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12 Tips For WOW Wedding Flowers

Will Your Flowers Be There

Yes, we can order flowers off the phone, the internet and/or ask friends/family to arrange displays and bouquets, but this is a precious day to you and unless they have been a professional service for several years, it is not advisable. It's so easy, but have you actually done this? 


Well don’t get superior and take a chance on your wedding just because it is easy to do. Flowers, help to set the tone, key the colors and are important to the beauty of your photographs throughout your wedding day. 


As A Bride You Have To Decide ...

Who is going to create the designs for the wedding and reception?

Who’s going to set them out, making certain the right person has their correct bouquet, etc. Disaster reigns when you personally try to complete the flower arrangements and corsages yourself. This is last minute work that can ruin your hands and be exhausting.


I Want - What I Want - When I Want It

We all get a bit cheeky about it being “our day” and “we can have what we want”, but with all things, there is a plus and a minus. Your mind may dance with a composite of dreams, memorable weddings profuse with flowers, but you cannot always get what you want. (Violets are a visual delight but don’t hold up well.) White is not pure white against the dress, but the photos were wonderful because of the contrast. 


Costs More Because They Are Out Of Season

What do they mean by “costs more because they are out of season?” It means you can still get them, but you will pay double the costs -- because they are not the local growing season. Also be warned higher prices and non-availability will surround the holidays and Valentines Day, order early, and you’ll get them.


What Am I Paying For When I Hire a Florist 

or a Floral Designer

Your girlfriends may tell you it is possible to do this cheaper yourself, but is this what you want to be doing the day before your wedding. Personally, I’d rather be at the spa or packing my honeymoon case full of fillies instead of getting my nails dirty. When you hire a designer or florist, you are paying for:

  • · the florist’s education and training - colors and use
  • · their design, skills, and creativity
  • · knowledge when flowers bloom and the economics of each
  • · the flower’s perishability in holding up to hugs, heat, etc.
  • · their personal trip to the flower market at 4: AM to choose perfect blooms to open the day of your celebration - not the day after
  • · the knowledge to calculate the blossoms you require
  • · the hired extra staff to assist in completing everything at the last minute
  • delivery and set up and into your hands at the correct time

Florist must work quickly with many hands and have a cooler for storage of the completed work. A floral designer will create a setting for the ceremony or the reception site. This may consist of completing the aisles for the ceremony, the draping of tulle and swags, columns, arches, a Huppa, pedestals, chair decor and linens with your keyed colors.


They may only be hired for the ceremony or for the reception or both. This type of florist will have drawings, theme ideas and work with you or alone to achieve the desired effect you both agree upon. Along with this, they complete the basic list of flowers for the wedding.


It is important that you interview with several professionals and see photos of their work from their portfolio. Once you have decided on two you prefer, give them your list and ask for a line bid from each. This can make it easier for you to see your costs on each line item as you compare your bids. 


Bids or proposals are especially important to show how and where you can cut your costs to lower a budget. Always keep alternate ideas in mind and ask for the florist’s advice on lower-priced substitution if you must cut the costs. 


Finally, it is important to call them back to advise whether you are using their services. As with other services, you will be required to pay a deposit for reserving their time and services. 


While some florists specialize in a particular style, most florists or designers can offer you flowers of every description (from around the world) plus a variety of silks, herbs, potted plants, unique flower vases and display or centerpiece items. 


They will fill out an itemized list with you on what is required throughout the celebration. 


They formulate décor for the rehearsal dinner tables, ceremony area, bridal party, the reception room and joyful petals strewn down the aisles.

We all like saving money, so use these proven methods to continue using your ceremony flowers and cut costs.

· Make certain the ceremony flowers are transported to the reception They can be re-used at the head tables or around the cake table.

· Give remaining flowers to nursing homes to brighten a shut-in’s day.

· Learn what flowers are in season. Ordering flowers out of season will increase your price by a third or half.

· Save on blossoms by increasing the greenery and use less flowers in every bouquet or centerpiece.

· Rent silk flower displays for the reception and use fresh for the ceremony - or complete this in reverse.

· Have the bride and attendants carry a single flower; long stemmed roses or calla lilies are often used. (Caution! remember to de-thorn roses and the stem juice from any lily can give quite a rash.)

Gather in the greens, ivy and such from your friend’s gardens to be used on the reception tables or in the garlands. Check for snails or other travelers.

 Wedding Ceremony Flower Needs

Bridal bouquet. ...

Groom's Boutonniere. ...

Maid of Honor Bouquet. ...

Bridesmaid Bouquets. ...

Groom's Men Boutonnieres. ...

Other boutonnieres. ... Fathers, Grandfathers

Other Corsages. ... Mothers, Grandmothers

Ceremony Entrance/Guest Book


RECEPTION fLOWER LIST

Cocktail table arrangements

Bar arrangements

Escort-card table arrangements

Centerpieces

Bride's and groom's chair and head table decorations

Buffet-table/food-station arrangements

Lounge area arrangements

Flowers for wedding cake

Cake table arrangements

Powder room decorations

Getaway car FLOWER DECOR


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It is important that you interview with several professionals and see photos of their work from their portfolio. Once you have decided on two you prefer, give them your list and ask for a line bid from each florist. 

(This can make it easier for you to see your costs on each line item as you compare your bids.)

Bids or proposals are especially important to show how and where you can cut your costs to lower a budget. Always keep alternate ideas in mind and ask for the florist’s advice on lower-priced substitution if you must cut the costs. 


Finally, it is important to call them back to advise whether you are using their services. As with other services, you will be required to pay a deposit for reserving their time and services.


While some florists specialize in a particular style, most florists or designers can offer you flowers of every description (from around the world) plus a variety of silks, herbs, potted plants, unique flower vases and display or centerpiece items.

They will fill out an itemized list with you on what is required throughout the celebration.

They formulate décor for the rehearsal dinner tables, ceremony area, bridal party, the reception room and joyful petals strewn down the aisles. 


We all like saving money, so use these proven methods to continue using your ceremony flowers and cut costs.

  • · Make certain the ceremony flowers are transported to the reception They can be re-used at the head tables or around the cake table.
  • · Give remaining flowers to nursing homes to brighten a shut-in’s day.
  • · Learn what flowers are in season. Ordering flowers out of season will increase your price by a third or half.
  • · Save on blossoms by increasing the greenery and use fewer flowers in every bouquet or centerpiece.
  • · Rent silk flower displays for the reception and use fresh for the ceremony - or complete this in reverse.
  • · Have the bride and attendants carry a single flower; long-stemmed roses or calla lilies are often used. (Caution! remember to de-thorn roses and the stem juice from any lily can give quite a rash.)  They look lovely wrapped with wide satin or velvet ribbon.

Gather in the greens, ivy and such from your friend’s gardens to be used on the reception tables or in the garlands. Check for snails or other travelers.