Judi from Starz Florists talks about the importance of flowers for your wedding day.
There are many things to consider when organising your wedding flowers, such as colour scheme, suitable flowers, wedding theme (bright and funky or soft, romantic and elegant) and your budget. A good floral designer, who specialises in wedding flowers, will help you select the flowers you need and ensure your flowers are perfect for your wedding day.
Flowers are among one of the most important visual elements of your wedding day and should compliment, not overpower either your wedding dress or your attendants' dresses. From the flowers at the ceremony, the groomsmen's buttonholes, reception flowers to the bride's bouquet, flowers will create a colourful and fragrant impact to your wedding.
Flowers are a focal point on your wedding day, and regardless whether you are working with a small or large budget, flowers should be given high priority. An experienced wedding specialist will be able to suggest innovative ideas to give the most impact for your budget and remember sometimes less is more.
For brides working on a small budget, flowers in season at the time of the wedding will be more affordable than exotic and imported flowers. Natural hand-tied posies are much less costly than fully wired bouquets.
One large arrangement at your reception will give more visual impact than many small ones. Keep guest table decoration simple with a few flowers, attractive containers and other inexpensive accessories, such as tea-light candles, mini pebbles, sea-shells, paua pieces, something that reflects your wedding theme.
It is important that you use a professional florist to create your wedding-day flowers, particularly if you want visual impact and arrangements that will last.
Talk to two or three florists and choose someone who understands the look and style you have in mind, ask to see a portfolio of their wedding work or photographs of previous weddings they have done, remember not all florists are floral designers or wedding specialists.
Once the theme, colour scheme and bridal gown has been decided on, make an appointment with your florist and take with you a swatch of fabric from both your wedding dress and your bridesmaids’ dresses.
Ensure you book your floral designer well in advance of your wedding day as good designers are often fully booked throughout the spring and summer. Allow an hour for the first appointment, the initial meeting should be an obligation free consultation followed by a written quote.
It is important to compliment your gown with the style and colour of your flowers, there are various bouquet types that may suit you, the style of your gown or the theme of your wedding. For example:
A designer bunch bright and funky- usually a dramatic look with exotic blooms and foliage, sometimes incorporating vines, berries, seed pods and fruits.
Fresh from the garden or soft and romantic - a bouquet of perfumed cottage flowers such as lavender, freesias, roses, or hyacinths finished with fresh violet, strawberry or fragrant geranium leaves.
The formal bunch - This style usually comprises of one flower type such as roses, gerbras, tulips, calla lilies or oriental lilies.
Sophisticated elegant posy - A wired posy of cymbidium or dendrobium orchids, frangipani or phalaenopsis orchids finished with a ribbon bound handle sometimes incorporating crystals or pearls to co-ordinate with your wedding gown.
Remember that it is not just the bride's bouquet you need to worry about. You need to get flowers for:
- Bride, bridesmaids and flower-girls.
- Groom, groomsmen best-men and page boys.
- Mothers and grandmothers of both the bide and groom.
- Fathers, Grandfathers, Ushers, Toast-Master or - Master of Ceremonies.
- Flowers for the ceremony and reception.
Delivery times and addresses are important, so confirm these with your florist at least a week before your wedding. Your flowers should be delivered at least two hours before the wedding in boxes covered with moist paper or cellophane. Keep the boxes in a cool room until either your photographer arrives or you are ready to leave.
Not all bouquets have a right way up, but if yours is asymmetrical make sure the florist shows you how to hold it. If your florist personally delivers your bouquets she should show you and your attendants how to hold your bouquets correctly.
I like to place a pearl headed pin in the stem to the back of the bouquet where your thumb should sit, this tells you by feel that you are holding the bouquet correctly.
A "throw bouquet" - If you wish to throw your bouquet when leaving your reception you should ask your designer to make up a small, similar bouquet from the same flowers for this purpose, this is especially important if you are going to have your bouquet preserved.
Preserving your bouquet - If you are having your bouquet preserved, arrange this well in advance with a specialist and confirm that the flowers you have chosen are suitable and will preserve well.
"Thank You" bouquets - You may like to arrange in advance for "Thank You" bouquets to be delivered the following day to your mother, your new mother-in-law and friends who have helped with your wedding arrangements.
Finally congratulations and have a wonderful wedding day!