Wedding Flowers: Helpful Tips For Doing It Yourself
Flowers are the most popularly used wedding decorations in any style of marriage ceremony from the most elaborate and expensive to the simplest and most cost effective. Flowers symbolize beauty, romance and a fresh start together as a married couple. Modern wedding ceremonies would hardly seem complete without flowers included.
Professional florists offer so many options when it comes to wedding flowers, from the most opulent and expensive bridal bouquets to stylish table centerpieces with exotic blooms. All of these fabulous floral creations come with a hefty price tag however, and many young couples may find it difficult to stretch their budget that far. With a bit of creativity, time and some money it is possible to create your own wedding flower displays and decorations.
Choose the Right Flowers for Your Wedding
When deciding what type of flowers to use for your wedding bouquet and centerpieces, match the colors of your bridesmaids’ dresses and the decorations you use elsewhere in the reception hall. A great way to save money on the flowers you need is to shop seasonally based on what is most readily available at the florist. Getting the freshest flowers at the cheapest price may require you to focus on particular types, native to the area or the time of year. You can also save money by using more filler flowers, such as baby's breath and carnations, in between a few more expensive accent flowers like roses or orchids.
Crafting a Bridal Bouquet
If you are saving money by creating your own bridal bouquet, it is a good idea to keep it as simple as possible unless you are an accomplished flower arranger. Select several of the best blossoms to be the basis of the bouquet, and plenty of other attractive, yet less expensive, flowers to set them off. Make the arrangement for the bridal bouquet on the day of the wedding with the freshest flowers you can buy so they will last the whole day through and not wilt.
One great way to craft a bouquet is by arranging the flowers in an upright vase. Put the focus flowers in first with their stems slightly longer than the other flowers you will surround them with. Start with the largest flowers and continue placing the different types from a large to small until you tuck in the last spring's a baby's breath or fern.
Use florists tape to wrap the stems where they come out of the vase so the flowers cannot shift from the pretty arrangement you created. All of the stems can be wrapped with florist tape or they can be inserted into a bouquet bottle filled with water in order to keep them fresher. Both applications should be covered over with a pretty ribbon and tied in a bow so the bride can carry it easily.
As you can see, it is not that difficult to create a pretty bridal bouquet. Choose your favorite colors and flower types and bundle them together in a pleasing arrangement securely tired with a ribbon. You can do the same for bridesmaids' bouquets and make smaller arrangements with a single flower to pin on the groom's lapel. Similar bouquets can be left in vases for centerpieces on the reception tables.