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Choosing wedding day flowers

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Flowers are an integral part of any wedding day; besides creating a romantic atmosphere, they complement the style of a wedding wardrobe and often convey the wedding’s theme (and they just look so darn good!).

There’s so many colors and combinations to pick from, that most couples may feel that the decision should be better left to a professional florist. But it’s not necessary.

Here’s a few tips to consider, whether choosing a florist or selecting on your own:

According to most experts, a couple should start looking for a florist at least six months before the wedding (particularly of the wedding’s taking place between May through September-a peak season). Check out friends’ recommendations and referrals from wedding planners and banquet/catering hall managers.

Figure out a budget early on, before you meet with the florist (or if you decide to do it yourself). Get an estimate on the floral arrangements and then adjust your needs according to your budget; the florist will be able to modify and work with you to find a “middle ground” that the both of you can be happy with (for example, did you know that in-season flowers have more affordable rates than exotic or out-of-season ones?).

Look through magazines! Not only will you get a good idea or find exactly what you’re seeking regarding flower arrangements, you may also find a florist (if you’re still considering one) through an ad or an article feature. And keep the info near for easy access.

Once a florist has been selected, you can come up with a comprehensive flower worksheet; consider the colors and styles of the wedding party and even the bride’s gown, because the florist may want to incorporate dress textures (like beading) or elements of the groom’s outfit to present an overall cohesive look.

Did you know that wedding reception flower arrangements can be more whimsical and creative than the wedding ceremony ones?

For those of you on a tight budget, fragrance and “filler” can be used to give the impression there’s more flowers that there really are (consider lilies, hyacinths, jasmine, sweet peas and frangipani). Greenery and other types of filler can be used to stretch and add bulk to floral arrangements for a moderate price.

If making your own flower arrangements, keeping it simple is the best option; try grouping together the same or similar types of flowers or those with similar colors (or shades). And white flowers will not only work well with any color scheme, they’re the easiest to mix and match (try gardenia, orchid, rose, camelia, jasmine, lily of the valley or sweet pea, for example).

Source: “Tips for selecting wedding day flowers”-Metro Creative Services-Bridal Planner 2014-The Vindicator

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