From the bridal to floral centerpieces to wrist corsages, flowers breathe life and love into a wedding. But if you can’t tell a daisy from a daffodil, here’s a five-step guide by Blissful Brides.
Do your research
At the start of the planning stage, most brides-to-be have little idea about what they really prefer when it comes to wedding flowers. Michelle Poh, business development manager at Red Petals Florist, observes: “When brides-to-be know exactly what they want, it makes it easier for us to make suggestions – we don’t have to play the guessing game!” So keep magazine tears and computer printouts of the type of flowers and bridal bouquet styles that you prefer in a research files. You may realise that you prefer calla lilies to roses, for example. That way, you can share your vision with your wedding florist. “Doing this can save you a lot of stress later – you won’t end up having to decide hastily due to a shorter timeline,” says Michelle. “The florist will also have a better idea of your preferred colours and style, leaving little room for misinterpretation.”
Consult a professional
Bridal floral services usually include bridal bouquets, venue décor at churches and hotel ballrooms, bridal car décor, corsages and boutonnieres! But they are not necessarily handled by the same florist. Most bridal boutiques and hostels have tie-ups with their own florists, so you might have to check if you can hire external florists if you have unique requirements. Brenda Lee Monteiro, founder and floral designer at Fiore Dorato explains: “ A wedding florist will guide brides-to-be-by presenting wedding theme suggestions and floral design combinations while keeping within a specified budget.” Before engaging one, the most important question to ask is if he or she is available on your wedding date. Next, ask to see photos of previous wedding projects and have an in-depth discussion about the kind of styles you prefer.
Decide on a budget
You will have to decide on a budget during the discussion with your wedding florist. Michelle advises: “Do set aside a good budget for floral decorations as it will be the first thing that will impress tour guests when they step into the venue.” Your florist should generally be able to draw up a detailed list of bouquets, corsages and boutonnieres, car and venue décor, floral hairpieces and flower baskets to fit within your budget. It is only when you have the budget that you can confirm other details, like the type of flowers to use. Brenda adds: “The more affordable flowers are gerberas, carnations and roses. If there is more budget, the bridal couple can go for pricier blooms like peonies, calla lilies and hydrangeas.”
Choosing your flowers
Since our weather is usually hot and humid, do take care to choose only blooms that can withstand the heat. “This is especially true if you’re holding an outdoor wedding,” says Serene Lee, founder and floral designer at Bloomroom.sg. “Cymbidium orchids, roses and gerberas are just some choices that can last beautifully through the day.” Michelle adds: “Also consider your wedding theme and match your chosen flowers to it.” And when it comes to bridal bouquets, there are various styles you can consider, such as the posy (a small, round bouquet), the arm sheaf (where long stemmed flowers are cradled elegantly in the arm) and the cascading spray (a teardrop-shaped bouquet that flows romantically downwards).
Choosing your flowers
Usually, you will receive your bridal bouquet the night before or on the morning of your wedding day. Meanwhile, floral set-ups are usually done on the wedding day itself. But you shouldn’t have to worry about whether your wedding flowers will wilt as you’re walking down the aisle. Michelle explains: “Your florist will ensure that the floral foam is moist so the flowers will last through tour wedding. But as far as possible, just keep the bouquets or arrangements in an air-conditioned room and avoid direct sunlight or spotlights – this will keep the blooms fresh and beautiful!”
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