The Flower Arrangements and You
The Flower Arrangements and You
When you picture a bride on her wedding day, what do you see? A long white dress? A glowing smile? Glistening eyes from tears of joy? And probably, most likely, some sort of bouquet in her hands.
The flowers are rarely the first thing anyone talks about when planning their wedding, but they are always a focal point of the big day. Even some of the smallest weddings I have ever attended have involved a bride clutching joyously at her bouquet. Heck, my own wedding involved just my husband and I; and I still had a bouquet.
The flowers matter. Maybe mostly because they are an extension of the bride on her wedding day. They represent not only a passing of the torch (by way of the bouquet toss) but also the bride’s personal tastes. Those flowers are part of her opportunity to embrace everything she deems beautiful on this day. And great flowers make for great photos.
The flowers matter.
So when I hear brides talking about how they are going to handle the flower arrangements themselves for their big day, I’ll admit, I start to cringe a little. Because believe it or not, the flowers really are something you should leave to a professional.
Here’s why: Even if you are having a smaller wedding, and the only flowers you want there are your bouquet; flowers wilt. So picking up some of your favorites at the farmer’s market on Friday for a Saturday wedding may not work out as well as you had hoped. Even getting them that morning (and who wants to be flower shopping on their wedding day?) could backfire on warmer days if you don’t know how to (or have the time to) properly care for them in the heat. And arrangements are harder to piece together than you might think. Plus, out of all the things you will have to worry about on your big day, trying to take this on seems silly and unnecessary. Especially when florists tend to be pretty reasonably priced, can always find a way to work within your budget, and certainly know their way around a bouquet better than you do.
Which is not a slight. It’s just… reality. If your heart is set on hand-making your own invitations or centerpieces, hey… whatever floats your boat. But when it comes to day-of wedding prep stuff, especially the aesthetics of the day itself, leave it to the professionals. I promise, you’ll be happy you did.
The good thing about a professional florist is that they can guide you towards arrangements you may never have thought of yourself. That’s because this is their job, and they really do consider it an art form. All a florist needs to know from you is Feel-Favorites-Budget.
That is, they need to know what your image of the wedding is; what feel you are going for. Color schemes, inspiration, and overall vision.
Then they need to know what some of your favorite flowers are.
And finally, they need to know your floral budget; whether you’ve accounted for just one bouquet, or a room full of lilies.
From there, a professional florist can absolutely guide you towards arrangements that will fulfill your wishes and surpass your own imagination. Again, because this is what they do. And no one knows flowers better than a florist.
When you look back on the pictures of your big day, I can almost guarantee your flowers will be one of the elements that stand out to you the most. Just like your dress, and the people you’ve selected to stand beside you; the flowers are one of the key pieces that helps to tie the whole event together. And they’re a big part of what sets that scene.
The flowers matter. Perhaps not quite as much as the groom, but… almost.