The most visible and prominent element of your wedding is arguably the flowers, not to mention a sizeable chunk of the budget. There are some things to think about before heading off to your floral consultation that will help you get the most out of your wedding flowers.
UP HIGH OR DOWN LOW
High centerpieces are great for adding drama to a table. But because of a pesky thing called gravity, flowers can’t magically suspend overhead. Going high requires some sort of obstruction in the middle of the table to support the centerpiece. If this is a concern, a low centerpiece can be equally as beautiful, creative and luxurious while leaving the middle of the table only for conversation.
CHARLOTTE OR CARRIE
The style of floral design at your wedding is a huge factor in determining the personality of the wedding, and that personality is all you. The first step of several in finding that personality is deciding between traditional vs. modern design or something in between. Whether a lush traditional mixture of roses and peonies right off the table of Marie Antoinette or some clean bunches of boudleia in glass trays filled with crushed glass, it should reflect who you are. Your floral designer should have a clear idea of who that is by the end of the consultation. Are you a Charlotte or a Carrie?
It sounds like a contradiction in terms. But in fact, tulips are readily available year round these days. Unlike as recently as 10 years ago, the way flowers are grown around the world has advanced to the point that many “seasonal” flowers are available throughout the year. Before you write off a certain flower that you love because you think it might not be in season, ask your floral designer first. You just may be surprised with a fabulous carpet of tulips at your August wedding.
A HEAD FOR KNOWIN’
If there were one piece of advice I would give brides meeting a floral designer, or any vendor for that matter, it would be to be open to their expertise and experience. That is, after all, what you are hiring them for. Definitely share that white binder Bridal Book filled with photos and clippings that has not left your side in months (and remember, your designer needs to know not only what you like but also what you don’t!). It is a good idea to rely as much as you can on us wedding geeks that eat, breath and dream weddings, weddings, weddings… We like to be challenged to come up with new and innovative ideas. If you tell your designer exactly what to do, there might be an unrealized idea in your designer’s imagination that might never see the light of day. It could be that one ingredient that gives what every bride wants…a wedding that everybody talks about the next day.