Set Goals to Establish Design Direction
You can save a lot of money on wedding flowers by first determining their purpose in the celebration. Of course, if the function of the flowers is to pretend you and your family have money to burn, then don’t bother reading the rest of this article. When did joining two people in holy matrimony become a spending contest? Good floral design doesn’t have to be costly, and obscenely expensive wedding decorations are in poor taste. They detract from the celebration, rather than elevate it.
Young brides are pressured into pretending to be financial princesses through popular media and industry professionals out to profit from the family’s naiveté. Wedding florals are there to provide proof of the couple’s love, not the size of their pocketbook. Their purpose is to create a special, unique look for a single moment in time—just a few hours. The whole beauty of fresh flowers is their ephemeral nature. The design can be done in a cost-effective manner, without waste and with the understanding that the event is temporary in nature. Not to worry! Photographs can preserve the moment for the future.
For a typical wedding, you need table decorations, altar decorations, and possibly aisle decorations. A unifying theme and choice of blooms provide a cohesive display. Repetition can lead the eye to a focal point and also give the designer a handy way to use modular units for multiple purposes. A single unit secured in floral foam can be combined to form an impressive table display, can be repeated down the center of a table-scape, can be plopped into adorable baskets hanging from a row of shepherd’s hooks staked into the ground or attached to the ends of pews, and can be wired into larger focal points constructed at an altar or arbor. Simply build the same modular unit as many times as needed. Make a few extra for emergency decorating issues. You can purchase the blooms and supplies in bulk at a wholesale dealer.
Keep your choice of different varieties of flowers simple. Seven is a good number—one for each day in a week. Purchase them just a short time before the wedding. If you know the color theme, you can wait until you arrive at the wholesale supplier and choose what fits according to the most abundant and affordable available blooms. Just be sure to provide contrasting scale and texture, as well vibrant flowers within the required color scheme. If you purchase stems from a local grower, you might be able to recreate a similar arrangement at home for anniversaries.
Consider conditioning your own greenery for the arrangements. It’s always good to get some of the long-lasting foliage stems from the supplier, but you can find good options for greenery growing in your own back yard. Test out the life span of properly conditioned home-picked greenery to be sure it will survive a long time in floral foam. Pick out found stems that spike, fill, and droop. You will need all three forms to complete each floral unit.
There is no need to purchase hundreds of flowers and pack them all tightly within each display. Good floral designers understand how essential editing and avoiding too many components is to an attractive arrangement.
Don’t be pressured into uber-emotional purchases. A wedding is a celebration of two lives joined as one. The flowers, the cake, and even the dress are secondary to the spiritual event. Being smart about the flowers can remove some of the stress of such a momentous occasion. Just add some ribbons and votive candles. Voila!