Norman Parkinson Audrey Hepburn Vogue 1955
Every bride wants her wedding day to be a reflection of her taste. While we all may not be able to get our dream reception hall, your bridal bouquet is something that should be uniquely you!
5 Things You Should Know Before Picking Flowers:
1. Many florists may not be able to bring in the more exotic flowers seen in Martha Stewart weddings, The Knot and Bridal magazines alike. So ask lots of questions, and talk to many florists. If you find some pictures you like, bring them to your florist and ask what flowers they can bring in, and what arrangements can be made on the top choices of flowers of your liking.
2. Be prepared to know what flowers you like, before you shop florists. The bride that knows the top 3 flowers she wants in her bouquet will be more specific than a bride who comes in with a wide selection of pictures she likes. The better aquainted with what you like and what you don’t like will allow you to make a decision faster, and will also allow the florist to understand what you expect.
3. Think about how important flowers are to your overall wedding. For those brides who want to save some money, consider adding other decor to tables and around the reception that will fill in the space other than flowers. Wedding flowers can be simple or as elaborate as you like. The bridal bouquet, bridesmaids, grooms and groomsmen boutonnieres, as well as corsages for the mother of the bride and groom are the basic considerations in most weddings. Optional arrangements would include any decor around the reception, and ceremony, as well as arrangments for the table.
Wedding Budget, From Brides Magazine
4. Determine your budget. Some floral arrangements can be quite expensive, especially if the flower needs to be brought in. Once you have budgeted for everything else, it should be clear what you have to spend on flowers. Most brides go over budget on their weddings, so provide a good cushion in your budget, and you may land better after the wedding is over.
When you visit the florist, discuss your floral budget, and be honest with him or her. If you can’t afford much, the honesty will help your florist look for alternative flowers that will work with your ideas early on. Use expensive flowers sparingly, such as for the bridal bouquet, than for the tables. Good positioning and use of inexpensive foliage will allow you to have a fuller floral arrangement than you actually do.
It’s a good idea to make two columns of “must-have flowers, and “wish-list flowers”, so that if you end up spending more money on the venue, the food, or flowers, that you can still have a bouquet you love.
5. If you are planning your wedding well in advance, add to your floral arrangments, by growing a garden full of flowers in mom and dad’s back yard. Also consider asking close family to grow some flowers, which also would make your event more meaningful to those closest to you. A garden full of flowers could quickly fill up table arrangements.
6. The season will determine the cost of your flowers. This plays an important role in your choice, especially if you’re budget-conscious. Non-seasonal flowers can be flown in, but this increases the cost considerably.
Winter flowers: camellia, euphorbia, iris, nerine, pansy, poinsettia, snowdrop, tulip.
Spring flowers: amaryllis, anemone, daffodil, freesia, gerbera, lily of the valley, orchid, ranunculus, stephanotis, and sweet pea.
Summer flowers: anthurium, carnation, chrysanthemum, gypsophila, lily, magnolia, peony, rose, and sunflower.
Autumn/fall flowers: agapanthus, aster, clematis, daisy, hosta, hydrangea, passion flower, and pinks.
There are some classic wedding flowers with which you can’t go wrong. They are: roses, peony, lily of the valley, hydrangea, orchid, and calla lily. These classics are widely available at most florist shops. More expensive and premium flowers are out there, but know that these flowers are staples in florist shops and the bridal networks, and make great arrangments.
Roses are available in solid colors and bicolor varieties, and with more than three thousand varieties, many available year-round, they are surprisingly affordable.
When it comes to roses, there are a few varieties often used for weddings:
Standard Roses are available in over 300 varieties, Garden Roses in 75 varieties, Organic Roses in 30 varieties. Hybrid tea roses, which are generally seen at your local florist. Spray roses, which is a rose that has five to 10 small heads on each stem. Garden roses have been known to be a premium rose. They are identified as being the oversized roses with bushy, open heads and spectacular scents.
Most associated with the Netherlands, this flower can be a meaningful wedding choice. Tulips come in a wide range of colors, and are sensational in pastels like pink, yellow, and peach. Tulips are very affordable, and available through out the year.
Three of the most commonly used Tulips are Dutch tulips, often seen at florist shops and in gardens, French tulips, grow with extra-long stems and large tapered blooms, and Parrot tulips, one of the premium Tulips are known for their large ruffled and striped petals.
Calla Lilies are trumpet-shaped flowers, and are known best in Hollywood Art Nouveau and Art Deco twentieth-century photography. Calla Lilies have one variety which is has long smooth stems with large heads, which look best with tall arrangements, and a miniature version ideal for boutonnieres. Ivory is the most popular color, however, the pastel shades such as orange, yellow, mauve-pink, and dark purple are just as striking.
Lily of the Valley
You cannot mistake this flower, it is quite distinct with bell-shape florets dangling from a thin stem. This flower is available throughout the year, but can an expensive choice. Many brides tend to infuse a few stems of this flower in a bouquet or centerpiece.
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