Isn’t it funny how some of our most beautiful wedding traditions emanate from some of the most unsavoury places? Take the bride’s bouquet, for instance. Centuries ago, when bathing was considered an infrequent luxury, it was necessary for the bride to carry flowers in order to fend off the offending smell as she approached her husband-to-be. Rumour has it that pungent herbs and spices were also added to the bouquet to ward off evil spirits.
Despite the fact that most members of society adhere to regular personal hygiene practices these days, the bouquet has stood the test of time and has also brought with it a number of other considerations when it comes to blooms. Here, we explain why every bride needs a great florist.
Do I really need a florist?
Yes! This is one vendor you do not want to scrimp on. Think of your florist as an artist. The very best can ‘see’ your vision and help it come to life. They are not only clued up on which flowers will be in season on your wedding day (thereby reducing costs) but they can help to tailor your requests to suit your theme, dress and personality.
Can’t I just visit the flower markets and pick my own?
Of course you can, no one is stopping you! However, think about whether you would really like to wake early on the day before or of your wedding to pick your flowers. What if there isn’t enough to fill your bouquet? How will you ensure the proper care is taken so they look their best when it comes to photo time? Have you factored in flowers for the ceremony and reception? In the long run, it may not be worth the few dollars you could potentially save. Sanity counts for a lot when you delegate tasks!
Ok, so how do I pick a great florist? Aren’t they all the same?
Just like every dress is unique, so are florists. Our tip is to study, study, study. Look through wedding magazines and pour over wedding sites featuring ‘real’ brides. There will always be a suppliers list with contact details. When you’ve found a style you love and want to replicate, set up a meeting with your florist. It’s essential that you have a rapport with each other and that your florist understands your preferences, budget and style. If it doesn’t feel right, move on and find another. Also ask friends and family for recommendations.
Should I choose a local florist?
Choosing a local florist makes sense. It keeps travel costs down on the day, the blooms will arrive fresher and you will be more able to meet regularly to discuss progress. We love Rachel Read at The Flower Hut. Rachel has been working with local brides for years to tailor the perfect bouquets and arrangements that really wow guests. Give her a call on 02 9547 1200 to discuss your wedding needs.
What are the trends in wedding flowers at the moment?
Classic is never off tend, and by that, we mean roses. They are the most popular flower by far and with good reason, they are elegant, understated and look great in photographs. If you’re looking for something a little more daring, succulents are still having their time in the limelight. They look incredible in vintage themed weddings and make for impressive table decorations. You could even double up and provide mini cacti as favours for your guests.
I have my heart set on a certain flower and I know it will be in season on my day. I also know it will be very pricey to have them in my bridesmaid’s bouquets as well as on the tables. What do I do?
This is an all too common query and one that your florist will help you to solve. Whilst you don’t want to cut corners, it is important that you have the arrangements that you desire. Your florist will have endless troubleshooting solutions from downsizing your bridesmaids bouquets to having your dream flower dotted around your reception as a feature. If you trust your florist, you can work towards creating your vision well within your budget.
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