Dreaming, planning, and visualizing your wedding day is something that we have all done since we were little girls. It is what makes having a wedding so fun. Now a days we have the internet to help us shift through unlimited images and create story boards to help with that experience. If you are anything like me, then you have probably been thinking a lot about your floral design and wedding flowers, after all they really do set the tone for an event! Before we get too far ahead of ourselves, here's a few tips to think about before we make those important wedding day floral decisions.
Seasons Do Matter
During the decision-making process, make sure that you are looking floral options that fit with your season. Like all things in nature, flowers are grown seasonally and many species are not available year-round. If there is a flower that is out of season, but is available, know that you are going to pay a premium price for those seasonally rare pieces. Look for flowers that are blooming naturally around you wedding date, and make sure that you are willing to be flexible. Many species can be substituted with a similar plant that is in season.
DIY Isn’t as Easy as It Seems
Remember, you get what you pay for, and sometimes saving time is more important than money. There is often the misconception that there is an added fee to flowers simply because it is a wedding. This is not true, and sometimes brides take the DIY route to try mitigate this cost. The reason flowers are so expensive for weddings, is that floral arrangements are one the most intricate and detailed aspects of wedding décor, which require much more labor than anything else. Doing DIY flowers is not as easy as it seems. Removing thorns, pruning, cleaning off pollen, and then arranging the flowers into a beautiful bouquet and center piece is not an easy task. The aforementioned process doesn’t take into account storing and transporting the flowers either. If this is your thing, go for it, but make sure you alot plenty of time in the wedding day time line.
Don’t Use Overly Scented Flower
Flowers smell nice and at this is definitely a part of what makes them so beautiful and attractive. Remember, the food and dining experience is also an important part of the wedding day. Make sure that your floral arrangements in your centerpieces aren’t fragrantly so overwhelming strong that the smell interferes with you guest taste buds. Go for something subtle here and this is a great place to really add a lot of greenery.
Besides center pieces and bouquets, there are endless possibilities in which you can utilize flowers to enhance your event and add some special meaning. Taking a sentimental piece of material like your mom’s wedding sash or veil and incorporating them into your arrangement adds a special touch. Other creative options could be hanging greenery and creeping or crawling floral arrangements over doors and entry ways. Really the options are endless and up to you!
Hire Reputable Vendors and Trust Them
Choose vendors that are reputable and have experience creating the kind of vision that you are wanting for you wedding. The best way to vet vendors, is through word of mouth experience. If you don’t know someone who can give you recommendations, then wedding sites with reviews like New Braunfels Wedding Guide, The Knot and Here Comes the Guide are all great places to start.
Choosing reputable vendors allows you to trust them, and take the pressure off of you. Remember that florists are working with live specimens, and this means that there is going to be some substitutions due to late blooming flowers or certain species that just aren’t available. Your florist will make some recommendations. Listen to them!
Flowers are the details in a wedding that really make an event stand out and pop. Think through you wedding floral goals and make sure that you plan accordingly for you day. Hire the best vendors, be creative, expect to make some last-minute changes, and don’t forget to enjoy the experience!