How Many Flowers Do You Need?



BY ROBIN WHITE ELLIS

“A flower cannot blossom without sunshine, and man cannot live without love.” – Max Muller

Nothing says “wedding” quite like a profusion of flowers placed upon linen bedecked tables and gracing the tresses of a blushing bride and her entourage of bridesmaids. In fact, many consider the flowers to be one of the most important aspects of a wedding. They bring color, aroma and a fresh sweetness to the ceremony and can transform a plain space into a lovely venue. Unfortunately, they can also be budget busters, especially if you have not planned ahead for what you will need.

When thinking of floral arrangements, the various options may seem overwhelming. If you have your heart set on a certain type of flower, the good news is that you can ship pretty much any variety at any time of year. However, keeping to the flowers of the season will save you money. It is also interesting to note that larger flowers take up more space, so you end up ordering less. Knowing how many arrangements and accenting flora you want is vital. After all, you definitely do not want to run out, nor do you want to order too much and waste valuable assets in your budget. It is possible to reuse your arrangements. The actual wedding ceremony usually lasts only 30 minutes or less. Keep yourself open to the idea of moving altar arrangements to the buffet table or turning aisle flowers into table centerpieces.

Unless you are fortunate enough to have someone of large means footing the bill, keeping to a strict budget will be an important factor. Putting together a list prior to meeting with your florist will provide an excellent preparatory guide. Listed below are some suggestions to assist you with your special day. Bear in mind, however, that this is simply a guide. Your choice of wedding style will greatly affect your floral needs. For example, simpler weddings may not require many of the suggestions listed below.

Flowers for individuals

-Bride’s bouquet
-Bride’s hair flowers
-Bridesmaids’ bouquets
-Bouquet to toss at reception
-Flower girl’s bouquet or basket of petals
-Groom’s boutonniere
-Groomsmens’ boutonnieres
-Ring bearer’s boutonniere
-Mother of the bride’s corsage
-Mother of the groom’s corsage
-Father of the bride’s boutonniere
-Father of the groom’s boutonniere
-Grandmothers’ corsages
-Grandfathers’ boutonnieres
-Officiant’s boutonniere
-Ushers’ boutonnieres

Flowers for the ceremony
-Entryway arrangements
-Altar arrangements
-Pew or chair arrangements
-Surrounding the candles and/or unity candle
-Aisle decorations

Flowers for the reception
-Bar arrangements
-Centerpieces
-Bride’s and groom’s chair decorations
-Buffet table arrangements
-Lounge area arrangements
-Flowers for wedding cake
-Cake table arrangements
-Getaway car arrangements

It is no surprise that brides-to-be put so much focus on their floral décor, as it sets the mood and tone of the wedding event. A room filled with beautiful blooms creates an ambience, making an immediate impact of romance and new beginnings. Wedding blossoms are meant to symbolize life, growth and rebirth. Ultimately, they set the stage for your day and tell a story. Whether you choose to use the language of flowers to express yourself or simply pick your favorite color and run with it, make your choices speak for you, leaving a happy memory of the most important day of your life. “Flowers are the music of the ground. From Earth’s lips, spoken without sound.” – Edwin Curran


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