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Monday, 14 July 2014

The Bewildered Bride's Guide to Flowers : Four Easy Steps

Are you feeling overwhelmed with the idea of putting your wedding look and feel together with flowers and decor? You are not alone! Brides and grooms are inspired daily by the countless pictures seen in magazines and on the internet and although they can identify what they like and don't like they have no idea how to bring everything together cohesively!

Step One: 
The first step is to identify the style / theme you like:

What colour/s do you like for your wedding day. If you are unsure what colour scheme to go for, try identify things in your life that you are attracted too. What colour are they? Find the colours that speak to you on an emotional and creative level.
HOWEVER! Try not to stick to one colour - A lot of brides try to match the flowers to the bridesmaid dresses. A bridesmaid in a lavender gown with lavender flowers will make for very disappointing pictures. Flowers are a great place to choose an accent color -- for example, but don't restrict yourself to colours with flowers - allow colours to compliment one in another. 

Try and describe your style in words. Edgy, natural, soft & romantic, bold & colourful, delicate and whimsical, quirky, funny, modern, vintage. Any words that pop to mind, even one or two words is more than enough to help your florist understand. 

What flowers do you hate: More importantly than identifying the flowers you like, identify the flowers you don't like. This helps eliminate a lot of looks and feels and any disappointment on the actual wedding day

Step Two:
Book a Pro

Find florists whose work inspire you. Their portfolio should help identify their style and creative ability. If you like a florists portfolio it should generally mean you can trust them with creating the look and feel you are after. Of course it is important to meet them so you can see how your personal relationship with them will be too. Afterall it is important you choose vendors that make you feel happy and excited for your special day. 

It is important to give the florist the following information:
What and where you need arrangements for
The colours you want to use
The look and feel
The budget

Step Three:
Avoid Copycats!

As with any creative job, there will always be trendsetters and copycats. You should never think it is ok to go to a florist and ask her to copy a photograph exactly as is. If the florist isn't insulted, then you should  seriously question her credibility. A florist is a creative and they express their skills and your personality through their arrangements. It is ok to collect images from magazines and the internet as a source of inspiration, but your florist should only be using these images as a guideline and inspiration to creating unique arrangements for your big day. Remember, this is one  of the things you are paying your florist for, her originality. 

Step Four:

The biggest mistake is for a bride to have her heart set on specific flowers and not be flexible. A florist can do a much better job if the bride asks for an overall look, feel, and coloUr scheme and let the florist create it. You need to remember that flowers are seasonal, but apart from this, flowers are a living thing and their availability can never be guaranteed. 

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