Planning Your Wedding Flowers and Decorations
Since there are no rules when it comes to wedding flowers, it really is all about what the couple - usually the Bride wants and can afford. From do-it-yourself arrangements to silk florals that can be rented for the occasion, planning your wedding flowers can be a lot of fun. Involving your bridal party will help generate ideas you might not have thought about.
Creating a look that really works is dependant in the planning. Decorating options are limited only by the imagination and even the most outrageous floral images can be made to fit practically any budget. All it takes is a willingness to research the many options and ideas that are available.
Think about the types of flowers that will be in season at the time of your wedding. Choosing flowers that are readily available is one way to keep your floral budget under control. You will want to give yourself plenty of time - begin planning the wedding flowers at least 6 to 12 months prior to the wedding date.
Most brides want the floral arrangements to complement the overall color scheme and theme of the wedding. Choose your bridesmaids dresses first and then look for floral colors that compliment the overall color scheme of your wedding.
In addition to the bridal bouquets and boutonnieres and for the wedding party, flowers do double duty as decorations for the wedding ceremony and reception. Pew bows, arrangements for the altar, head table, cake table and gift table, as well as centerpieces for all the guest tables should be considered. These will definitely add to your costs, but they're also areas where you can really get creative and a little goes a long way. Large arrangements at the ceremony can be transported to the reception, although these tend to be quite expensive and are not always necessary.
If cost-control is an issue, the bouquets of the Bride and the Bridesmaids can do double-duty as head table decorations or perhaps the gift or cake table? Once the formal photographs are over, no one will be carrying their bouquets around anyway. Another idea is to add more 'filler' to your floral arrangements by using more greenery, baby's breath and tulle.
Once you've decided on the wedding flowers you will need to find a florist capable of turning your thoughts into reality. It's important to select a florist early on because there's a limit to how much even the best florist can handcraft. Go over the contract with a fine-toothed comb before signing to make sure the number and type of arrangements, including the flowers being used, are clearly specified along with delivery details. Record the deposit amount and delineate the payment schedule.