I LOVE fresh flowers. I’ve been to some weddings where the wedding décor is just fabulous, with flowers all down the aisle, massive show piece arrangements, and the reception and table décor is like something out of Hollywood. And the scent of the flowers is to die for….
All that is wonderful if you can afford it. I paid for the flowers for the weddings of both my son and my daughter and I know how crazy expensive it can get! So there are some easy steps to follow to maximise the beauty of your décor and make sure your wedding is not only memorable because it’s about you and your fiancé and your future happiness, but because it’s beautiful as well.
Step one – decide on your flower and décor budget limits
This can include:
Your bouquet, your bridesmaids’ flowers, button holes/boutonnieres for the men, posies or pomanders for your flower girls, corsages for mother-of-the-bride and mother-of-the-groom, and for any senior ladies in your bridal party, like grandmothers and great-grandmothers.
Ceremony decor – aisle decorations, standard arrangements, church entrance/arch
Civil ceremony – entrance, chair décor, standard arrangements
Reception décor – entrance, table décor, chair decorations
The cake – this is a lovely way of complementing your theme by having fresh flowers dressing up what might otherwise be a fairly plain two or three tier cake. TOP TIP – undecorated cakes are often a lot less expensive than the really fancy ones, and adding a few fresh flowers can be stunning!
The best and busiest florists will have websites or portfolios of weddings they have covered. Do they offer what you are looking for?
Shop around – it’s worth finding a florist that you like – personalities are as important as technical and design expertise! And, of course, great service! My daughter-in-law, Katie, chose a florist who only worked with one bride at a time so she was able o give Katie 100% of her attention. They corresponded regularly by email, visited the venue together to make sure everything was exactly as Katie wanted it – and when I met the florist I found she was a lovely person as well!
Ask friends and family who they have used before
PolkaDotBride.com has a great blog of the questions you should ask your chosen florist
Step three – consider the alternatives to fresh flowers
Don’t despair if your ideal flowers or the colours you want are not available; if you don’t fancy the fresh flower alternatives your florist suggests, there are almost unlimited colours and a huge range of artificial flowers available. Prices will also vary widely as well, so make sure you do your research to get the best balance between price and quality product. And of course the best bit is that these flowers will be gorgeous reminders that won’t fade and die – and can be given to your bridal party as keepsakes too!
Mix and match – A customer of mine chose real flowers for her bouquet, silk rosebud pomanders for her bridesmaids, and bigger silk rosebud pomanders for her garden reception decorations.
Another bride having a Christmas wedding is not having real flowers at all. She is, instead, opting for a white and silver brooch bouquet, and white and silver button pomanders for her bridesmaids and flowergirls. Imagine how lovely these would look down the aisle!
Step Four – sumptuous or simple? Deciding your table decor
This is really a question of style and taste, apart from the cost. My watchword has always been (and here I can hear my mother’s voice…) ‘simplicity is the hallmark of good taste’.
Are you having round tables? A simple table centre will avoid clutter with glasses, crockery and cutlery
Long tables decorated by a centre streamer of greenery look lush without being too ostentatious and getting in the way of glasses etc.
Should your chairs also be decorated? It’s up to you and how this might fit in with the overall style of your wedding. Many venues provide chiffon bows to dress their chairs. These images found on Pinterest give different and charming ideas.
My son’s wedding was in a converted barn, so they kept things simple and elegant in keeping with the country chic/rustic style.
Choosing the décor for your wedding should be fun and add to the magic of the whole process. Having the WOW factor is not only possible – it is a GIVEN!