Weddings absolutely shine when fresh, seasonal flowers are arranged professionally in clever and unique ways.
And, as you're probably beginning to understand, the professional designing, selecting, arranging, storing and delivering of flowers and floral arrangements takes years of training, trial and error and experience to achieve that magical effect.
Some couples believe that this equates to a big chunk of cash. Well, yes AND no.
Unbridely believe that the cost of most wedding suppliers is directly proportional to the quality of their product or service, their training or qualifications, experience and their popularity. With the wedding industry being an open and unregulated market, 9 times out of 10, you get what you pay for.
But we can certainly empathise with how, when you are considering ordering rehearsal dinner centrepieces, bouquets, boutonnieres, ceremony aisle decorations, flower petals for the aisle, arrangements for the bathrooms or entrance of the reception, bridal table and guest table decorations AND hanging installations, your budget for flowers can take a big hit.
But we've got 3 clever and professional wedding styling tips that will have your bridal blooms doing double duty, which can stretch your dollars further.
1) Bridal & Bridesmaids Bouquets on Display
@@Most bridesmaids will hold their bouquet for only a couple of hours, so it's smart wedding planning to find another use for them.@@
With a visually balanced assortment of unique vases, or just simple mason jars, bouquets can grace the bridal table in lieu of a more formal floral arrangement or spray.
For the bridal table arrangement above (as captured by Simon Bills Photography), Your Party Plannery used Buds and Blooms soft pink and white romantic (but ultimately top heavy) bouquets, supported with sturdy and tall glass cylinders.
Teamed with the place cards and bonbonniere (Paper Fashion), burlap table runner, wooden crates, candles and flowers display at the front, the result celebrates a refined rustic aesthetic that is warm and inviting.
In Panache Photography's amazing photo below, you can see how bride Christie and her bridesmaid's bouquets are displayed on a feature wall above the wedding cake to great effect; secured with with thick, striped ribbons.
Christie confided that it was in fact a 'last minute' idea, when they realised they hadn't arranged vases. The result is striking and original and will no doubt help to spark other creative bouquet display solutions depending on the venue and materials available at hand.
2) Centrepiece double duty for pre or post wedding gatherings
If you are planning a rehearsal dinner or welcome BBQ before your wedding, or a recovery brunch the day after, be sure to arrange for your flowers to be taken care of (picked up, transported at the right temperature, stored and then carefully delivered) so they can attend all of the other celebrations with you too!
Table centrepiece arrangements for the rehearsal dinner can be used for the reception and/or reception table centrepieces can be used for the recovery party, but the are also lots of other options that you may have not considered.
How about for the signing table at the ceremony, to decorate the bathrooms at the reception venue (a little colour and/or prettiness never hurt a bathroom), as accents on a dessert buffet, or as a styling element on the guestbook, gift or cake tables?
3) Arrangements for the ceremony and reception
When this bright and beautiful basket of flowers (above) was conceived for the ceremony, the intention was to make their impact last for the whole day. Once the riverside ceremony was complete, the arrangement was transported to the reception venue and provided a focal point beside and around the seating chart sign.
In the following ceremony photos by Scott Goh Photography (below), the lush, tropical floral arrangements were displayed on wine barrels at the altar and also at the entrance to the aisle for the ceremony.
With their sturdy ivory vases, these arrangements were able to be easily moved into the reception venue at the conclusion to the ceremony, to flank the bridal table and provide a stunning pop of colour against the rustic backdrop.
Do you know of any other smart ways to make your flowers work harder? We love to hear from you in the comments.