Atmosphere Productions: Wedding Flowers: Ten Tips to Keep in Mind
• Convey your vision. You know how you want your wedding to look. Maybe you want a tropical vibe, or cool elegance, or a casual country feel. Let your florist know your vision, rather than insisting on specific flowers. She may be able to help you create the look and feel you want for less money. Use Pinterest and pictures to communicate your ideas.
• Be honest about your budget. Figure out what you have to spend on flowers before placing an order. If your dream wedding flowers cost 50% more than you have to spend, your florist can help you figure out where to cut back without sacrificing impact.
• Beware DIY. Creating the floral vision you want on your own is harder, and often more expensive, than it looks. Unless you’re very sure about the availability and quality of the flowers you need, and about your own skills, you’ll reduce stress by letting a pro handle the flowers.
• Bigger is not always better. Don’t overestimate the size your bouquet needs to be. The goal is to accent, not overwhelm, your dress. You want to look like a bride, not like you just won the Kentucky Derby.
• Less can be more. A few dramatic orchids can have more impact than a basket of carnations for the same price. Don’t sacrifice quality for quantity.
• Consider the backdrop. If the bridesmaids’ flowers blend into their dresses, they will not photograph well. Choose colors that complement, but won’t blend in. Similarly, the table linens at your reception shouldn’t wash out the flowers in your centerpieces.
• Show your flowers some love. Find out if bouquet flowers need special care to keep them looking good throughout the day and in photos.
• Don’t be late for your date. Your florist has a cooler in that back room, not endless fields of flowers. Be sure to allow plenty of time to order and ship the blooms you need.
• Remember function. Tall table centerpieces may look sleek and elegant, but when guests sit down to eat, those centerpieces obscure vision and hinder conversation. Bonus: smaller often equals less expensive, too.
• Reuse and recycle! The flowers at your wedding ceremony will likely cost hundreds of dollars and be seen for an hour, at most. Enlist someone in advance of the wedding to transport them to the reception site so they can do double duty.
Written by Rebecca King ~ Copyright © 2012 exclusively for Atmosphere Productions