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6 Tips for Choosing Your Wedding Flowers

6 Tips for Wedding Flowers

Photo by Laura’s Focus Photography, Florals by Stems & Whims

Flowers add so much to your wedding… pops of color and fragrant scents all help to set the tone of your day – not to mention that they are also beautiful and add softness to any event. I reached out to my friend and floral designer, Amy Thornburg of The Arrangement Company, and she offers 6 tips to consider with your wedding flowers.

  1. Think outside the color box. When choosing the palette for your wedding, don’t feel compelled to have it all match. Coordinate, yes, but matching isn’t a necessity. Multicolor combinations and contrasting colors can be a pleasant alternative to a monochromatic or two-tone approach. The Perfect Palette is a great resource to help you visualize different combinations.
  1. Choose seasonal flowers. Many brides desire a peony wedding in November, but for peonies, you are best to stick with April and May. Global growers and worldwide shipping provide peonies throughout the year, however the cost increases significantly. There are many other flowers that are similarly affected, but rejoice because there are always flowers in season. Keep an open mind, and make your choices practically.

Photo by Steven and Lily Photography, Florals by Irvington Spring Farm

Photo by Steven and Lily Photography, Florals by Irvington Spring Farm

  1. Hydrate your blooms. During pre-wedding photography keep in mind how long your bouquets are out of water. You don’t want to walk down the aisle with bouquets that have been tossed around and dehydrated for two hours prior. While you want the bouquets in your photos, consciously limit their time out of water, or perhaps the flower shots can be reserved for after the ceremony.
  1. Be aware of your budget. Not everyone has had to buy flowers in quantity like they do for their wedding. This can cause quite the “sticker shock” during planning. Be sure to enter each consultation with a figure in mind so your designer knows where to begin and how far they can go. A little research on wedding costs can prevent the surprise that can come with the quote and can save you time while easing your mind.

Photo by Maria Grace Photography, Florals by DIY Bridal Network

Photo by Maria Grace Photography, Florals by DIY Bridal Network

  1. Choose linens thoughtfully. Linens are an important piece of your table décor. The right choice can enhance and compliment the centerpiece, while the wrong choice can make the flowers appear washed out or dull. If colored linens are not an option, a simple change from white to off-white can make all the difference.
  1. Bring in the professionals. The most well executed event has more than likely had numerous behind the scenes challenges. Vases break, layouts change or linens can be the wrong size. In such times, experienced professionals are able to respond appropriately. They have the resources to resolve potential disasters, taking upon themselves the stress that you do not need in the days leading up to your wedding.

Jennifer Prince’s favorite flowers are peonies, and she provides inspiration to The Bride Box brides each month via an advice card and also through her wedding blog at www.hillcitybride.com


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30 First Dance Songs

A couple’s first dance is a classic “must” at a wedding reception, yet sometimes finding the right song can be difficult. Here are 30 first dance songs we love to get you steered in the right direction!

  1. At Last – Etta James
  2. Baby I’m Yours – The Arctic Monkeys
  3. Better Together – Jack Johnson
  4. Can’t Help Falling in Love – Elvis
  5. Come Away with Me – Norah Jones
  6. Count on Me – Bruno Mars
  7. Crazy for You – Madonna
  8. Crazy Love – Van Morrison
  9. Faithfully – Journey
  10. God Gave Me You – Blake Shelton
  11. How Deep Is Your Love – The Bee Gees
  12. I Want to Know What Love Is – Foreigner
  13. I Will – The Beatles
  14. I’ll Stand by You – The Pretenders
  15. I’m Yours – Jason Mraz
  16. In Your Eyes – Peter Gabriel
  17. It Had to Be You – Harry Connick, Jr.
  18. Last Night on Earth – Green Day
  19. Lost in Love – Air Supply
  20. Make You Feel My Love – Adele
  21. Love Never Fails – Brandon Heath
  22. Lovesong – The Cure
  23. Marry Me – Train
  24. Make You Feel My Love – Bob Dylan
  25. One in a Million You – Larry Graham
  26. True Companion – Marc Cohn
  27. Unchained Melody – The Righteous Brothers
  28. We Have All the Time in the World – Louis Armstrong
  29. You and I – Stevie Wonder
  30. Your Song – Elton John

What will your first dance song be? Let us know in the comment section below.


Want more wedding ideas? Be sure to head to www.hillcitybride.com for more from VA based blogger Jennifer Prince, who still remembers her first dance with her husband – 22 years ago!


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9 Tips for Choosing Your Wedding Colors

Photo Credit: CYork Photography

Let’s talk color! It’s definitely safe to say that whether we realize it or not, color has a big role in our lives – and I’m glad. After all, playing with hues is fun – especially when you are planning your wedding, and this is a time when you can definitely use some wedding color advice.

Before I get into the nitty gritty of talking about color, I want to stress one thing. This is YOUR wedding! I want to give you suggestions and guide you along the way, but the one thing I love about today’s bride is that she gets to use her creativity and stay true to herself. I’ve seen soft, lovely monochromatic weddings, yet there are also stunning events that use a whole rainbow’s worth of colors. So, keep in mind that this is your special day.

Ok, let’s chat about the “lovely” and other things to consider when you are choosing a color palette for your day with 9 tips for choosing your wedding colors:

Think About the Season

Some hues lend themselves to a season more easily than others. When I think of fall, browns, burnt orange, yellows and rusty reds come to mind, yet that is contrasted with spring, where soft pastels are more useful. The season – and flowers that may be in season at the time of your wedding – play a big part in your color scheme.

Assess Your Location

When you are getting married outdoors, pretty much any color can come into play – yet move things inside, and you truly need to assess your location. If your ballroom is dark or small, you may want to consider a lighter, brighter color palette to make the room seem larger and more spacious – especially when it comes to reception linens.

Determine the Personality of Your Event

Looking for a regal, upscale feel? Choose jewel tones, metallics or a monochromatic palette. Want a vintage vibe? Pastels and lighter colors will evoke a sense of nostalgia.

Be Thoughtful

Afraid of color? Use bold colors selectively. If you love magenta yet are afraid to utilize it full force, then use it as an accent – the writing on your invitations, the boutonnieres, floral ribbons and the like may be where you want to use those fun pops. If your bridesmaids are bold, have them wear a bright hue, which will look stunning!

Photo by CYork Photography

Photo credit: CYork Photography

Placement is Key

Your colors evoke a feeling, yet so does how you utilize them. If you are bold enough to go for orange, there is a big difference between having your bridesmaids decked out in the hue and having it in your bouquet vs. utilizing it for the main table linen color and uplighting. You can do it all, but careful color placement has a higher impact than overuse.

Trends? What Trends?

Don’t be afraid to buck the trends. There I said it! If I’m seeing a ton of a certain color wedding palette on Pinterest, my personal tendency would be to stay away. You shouldn’t feel pressured to utilize certain colors just because they happen to be en vogue at the time – again, this goes back to being true to yourself. If the hot hue is blush, then by all means don’t be afraid to deck your groomsmen out in red. We all love a great surprise.

Photo by Stephanie Leigh Photography

Photo credit: Stephanie Leigh Photography

Color Wheel

We all took art, but you don’t have to be an expert! A friendly glance at the color wheel can also help to blend colors. Honestly, I’m not a big fan of complementary colors, which are opposite on the wheel. Supposedly they go together well, but I’m not sure I’d want to have a bright purple and yellow wedding, yet softening the colors to a more pastel hue would work nicely.

Expect the Unexpected

Look in unexpected places for inspiration. When you are undecided, finding cues in your everyday may be the best thing. Does the floral pattern on your yearly planner bring you joy? Take note of the hues on the cover – maybe they could be translated into a wedding scheme. Going for a walk may even help. A budding flower garden may inspire you to combine colors that you didn’t even dream of! Perusing a local art gallery will provide ideas, too. Look at what pieces speak to you and draw inspiration from the artist’s color choices.

Photo by Franzi Photography

Photo credit: Franzi Photography

Neutral for the Win!

When in doubt go neutral or monochromatic. If you truly are unsure of yourself, going with a neutral, natural palette won’t steer you wrong. Neutrals include whites, browns, grays and greens. Yes, green is a neutral – after all have you ever seen a flower that didn’t match it’s stem? I dare say that blue – powder, denim, navy – is also a neutral. Think about the sky and your favorite pair of jeans. It’s hard to find something that doesn’t complement blue! Play around with different neutrals. If that doesn’t work, a monochromatic palette of your favorite color is also a lovely choice.

No matter your choice, your event will be a day to remember, and in the end you get to marry the love of your life. I’d be tickled pink over that… ha! Happy wedding planning!


Jennifer Prince is Virginia based wedding blogger who enjoys providing wedding inspiration at www.hillcitybride.com and in your Bride Box each month. She loves spending time with her husband and three children in the great outdoors.