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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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Wedding Flowers: Real vs. Artificial

Artificial Flowers

Wedding Flowers: Real vs. Artificial

Should you use real or artificial flowers in your wedding? This is not a question easily answered, as there are pros and cons to both.  We have outlined what we believe to be the key points to wedding flowers: real vs. artificial, so that making an informed decision is a little easier for you.

Real Flowers

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Pros

Some say there is nothing quite like the smell and appearance of real, fresh blooms at a wedding. The aromatic ambiance that a real flower creates is usually unmatched; a wonderful feast for the senses. If you are buying in season, they can also be relatively inexpensive, depending on the type of course. If you are using real flowers, it is generally assumed that you are going through a florist, so you will have the added bonus of a professional who is taking care of the nitty gritty so that you don’t have to.

Cons

Believe it or not, real wedding flowers can sometimes have a few downsides. The flowers of your dreams might have to be imported, which can obviously cause the price to spike a bit, due to shipping costs. The price can also go up if you are choosing blooms that are out of season. Also, that enchanting aroma that we were talking about earlier, can also be a con. If you have guests with strong allergies, (according to the American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology, roughly 7.8% of people 18 and over in the U.S. have hay fever), then this can cause your guests to be extremely uncomfortable, which is the exact opposite effect that you are trying to achieve.
Wedding Flowers Real vs. Artificial
[photo by Yuri Vaysgant]

Artificial Flowers

Artificial Flowers
[photo by Dotmoxee Photography]

Pros

There are actually upsides to using artificial flowers in your wedding. First off, if you are more of a DIY person, then artificial might be your thing. These flowers do not usually come with a florist who is behind the wheel, so you can get your control freak on! The most popular material for these kinds of arrangements is silk, which can look quite beautiful and feel quite soft. Another advantage is that you don’t have to preserve your artificial flowers until the big day, because there is no expiration date for these puppies. Some people don’t realize that you can also add lotions and perfumes to silk flowers to make them smell like the real thing.

Cons

Even if you are embellishing your flowers with lotions and perfumes, chances are it’s not going to smell like the real thing and that could be a deal breaker for you. Some of you may not be very creative, and therefore find it more stressful to DIY. If this is your case, then you’ll probably want to opt for real flowers with a florist in charge. Also, if you are choosing silk material and lots of it, then artificial can often times be MORE expensive than real flowers.
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Are you using real or artificial flowers in your wedding? Tell us about it in the comments section below!
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6 Common Wedding Flower Mistakes

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6 Common Wedding Flower Mistakes

They say nobody’s perfect. That is especially true when it comes to planning and budgeting for your wedding flowers. This can be one of the most complicated elements to your wedding, so it’s only natural that some mistakes are made. Thankfully, there have been millions of brides who have made a million mistakes already so that you don’t have to. Check out our list for the top 6 common wedding flower mistakes:

Waiting Too Long to Book Your Florist

The high-quality florists tend to get booked up pretty early on in the season, and they have to limit the amount of weddings they take on, so you don’t want to wait too long to schedule your consultations. Plus, giving your florist plenty of time to plan, means that you’re more likely to get the blooms you want.
6 Common Wedding Flower Mistakes
[taken from nanzkraft.com]

Not Trusting Your Florist

As women, we tend to have a very strong sense of control. This is not always a bad thing, but if you don’t put enough trust into your florist and try to take on too much yourself, this can lead to head-butting and clashes in opinion, which can therefore lead to more stress. Try to relax and let them do what they do best.
wedding florists
[taken from waldimports.com]

Using Strongly Scented Flowers

We know that the temptation to woo your wedding guests with a bold, aromatic presence is strong. However, you need to consider the possibility that many, or at least some of your guests, might be prone to allergies. This will negate that romantic atmosphere you are trying to create.
strongly scented flowers
[taken from allergyzone.co.uk]

Not Taking Care of the Flowers

Many brides in the past have been disappointed with the looks of their blooms in photographs. This is because they did not consider the lifespan and needs of the specific flowers they chose. Some flowers are more fragile than others, and this should be taken into consideration when choosing which ones you desire for your wedding.
take care of your wedding flowers

Not Reusing Ceremony Flowers

You can file this mistake under “financial blunders.” The flowers you are using in your ceremony can be re-purposed for your reception. For example, the flowers you are using in the aisles and at the alter, can be moved to your reception buffet table, or even the guest tables. If you are ordering separate flowers for both events, this can add significantly to your expenses.
ceremony flowers
[taken from bestofflowers.com]

Ruling Out Expensive Flowers

Don’t let the high price tag of certain flowers scare you off. The more expensive the flowers, the bigger they are, and the bigger impact they can make. Orchids, hydrangeas, and peonies are all considered “statement” flowers, and you don’t need to buy too many in order to make that statement.
expensive wedding flowers
[taken from frugalflowers.com]
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That’s all for now brides. Stay tuned for the next part of our Wedding Flower series: Winter Wedding Flowers, coming soon! Do you have any wedding flower advice? Tell us about it in the comment section below!
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Fall 2015 Wedding Flower Trends

Fall 2015 Wedding Flower Trends

Fall 2015 Wedding Flower Trends

Is your wedding date somewhere between now and December 22nd? Then you have the distinction of planning a fall wedding! This 2015, fall weddings are going to be all about edibles, naturals, copper and crowns. Check out our fall 2015 wedding flower trends.

English Influence

Brides are choosing more softly-colored blooms that reflect the soft, lovely tones of the English garden and countryside. Pretty pastels, soft roses, and hanging wild flowers in bottles are all making bold statements this year. Add a touch of light dew, and you have yourself a perfect English garden wedding.
Fall 2015 Wedding Flower Trends
(found on 100layercake.com)

Copper Craze

Fall 2015 weddings are going to be saturated with the rustic sheen of copper.  From copper flower pots, to copper-dipped blooms in bouquets, this decorative metal is becoming all the rage for fall. We love this copper-flower adorned ivory cake found on PeterLovesJane.com:
copper-flower adorned ivory cake

Just Picked from the Woodland

If you’re having a fall wedding, we can’t think of anything more autumn-inspired than the woodland. Twigs, moss, leaves, or even acorns can be used to embellish your centerpieces, arch, and bridal bouquet to create this freshly-picked-from-the-wild feel. Thanks to the popular rustic trend that just doesn’t want to go anywhere, this woodland twist will be seen more and more towards the end of 2015.
woodland fall wedding trend

Wearables

Savvy brides are now relishing the wearable flower crown. Originally inspired by Grecian tradition to honor the gods at special occasions, modern flower crowns are worn at weddings to symbolize love, fertility, and celebration. The larger floral crowns of the past are turning into more understated, delicate floral headpieces in 2015. Flower-adorned hair combs, clips and pins are also starting to show up, and bloom-infused jewelry is taking over for the more traditional corsages and boutonnières.
wearable flower crown

Local/Seasonal

Martha Stewart Weddings had a recent feature on farmer-florists. Thanks to this and the rock-steady popularity of outdoor/rustic weddings, the farm-to-table trend is huge this year. This locally-grown mentality can not only influence the bridal bouquet, but also the arch and reception table centerpieces. This is the perfect trend for any eco-savvy couples or even couples who just want to give back to their community.
farmer-florists trend

Fall Fruits

Expect to see more decorators incorporating fall fruits to their pieces. Adding apples, squashes, and pumpkins to the buffet tables, or even using them as centerpiece elements can add that special touch of fall you’re looking for. Also, try adding a pomegranate and maybe some blueberries to the bridal bouquet to get that autumn feeling.
fruits and floral trend

Eucalyptus Greenery

This trend is taking fall 2015 by storm. Not only is it a beautiful filler to floral pieces, but it’s relatively inexpensive if you’re budget conscientious, and there are unique varieties to satisfy your needs. The seeded variety looks especially stunning when hanging and paired with darker, jewel-toned flowers like calla lilies or ranunculuses. The silver dollar variety is a gorgeous, dusty shade of green that pairs well with pinks, neutrals, or even looks good on its own, running down the center of a table.
Eucalyptus Greenery
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That’s all for now brides! Do you think there are any fall 2015 flower trends we might have missed? Please let us know in the comment section below!
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Five Ways to Save on Wedding Flowers

five ways to save on wedding flowers

Five Ways to Save on Wedding Flowers

Flowers can be one of the biggest expenses in your wedding budget. They are also one of the most important elements to your ceremony and reception, and they can make or break your style. How do you use the beautiful flowers you want while staying within your budget? Check out our five ways to save on wedding flowers so you don’t have to sacrifice the elegance.
five ways to save on wedding flowers

Cut Down on Your Wedding Party & Guest List

First and foremost, you need to whittle down that wedding party and guest list (see our previous blog: How to Narrow Down Your Wedding Guest List for ideas). Once you have those exact figures, including your table numbers, you’ll know how many centerpieces you need. The fewer the tables, the less money you’ll spend.

Cut Down on Large Centerpieces

We know you want to wow your guests with large, striking centerpiece arrangements. However, these centerpieces are the biggest portion of your flower budget, and if you can cut on the amount of them, it can save you tremendously. Try interweaving alternative centerpieces with the floral ones. Fruit, candles, or even stacks of books can make great substitutes.
Book Centerpieces

Consider Your Region and Season

Obviously if you’re buying flowers that are in season during your wedding month, then the cost will be cheaper. (See part 1 of our Wedding Flower Series: Wedding Flowers by Month.) Another thing to consider is your region and climate. If you’re using flowers that thrive in that area, they’ll be strong enough to be repurposed. For example, the bridal-party bouquet can make great decorations for the guest book table, cake table, wedding party table, etc.
bridal bouquet

Trust Your Florist

A lot of brides make the mistake of not trusting their florist and taking on too much DIY themselves. If you have decided to hire a florist you trust, then you should do exactly that. They will know where to get the best deals on buying in bulk. They will also know which cheaper flowers can be doppelgangers for others that are too expensive. Kick back a little, they got this.
wedding florist

Be Your Own Florist

If you have decided NOT to go with a professional and want to be your own florist, that’s fine. That will cut down on at least one hiring expense. In this case, we would HIGHLY recommend buying in bulk from local farmers. These farmers are more than willing to work with you when it comes to price negotiations, plus you are helping out your local agriculture and economy.
Association of Specialty Cut Flower Growers is a wonderful site that can help you source local farms in your area.
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That’s all for now brides. Stay tuned for part 3 of our Wedding Flower series – coming soon! How are you saving money on your wedding flowers? Let us know in the comments section below.
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Wedding Flowers by Month

wedding flowers by month

Wedding Flowers by Month

Choosing the flowers for your wedding requires special attention. First, you want to decide on which colors and style your wedding will take on. Then, you can determine what flowers will best compliment that style. Season is also an important factor in this process. Check out the chart below and read our favorite choices for wedding flowers by month.
wedding flowers by season
(found on IvyHouseWeddings.com)

January:

If you’re getting married in January, tulips (meaning: love & passion) are a wonderful option. They are simple, smooth, elegant, and make for a beautiful bridal bouquet.

February:

Soft-headed, with delicate petals, Ranunculus (radiant charm) makes a wonderful wedding flower in February. The Persian buttercup variety features an enchanting, swirling bloom that will captivate you and your wedding guests.

March:

Usually coming in blue, white, or purple, irises could be the perfect choice for your March wedding. They have a message of faith and wisdom; perfect concepts for your new life together!

April:

Gerbera daisies (sharing your feelings) would make lovely displays in April. Not only are they an economical choice, but their warm color varieties and dynamic petals can add lots of happy charm to your special event.

May:

Native to Asia and Southern Europe, the peony flower (m: bashfulness) has a rich history of being used for medicinal purposes. We think these flowers and their soft, pretty colors will add a hint of Asian flavor to your May affair.

June:

Calla lilies are a great choice for a June wedding. With a meaning like “magnificent beauty” you can’t go wrong. These lightly fragrant flowers usually come in a deep, dark, Hot Chocolate color and will add a rich, tropical vibe to the party.

July:

If you’re having a rustic summer wedding, consider the sunflower. These striking, orange-yellow perennials can add the perfect punctuation to your day. They are also great on a budget, considering all that is needed for a bridal bouquet is one, single stem.

August:

Lilies are wonderful flowers that come in a large variety of classifications and spotted patterns. Usually associated with wealth, majesty, and honor, these classic fragrant flowers can add that touch of graceful design you’ve been looking for.

September:

Roses have always been the most popular choice for wedding flowers, and it’s easy to see why. Most associated with love & joy, roses comes in several pleasing and understated colors that are sure to compliment your wedding colors perfectly.

October:

The dahlia (blessings & inner grace) is a lovely option for your October day. The perfectly-symmetrical geometric design of the Ball and Pompon varieties make it perfect for a modern style wedding.

November:

Chrysanthemums are a nice, inexpensive, and not-so-over-done flower for your November wedding. These blooms carry meanings of abundance & truth, and they are sure to impress guests with their uniqueness.

December:

Hydrangeas (understanding) are a gorgeous option for a wedding in December. These thick, lush blooms come in a multitude of (usually) cool color tones, which are sure to mesmerize your guests.
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Thanks for listening brides! Stay tuned for the next part of our Wedding Flower series!
What flowers are you planning on for your wedding? Let us know in the comment section below!