Imagine your wedding day and the aesthetic you want to create. Whether you envision a lei of orchids in a lampshade-style arrangement or rustic twigs and wildflowers, your wedding flowers will create the look. Let’s explore some tips for creating your vision with wedding flowers.
Never Let the Budget Win
Wedding planning requires a realistic budget. Live wedding flowers can eat somewhere between 8% and 10% of your total budget. For reference, couples spend between $2,000 and $5,000 on fresh flowers. How much you spend will depend on the types of blooms you choose and the amount of wedding flowers required to fill your space. Planners will never tell you to sacrifice, but there are always money saving tips to follow. Find the compromise between the budget and the imagination. Artificial flowers can be combined with fresh flowers to stretch the budget. Premium silk flowers are a creative way to save. They can be used to design bouquets and boutonnieres, and in the ceremony and reception space. Silk flowers provide all the awe and ambiance at a fraction of the cost. If you are not willing to sacrifice the real thing, get creative with your choice of blooms. Daisies and dahlias are usually less expensive choices, while peonies and orchids cost much more.
Ducking Below the Wedding Flowers
Size and placement of your wedding flowers can create the wow factor or an obstacle. Consider the size of the tables and the other arrangements to create the look without awkwardness. You should not have an overwhelmed table or an empty one. Placement of your wedding flowers is important to avoid having to duck below the arrangements to view a guest on the other side of the table. Always avoid blocking faces, especially at the sweetheart table. Place the widest part of your arrangements over the tallest person’s head and below the shortest.
Ordering Wedding Flowers
If you are using artificial wedding flowers at your venue, you will not have to worry about ordering the right number of roses. If you are working with an outside florist to bring in fresh flowers, you will need to know the size of the venue, height of the ceiling, number of tables and how you want to use your flowers. You will probably want wedding flowers in the ceremony space and the reception ballroom. You could always reuse flowers from the ceremony space in the reception area, but be realistic about the amount of time available to stage another space. Whether you are creating the garden ceremony indoors or only wanting a few accents, there are other flowers to consider. You will probably want a bridal bouquet and bridesmaids’ bouquets. The groom and groomsmen will probably have boutonnieres. The parents of the bride and groom usually have corsages and boutonnieres. Once you decide how many arrangements you will need, choose the blooms to fill the space.
Choosing Your Blooms
Once you have an idea about quantity, you will need to think about the type of blooms you want to use within your space. Garden roses, orchids, champagne roses, magenta tulips, peonies and anemones are romantic blooms for winter weddings. Hydrangeas, freesia, peonies, dahlias, daisies, carnations and roses are dramatic summer blooms. Deep burgundy dahlias and sophisticated anemones create beautiful fall weddings. Bring in your colors with your favorite wedding flowers, floral runners and vines.
Crystal Ballroom at Veranda
Crystal Ballroom at Veranda is a luxurious wedding venue with the finest designers and planners that are dedicated to bringing your vision to life. Meet with in-house designers and choose your wedding flowers, develop your theme and coordinate your wedding décor. This all-inclusive wedding venue includes all of the furnishings, designs and banquet staff services to create your fairy tale. Build your entire wedding team with Crystal Ballroom vendors and the help of the free concierge service. Bring imagination and begin planning.