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Wedding Flowers: Where to Use Them - as part of the Wedding series by GeoBeats.
For weddings there are the bridal flowers, the bridal bouquet, the flowers for the bridal parties, some for the bridesmaids. The bouquets for the Groom, the bouquets for the family members. Usually the dads, the groomsmen, and sometimes also for uncles or other special people who are part of the party. And then usually corsages for the moms and grandmothers and maybe some other ladies also.
Wedding Flowers: Picking Them by Season - as part of the Wedding series by GeoBeats.
A lot of flowers are available year around and they are usually, so we are in the north-west here, and they're usually imported from California or Florida or South America. A lot of flowers come from South America, some times from Europe also. So those are flowers that are available year around and those are like roses, and irises, and a whole bunch of...liatris, mums. All those flowers are available year around.
In the Spring time, early in the Spring, that is when have Narcissus like Daffodils. You can get tulips, muscari, any of the bulb flowers are available then, as well as blooming branches. So, forsythia, blooming cherry flowers, magnolia branches, etc.
Then a little bit later in the Spring, like in April, blooming shrubs are very much available, like lilacs, viburnums, and so forth. Early in May we also have lily of the valley here. And then a little bit later in the Spring the peonies are available, like these beauties here. As well as foxtail lilies and lupins. So all those flowers are really quiet seasonal.
And then in the summer there is a large array of annuals and also tuber flowers like dahlias and zinnias, and cosmos, and coreopsis. There is so much available in the summer time. And it all depends on where you are located, you know, you will have different flowers available depending on where you live.
In the Fall it is a little bit left over from the Summer flowers, like there are still dahlias and zinnias, and cosmos available, basically until the frost hits. And then all those flowers are over with. And but in the Fall we rely a lot on, like, seed pods and rose hips, and berries. So there is a lot of texture available in the Fall.
In the Winter time flowers that are available will be like hellebore and amaryllis, tulips usually, narcissus. So a little bit like in the early Spring. Selection is the best late Spring through the Summer.
Wedding Flowers: Creative Centerpiece Options - as part of the Wedding series by GeoBeats.
When I meet with couples, the first question I ask them is do you like high or low centerpieces. Some know what they like, some people don't. We often will tackle the overall design of the wedding and the centerpieces evolve out of that general concept.
If you are doing a Napa Valley wedding, you might want something that is a little more organic. We'll include succulents, we'll include fruit, we'll include berries and herbs, so that has a Napa Valley feel. So that is a creative way to bring the overall venue into the design of the table centerpiece.
For a modern, clean, aesthetic, maybe it will be mostly candles with the accents of flowers. Tall candles on various heights on each table, surrounded by flowers on table top gives an incredibly elegant look but keeps the price way down.
So these are creative touches you can think about when you are designing a wedding so that you don't spend a ton on the centerpieces. Often that is the biggest expense of your flowers because it is a large multiple. If you have 200 guest, you have 20 centerpieces, and 20 times anything adds up pretty quickly.
So, you know, using some creative elements that are not necessarily floral in the design of the centerpieces really does extend your budget a bit.
Wedding Flowers: Budget and Hidden Costs - as part of the Wedding series by GeoBeats.
When couples come to us initially to discuss the flowers for their wedding, I always ask if they have a starting budget. Ninety percent of the time they say 'No, whatever it cost'. Well that is incredibly dangerous because it is an open ended option. Design, cost, whatever the design cost.
So what we have done is done research to find out statistically in Northern California what percentage of your overall operating budget goes into flowers and it is not parallel to what you see on the internet or on nationwide websites. So it is around 12 to 15 percent.
So that is a real good way, when you go to a florist, don't go in and say, 'I have no idea what it cost, just you tell me', because they are always going to bid higher then you may want to spend.
Wedding Flowers: Unusual Types - as part of the Wedding series by GeoBeats.
When thinking about the flowers for your bridesmaids, rather than doing a standard little bouquet, which is what everyone expects to see, use the dress that they are wearing as inspiration for the flowers that they carry or wear.
We are doing a wedding in the near future where the Brides are wearing the Vivienne Westwood dresses. Now that may mean something to someone but not necessarily to everyone. But they are very avant-garde, incredibly artistic dresses. And we are doing wire arm bands covered with black feathers and hot pink roses.
So they are, rather than carrying a bouquet, they are wearing an upper arm band of flowers. For flower girls, rather they carrying a little basket full of petals, we can make a purse. We can do a little Pomander ball, a little round kissing ball.
So I think that the style of the flowers that people are carrying are changing. So it doesn't necessarily have to be so cookie cutter.
Wedding Flowers: How to Choose for Bollywood Styled Wedding - as part of the Wedding series by GeoBeats.
In this new global economy brides are becoming very familiar with cultural aspects of weddings from around the world. The color and the dynamic energy and excitement of a South Asian wedding is being brought into western weddings nowadays.
And so if you ave the idea that you want to bring some of the South Asian touches, think tons of color, think beautiful fabrics with embroidery, lots of candlelight. Fragrance, you can include spices and flowers such as Tuberoses that bring that fragrance of India to your wedding.
If you really want to go fun, you can always create Bollywood elements and have the Bridesmaids dance the Jai Ho dance, which I have seen quiet a few times. People love it. It brings a new level of excitement and freshness to a western wedding by bringing in some of those South Asian elements.
Wedding Flowers: 5 Things Couples Don't Know - as part of the Wedding series by GeoBeats.
When I first meet with couples I often find that they don't know what flowers are in season at the time their wedding is happening. So after looking through magazines and books they fall in love with certain looks, they may or may not be available. So they come to me not necessarily knowing what is in season for their particular event day.
They also don't know that a lot of those flowers can be purchased some place in the world and they are going to pay premium dollar for a Peony in August, for example, if it is even available. So I think in this global market everything is available but they don't realize what the cost can be for something that they want out of season.
Wedding Flowers: What to Consider Besides Cost - as part of the Wedding series by GeoBeats.
The venue that you use and the flowers that you choose will, in some sense, determine the flowers that you will need and the result in budget. A location that is very bare and empty might need a lot of flowers, a beautiful venue that may only need centerpieces is going to cost you a lot less.
So hidden cost can be involved if you got a difficult delivery, if you have a very restricted time window for set up, and extra manpower is needed to get the job done. Always ask your florist to detail how every single cost involved based on the information you have given them, because you don't need surprises in the end.
Wedding Flowers: Popular Types - as part of the Wedding series by GeoBeats.
There are certain traditional flowers that become part of most weddings. Stephanotis, Lily of the Valley, garden roses and Peonies are probably the big top favorites. Peonies are only available twice during the year and during those spring months and that little small window in the fall when they are available, I don't think we do a wedding where we don't use them. They are absolutely requested.
Orchids are always beautiful. Sometimes cost prohibitive depending on the time of the year. Brides are starting to bend the rules a little bit and we are moving away from white, so you are starting to see some bright colors. So things that might not have been used 10 years ago are now becoming hugely popular.
We use Dahlias, we use Tulips, very colorful, vibrant, mouth watering shades. So I think that the rules now are changing and what was once a very expected traditional list of flowers is expanding to include all sorts of exciting new things.