Wedding flowers are such an important part of a wedding and should be chosen with a lot of careful thought. Visiting a florist (or two or three) is recommended. Florists have put together probably hundreds of weddings and therefore have a lot of advice (and experience) to share with you. They can help you choose your flowers, your color, and the style of your arrangements.
By the time you actually visit the florist, you’ll probably have a pretty good idea of what you would like. Take a long a small piece of fabric to show the florist the color of the dresses. She can then help you decide on what flowers portray your color – that are available at the time of your wedding.
Not only is color important but the durability of the flower is too. Imagine a wilted bouquet or headpiece the morning of your wedding. That would be enough to reduce anyone to tears. The flowers will be close to your body (e.g. headpieces, corsages, boutonnieres, bouquets). You will be excited and stressed and therefore warmer than usual. This will take its toll on your flowers, so they certainly need to be durable, fresh and good quality.
After you have decided which flowers you need for your do it yourself wedding flowers, make an itemized list of exactly how many you will need. Order your flowers and foliage at least 1 week before your wedding and arrange to pick up your flowers 2 days before your wedding. This gives you time to get all your flowers together and pick up more elsewhere if the florist wasn’t able to give you your complete order.
The entire day before your wedding should be set aside. Plan to spend the entire day on creating and designing. Don’t underestimate the time it takes to condition, prepare, wire, tape, etc! Arrange to have at least 2 if not 3 people to help you with your do it yourself wedding flowers.
Your wedding day should be for you. You should not have to worry about flower arranging on your big day. Relax and enjoy the beautiful flowers that you have chosen and arranged ahead of time.
About the Author
Nadine Visscher has arranged flowers for over 15 years and has written The Beginner’s Guide to Wedding Flowers found at www.WeddingFlowerDirections.com