When you sit down and visualize your wedding, what do you see? Me, I see flowers– centerpieces, adorned arches, and bouquets. Flowers and greenery are what make your guests go "WOW," and singly they can take your wedding to the next level.
So the question is, how do you make sure your flowers stand out? Prepare. You research and look at pictures on Pinterest and online. Figure out what you like (garden roses, peonies, tulips) and what you don't like (carnations, orchids, anything orange) and then create a vision or inspiration board keeping everything that catches and holds your eye. Pinterest is the best and easiest way to do this! Just make sure to set it to private, and that it is separate from your wedding board.
After you've got a good idea of what you want, now is the time to have your planner/coordinator schedule an appointment with your florist. Your job on the days leading up to the appointment is to go through your vision/inspiration board and delete anything you aren't in love with anymore. Whittle it down to the best of the best, 2 or 3 options for each type of arrangement. Now when you arrive to your floral meeting you will be fully prepared. She is going to ask you a lot of questions, and having pictures readily available will only help you to get your vision across. You don't want to be scrolling trying to find your "It" bouquet picture when it's drowning in the sea that is your wedding Pinterest board! Being prepared will only make your florist love you more!
Here is a list of the flower arrangements you will want to have pictures of in your vision board:
This arrangement is carried by the bride, and in addition to flowers it can contain greenery, pods, or berries. Your florist will ask what "style" of bouquet you want, your options range from round to cascading, pageant to hand-tied. The stems can be wrapped in a ribbon, lace, handkerchief, or twine just to name a few, and adorned with a sentimental broach, locket, or photo.
Generally these bouquets carried by the bridesmaids, are a smaller less elaborate version of the bridal bouquet.
This is a floral pin worn by the groom, groomsmen, father-of-the-bride, father-of-the-groom, grandfathers of the bride and groom, officiant and the ring bearer. Boutonnières are typically worn on the lapel, and contain one or two flowers that are in the bridal bouquet along with greenery, filler flowers, and berries, and can be wrapped in twine, leather, ribbon, wire, etc.
This is a small arrangement of blooms worn by the mother-of-the-bride, mother-of-the-groom, grandmothers of the bride and groom, and any other important female guests. Corsages are typically worn on the lapel or tied around the woman's wrist.
A small arrangement of flowers (smaller than a bridesmaid bouquet) or a single flower wrapped with ribbon that is given in place of a corsage to the mother-of-the-bride and mother-of-the-groom.
FLOWER CROWN OR FLORAL HAIR ACCESSORY
A halo that is worn around the head, on top of the hair, flower crowns can either be made with flowers and/or greenery. A floral hair accessory can be anything from single flower to a small arrangement of blooms that will be pinned onto the hair.
Often carried by flower girls, a pomander is a sphere of flowers attached to a ribbon handle. The can also be hung from trees or ceiling, or used as aisle markers.
These are small arrangements that are on the inside aisle of every or every other ceremony seating row. They can be in small vessels such as small jars or bud vases, and either tied onto or hung beside the seat on a hook.
PETAL AISLE OR CARPET
Different from the petals that the flower girl drops, these blooms are used as a decorative display down the aisle. The flower petals can be arranged to display a design, line the aisle, or completely cover the pathway to the alter.
A large arrangement of flowers displayed on top of a column or pillar, that is either placed at the start of the aisle or beside the alter.
FLORAL ARCH OR ARBOR
These are arrangements that are attached to the structure that the couple stand under during the wedding ceremony. The floral arrangement can be completely covering the structure, only cover the top, or be strategically placed on the sides and or top.
CROSS SWAG OR ARRANGEMENT
A dense rope of greenery and blooms that is draped over the cross, or a large bundle of blooms and greenery typically hung in the center of the cross that is used to embellish the cross.
Flowers and or greenery that adorn the bridal cake. The can be as elaborate or simple as you like. Normally flowers are not used on the groom's cake.
A circular arrangement that is typically displayed above the alter or the head table, or hung on entryways.
An arrangement of blooms attached to a ribbon or twine, used to hold drapes or curtains to the side.
Blooms that float atop water such as in a pool or fountain.
A backdrop that is made from all flowers and/or greenery. Typically used as a photo backdrop, behind the head or sweetheart table, or to hide something unsightly, It can be as thick or as transparent as you would like.
A dense rope of greenery and sometime blooms that are often hung over doors, used as table runners, placed along the front of display tables or the buffet, or wrapped around bannisters.
A shortened version of garland that tends to have a crescent shape that is used to drape over wedding signs, sweetheart tables, or chair backs.
A floral and/or greenery arrangement that is typically in a circular shape that is suspended from the ceiling.
A floral arrangement that can vary in size, shape, and height depending on the style of the wedding, that is placed in the center of the dining table.
Floral arrangements that can vary in size and shape, that are used to decorate detail tables such as the welcome, cake, gift, memory, or escort table. They can also be used on a mantle, in the restroom, or anywhere else at the reception other than the dining table.
Now that we've got that taken care of, here is the link to my favorite florist to work with:
Dale Jones at All Occasion Flowers