The key to successful wedding flowers and decorations is planning.
There are no rules when it comes to flowers, so it is really about
what the couple desire and can afford. Options are limited only by
your imagination and even the most outrageous floral arrangements can be
made to fit practically any
wedding budget. Anyone willing to research will
find many options and ideas.
Planning wedding flowers can be an enjoyable experience. Some choose
to do their own arrangements while others rent silk arrangements.
The bridal party will, more than likely, be happy to assist in
choosing or making arrangements and will bring fresh ideas to the
table. Some grooms are even happy to help with the choosing and
arranging of flowers while others will only be concerned with the
Wedding flowers should be planned six to twelve months prior to the
wedding date (wedding
planning timeline). The flowers will need to be considered when wedding
attire is chosen so that the two items complement each other. Bridal
magazines are filled with pictures of bouquets so that is a good
place to start formulating ideas. Think about the different
varieties that will be in season at the wedding date and choose
flowers that are readily available to keep cost under control.
Aside from boutonnieres, corsages, and bouquets, flowers and
decorations can be used as part of the ceremony and the reception.
Decorations and flowers should be considered for the ends of pews,
on the alter, the cake and gift table, the wedding party table and
the food table. All of this will add to cost but will also add to
the beauty and creativity of the event.
If cost is an issue the bridal bouquets can be used as table
decorations at the reception. Another option is to use balloons or
candles as centerpieces. Pew bows and flower arrangements are quite
easy to make even for those that have never done them before. Using
more tulle, greenery, and baby's breath in arrangements will also
keep cost down.
Once the planning is finished find a florist or make the
arrangements. For those using a florist remember to select a florist
early because there is a limit to how much even accomplished
florists can handcraft. Go over the contract carefully before
signing it to be sure the number and type of flowers, arrangements,
and delivery details are clearly specified. Record the deposit
amount and discuss and decide a payment schedule.