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» ProfileChoosing the flowers is one of the most creative elements of planning your wedding. Our must-read tips will ensure wow-factor displays, whatever your theme! For such a special occasion well make sure your flowers surpass your wildest dreams.
As a general rule of thumb, you should aim to allocate around 10% of your total wedding budget to your flowers, but decide where they rank on your list of priorities. If a designer dress or quality Champagne and fancy canapes are more important to you, adjust your flower budget accordingly.
Many flowers are seasonal and, at certain times of the year, can be difficult to get hold of. For example, if you have your heart set on peonies, you'll need to get married in May or June, while lily of the valley has a shorter season still, and is only available in May. Flowers may be imported from overseas at other times of the year, but expect to pay inflated prices.
Flowers are vital to a wedding celebration - everyone can appreciate their delicate beauty, colour and fragrance. Flowers will transform a venue and bring ambiance to the event creating an atmosphere that is a reflection of the couple getting married.
» Top Ten Q's
- Do you dither when choosing a bunch of flowers, let alone ordering your wedding bouquet? Just make sure you ask these key questions...
- 1. Which flower will suit the style of my day? Whether you're going for a modern or a traditional look, your choice of flowers should suit the style of your wedding. The expertise of your florist is vital here. Make sure he or she understands the atmosphere you want to create, so they can suggest flowers to match. At your first consultation with your florist, take along any ideas you have and pictures of your dress and the bridesmaid dresses, to help them build up a detailed picture of your day.
- 2. Can I see examples of your work?Looking through a florist's portfolio is a good way to get an idea of their style. However, it's even better to see real samples of their work. Watch out for attention to detail - are the flowers fresh and is the ribbon binding the bouquet stems tight? This level of care is vital and will make all the difference to your wedding flowers.
- 3. Can you advise me about which colour scheme to choose? This largely comes down to personal preference, but your flowers should also co-ordinate with your venue. For example, if your venue has a distinctive red carpet you'll probably want to avoid bright pink flowers. If you're undecided, white is a safe bet as you'll have a huge range of flowers to choose from, and it's a classic choice.
- 4. Which flowers will be in season on my wedding date? Locally grown, seasonal flowers are better value and quality than those flown in from abroad. So, the time of year you're getting married will determine the flowers that will be available. If the blooms you want aren't in season, your florist should suggest alternatives.
- 5. What bouquet shape will suit my dress? The style you choose should complement your figure and the shape of your dress. A good florist will have images of the most popular bouquets, from trailing shapes to neat hand-tied posies. If you're unsure of the best shape for you, ask your florist's advice and try holding a few samples to see which feels the most comfortable.
- 6. How can I stick to my budget? A good florist will know how to produce designs you can afford, rather than insisting you spend more. Ask them to give you a detailed quote at an early stage so you can negotiate if necessary.
- 7. How much time do you need to decorate the wedding venue? Your florist may need access to your ceremony and reception venues much earlier than anyone else. If they plan to assemble large arrangements at the venue, it's also a good idea to ask if they'd like a room or space of their own, well away from where your other suppliers might be setting up.
- 8. Can you transport my ceremony flowers to the reception? Altar displays, pew-ends and other ceremony displays can often be re-used very effectively at the reception, and doubling up like this is a great way to save money. Ask if this will work with your wedding flowers and, if so, make sure there's a firm plan in place for transporting them.
- 9. When will the flowers be delivered?It's important to talk about timings and addresses of where you want your flowers delivered. Is there a maximum distance they will travel? If you want your bouquet and buttonholes delivered to different locations, make it clear.
- 10. When and how do I pay? Payment methods vary, however we can discuss the details with your florist. Most companies require you to leave a deposit, with the remainder of the payment due 14 days before the big day.
» Top TipsGetting married this year and still not picked your flowers?
Think colourful Rainbow colours, bold brights, grand styling touches and contemporary containers are going to be huge for 2013. Big blooms will be used to create a theatrical feel: think supersized dahlias, hydrangeas, eanunculus, tulips and anemones.
The use of one main flower colour teamed with a strong accent colour (such as lemon and grey, peach and emerald or coral and turquoise) will be a popular look. Prints and graphics such as stripes and spots, stylised fonts, and accessories such as pinwheels will be used to inject a fun, retro feel with a modern twist.
2013 will see a return to elegance with hints of 1920s styling and nods towards The Great Gatsby, Downton Abbey and all things period drama. Expect rich colours teamed with old gold, pearls, antique mirrors, velvet, brocade, beading and lots of texture.
Fresh clean lines will be used to style contemporary celebrations. Team dark vases with pure white blooms; anemones, hydrangeas and ranunculus are all perfect for this.
Vintage will continue to be popular. A beautiful pastel pallete of blush pinks, pale peaches and washed-out foliage, combined with blowsy roses, papery blooms and unusual foliage, will give your day a real bohemian feel.
The DIY trend will remain strong in 2013 incorporate containers filled with loosely-styled blooms, paper decorations and homegrown herbs. They also make great gifts to present to guests at the end of the evening.
» Step By StepFollow Our Definitive Wedding Flowers Countdown To Ensure Nothing Is Overlooked!
One Year To Go
Compile A Scrapbook Of Flower Varieties And Colour Schemes You Like By Tearing Pages From Wedding Flowers And Wedding. - Find Out If Your Venue Has Its Own In-house Florist You Can Use.
Nine Months To Go
Once You've Picked Your Dress And The Attendants Outfits, Add A Swatch Of Both Fabrics To Your Scrapbook To Refer To When Youre Looking At Colours For Your Flowers.
We Can Start Looking For Potential Florists Close To Where You're Getting Married, From Our Supplier Directory
We Can Compile A Florist Shortlist. Make Appointments To See Each One And We Suggest You Take Your Scrapbook With You To Each Meeting. Book Your Favourite, The Earlier The Better.
We Will Make Sure You Get The Booking Confirmed In Writing, Together With An Estimated Breakdown Of Costs. You May Also Be Expected To Pay Your Florist A Deposit.
Six Months To Go
If the Florist isn't familiar with your venue, it's a good idea to ask them to join you on a visit so they can advise on the best way to decorate each room. - now is the time to finalise your flower order, together with the number of arrangements needed.
Three Months To Go
- If You're Wearing Flowers In Your Hair, Order A Trial Set And Have A Run-through With Your Hairdresser.
One Month To Go
Hold A Final Meeting With Your Florist To Reconfirm The Number Of Arrangements.
Provide Details Of All Delivery Addresses. Most Florists Will Set Up Three Hours Before The Ceremony, So Plan A Suitable Schedule.
Double Check With Your Venue That The Florist Will Be Able To Set Up At Your Pre-arranged Time.
The Florist will expect the balance to be settled 14 days In advance then arrange receipt of payment.
Three Days To Go
We Will Check With Your Florist That All The Flowers You've Ordered Are Available. If Your Florist Has To Order Any Alternatives, We Will Arrange For You To View Them If Necessary.
Discuss Any Last-minute Arrangements.
We Will Make Sure Your Florist Has A List Of Emergency Contact Numbers In Case Of Any Unforeseen Problems.
The Big Day!
Your Florist Will Check For Blooms That May Have Been Damaged In Transit.
Hand Over Buttonholes For The Grooms Side Of The Wedding Party To The Best Man.
Store Any Other Buttonholes And Corsages Somewhere Cool And Dry.
Place Hand-tied Bouquets In The Water.
Wired Arrangements Should Be Spritzed Regularly With Water.
Dry Off The Stems Of Your Bouquet At Least Half An Hour Before You Leave For The Ceremony, So There Is No Danger Of Them Staining Your Outfits.