Wedding Florists - Flowers
To make your visit to the florist the most productive, do some preparation ahead of time. Here are a few tips:
Here are some specific items to think about regarding your wedding flowers...
The Bride Bouquet
Is there a particular style of bridal bouquet that you like?
Round Cluster Bouquet
The Hand-tied or Lose-tied Bouquet
Maid of Honour, bridesmaids & flower girl
Groom, Best Man, Ushers & Ring Bearer
Mothers and Grandmothers
Bridal Bouquet Basics
A beautiful and fragrant bridal bouquet is the perfect compliment to any bridal attire. The bridal bouquet should enhance the beauty of the gown, but not overpower it.
A "traditional" bridal bouquet is designed with all white flowers so that it does not draw attention away from the bride and her wedding gown! However, there is an increasing trend toward adding colour to the bridal bouquet from soft pinks and pastels to fuchsia and ruby reds.
The bridal bouquet should compliment the personal style of the bride as well as the overall theme and atmosphere of the wedding. So, if hot pink suits your personality…there should be nothing stopping you!
Bridal bouquets come in all colours, shapes and styles. It's best to work with a reputable florist who can design a bouquet that's just right for you. Here are some of the basic designs for bouquets…
Select flowers that are in season . This will keep costs down tremendously. Consider purchasing silk flowers if you have your heart set on a flower that is not in bloom.
Some brides choose silk flowers because they are usually less expensive than fresh flowers and the bouquet can be kept and displayed in their home after the wedding.
Select flowers that will hold up for the entire day . Particularly if you are taking pictures before the ceremony or outside, you want to make sure that you select flowers that will hold up to the sun and wind and still look gorgeous when you walk down the aisle. Another option is to use a bouquet holder, which will keep your flowers hydrated with water for most of the day.
Don't let your bouquet overwhelm you . A beautiful waistline will be covered by a large, cascading bouquet. If you are petite, the weight of a large bouquet could become a problem during the ceremony. Consider your gown and your stature before making selections.
Show the florist what you like . Don't just tell your florists the gowns are "pink"... bring in fabric swatches if at all possible. (I mean, there are probably more than 50 different shades of pink!)
Select flowers with special meaning. Most flowers have a specific meaning. For example, ivy means fidelity, friendship and marriage, violets mean modesty and hope, zinnias mean thoughts of absent friends, jasmine is for happiness and tulips mean enchantment
Here are some great tips to help you in selecting your florist.
What is the decor of the shop like?
Is it nicely and creatively decorated?
Do they have interesting floral arrangements?
Do they use unique vases or baskets in their arrangements?
Next, look in the cooler...
Do the flowers look fresh?
Do they have interesting varieties of flowers or just your standard roses or carnations.
Remember, you're not just buying flowers… your buying CREATIVITY and STYLE of the floral designer.
Your florist should listen and offer ideas and suggestions.
Here are a few questions you should ask your florist...
When you choose your florist, make sure that your contract or receipt details :
Make sure delivery time and the number of hours of set up time is specified in your contract or on your receipt.
The last words of advice...try and find a florist who's style (and price) you like. Be specific about your tastes and what you want. Don't just say I'd like a bouquet that's white with roses. There are so many different styles, shapes and sizes, you don't want to be disappointed when you open the box!
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