Flowers are used to marking most of the big life events and weddings are no exception. From the bride’s bouquet and the groom’s buttonhole to the floral decorations on the top table, flowers are an integral part of the celebrations.
When it comes to choosing which flowers and what arrangements to have thought of the style of your wedding – the type of venue, style of dress, time of year … and find some that will be complementary. Try to go for flowers that are in season – they will be less costly and will last longer. A good florist will help you to decide. They will know what flowers are available and how to keep them in tip-top condition throughout the day. They will also help you choose a style to fit the occasion.
The bridal bouquet is one of those key wedding ingredients and a good florist will take you through the different styles available. They may well have some samples already made up (probably in silk) for you to try out. You will be holding your bouquet for some time during the ceremony and photographs so it is important that you feel relaxed and comfortable with it.
If the ceremony is in a different venue from the reception, it may be possible for the floral decorations to be moved from one place to the other which will help to stretch your budget a bit further. Your florist should be able to help with this.
If you want to have your bouquet preserved after the wedding then get advice well in advance. The preserving process will need to begin as soon as possible after the event and you may need to give your bouquet special treatment before it gets to the preserver.