Mwai's Top Wedding Flower Tips
Wedding flowers are one of the most crucial visual elements that enhance the style and theme of your wedding day. The floral arrangements you choose help set the tone of your day, from the wedding bouquet you carry down the aisle to the centre-pieces at the wedding breakfast tables choosing your wedding flowers can be a daunting process.
As with every other aspect of the wedding, your wedding flowers are an opportunity to add an individual touch to your celebration or to include something meaningful like accessorizing your blooms with a vintage brooch or hankie.
Choosing wedding flowers that fit your style and petals that match your colour palette isn't always easy—especially if you don't know a dahlia from a daisy.
Some people may even enjoy the symbolism associated with certain flowers - Lily of the Valley is linked to happiness and sweetness, roses are equated with love and beauty and sweet peas stand for delicate bliss.
Below are a few points to consider when choosing flowers for your wedding day.
What do you need to know before you start planning the flowers for a wedding?
The venue and date are obviously important so that your florist has an idea of what will work stylistically and the flowers that will be available. It’s also helpful to know what the dress looks like, but that shouldn’t be rushed
What do you need to bring to your first appointment with your florist?
Before the first meeting, make sure you have images that might inspire the palette and mood. .. One thing that’s extremely helpful is creating an inspirational mood board on Pinterest.
What are your favourite bouquets to pair with different dress silhouettes?
There are no rules, but I personally love the way a cascading bouquet echoes the long lines of a sheath dress. If the gown is really modern and clean, a minimalist, single-flower bouquet, such as tightly clustered mini calla lilies or French ranunculus, can also look stunning. With a ball gown, I prefer a traditional, round bouquet that mimics the shape and proportions of the skirt. A-line and empire silhouettes are simpler and can work with any bouquet. The thing to keep in mind is the level of embellishment. If the dress is ornate, I’d go with fewer varieties of flowers and maybe a matte duchess satin or sheer silk organza wrap. If the gown is on the plain side, you might want more texture in the bouquet and some sort of beaded fabric or embroidered lace trim. Think of the bouquet as an accessory that complements, but doesn’t overshadow, the dress.
Consider your budget
The average reception is up top 4 to 6 hours, so I think centerpieces are key. At the ceremony, I would concentrate on a couple of fabulous arrangements flanking the area where you’ll exchange vows.. Ask your florist to leave some extra vases to pop the bouquets in after the ceremony. I would forgo pew or chair decorations at the ceremony because so many venues are beautiful on their own. In general, you can save about 20 percent per florist is charging you.
Use seasonal blooms?
Seasonal wedding flowers tend to be better value and more available than flowers not in season, your florist should also present you with all the options so you can make informed decisions and get the best value.
I hope this information has been useful in those flower making decisions for your big day.
Join me next month when I discuss the latest wedding dress trends!