Before you even talk to a ﬂorist, think about your wedding. Does it have a theme? Colour schemes? Does either partner have a strong affinity for a particular ﬂower? It helps to have a few ideas before approaching a ﬂorist. Then you can tell them what you want, instead of the ﬂorist telling you what you want.
Flowers are an important feature of most weddings. Not only are they used as room and table decorations, they are what the bride and bridesmaids carry when they walk down the aisle, and they are also worn on the lapel of each male wedding attendant, as well as the fathers of the bride and groom. Here are just a few things to consider before purchasing all your ﬂoral accessories.
Some floral tips
Decide what you need: a bouquet for the bride, at buttonhole or boutonniere for all male attendants, and a corsage for both mothers. You could also give the chief bridesmaid and bridesmaids a bouquet that is similar to but smaller and simpler than yours. If you have a flower girl, you may want to have a garland of flowers made for her hair. Lastly, any VIPs, musicians, and other wedding performers will look better with a single wedding flower on his or her collar.
What Floral Accessories should I use?
Generally, your ﬂoral accessories should be the same ﬂowers (or herbs, or plants, or whatever else you’re using) as those you are using to decorate the venue. While most couples tend to rely on the same ﬂorist to create both the room decorations and the Wardrobe accessories, it isn’t uncommon to employ a special ﬂorist to arrange the bouquet, buttonholes, and any other ﬂoral wardrobe accessories. This includes creating corsages for the mothers, and ﬂoral garlands for the bride’s, bridesmaids’, or ﬂower girl’s hair.
Do not use ﬂowers that you, your partner, or someone in your wedding party is allergic to. Before deciding on any blooms, contact your attendants and other wedding party members and ask what, if anything, makes them sneeze.
FLOWERS: YOUR OPTIONS
When it comes to decorating your wedding party and your wedding space, ﬂowers from a ﬂorist aren’t your only option. Here’s what else you could do:
If you’re lucky enough to have a ﬂower stall at your local market, ask the ﬂorist what it would cost for enough ﬂowers for your wedding and reception site, and your wedding party. Of course, you or a friend will be responsible for turning these ﬂowers into gorgeous decorations, but many of the posies grown by ﬂower farmers are so outstanding that it will take little work to make the blooms look good.
Consider growing the ﬂowers needed. The great thing about this option is you can plant some of the more dramatic, harder-to-find blooms. Just be sure that they will be blossoming in time for your wedding!
If you yourself aren’t able to grow ﬂowers for your wedding day — perhaps you don’t have a garden — ask friends and relatives who do have access to large gardens or allotments to plant and grow a variety of wild and meadow ﬂowers. Don’t be tempted to pick wildﬂowers in the countryside though as this can carry a hefty fine.
Wildﬂowers can make a simple yet elegant statement. However, most wilt more quickly than cultivated blooms.