Wedding Flowers — What Every Bride Should Know before Her Big Day
Author: Jean Bachcroft
Article source: http://www.alohalabels.com/. Used with author's permission.
Whether your wedding will be coming up roses, daffodils, or something
else, choosing the wrong flowers for that blissful day can create a scene
you'll want to soon forget. But armed with a few basics about flowers,
the arrangements you choose will land you a bevy of compliments and
When selecting your wedding flowers, the single most important thing to
keep in mind is that all flowers have distinct characteristics. Knowing
what the characteristics are of the flowers you'll be choosing can mean
the difference between crying because you're exchanging vows with the
man of your dreams and tearing up thanks to an allergic reaction to the
pollen in some of those beautiful flowers in your wedding bouquet.
To avoid sniffles and sneezes at the alter, know which blooms might
cause you trouble. And ask each person in your wedding party which
blooms they are allergic to before ordering bouquets. Topping the list of
highly allergenic blossoms are lilies and gardenias.
If you are planning a warm-weather wedding, be sure to stick with
flowers that can withstand heat and high humidity. Delicate flowers, like
hydrangeas, are likely to wilt and sag in warm weather. Choose hardier
flowers, such as orchids, roses, or herbs.
The fragrance from flowers will be stronger during warm weather,
therefore take this into consideration when making your selections. You
will want your guests to feel as if they've just walked into a flower
garden, not a perfume factory. When planning a summer wedding that
will take place in a small, completely enclosed room, choose
less-fragrant flowers such as orchids or asters. Freesia, tuberose, and
gardenias should be avoided.
Want to take your guests' breath away (figuratively speaking, that is)?
Near the entrance to the reception area, be sure to have lovely floral
centerpieces, or perhaps candles, at eye level. Stringing garlands,
ribbons, or some other kind of delicate ornaments above windows or
doorways will also add to the effect.
Winter brides should consult a florist before settling on a particular
arrangement. Below 42 degrees, some flowers may turn black. This
doesn't necessarily mean that those flowers must be excluded from your
bouquet, but it does mean that they shouldn't be taken along for an
outdoor photo shoot.
Lilies will help you to put on a stunning show, but before you carry them
next to your dress, be sure to have your florist remove the stamens. Left
intact, they'll stain your dress with bright yellow pollen.
Although charming to look at, some field flowers are best left out in
nature. Once they are cut, most—poppies and bluebells, for
example—will droop and wilt before you get to the altar. Notable
exceptions to this general rule include asters, sweet peas, and daisies.
Flowers are sensitive to cigarette smoke. So, if you don't want your
bouquet to turn colors or wilt, ask your guests to smoke outside.
Some popular wedding flowers, such as euphorbia and daffodils, are
hollow-stemmed, so their sap can drip onto your lovely gown. If you
choose one of these varieties for your bouquet, have your florist
completely wrap the stems.
Many couples begin greeting their guests well before the ceremony is
scheduled to begin. If this is your plan, the groom's boutonniere may be
completely flattened by the time he has finished hugging and kissing his
and your relatives and friends. Consider ordering a second boutonniere,
which will be fresh for the ceremony and the photo session.
Don't allow your centerpieces to hinder conversation between guest.
Centerpieces should always be either high or low, never in between,
forcing your guests to crane their necks to speak to someone on the
other side of the table.
Here are a few final points to keep in mind:
Know in advance where everything is supposed to take place. In fact, it's
a good idea to write down the schedule of where everyone should be
and when. Give a copy to your mom or dad, the maid-of-honor, your
caterer, and your florist. Giving a copy of the schedule to the florist will
help to ensure that the right floral arrangements arrive at the right
location on time.
Reusing the floral arrangements from the ceremony for the reception
areas will help to keep down costs. As long as you've planned in
advance by making sure that the color schemes blend, there is no
reason not to recycle wedding flowers. About the Author
Jean Bachcroft is a former public relations director, the founder of
Bachcroft and Aloha Labels, and the publisher and editor-in-chief of
Town and Country Shopping Bargains Magazine. For designer
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