting. The most important thing to keep in mind is the style you wish for your wedding. Florists work best with a theme in mind, so you need to accurately convey your vision through words or pictures. When picking a colour scheme, think about what will show up in photographs and in the video. Orchids, lilies and tulips not feature in many weddings due to their vibrant colours. Try to think outside the vase when deciding on your bouquet.

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Be it an extravagant or simple arrangement, the planning should begin no less than two to three months before the wedding. This allows for greater flexibility in regards to changes or substitutions brought on by market availability or other unforeseeable situations. Seasonal choice can dramatically influence prices, so adaptability is also important.

When deciding on how to use flowers throughout your wedding celebration, prioritise. Start by focusing on where flowers will make the greatest impact, such as in your bouquet or on your reception tables.

Visit your venue and imagine where the flowers will go. What would you like to make a feature of and is there anything you want to cover up? From there, your overall theme and colour palette will affect your floral decisions. If your aesthetic is clean and modern, one or two flower varieties with touches of greenery will create a strikingly minimalist look, or you can evoke a relaxed bohemian vibe by combining a mix of colours in loose arrangements.

About six months before the day, once you’ve decided on a general look and budget, consult a florist. Research suppliers in your area, ask recently married friends for recommendations or if you have a wedding planner, ask them for recommendations as they would have a list of suppliers that they have work with and they would recommend the best based on your budget and work on your theme.

The date is an important piece of information for you to share with your florist. It not only has an impact on the price of flowers, but will also determined whether specific blooms are available.

If you’re on a tight budget, combine flowers with other props such as glassware or tea light candles to create a wow factor. Flower petals scattered across tables and aisle walkway can also create a beautiful ambiance. Make the most of the arrangements by transferring flowers from the ceremony to the reception in vases or pots rather than buying separate blooms for each area.

To keep a cohesive theme, use different shades of one or two colours and create variety with different shaped blooms. You could use one tone to unite the bride’s bouquet and groom’s corsage and a slightly different shade for the bridal party.

Personalise bouquets by securing them with ribbons to match your décor or fabric from your gown. If you don’t fancy tossing the bouquet, consider giving it to your best friend, mother or other special guest as a way of thanking them for their support in planning your big day. After the wedding is over one of the biggest wastes is watching something so stunning slowly fade and wilt. Why not have your bouquet professionally preserved as a beautiful keepsake of an unforgettable celebration? Freeze-dry your flowers immediately after the day if you’d like to save them as a memento. Flowers with large petals bruise more easily, especially if they are white, keep these away from high-pressure areas such as your groom’s lapel.

Roses are the most popular choice of wedding flowers, they are in bloom all year round, suit various themes and are considered to be the epitome of romance. Mixed spring blooms like anemones and poppies promote the idea of new life and vitality moving into summer.Peonies are one of the most popular bridal flowers. Create a bouquet with a mix of blooms for a fresh, summery look.

Classic and simple, this style works with any wedding look. This is a structured half-moon shape. It is great for grand occasions and statuesque women who can carry it off. A small bunch of flowers. A globe of flowers which hangs from a ribbon, hung on the wrist.