Author Kerry Jackson-Rider
Wedding flowers will generally account for around 5% of your overall wedding budget although some people like to make a beautiful floral display a priority ( I have known people spend £135,000 on their wedding flowers!) and some people will try to avoid using fresh flowers at all for a variety of reasons and use sweet trees, brooch bouquets etc. However much or little you choose to spend there are a few simple things you can do to make sure that you get the best value for your money and this includes using flowers in season and, at the very least, re-siting them from the ceremony venue to the reception venue. This is where having a good relationship with your florist will really pay dividends as they will advise you what flowers will work best in each situation taking into account the time of day, duration required, lighting, seasonality, cost etc. I always advocate re-cycling your flowers wherever possible - it is always possible!
Re-cycling your Wedding Flowers.
I personally love lots of flowers at weddings and think that they can really add the WOW! factor BUT I do always try to make sure that ceremony flowers can be taken to the reception venue and re-sited and, at the end of the evening, they are given to aunties, nans etc. or held over to be used at a brunch or BBQ the following day. We have even taken arrangements to a retirement home (on the instructions of the bride and groom of course) so that more people could enjoy them after the wedding. Even if money is no object it does seem a little crazy to spend £2,000 on a beautiful floral archway which can’t then be transported or re-used during your celebrations and ends up in the bin in a matter of hours. Unless you have plans to re-use or distribute your flowers after the wedding, they may possibly be perceived as a waste of money and moreover a waste in general if they are going straight into the bin. A little bit of extra thought and planning with your florist (and your wedding planner if you have one) will help you to make the most of your flower budget and usage.
I would always recommend you go as BIG as you can afford with your aisle and table top flowers as they are a sure way to make maximum impact, create the WOW! Factor and give a true look and feel of luxury. I also know that many people feel they are very expensive. My favorite luxury flowers include pink peonies and white hydrangeas, roses in all colors and sizes but especially nude, blush, cream and white, calla lilies and orchids. A way to keep costs down and to get more for your money is to choose flowers which are in season at the time of your wedding and a quick chat with your florist will help you to determine what is available. It is also worth checking with them in advance of actually booking your wedding date since if you have set your heart on incorporating a specific flower or color of that flower into your designs you may have to choose your date accordingly. Here is a very brief guide to the seasonality of flowers for you.
Spring (March – May)
Cherry blossom (I love!), calla lily, orchid, peony, ranunculus, rose Summer (June-August)
Ranunculus, rose, hydrangea, calla lily
Autumn (September – November)
Gerbera daisy, lily, orchid, roses, sunflower
Winter (December – February)
Gerbera daisy, lily, orchid, roses
A soft shade of red is a striking and topical color for wedding flowers around St Valentine's Day and Christmas and works well when teamed with white or cream and gold accessories such as votives, candelabra or tableware which will add warmth. I personally also love the use of trees for both inside and outside wedding settings and am a big fan of floral aisle walkways and the use of topiary especially inside and just outside of marquees.
Wedding Wreaths, Wedding Arches, Wedding Walls, Wedding Ceilings and more...
As well as bridal bouquets, buttonholes, bridesmaids' posies and your aisle and table top floral arrangements there are many creative ways of incorporating flowers to create the WOW! factor at weddings. Here are a few of my current favorites with the floral wreath featuring on a chair back and, in heart-shaped form, hanging from a tree.
Wedding Petal Aisle Runners Swoonworthy!!
A Floral Cascade How fabulous is this??
A Wedding Ceiling of Flower
(don't try this at home folks!)
Wedding Floral Archways
I hope you have found some inspiration through this brief foray into the beautiful world of Wedding Flowers. Be sure to find yourself a great florist who will listen and help you to achieve the effect you are looking for through your floral arrangements. Do call or email me if I can be of help in any way. Happy planning! Kerry xx
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Author Kerry is the founder and owner of Kerry Jackson-Rider Luxury Wedding Planning and is a leading UK & International Wedding Designer and Planner.
With over 10 years experience in Wedding and Event Planning.
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Date: October 14, 2014