How much should I budget for flowers?
Your florist bill could range from $1000 – $15000 for your wedding; the price of a decent vacation. It is amazing the difference in price you will find out there. You should try to select a florist who actually does weddings for a living, not just run a flower shop. As one florist put it, “This is your special day, so find a florist who has passion and love for what they do, this way, you know you’re getting the best”.
When is a florist not a florist?
Some wedding florist and decorators don’t have a shop. But it doesn’t necessarily mean that they don’t produce quality products for you. They can stay up all night decorating for weddings, and can wake up in the middle of the night and do bouquets. They also have the ability to be creative and provide beautiful cost effective decorations for you that rival the cookie cutter florists so there are arguments for both sides.
What are the different types of bouquet?
A bouquet which is designed to be held in the crook of the arm. Consists of long-stemmed flowers, with long stemmed roses and calla lilies being the most popular. A loosely tied ribbon or bow is sometimes used to keep the bouquet together.
Also called a waterfall bouquet. This bouquet style is in the shape of a teardrop or a loose triangle. In general, it is slightly rounded at the top and falls to a point. This bouquet has become quite popular in recent years.
This bouquet often has no discernible shape. As the name implies, this style covers a looser bouquet that often has flowers or greenery coming out at various angles. Spray bouquets are an example of this style, as they generally “spray” in different directions.
Similar to an arm bouquet, with the main difference being the flowers and presentation. Sometimes, you will find roses, but you are just as likely to find other flowers. This bouquet is tied with a ribbon. The ribbon is occasionally decorated with notions such as pearl accents. It can be loosely tied or tightly tied, depending on the look you prefer.
I rarely see these, but they consist of flowers making up two rounded tops and coming down to a point. They are housed in a round bouquet holder. The extra space is generally filled in with gypsum or baby’s breath. The effect is that of a heart shape. This type of bouquet gained a slight following in the eighties.
In general, nosegays follow the same shape as a round bouquet. They are usually smaller, and sometimes include the addition of ribbon streamers. They are not as dense as a round bouquet, and may include more greenery. As a result of their smaller size, nosegay bouquets tend to show more trim from the bouquet holder as well. These bouquets are a popular choice for the smaller bridesmaid bouquets or for flower girl bouquets.
This bouquet style is a bit of a hybrid. It mixes a cascade style bouquet with that of a round bouquet. The shape has a less strict form than a cascade bouquet, and is also more rounded. The rounded top comes down in size to a more rounded bottom than that of a cascade bouquet.
As the name suggests, this bouquet is circular in shape. It is filled with mostly florals, but can also contain greenery. This condensed bouquet holds a large number of flowers in a compact space. In general, the bouquet is held together in a round bouquet holder. The bouquet holder may or may not have a lace or netting trim surrounding it.
While this is a very simple and elegant look, it is not technically a bouquet as it consists of only one flower. It is only in the past few years that I have noticed a trend towards using only a single flower in place of a bouquet. By far, the calla lily seems the most popular. A long stemmed rose is occasionally used instead. This stem is used in the same manner as the arm bouquet, and is generally placed in the crook of one’s arm.
What should I know about corsages?
Tiny, wearable flower arrangements known as corsages have traditionally been bestowed on the mothers and grandmothers of the bride and groom, but they can also be given to anyone else the couple wants to acknowledge-a soloist or reader, a godmother, or an aunt.
Type of Flower
A corsage should complement the wearer yet blend in with the rest of the wedding flowers. You might plan each corsage around its wearer’s favorite flower. A diverse group of corsages will look harmonious when each is framed identically-with a spray of tiny buds or a single impressive leaf. For a more uniform look, consider matching the blooms in the bridal bouquet or the groomsmen’s boutonnieres. If the bouquet is made from roses and ribbon streamers, for example, a simple corsage of ribbon-wrapped rosebuds is a sweet choice. An important note: Ask your florist about the stamina of the flowers you have chosen. On an extremely hot or cold day, blooms that arrived looking luscious may wither long before the reception-or even the ceremony-has ended.
To be certain the arrangement will not clash with the recipient’s ensemble, ask what she will be wearing. For mothers and bridesmaids, you will most likely be able to offer fabric swatches to help the florist match flowers to dresses. Or again, let the wedding party’s flowers guide you. Even if all the corsages are made from the same flowers, the stems of each arrangement can be wrapped in a shade of ribbon to match each individual outfit.
Shape and Placement
For taller guests, a cascade of blooms or larger flowers may be flattering. For petite guests, a bud or single bloom simply wrapped in ribbon will be more to scale. Most corsages are pinned onto an ensemble-at a lapel, or the chest or waist-with a long decorative pearl- or jewel-topped pin. Pretty as these pins are, though, they can damage some delicate fabrics. So if you know that someone will be wearing a lightweight silk dress, for example, consider making hers a wrist corsage or another alternative.
Are any flowers dangerous?
The flowers can be in and of themselves poisonous (for example fox glove, delphiniums) and they can also transfer color or off taste. Flowers known to be poisonous to one degree or another are, foxglove, delphinium, queen Anne’s lace, lily of the valley and lupine. This is not an exclusive list so I once again stress that a barrier should always be placed between florist flowers and food.