You’ve found the perfect wedding dress, now it’s time to think flowers.
According to most wedding planning guides, flowers should be on your ‘to do’ list at least six months before the big day. Local wedding specialists say that planning a wedding during the peak months of May, June and October calls for a year’s notice for the florist.
Before contacting a florist to discuss your wedding needs, some important things should be decided upon first. Factors to consider are the size of the wedding, the number of attendants, the location of the ceremony and the reception, color schemes or the wedding theme and budget limitations.
A large part of the wedding experience are the flowers, the bride’s bouquet, bride’s maids’ bouquets, boutonniere, corsages for mothers, grandmothers and special friends, church decorations, reception decorations and even flowers for the rehearsal dinner. With so many different opportunities for flower arrangements to play a part in the festivities, a bride will depend on her florist.
“We like to get to know the brides by the theme they are using for their wedding. Their personality comes out, and we definitely want to try to personalize every wedding we do,” said Martha Gorley, assistant manager, wedding coordinator and a wedding designer at The Flower Shop. “I have 25 years of experience in the floral and wedding field, and I have a team of five other designers I work with,” she said.
There are several shapes and styles of bridal bouquets to choose from. A cascade bouquet is also known as a shower bouquet and is one of the most traditional styles available. The floral designer uses larger blooms at the top of the bouquet and smaller ones that taper toward the bottom creating a cascading or waterfall effect. Lilies, orchids, stephanotis along with accents of trailing ivy, vinca or other delicate greenery help create the shape of this bouquet. This style is usually suggested if the bride is wearing a ball gown dress but is not necessarily the best selection if the bride is petite.
For a classic, formal look, brides can carry a round bouquet which is similar to a cascade bouquet, but slightly less conspicuous. Several varieties of blooms work for this for shape and style of bouquet like roses, tulips, lilacs, peonies or hydrangea.
A hand-tied bouquet is a relaxed bouquet that consists of a variety of blooms that are loosely gathered together and tied with a stain ribbon or lace. Using French tulips, day lilies, stem roses or other hardy flowers create a natural, just picked from the garden look. This bouquet style is perfect for an informal wedding.
A nosegay bouquet is perfect for any type of wedding. It is a simple style that is elegant and can be created by densely packing a mound of flowers and greenery. Compact blooms such as hydrangeas, roses, tulips, peonies and calla lillies can be mixed or sticking with one flower variety is also a viable option.
A posy bouquet is similar to a nosegay, but smaller in size. This style works well for petit brides. To make an impact, larger blooms like gardenias or peonies work well. Smaller blooms such spray roses, grape hyacinths or pansies can be used to create a compact look.
A pageant bouquet is also known as a “presentation bouquet” and resembles the type of bouquet presented to Miss America when she is crowned. Long-stemmed roses, tulips, calla lilies or delphinium are excellent choices for this bouquet that is secured together with fabric ribbon or satin. One factor to consider when selecting this bouquet style is the flower stem length. They should fit comfortably along the length of the bride’s lower arm.
When selecting the bridal bouquet, the bride should factor in the wedding dress. A general guideline is the bigger the gown, the bigger the bouquet. For instance, a ball gown would look lovely with a cascading bouquet but a simple sheath dress might not. Also, it is a good idea to consider the amount of embellishment or decoration on the dress. For example, a cascade bouquet might obscure the beautiful beading or lace design and the bride might want to select a nosegay bouquet to carry to ensure the detail on the gown won’t be covered.
When selecting the color of blooms for the bridal bouquet, several factors should be considered. The season should be considered along with the time of day. Certain flowers might not be available at all times of the year. Make sure to discuss what flowers are available at the time of year of the wedding date. The traditional all-white bouquet is popular choice of brides, while choosing a few select blooms the color of the bridesmaids’ dresses is also a beautiful option.
Since, wedding flowers not only set the tone for the color scheme or theme of the event, but also are usually one of the aspects of the event that wedding guests notice and comment on, it’s best to be thorough with the floral designer. Communication is the key to contracting with the florist that will provide seamless service that is expected for the big day. Bring magazine pictures of bouquets or floral arrangements that you like. Also, show the floral designer swatches of the bridesmaids’ dresses along with any pictures of the wedding gown. Information about the wedding venue and the reception hall should be provided to the florist so the arrangements won’t clash with the decor. Make sure to ask questions about delivery, set-up and transport fees. Also, find out how many weddings or events the florist is handling on the same day.
“We like to work with brides by appointment, and we book consultation times when we meet with the brides to go over every aspect of their floral needs,” said Gorley.
For more information about The Flower Shop visit their Web site at www.maryvilleflowershop.com or call 865-981-4222 to schedule a consultation.
And don’t forget to stop and smell the roses as you plan for your special day.