Wedding Flowers, Bar-Bat Mitzvah Flowers, Quencinera Flowers, Special Event Flowers – Fresh or Silk?

Flower options for your wedding, Bar Mitzvah, Bat Mitzvah, quinceniera or sweet 16, event and – or special celebration

Congratulations! You are engaged!

You are now on your wonderful yet often frustrating journey from engagement to wedding.

It is a journey that will take you through many avenues and some forks in the road where you’ll have to stop, consider and choose a path.

The road we’ll take together is the one leading to the “fork in the road” to wedding flowers selection.

Like most brides and grooms, Bar-Bat Mitzvah parents, the parents of a quinceniera or sweet 16, event organizers for a work place or for a special occasion you are probably not a flowers mavens. Yet, all of a sudden you need to consider not only what flowers to use at your wedding, special celebration or event, but also what arrangements, for which designations and whether to use fresh or silk – satin flowers. This is quite a feat.

Hopefully this article will shed some light and help you decide how to proceed.

Today, you can select to proceed to the Fresh Flower road or you may opt for the Silk Flowers road.

Before you decide, however you must weigh the benefits and drawbacks you will encounter on either road traveled.

About Fresh Flowers

Traditionally, fresh flowers dominated the wedding and celebration receptions because the scent of fresh flowers fill the air with sweetness and empower the emotions.
However, fresh flowers are extremely expensive yet fade and wilt after just a few days.

Before you decide, you may wish to consider the following
You may host guests who are allergic to fresh flowers. They may spend your wedding sneezing and with red, itchy eyes.

You must order fresh flowers long before the wedding date. Yet, by their nature, you cannot see them until the florist brings them to your wedding site. Once done, with no time to spare, whether you like them or not, you are stuck with the bouquets, flower arrangements, and other floral accessories as created by the florist.

Fresh flowers do not last long. They fade and wilt. If you want them to become keepsakes, you must have them preserved. Preserving them necessitates getting them to a reliable flower preserver and this is often a costly process.

Fresh flowers are seasonal. So, if you are willing to go with flowers that are available at the season of your wedding you may pay less than if you opt for more exotic flowers that are out of season.

Many flowers that grow in greenhouses or imported from other parts of the world can be available to you out of season. However, they are often very expensive.

Brides and grooms like to know the meanings of the flowers they choose. So we added the ones we know. Additionally the need to know which flowers are seasonal for their wedding date.

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Wedding Flower Tips

Flowers are symbols of God’s love and beauty on earth and so are weddings. The flowers add perfume and color to the occasion and are an integral part of any wedding. In fact, flowers in a way guide your wedding, right from the first candlelight dinner, to the proposal, the wedding day and during the reception. You cannot imagine a wedding without flowers, flowers are so important during weddings. Flowers also find place in weddings as wedding favor gifts and in the wedding reception decorations. Moreover, when you are opting for an Eco friendly decoration theme at your wedding, there really is no better option than flowers. Thus, it is important that the right flower arrangements be made with the right florist. Finding the right florist can be a confusing search, and so this article intends to share some of the aspects of wedding flowers with you.

Decide on the flower

The first step for the bride is to decide on the flower. There are so many flowery options available, but there are certain conventions of the florists that should be followed. For instance, some flowers are especially used at funerals; you have to find flowers that are exclusively for weddings. The best possible approach to this beautiful confusion (flowers are always beautiful) is to rely on your imagination and decide on a flower vision for your wedding. Whether your vision is sketchy or definite, it will be of great assistance to you when you consult the florist. When you consult the florist, tell her of the idea that you have in mind and see how far she is able to understand your idea. Take color swatches, fabric swatches of your wedding dress and the color of the decoration at your wedding reception hall. This is important, because it will help the florist to suggest a flower color combination that goes best with your imagination and to the wedding venue. Also, consult the florist on flower gift ideas. Flowers are a very beautiful gift to be given as wedding favor gifts and bridal shower gifts. Though conventional, yet they are never passe. The vintage and classic appeal of flowers has always complemented the traditional appeal at weddings.

Finding the florist

First step is to find a specialist wedding florist. Florists are often specialized to handle different occasions like birthdays, prom night celebrations, funerals and weddings. When you are seeking the florist, you have to ensure that your florist is specialized in handling wedding flowers. It is even a better idea to consult with two or three florists at a time, to have your options open. When consulting the florist, what you have to ensure is that the florist is an understanding person to what you are asking of her. If a friend has referred you to a florist, then too it is important to understand whether the florist understands you or not.

While consulting the florist do not get disheartened if the florist suggests you a decoration budget that is beyond what you have kept aside for the flower decorations. You should be able to insist that creativity can even transform a low budget decoration into a fabulous decorating space. Thus, the point that you have to pinpoint while you are seeking the florist is the creativity of the florist. Creativity comes with knowledge, so you have to find the florist who is knowledgeable with flowers. Ask the florist about different flower decoration styles (like the Japanese Ikebana or the simple Elizabethan bouquet). It is crucial that you have done a little bit of flower homework for the purpose (otherwise, you will not be able to ask questions and justify answers). The response of the florist to your questions about flowers will tell you whether the florist is creative enough or not. In addition, look at the photos of different wedding decorations that the florist has done before and find the photo that is nearest to your imagination. Suggest what alterations you would like and see whether the florist is able to comply with the alterations or not.

Also, check on the factors like how many weddings the florist is attending on your special day. If you’re looking for precious flowers like orchids and special flower decorations like arches and exotic potted plants for the reception decoration, then confirm whether the florist can provide them or not.

Keep the season in mind

Season is a very important aspect when it comes to flowers, weddings and wedding favors. The availability of flowers vary from season to season, so keep in mind a season check when you are looking for flowers at your wedding. In fact, wedding favor theme gifts are also arranged according to the season. Such wedding favor or bridal shower gifts can be like winter wedding favor theme, summer wedding favor theme or a spring wedding favor theme.

Eco friendly wedding

If you’re deciding on an Eco friendly wedding as your unique wedding idea, then go with it. Flowers are an integral part of any Eco friendly decorations and so you have to pay key attention to the flowers. Consult your decoration ideas with your florist and see that whether the florist can fit in the decoration idea within your budget limit or not. Pay heed to the altercations suggested by the florist and suggest your own changes to the florist’s ideas. Recycling the flowers is also a very Eco-friendly idea.

Wedding flower suggestions

Wedding flowers can be classified in different categories and for a perfect floral arrangement the synchrony of all the ingredients are needed. First category is the bouquet that the flower-girl, bridesmaids and the bride will be carrying. Consider bouquets as a fragile fashion accessory and find the bouquet that rightly fits your aura. The flowers in hand should be able to add to the grace and beauty of the girl who is holding them. The bouquet is like a friend when you are walking down the aisle.

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Summer Wedding Flower – 10 Popular Choices For A Bride Planning A Summer Wedding

Summer is a time of fun. A sunny day simply has an uplifting effect on even the most pessimistic of people. Smiling and laughter seem intuitive, and most people simply enjoy the outdoors. It is probably predictable that most wedding occur in summer, after all it is that time of year when most people are physically warm and comfortable. Sure there are exceptions, but generally clear, warm weather tends to translate into clear, warm temperament.

It is not surprisingly that summer brides are spoilt for choice when it comes to summer wedding flowers, not to mention the proliferation of outdoor wedding venues in summer, which also gives the bride additional options. In addition it also enables her to align her wedding flowers to the venue, using tropical flowers in exotic venues, wild flowers in garden venues and even beach flowers at beach venues.

In terms of summer wedding flowers the most popular flowers would definitely include (although not be limited) to the following:

1. Sunflowers

A firm favorite at many a summer wedding. This is a physically large flower that makes an immediate statement. The name sunflower says it all. Unquestionably the best flower ambassador for the bright summer sun, these fiery blooms with a dark or black center are particularly popular in yellow, and interestingly are also available in red, brown, orange, bronze and mahogany. This summer wedding flower acts as a distinct focal point in all arrangements. Generally a summer bride will construct her arrangement around a select few sunflowers.

2. Gazanias

Usually referred to as the Treasure Flower, this is a potentially contentious choice as a summer wedding flower. When using these flowers a bride should plan around a daytime wedding and cut the flowers as late as possible, especially given their tendency to close at night and in overcast weather. Generally these flowers are available in a vast array of dynamic colors, including multi-hued colors which amplifies the effect of the gazanias.

3. Gerbera Daisies

If beauty is in the eye of the beholder, then these flowers are a very popular choice most brides would have difficulty in ignoring these wedding flowers. Characterized by a remarkably intensity of color, looking at these flowers almost makes your teeth hurt! With good reason these flowers are a very popular choice in summer weddings, and consistently rank as one of the fifth most used cut flower in the world (preceded by roses, carnations, chrysanthemums and tulips). Also commonly referred to as the African Daisy.

4. Dahlia

If an unconventional and somewhat unstructured floral appeals to you then dahlias would be a serious consideration on your big day. Definitely a somewhat right-brained flower, dahlias work exceptionally well in summer weddings. Big, shaggy and multi-petaled describes this flower well, with a sea anemone resembling its closet relative in a parallel universe. Definitely diverse in appearance, most species have a distinct quant and frothy look to them, in one form or another. Definitely an interesting taking point with your guests.

5. Black Eyed Susan

Just the term black-eyed susan conjures up some interesting images with brides. Of course in reference to a wedding flower, as opposed to a femme fatale. Generally considered to be a wild flower found in open woods and road sides, they make excellent summer wedding flowers and are particularly popular with the more vintage and rustic-type weddings.

Similar to daffodils they are particularly well-known for their striking yellow colors and dark centers, and are great friends with bees and butterflies. These daisy-like flowers are also available in orange, brown, red and sometimes in a multi-hued appearance.

6. Poppy

Poppies sometimes just simply get bad rap, in particular with their associations with the narcotics trade. The truth is these flowers make for delightful wedding flowers and remain ever popular with summer weddings.

These somewhat tubular-looking blooms grow on a long and thin flexible stem and are available in a variety of colors. Red and white poppies in particular make for a stunning combination in a wedding bouquet.

7. Cosmos

Closely related to daisies, these are a popular summer wedding flower that are generally available in pink, multi-hued pinks, white, orange, and red. This is a small, orderly flower with evenly placed petals that works either exclusively or as an excellent accent flower in a wedding floral arrangement and has a vase life of up to 10 days if carefully managed.

A popular concept with brides is to sometimes use these flowers exclusively, but to design a bouquet using different color cosmos arranged in a reasonably symmetrical fashion.

8. Tuberose

If you love angelic white as a color, you will love the tuberose as a summer selection. Characterized by a powerful, sweet scent that even has a commercial association with certain perfumes, these tubular-shaped flowers are in no way related to roses despite the similar name, although both feature strongly as sought-after wedding flowers. These flowers are also frequently used in tropical destinations to construct leis.

9. Peony

Commonly available in white, cream, pinks, lavender, mahogany and red, these large flowers have a distinct disheveled, fluffy look, although disheveled in a kind of teddy bear fashion. Similar in appearance to hydrangeas, these flowers are available in a far diversity of shapes and work well in most floral arrangements, but particularly in bouquets, especially when used as an exclusive flower in an exclusive color.

10. Chrysanthemum

These flowers are undoubtedly one of the most popular summer wedding flower selections for brides. Also characterized by various diverse appearances, including the popular pompon form, these blooms are available in pink, yellow, red, white, copper and purple and make for excellent additions to all floral arrangements, but in particular bouquets and centerpieces.

Summer wedding flowers very often have a strong resonance to a marriage that has a sunny disposition, and why not? Summer after all is a time for celebration and to have that theme reinforced with beautiful summer wedding flowers just seems to make good sense.

About The Author

Josh Elliott is an authority on wedding flowers and bouquet issues. As an Author on the subject, he is at the forefront to provide creative and innovative ideas related to brides wanting to use wedding flowers to accentuate their wedding.

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