tips for floral success

Our beautiful Brides always have many questions when it comes to choosing the best florals for their wedding. What flowers should I include in my bouquet? What color and shape works best with my dress? How big should my bouquet be? What flowers are in season? What color should the ribbon wrap be? DIY? To assist our Brides, we have put together a few tips for “Floral Success” that you may find helpful when choosing your wedding flowers:

choose your wedding dress before your flowers.

The design of your bouquet will be very dependent on the style, shape, color and detail of your dress.

set a budget for your wedding flowers.

Setting a cap on what you are willing to spend will allow us to give you some realistic ideas on what can be incorporated into your wedding florals and what is in our power to accomplish. Flowers will cost significantly more around Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day. Hint: A reasonable flower budget is about 8 to 10 percent of your total wedding budget.

consider the shape and size of your bouquet.

Think about the size and comfort when it comes to your bouquet. Hand-tied bouquets are the most popular style, but loose, cascading and free-form florals are also in demand. The best bouquet design is one that doesn’t drown you out or fight with the beautiful details of your dress.

choose one main color and two complimentary colors for your florals.

This gives our designers ample working space to create a beautifully stylish design.

choose flowers that are in season.

Some flowers just aren’t available at certain times of the year, or are very expensive. Seasonal florals will always be less expensive and in the best shape with the deepest colors, richest fragrance and freshest stems.

consider including florals for your reception.

Even smaller, less labor intensive floral centerpieces will enhance a room tremendously. Ceremony flowers can also do double-duty. Aisle marker flowers can become centerpieces and altar sprays can be moved to the buffet table. Many of the ceremony flowers can easily be incorporated into the reception décor, so keep this in mind when deciding on your wedding and reception flowers.

your wedding florals should reflect your personality and style.

Try to incorporate flowers that might have a personal meaning to either you or another family member. If you have a family heirloom such as an antique brooch, a lace handkerchief or something else to work into your something old, new, borrowed and blue, ask us to add it onto the top of the stems. When picking your color palette, make sure the flowers will suit your wedding style and colors.

decide on extras that you may need.

There could be other items for your wedding that you haven’t thought about to get more mileage out of our services  — petals for the send-off, corsages for honored guests like readers and grandmothers, and small floral arrangements to make the venue’s restrooms look elegant. The right candles, ornaments and tableware all have to make a smashing singular impression. One-stop shopping with a single versatile floral designer may alleviate some stress.

florist design vs. diy wedding flowers

Some brides may consider purchasing flowers wholesale and attempting to design them themselves. They arrive in a cardboard box, a couple of days before the wedding. Brides and their family members scramble to arrange the bouquets and figure out a way to store large arrangements properly before the big day. Unexpected material costs quickly retract from the actual savings. There are many aspects of a wedding that lend themselves to a "DIY" method, but floral design is not one of them. Doing it yourself also means spending much of your wedding week figuring out how to arrange and store flowers, rather than socializing with relatives and loved ones from out of town. A wedding florist will always be sensitive to the needs of your budget. Your flowers won't come in a box; they'll be carefully set up in the venue by your florist at the peak of freshness. This leaves you time to really enjoy your wedding day.

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