Wedding Bouquet – Giant or Smaller?

Wedding Bouquet, giant or smaller?

I’ve noticed a trend lately. Brides are choosing larger bouquets.

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I’m going to be honest…it’s not my first choice. I don’t think they’re flattering in either photos or the bride. Note the photo above.  We can not even see the bride’s waist. I have an inking she did her best to present a trim silhouette, but we can’t see it.

Exceptions? When you are close to six feet tall and are getting married in a venue such as St. Paul’s Cathedral, London. To whom am I referencing?  Well, Lady Diana Spencer, of course. Her wedding ensemble warranted a gigantic bouquet. It was part of the costume.

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Note the bouquets carried by her daughters-in-law above. I think they are much more flattering. We as guests, or at least the viewing public, are able to see the brides’ dresses.  A bride still has something to do with her hands by carrying a smaller bouquet, but is not overwhelmed.  The eye is able to focus on the important things: the dress, hair, accessories, not just the flowers.  Another upside? Large bouquets are HEAVY! And…they are more expensive.

I am not advocating skimping on wedding flowers.  They are an extremely important part of your wedding decor; perhaps just not one you have to tote around and pose with in your formal photos.

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Wow!  Check out the floral above!  That is  spectacular.  You can go big without making your florals part of your personal flowers.

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Another favorite of mine?  A splash of color in the bride’s bouquet, and white flowers for the bridesmaids. With this model, both styles of bouquets pop in photos.

But remember…it’s YOUR wedding; so what is correct is what YOU like…not me, not your mother, your bridesmaids, or your florist….YOU.  Enjoy all the planning.

 

What Will You Do With Your Flowers After the Wedding?

What will you do with your flowers after your wedding’s over?  They are so beautiful AND expensive. Well, there are three options:

  1. Send them home with family and friends at the end of the night.

Love the lush eucalyptus greenery with peonies/ garden for a table runner/ wedding centerpiece, especially with white candles interspersed

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2. Donate them to a nursing home or your local church. This is a lovely idea, but be advised it creates its own set of complications. Many venues insist you completely vacate their site the night of the event. Who will pick up the blooms?

3. Consider “Flower Sharing”. What is this? You may ask.  Well, read below and find out.  Description taken directly from one company’s website.  I have never used this company, so can not vouch for them. Sounds like a great option, however!

 

First Event:

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Now that you’ve chosen the florist(s) you’re interested in, it’s time to get down to the details and receive a quote.
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Make it official with your florist! Pay your florist directly, just like usual.
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We’ll take it from here! While you enjoy the rest of your planning, we’ll list your centerpieces on our website to be reused. When they are, we’ll send you 10% back to say thank you for sharing and your florist will return to pick up the flowers after your event.

Second Event:

Choose to reuse fresh floral centerpieces

Want to save 40-60% off traditional pricing? Enter your event date and location to see which flowers are available to reuse in your area.
Connect with the florist
Now that you’ve decided which flowers you want to reuse, you work with the florist who’s creating them for all of your additional floral needs. Want to make minor changes, like adding a new flower or pop of color? Let your florist know.
Book your florist
Pay your florist directly and save 40-60% off your reused centerpieces. The exact amount is dependent on your florist and logistics. Your florist will deliver and set up your flowers as usual.

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Would you want any of these terrific arrangements to just be ‘thrown out?’

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Simple reception centerpieces with a big impact. Tall blue delphinium arrangements with curly willow branches, greenery runner, candles and small accent designs. Floral: Wildflowers LLC Photo: Eden Ingle Photography

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I would never suggest “sharing your bouquet” however.  That you should definitely keep! If you’d like to learn how to preserve your bouquet… click HERE !

Sunflowers are the perfect summer flower: They're large like their namesake, are beautifully bright, and, perhaps best of all, are in season during the warmer months. Why wouldn't you want to add them to your wedding bouquet? #Wedding #Sunflower #Bouquets #WeddingFlowers #Inspiration #Summer #Yellow | Martha Stewart Weddigns - 20 Sunflower Bouquets That Will Brighten Up Your Wedding Day

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Inexpensive Alternatives to Expensive Wedding Flowers

Inexpensive Alternatives to Expensive Wedding Flowers … While your floral budget is not your largest wedding expense, it is not insignificant either.  What are some fun, cute and reasonable ideas?  Read on…

Above are paper flowers, made by a dear friend of the bride.  She must be a VERY dear friend. Imagine what work that went into these beauties!

“But this is just a wedding cake,” you may say.  Yes, yes it is. But if you choose to have a wedding cake, and not all brides do these days, consider having it be a focal point. This can be a lovely decorating item.  One way to make it a focal point?  Order a cake that is larger than you need, and include some spectacular decoration. This was my daughter, Maggie’s, wedding cake, gifted to the bride and groom by her generous mother-in-law. Photo by Stephen Wang

What about candles?  Not only are they pretty in the daytime, but standouts, literally, in the evening hours.

Daughter number one, Kathleen, cherished spending time with her grandparents in California. One way she honored her history, and her family, was to incorporate oranges as her ‘escort cards’.  And yes, they came from the tree in the photo above in her grandparents’ yard! Above photo: Hannah Rachael Photos

Sometimes decorations are just staring you in the face.  Don’t discount the natural beauty of your venue!  Love the lighthouse and flowers above.

Don’t forget your own crafty side! Brides from two of my weddings created these adorable props.

The above photo is another example of a crafty family member (mother of the groom).  She created a beautiful vase with a wine bottle, a little spray paint, ribbon…and nothing more in it than beautiful, yet inexpensive, baby’s breath.

And while not particularly inexpensive, I’m sure, I love the above fruit carving.  Remember, think outside the box, and you’ll come up with some great innovative ideas.

Photos, with the exceptions of #2 and #6, by Mary P. Karnes

DIY Wedding Flowers

DIY Wedding Flowers!

One of your larger wedding expenses is that of your flowers.  You can save a good deal of money if you do it yourself – or DIY!  Here are some tips:

1 – Go on youtube.com or pinterest, or MY BLOG!  to find out ways to make desired flower items, i.e., centerpieces, bouquets, boutonnieres, etc.

2 – Research local sources for best possible prices.  Remember, when you buy local, especially in snow country, you will need to have a spring or summer wedding.  There is some availability in fall, but not as much.

If you’re lucky enough to live Southern New England, check out Jennys Flowers 

I know from personal experience how lovely Jenny’s flowers are, how long they last, and how personable and easy to work with Jenny is.  Even if you’re not from New England, give the link a click, you’re in for a treat.

3 – Practice, practice, practice.  You’re not a professional, so you’ll need lots of PRACTICE.

4 – Recruit help.  Many hands make light work.

5 – If your wedding day is hot, make provisions to keep the blooms cool.  Refrigerate as long as possible.  Make sure water levels are sufficient in stationary vessels.

6 – Recruit help for flower arrangement.  You, as the bride, will be getting your hair and makeup done.  Who will be arranging the flowers?  Consider a “Day Of” Planner for such needs.

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Love the above centerpiece display.  This can actually be created with artificial flowers using a hot glue gun and a styrofoam ball.

 

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The same is true for the series of photos above.  Click in the link for more info.

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The above link gives a great set of photos on how to create a bridal bouquet. Bouquets are very expensive if designed and made by a florist.

 

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The above series walks you through making “Tall Centerpieces” a fad that grew out of favor with modern brides about five years ago, but they still have their use.  If you choose this style, be careful they don’t overtake your table.

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DIY flower items don’t have to be complicated, or lavish.  Just look at the lovey chair adornment above.  Good luck!