By Lindsey Madsen
Roses, peonies, hydrangea oh my! Taking on the task of choosing the flowers that will set the stage for your big day can be a daunting task. Take heart in the fact that even though the options are endless, a patient and talented floral designer can help you identify your wedding style. With that in-mind remember that like the petals with which they play, not all Floral Designers are created equal. Take the opportunity to meet face to face when interviewing a floral designer. When examining the designer’s portfolio, observe their use of color, texture, and overall design aesthetics. Share your ideas and your vision, and be open to their suggestions. Once you feel comfortable in moving forward let the creative processes begin!
First and foremost….. BE PREPARED Supply your floral designer with as many details as possible.
Let them know the particulars: wedding date, time of day, style of wedding (formal or informal), ceremony and reception locations, linens, and a general idea of your budget. How do you express exactly what you want when you don’t know the specific names of flowers? Pictures pictures, pictures! Before your first initial consultation, gather as much visual detail as possible. The more pictures and magazine clippings you provide, the easier it is for the designer to create your special look. Snapshots of your venue, swatches from table linens and the wedding party wardrobe are always a big help. Don’t be afraid to bring pictures of completely different arrangements and bouquets that grab your attention. A good designer will help you identify, focus and incorporate elements.
THE BOUQUET Your bouquet is the star of the floral line up and will help set the look and the tone for all of the floral arrangements you will choose throughout the planning process. Bouquets come in all shapes and sizes. From petite nosegays to showering cascades, realizing the size and style you select will affect your overall look. Be sure to pick a bouquet style that suits your height, frame, and gown.
CEREMONY LOCATION Before making decisions regarding the ceremony floral, check with your venue or with your Event Planner for possible restrictions. A cost saving tip: determine if your ceremony flowers can be repurposed for your reception. Ceremony arrangements are ideal for buffet tables, and aisle flowers can be used to decorate powder rooms, staircases and small hallway tables. Using these items twice helps maximize your budget. RECEPTION LOCATION Your reception location is a big influence in determining your floral needs. High ceiling venues call for bolder, more dramatic arrangements, while an outdoor venue can be accented with rustic, potted and flowering blooms. Let your floral designer know as many details of your reception location during your initial consultation so the scale of your arrangements will be perfectly balanced. CENTERPIECES The options are many: elegant vases filled with cut flowers, towering candelabras, and fresh potted orchids are magnificent design statements. Clusters of smaller arrangements mixed with densely packed votives can double as both romantic décor and end of the evening parting gifts. When selecting your centerpieces, keep in mind the seating arrangements throughout the event. If guests will be seated for the bulk of the event keep the centerpieces low so that they won’t obscure guests’ vision across the table. There are no hard and fast rules, be creative, mix and match, think “outside the box” and give the professionals an opportunity to show off what they can do when given a bit of creative license. PERSONAL FLOWERS In addition to bouquets and arrangements you’ll need to select personal flowers. The Man of the hour will need a boutonnière that compliments both his attire and your bouquet as they will be side by side for much of the event. It is also tradition that the bridal party, groomsmen, parents and grandparents are given flowers as a token of recognition.
FINISHING TOUCHES What better way to tie-in your cake with the rest of your wedding, than with a floral cake topper? Echoing your floral choices of bouquet and centerpiece, the cake topper is the perfect statement on your delectable dessert. If the budget allows, consider adding a few more finishing touches. Think quality not quantity. A large statement piece is bold and memorable, where as a handful of smaller arrangements may get lost once your guests begin to fill your reception location.
With details in hand and a professional floral designer by your side the process of deciding on your wedding flowers can be an exciting and positive experience. Always be open with your design team, trust in their expertise and your wedding flowers will be a memorable part of your big day!