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Online Wedding Florist: Bridal Party Flowers Checklist

Mar17

Before choosing an online wedding florist, it is important to figure out exactly what flowers you will need. You have to take into consideration your bridesmaids’ bouquets, your groomsmen's boutonnieres, and reception and ceremony flowers. Here is a flower checklist for the bridal party alone:

  1. You will need boutonnieres for your best man, your groomsmen, the groom, the ring bearer, ushers (this is optional, though your groomsmen may also serve as ushers), the father of the bride, the father of the groom, and the grandfathers of the bride and groom.
  2. You will need bouquets for the bride (and potentially an extra one for the bridal toss), the maid of honor, the bridesmaids, and the flower girl.
  3. Other potential flowers include a headpiece for the bride (this is extremely popular for spring) and a halo for the flower girl.
  4. You will need corsages for the mother of the bride, the mother of the groom, and the grandmothers of the bride and groom.

 

Choosing an online wedding florist will allow you to order online wedding flowers, but you must make absolutely sure that this vendor is reputable. The advantage of going to local wedding florists is that you can have him or her make you up a sample bouquet to get a visual to make sure you have chosen the right color and texture combinations. However, if flowers are not your first priority, an online florist may be the best way to go.

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Choosing the Right Florist For Your Wedding Day Flowers

Feb17

For some people, choosing a florist is one of the most important aspects of wedding planning; for others, it’s the DJ and venue. For those who adore wedding day flowers and believe that they add the final bit of elegance, detail and charm to a celebration, read ahead for tips on choosing the right florist:

Finding the right florist
If you have been to a wedding (or other event) and appreciated the detail and design of the flower arrangements, ask the event coordinator who did them. Even if the event was a while ago, you can still find out who the florist was. Most coordinators are happy to give you that information.

When you meet with the florist in person, ask the right questions. First of all, how many bridal wedding flowers has she done? Does she have a team of people who help with arrangements on that day, or does she do all of the work herself? Does she have references who you can speak with? Depending on how large your wedding is, you may also want to verify that she has done big weddings. Because flowers are a living organism and a lot of technicality is involved, it is not enough for the florist to be a good designer. She absolutely MUST have experience doing large events and executing a large number of arrangements under deadline. One of the worst wedding disasters possible is for the flowers to be absent or late, especially if they arrive after the ceremony is over.

Ask to see her portfolio. Seeing the portfolio will give you a good idea as to what type of events she has done and whether she can execute on a large scale. Also, make sure you speak with her references to find out what it is like to work with this person. (Even if the flowers are amazing, if the person is unpleasant to work with, it would be better to choose someone else).

Once you’ve chosen your florist
If at all possible, have the florist visit the venue with you. The venue, as well as the bride’s wedding dress, set the tone for flowers in weddings and the wedding décor more than anything else. The unique space—both for the ceremony and reception—can offer plenty of inspiration.

Collect photos from magazines and bridal publications to exemplify what type of wedding day flowers you’d want. You can choose words that capture the mood of your wedding, such as “romantic,” or “breezy,” or “dramatic.” Yet having a visual reference is the best way to communicate the colors and textures that you want.

Bring a swatch of fabric from the bridesmaids’ dresses as another color reference. This will help your florist envision the colors in your ceremony as a whole.

Have your florist make up a mock arrangement (the bridal bouquet, the centerpieces, etc.) This is extremely important! Seeing a tangible arrangement will let you know if your florist is on the right track. And if she isn’t, you will have plenty of time to fix it!

To minimize cost, go with flowers that are in season. Your florist should know what type of flowers are the most reasonable, and you should be able to work them into your arrangements.

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Centerpiece Considerations: Ideas Choices for Your Reception Tables

Jul07

Your reception centerpieces are a vital part of your wedding look and style. When deciding what you’d like to adorn your tables, take a few factors into consideration.

Cost is first on your list, naturally. If you don’t have a large budget, go easy on the table decorations. Large groups of flowers are not necessary; you can have one simple flower, like a lily. Other ideas are non-floral centerpieces like candles (though check to make sure they are cheaper than the flowers). You can also substitute branches and fruits and vegetables for flowers, even seashells. The options are limitless, so talk to vendors and your florists about ideas to fit your budget.  Remember, too, there is always DIY, a great idea if you have the creativity and the time.

Centerpieces should complement the tables, not topple them. Make sure the centerpieces you choose are not so large that guests cannot talk, or see, over them. Not sure? Sit down at the table with a sample, and check the view. Make sure, too, that centerpieces don’t block the view of the head table or the band. Also, you don’t want the centerpieces to be so large that there’s little room for favors, place cards and, of course, food!

Many people are allergic to flowers, so ease up on the heavy scented blooms. A good florist will know that orchids are more potent than daisies, and you can work on this together. You also want to make sure that petals don’t drop onto plates, or, if you’re using candles, that they’re situated properly so wax isn’t melting on the tablecloth. All centerpieces need to be sturdy; you don’t want guests treading lightly for fear the centerpiece is going to fall over.

Your wedding centerpieces should match the style of your wedding. Obviously, if you’re having a Christmas-themed wedding, daffodils would not fit in. The same rule applies to any theme; even if you have your heart set on Snickers Bar Bouquet centerpieces, do they work for your formal affair? It’s your wedding, and the centerpiece decision is up to you. But keep in mind that, if you go for something extremely out of contrast with the rest of your wedding, you might end up feeling uncomfortable with the choice


Your Guide to Spring Flowers

Sep30

Getting married in the Spring?  Check out our just-added, new article: Love in Bloom: Your Guide to Spring Flowers.

Spring and marriage go hand-in-hand. Add flowers to the equation and you have eternal bliss. If you’re planning your nuptials in the season of new beginnings, your flowers should match the freshness of the day.

Check out the full article here!


Goodwill Ambassador to Brides

Mar18

 

Eco-chic? Green? Thrifty? Wedding? Some people wouldn’t consider those words to go together. But why not? While I can’t say that all of our wedding choices have been green or thrifty, I have tried to reduce my waste wedding wise.

This week I bought all the vases for our centerpieces for $12. Yep. That’s all. I went to the goodwill and picked up the thousands of left over vases people no longer love. Now, they don’t match. They are not all the same size or shape, but they are all beautiful. They were a bargain. And I went green by buying stuff other people had discarded rather than new ones.

I also took a couple of my bridesmaids to try on dresses at a bridal store that is going out of business. One of my bridesmaids scored a gorgeous $300 for $70. It’s lovely.

I also started work on some of my DIY projects this week. I am working on wreaths made out of gold Christmas balls for the doors of the reception venue. I made one and started the other before I ran out of balls. (I went home to Spring break and I didn’t take enough with me.) The price of each? About $2.00. I got all the balls on sale post Christmas for 20 cents (!!!) for a package of 12. It’s a great deal!

In the coming weeks I’m going to detail my budget for the wedding. Times are tough and I know we all want an affordable, beautiful wedding that is everything we dreamed of as young girls. It’s possible. I promise it is.

The first thing that I planned on when we started planning our wedding was having time to hunt for deals. I have been planning since June. And I have 9 months to go, but I have found some great deals. It’s possible to find great deals in a shorter time, but you have to be lucky and diligent. I believe in patience and hard work. Especially when it comes to wedding plans.  Do you have any money saving tips or tricks? I’d love to hear them!

-Amy


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