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There is no right or wrong way to plan a wedding: you just have to enjoy the experience.

  Start by choosing a theme and the colour scheme for your wedding and use these elements throughout, from the invitations to the flowers and décor.  Then choose a professional florist and give him/her a good idea of what you would like, showing the person pictures of bouquets and samples of the colour(s) you have chosen.  If possible, rent as much of the décor from the florist – in addition to flowers and vases, most florists can supply linen, candles and fairy lights.   It is convenient to use a florist, because he/she will do all the hard work, and you do not have to worry about taking all the rented items back to the rental company after the wedding.   Be honest about your budget for the flowers from the start.  The florist can then make suitable suggestions about flowers that will not break the bank.  Avoid getting married on special days such as Mother’s Day, Valentine’s Day and Christmas, because then flowers are much more expensive than usual.   A good florist can give you all the information you need about the various kinds of flowers that are available in the various seasons.  Flowers are most affordable in season, but most kinds of flowers are available throughout the year. Flowers that is available all year round:  roses, gerberas, orchids, gladioli, antirrhinums, etc. Winter/Spring flowers:  lilies, daffodils, arums, tulips. Middle Spring to early Summer:  Peonies

Do not limit your creativity – give your imagination free rein.

 

The main table and guest tables

  Whether you want an informal bunch of fresh summer flowers, a wealth of delicate spring blossoms or an elegant formal table arrangement – flowers are essential for the wedding and every bride deserves to have her heart’s desire on her special day.   Make sure that the arrangements are the right height.  Tall arrangements on stands work well of the venue has a high ceiling.  Add something small on the table so that it does not look too bare, e.g. a silver candelabra with posies, fresh rose petals around the foot of the stand, or tea lights to create a romantic atmosphere.  Do not use an overpowering flat container so that there is no room for the cutlery and plates and the guests have to burrow for the salt cellars among the foliage.   Flowers communicate in ways in which words cannot – they create atmosphere and express emotions.  Your choice of flowers says something about you.  Flowers do not last forever, but the memory of you bouquets will always be with you.  It is worth the effort and the time to consider all the options.   Just as other fashions come and go, styles in the world of floristry also change all the time.  These days, anything goes.  With the variety of flowers and décor available these days, there are no fixed rules.  For a natural feel use light, loose arrangements that do not necessarily contain a lot of flowers and foliage, but may contain dry decorations – beads and curls are very popular. You can use interesting foliage to make arrangements less expensive but still stylish.  This creates a loose, natural effect.  In more formal bouquets, you do not need any foliage.

Chapel or Church

  Most wedding venues have a lovely chapel and you may not need many flowers.  One large arrangement in the front of the church, near the pulpit, is usually enough.  Use candles to create atmosphere.  A wedding candle on the table where you will sign the register is striking and you can lights it again on every anniversary.  Make sure that the florist will move the flowers and candles from the church to the reception venue after the service, so that they can be used again.   Everybody loves confetti – it is festive and looks pretty, but not all venues allow it.  Fortunately, there are a number of lovely alternatives: Butterflies, bubbles, fresh or dried rose petals or streamers.

The bride’s bouquet

  Your bouquet should match your dress and your theme, but it is more important that it reflects who you are and what you like.  A colourful bouquet always looks lovely and stands out against a white dress, and a bouquet with white flower looks clean and is timeless.   Posy (round bouquet):  classical and elegant Waterfall:  romantic and traditional Sheaf:  earthy and natural

The flowers for the retinue

  The bridesmaids can carry a smaller bouquet than the bride’s, but using the same flowers and basic look.  Make every bridesmaid’s bouquet unique by tying the ribbon around the stems of each in a different way.  A wrist posy (which is tied to the arm) is even more suitable for a bridesmaid, so that her hands are free when she needs to assist the bride with her dress and bouquet.   A basket of flowers or a pretty wreath for her head is ideal for a flower girl.  A small flower ball that can hang form her arm can also work well.   The groom’s buttonhole should not be too large – usually it is a single flower with some greens, perhaps jazzed up with some ribbon or berries.  Choose the main colour in the bride’s bouquet.   Traditionally, the bridal couple’s parents also wear corsages and buttonholes, as do the best men, the master of ceremonies, and the person who drives the bridal car.  If there are any stepparents, they should also get corsages/buttonholes.