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Wedding Flowers 101

By Lynn Wheatley

I just returned from an appointment with a floral designer and one of our brides. What can you do to make sure you get the flowers you want for your own wedding? Let’s discuss my ten tips for wedding flowers:

1. Take tear outs of your favorite bouquets to the appointment - your bouquet, your bridesmaids, and any ideas you have for your groom’s boutonnieres, the flowers for your attendants.

2. Let’s talk about who buys what. You as the bride will pay for all your attendants, the altar flowers, the flower girls, ring bearers, house party, and any aisle decorations you may have.

3. Your groom traditionally pays for YOUR bouquet, the mom’s flowers, his groomsmen and ushers.

4. Don’t forget your toss bouquet – it doesn’t have to be the same as your wedding bouquet, but you’ll want to toss something to all those single ladies.

5. Your groom’s boutonniere should include one of the flower types that are in your bouquet. It’s your first chance for the two of you to share your new "oneness".

6. You may also want to take a flower variety that is in your bouquet and include it in your mom’s and dad’s flower accessories.

7. Don’t forget about your bridal portrait – your personal floral designer can provide a sample bouquet that will allow you to determine if you really like the flowers and a size that you want for your wedding day.

8. The ceremony flowers may be over the top or totally simple. It depends on where you’re being married. We’ve done flower laden arches and garlands down the aisles; on the other hand, a simple duo of traditional or contemporary urns at the altar can be dramatic and effective.

9. Many couples choose to spend the majority of their décor budget for the reception – that’s where your guests will be for the greatest amount of time. So think about how your tables will appear as your guests enter the room. Visit our website for samples of “Wow” weddings.

10. And don’t forget your grand exit – will your guests toss petals as you leave? Make sure they’re not slippery fresh petals – go for the dried ones instead.


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