Bridal Club Magazine
Dos and don’ts for wedding flowers
Give your florist a colour palette to work with, rather than
insisting on specific flowers. This will allow them to create a
stunning design that falls within your budget, since they know how
to work around factors such as the time of year and the season,
both of which play a key role in the availability, and thus price,
of certain blooms.
Use floral displays to cover up less polished-looking parts of
the venue, such as the fire exit. All you'll really do is make sure
they draw the eye of your guests. Instead, use your flowers to draw
attention to the breathtaking parts of the room, such as the
tables, the cake or even the dance floor.
Make sure your bouquet is manageable. Larger bouquets look
absolutely stunning in photos, but so do smaller ones. So be
realistic about your capabilities. If you don't have the upper arm
strength to go heavy, go petite, and remember - all eyes will be on
DIY your flowers if you can help it. Thinking practically, your
blooms will need to be purchased and arranged the morning of the
big day, which is a big job all on its own. And honestly, it's the
last thing you need to be worried about when there's thing like
hair and make-up going on. So leave it to a pro and focus on
getting ready yourself.
Incorporate non-floral elements in your ceremony and reception
displays. Everything from your bouquets to your reception table
centrepieces can be jazzed up with non-floral elements such
as lights, candles, jewellery, candy and even grasses.
Alternatively, use your flowers in unexpected ways, such as to
decorate a gorgeous getaway car.
Choose flowers that are sensitive to heat if you are having a
summer wedding. We all know how warm Aussie days can get, and
there's a chance they will start to wilt and lose appeal before
your ceremony is even over.
Invite your florist - if they're not already familiar with them
- to make a personal inspection of your wedding venues. This will
give them a better idea of what you need to bring your vision to
life and will greatly aid their creative process by giving a sense
of scope, dimension, ceiling heights and more.
Choose flowers with a strong perfume for your table centrepieces
as the scent will overpower your food. And with the care - and
dollars! - that went into picking your menu, you don't want
attention turning anywhere else.
Tell your florist if there are any particular flowers
that mean something to you. For example, if your dad grew roses or
your grandmother wore gardenia scent, they may be able to
incorporate them in your blooms for a lovely sentimental
Be obvious. Brides can sometimes feel hemmed in by tradition and
the need to go with what's in fashion or on trend. But it's better
to think outside the box and ask for what you really want, rather
than what you think you should want. Remember the golden rule of
wedding planning - it's your day so plan it your way.