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How To Theme Your Wedding Flower Arrangements
So youíre getting married! In the midst of everything, you are faced
with the question: what about the flowers?
Itís easier than you think. Here are seven steps to making it easy for
you to manage this:
First, go back to your motif or wedding theme. If itís a color, you
already have narrowed down the choices. If itís a theme, that would also
have colors in it and a classification, too.
Second, do some research. Ask your friends, especially the married
ones. Look into magazines and books. Go online and see whatís out there.
Find out what flowers are locally grown too.
Third, go to florists. They have catalogues of their best works, not
to mention a deeper knowledge of what is in style and, more importantly,
whatís in season (flowers in season are cost less).
Fourth, check out your venues and see how it can be accented. Bring a
friend or your florist for this, if youíve already chosen one. Make
sure you discuss flowers for the altar or chupah (if itís a religious
ceremony) and the backdrop (if the venue allows this); also talk about the
runners down the aisle, the pew accents, and the entrance arrangements.
For the reception, if itís a separate venue, make sure that your
flowers and arrangements are consistent with the ceremony. Do not forget
that special placement on the bridal table. Miniatures of this can be
placed as centerpieces on the dining tables for the guests. You also have
to make sure that there are flowers and decorations for the cake table,
entrance, walls and backdrop. If youíve chosen a garden reception,
that already takes care of the surroundings so youíll just have to think
of the tables.
Fifth, look at the ladies in your entourage and the gowns. Find what
kind of arrangements fit the cut. The flower girls usually get baskets
of petals and cut flowers. This can be accented with balloons and
confetti. The bridesmaids and junior bridesmaids get smaller bouquets.
Some designs permit single stems with bows for them. Sponsors and
mothers can have a pick of corsages on the bodice or wrist, hip accents or
bag blooms. As for you, dear bride, donít skimp on your bouquet Ė all
attention will be on you and what youíre holding. Just make sure itís
not too heavy and itís comfortable to carry.
And donít forget to consider hair accessories Ė flowers, gems and combs
are the usual pick.
Sixth, turn your attention to the men in your entourage. They get
boutonnieres made of single buds of the same flowers from the bouquets.
Seventh, do not limit yourself to flowers! You can rent plants. You
can also use candles for accents (it also adds to the romantic feeling).
Balloons can also be used for highlights especially for the flower
girls, the place settings and the backdrop Ė especially if you are not
using a religious place. For the flowers for the entourage, you can add
gems and colored beads to add a little sparkle.
Simple? Sounds like it. When you really get into it, youíll
appreciate the help you can get from your friends, your mom and your florist.
In this whole celebration, youíre the manager with the final decision
BUT youíve got friends, family and the internet Ė ready and willing to
help you on little things, likeÖdeciding on the flowers.
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