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Tips for choosing wedding flowers

Choosing your flowers is one of the most exciting parts of wedding planning. But before you make any decisions, there are a few points you’ll want to consider. Use this step-by-step wedding flower guide to get started.Tips for choosing your wedding flowers…..

1. Find the Right Wedding Florist
Before you venture out and start the meet-and-greets with selected florists, think about the type of person you work well with. The most important aspect is that you feel comfortable with the designer and you feel you are being listened to. If you have that connection with the floral designer, they will be able to bring to life floral designs that execute your vision, even if you can’t articulate it or know nothing about flowers.

2. Consider Your Wedding Flower Budget
This one is a no-brainer. All weddings can get blown out by a hefty price tag on everything. So set a budget and try to stick to it. Speak with your florist and make sure you both know your limits. A good florist will direct you to flowers within your budget and come up with ideas to suit.
But try to remember that flowers play an important role in your big day. They can link a colour theme together with all the wedding party. They can bring your reception and ceremony to life. So dont skimp on flowers, just make sure you and your florist are on the same page.
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3. Establish a Vision
Have a general idea about your taste. Are you looking for a vintage theme? A simple , minamalistic style or a true romantic styled wedding.
Pick a colour and style for your wedding and then pick the flowers to suit. Don’t even think about visiting a florist without knowing what your bridesmaids, groomsmen, and mothers are wearing. There’s literally no point — you can’t pick any flowers if you don’t know what colours will work. On the flip side, you won’t know what colours your flowers come in without knowing which flowers you want. First tackle the attire, then choose your ideal colour palette and make a list of your favourite flowers, and then see if your florist can accomplish both. Any good florist can come up with great ideas to accomodate budget along with your style and colour theme. Collect pictures,colour samples and ideas to take along to your florist. Together you can then create a vision and incorporate flowers to suit. Look through our gallery to get inspired.
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4. Consider Your Wedding Dress
At this point, you should have already picked out your gown, seeing as that will dictate what kind of bouquet you should carry. While you might not think so, florists base many decisions on the bride’s gown — how ornate it is, whether it’s white or cream, if it’s classic or contemporary, and so on. Most florists think of the wedding dress as the centrepiece of the day, so this will give them a good idea of where you’re going with the wedding style.

5. Map Out Your Wedding Style
Your style is different than your vision. Are you looking to carry a very dramatic, long bunch of flowers or a tight posy of blooms instead? Do the same thinking about the other people in the wedding party: Should Mum wear a corsage or have a wrist corsage? Should the bridesmaids carry a single stem or a tussy mussy? Style will also affect price accordingly, as well as the choice of flowers that will or won’t work in the type of bouquet you’re eyeing.

6. Size Up Your Crowd
Don’t listen to your groom — size does matter! How many people are you planning on having to the wedding celebration? That number will determine how many tables and, consequently, how many centrepieces you’ll require. How many attendants will you have to outfit with flowers: groomsmen, bridesmaids, flower girls? This will dramatically impact the price. On the other hand, if you are requiring fewer than average centrepieces, you may be able to get those orchids flown in from China that you swore you couldn’t live without.

7. Get Everything in Writing
All the work you will do to get this far will mean nothing if you don’t have it all in writing. So make certain that your florist drafts a contract, specifically stating the flowers you’re going to have, how many bouquets you’ll need, price, and what time you can expect them to arrive on the day of the wedding. Don’t hesitate to include the things you absolutely don’t want, as well. That way, you’ll have recourse if your florist doesn’t come through for you.

Flower choice by seasons ,colour and theme

The Popular Wedding Flowers – Flower Choice by Season, Colour & Theme
Here is a general guide of the most trendy wedding flowers, to help you decide your wedding flower choice by season, colour and theme, please note that the flower availability is highly weather and climate dependant, so can not be guaranteed:

By Season
– Spring (September-November)
Anemones, Arum lilies, Azalea, Baby’s breath, Blackberries, Daisies, David Austin roses, Delphiniums, Dodda Vines, Freesias (till mid Oct), Gardenias, Hyacinths (till mid Oct), Jasmines, Jonquils, LA lilies, Lavender, Lilac, Lily of the valley (mid spring), Lisianthuses (late spring), Narcissus, November lilies, Pansy, Peonies (mid to late spring), Poppies, Ranunculus, Snap dragons, Sweet peas (late winter to spring), Tulips (till mid Oct), Waratah
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Peonies
– Summer (December-February)
Agapanthus, Berzillia, Bird of Paradise, Bouvardia, Cattleya orchids, Calla lilies, Cornflowers, Dahlias, David Austin roses, Flowering Gingers, Frangipanis, Garden roses, Gardenias, Hydrangeas, Jasmines, Lavender, Lisianthuses, Peonies (Nov/ Dec), Spider orchids, Stephanotis
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– Autumn (March-May)
Amaranthus, Arum lilies, Baby’s breath, Banksias, Berries, Bouvardia, Calla lilies, Cyclamen, Dahlias, David Austin roses, Delphiniums, Freesias, Gardenias, Gloriosa lilies, Gumnuts, Hyacinths, Hydrangeas, Kale, Kangaroo Paws, Lisianthuses, Lilac, Lavender, November lilies, Pomegranates, Poppies, Siam tulips, Slipper orchids (late autumn & winter), Tulips, Waterlilies

Ranunculus

– Winter (June-August)
Anemones (Jul/ Aug), Arum lilies, Apple blossoms, Banksias, Camellia, Cherry blossoms (Jul/ Aug), Cymbidium orchids, Daffodils, Erlicheers, Freesias, French lavender, Geraldton wax, Helleborus (Jul/ Aug), Hyacinths, Jonquils, Magnolia flowers, Paper whites, Parrot tulips, Poppies, Proteas, Ranunculus, Stocks, Sweet peas, Tulips, Violets

– All year round
Anthuriums, Carnations, Chrysanthemums, Dancing lady orchids, Gerberas, Gladiolus, Irises, Molucca Balm, Natives (e.g. Leucadendrons), Oriental lilies, Phalaenopsis orchids, Roses, Singapore orchids, Succulents, Tiger/ Asiatic lilies, Twigs/ Willows, Vanda orchids
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By Colour
– White
Roses, bouvardia, stephanotis, gardenia, hydrangea, peonies, ranunculus, freesias, sweet peas, lilies, orchids, dahlias, tulips, hyacinths, blossoms, frangipani, delphiniums, erlicheers, gerberas, hellebores

– Pink
Roses, sweet peas, lilies, dahlias, hyacinths, tulips, ranunculus, bouvardia, stephanotis, anemones, peonies, lisianthus, anthuriums, blossoms, orchids, gerberas, helleborus

– Red
Roses, lilies, dahlias, vanda orchids, cymbidium orchids, tulips, ranunculus, gladioli, anthuriums, poppies, stephanotis, sweet peas, carnations, gerberas, helleborus

– Purple
Roses, vanda orchids, tulips, gladioli, sweet pea, hydrangeas, lavender, anemones, gladioli, delphiniums, hyacinths, helleborus

Bright arrangement
– Green
Succulents, green Goddess Arum, cymbidium orchids, anthuriums, Singapore orchids, lotus, gladioli, lisianthus, hydrangeas, molucca balm, helleborus

– Bright (orange, yellow)
Roses, lilies, orchids, tulips, poppies, billy buttons, freesias, anemones, ranunculus, gladioli, dancing lady orchids, gerberas
By Theme

Vintage themed bridal bouquet
– Classic
Roses and lilies are great for a classic theme, keeping your flower options simple and streamlined will help you create this. Try and stick to a maximum of one to two colours.

– Vintage
Lilacs and dusty pinks roses, dusty miller and softer flowers such as dahlias, lisianthus and freesias. Adding beautiful filler flowers like lavender and wax flower will give depth to your arrangements. Adding lace to the bouquets and vases is a nice effect.

Rustic bridal bouquet with succulents and billy buttons
– Rustic
The ‘just picked’ look is great for rustic style. A variation of flowers can be used in this theme. Also keep in mind dried flower, billy button, native flowers, husks and sticks are great for texture and having the arrangements in tins and terracotta pots just adds to the effect. Bouquets can be tied with hessian or twine.

– Fairy Tale
Follow ideas from ‘Vintage’. Add sparkles and feathers.

– Country Garden
Any colour option can be used here, keep everything unstructured. Dahlias, roses, hydrangea and hellebore flowers are beautiful and very full looking. By adding plant pots, plants such as: cyclamen, succulents, lavender and even herbs gives a great outdoor effect.

– Beach wedding
Most flowers are great for beach weddings just be careful not to use really delicate flowers such as hydrangeas it can get quite windy on the beach and you do not want to lose the petals. Adding seashells to the vases is a nice effect.

Succulents in wedding bouquets

Fresh from nature, succulents are long-lasting, juicy and tender additions to any part of your wedding theme. With an assortment of different kinds, textures, and colors, this floral trend is sure to stay and take the heat !
Succulents in wedding bouquets can be teamed with simple blooms and textured greenery to give a vintage look or simply with roses to keep it clean and classic.

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Succulents can be used as simple table centres too. Use them in tea cups dotted along the tables. name tags on the cups can be used as place cards and the guests can take them home .Small glass vases clustered together with a mixture of succulents in each is another great table centre idea. They will give a simply gorgeous look to any bouquet or table – give them some thought if you want something different!

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Wedding Flowers – the origin

Wedding flowers – the origin

The first recorded use of wedding flowers can be attributed to the Greeks. Flowers and plants would be bundled together to form a garland wreath worn upon the head, much like the better-known Caesar’s laurels. It was considered a gift of nature, and thus extremely appropriate for a wedding. Traditionally, the Greek bridesmaids would be responsible for this honor.

The garland bouquet would often contain bulbs of garlic. This wasn’t to make the wedding smell like your grandmother’s kitchen, but instead to ward off any evil spirits that might see fit to intervene in the ceremony or curse their future together.

The tradition of wedding flowers remains to this day.

Wedding flowers aren’t just a Greek tradition. They’ve been adopted all around the world due to their natural beauty and wide appeal.

· Wedding flowers in Sweden – In Sweden, it was tradition for young girls to carry small bouquets of fragrant herbs down the aisle. The groom would also put thyme in his pockets. The reasons? Warding off any trolls that might decide a wedding was a perfect place to find a tasty snack.

· Wedding flowers in Germany – In Germany, the bride and groom both would hold candles that had flowers and ribbons tied to them.

· Wedding flowers in England – In England, it was tradition for the bride and her bridesmaids to proceed to the church together, led by a small girl who would sprinkle blossoms in their path to assure long life and happiness for the bride. The tradition of “flower girls” remains to this day.

Modern uses for wedding flowers

Wedding flowers have taken off in popularity to the point where you will be hard-pressed to find a wedding that doesn’t involve them in some way. Some of the new traditions include:

· The bouquet – This is perhaps, next to the bride herself, the centerpiece of the entire ceremony. A great deal of science has gone into developing a system of matching the blooms present in the bouquet with the season, with physical attributes of the bride, and with the location of the ceremony itself.
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· The corsage – Another popular component of most modern dresses is the corsage. Worn about the wrist, it is usually designed to match the dress and bouquet.

· The boutonniere – This is a male tradition. Originally, flowers would be pushed through the buttonhole of a jacket, but nowadays it’s proper for the groom to have the boutonniere pinned to his left lapel. It’s also appropriate for it to match the bride’s corsage and bouquet.
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· Table centerpiece – Perfect for the reception ceremony, an extravagant centerpiece on each table leaves guests with nothing but fond memories. It’s now standard practice to include these in every reception.

Wedding flowers are steeped in history and will likely remain tradition for many years to come. I