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Wedding Days: Love's in Bloom...Anyone Seen the Flowers?
By Peter Carnater
Everyone hopes to have a picture-perfect wedding day.
Getting to that point takes untold amounts of time, money,
energy and patience. Even the tiniest detail cannot be
left unchecked, if we have any hope of eluding Murphy's
Law. These days, brides-to-be must even consider potential
allergic reactions to their flowers, in addition to the
more traditional details. It's enough to crush the faint
A big item on the wedding planning list is the flowers for
the church, the wedding party and the reception. It that
goes wrong, it can be a real disaster. Many problems can
arise in this area, such as flowers not being delivered on
time, not fresh, or not the flowers the bride ordered. Just
imagine if your perfectly orchestrated color scheme is
ruined because the wrong colored flowers arrived. Just try
sending them back or getting new ones in time. Besides the
ambiance of the wedding being ruined, there is now an upset
bride. Taking certain precautions may avoid this disaster.
The first detail to be attended to is the color scheme you
are choosing.Be sure to be decide this well advance, or
you will guarantee yoursel a headache.You will usually base
the colors of the flowers on the colors of the bridesmaids'
dresses, so decide on that before you start to look at
flowers. Stick to your color scheme and then pick flowers
in that color scheme. Be definite about the color. Some
flowers are available in just about every colors, while
others are limited. Don't try to pick a specific type of
flower, it may not work with that color scheme, just start
with the color. Bring swatches and be ready to complement
rather than match. Before that first crucial meeting with
the florist, certain steps will prepare you.
Even though, nowadays, many flowers are available all year
long, you need to take the season of your wedding into
account when you are choosing your flowers. There is a
certain charm added to the wedding if the flowers suit the
season. Sunflowers in the middle of winter may not convey
the tone you want, plus out of season flowers arel probably
be more expensive. Formal church weddings need more
sophisticated arrangements than a wedding on the beach, so
you need to consider the type of wedding you're planning.
When you are planning the budget for your flowers, keep
your total wedding budget in mind. A rule of thumb is to
spend ten to fifteen percent of your total wedding budget
on the flowers. Spending more than that will cause you to
skimp on other more important items. Discuss your budget
and its limitations honestly with your florist at the very
beginning. He can work with you to explore different ideas
that will make your day perfect and still keep this lovely
part of your wedding in budget.
You also have to consider the size of the bouquets for both
you and your bridesmaids,the shade of your gown, if you are
going to have an additional bouquet to toss, and the
temperature of the season, if you will be outdoors for any
lenghth of time. (Many flowers react badly to very cold
temperatures.) And as if that is not enough to worry about,
you need to worry about pollen that may stain your gown.
(For example, lilies should have stamens removed because
of this problem.) Be flexible, and make sure you take the
advice of your florist.He wants your day to be perfect too.
About The Author
Peter Carnater runs the website Flowers Niche which is a site dedicated to providing all the very latest news and views related to flowers. This is a complete flowers research center providing easy access to everything flowers related. Please vistit http://www.flowersniche.com for any questions or comments about this article.