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Top 5 Wedding Flowers Tips for Brides to Be

Top 5 Wedding Flowers Tips for Brides to Be

The right florals can bring your dream wedding vision to life! Peonies, hydrangeas, roses – whatever blooms you love, your florist can help provide the freshest styles. Melinda from Flowers by Melinda talks to Denny about wedding flowers budgets and options. Here are our

Top 5 Wedding Flowers Tips for Brides to Be

1. Set Your Budget

Trust your florist – they can work with any budget and help you understand what you can afford. If it’s important for you to have a big, beautiful bouquet with more expensive flowers in it, than you can do smaller bouquets for your bridesmaids to save money. Some of your florals may also be reusable; if none of your centerpiece elements are rented, your guests can take them home as gifts, or you can reuse the next day for your brunch.

2. Use Pinterest for Ideas

Pinterest is a great tool to find wedding flower designs you like. Melinda enjoys natural, organic, picked from the garden looks. While she creates all styles, her favorite florals are whimsical, fun arrangements. Your florist may ask you to email them pictures of flowers or colors you’re drawn to. Melinda does this with her couples so she can reference your favorite styles and put her own spin on them. Check out the Off BEET Productions Wedding Flowers Pinterest board for some of our favorite floral photos!

3. Know That Season Matters

Melinda will be honest in managing expectations. If a wedding flower arrangement is not possible, she will provide other options. For example, if you want peonies in September or October, she may not be able to get them, but she can show you alternatives. Some brides get married at specific times in the year just to have certain flowers in season! Here are some examples of wedding flowers by season:

Spring: Rose, Tulip, Calla Lily, Hydrangea, Peony, Succulent, Lily, Lilac, Sweet Pea, Veronica, Andromeda

Summer: Ranunculus, Gardenia, Clematis, Pincushion Protea, Bells of Ireland, Gladiolus, Larkspur, Sunflower

Fall: Cymbidium Orchid, Fern Fronds, Carnation, Gerber Daisy, Snapdragon, Zinnia, Iris, Marigold, Verbena

Winter: Amaryllis, Eucalyptus, Holly, Silver Brunia, Juniper, Dusty Miller, Pepperberries, Jasmine, Snowberry

4. Fight the Wilt

Melinda uses tricks of the trade to make sure your wedding flowers are perfectly fresh the day of. However, it’s important to know that flowers can wilt, especially on a hot wedding day! You might consider asking your florist to include a water tube in your bouquet or keeping a spray bottle handy throughout the day to mist it.

5. Have Fun with Boutonnieres

Ever wondered how to make a boutonniere? Fun fact: boutonniere actually means button hole! Melinda shows Denny how to make a boutonniere with colorful button mums, green leaves, and eucalyptus, using a glue gun to keep it all together. Don’t worry – you won’t have to do this! Your florist will bring extra boutonnieres on your big day just in case. But you two can have fun deciding on the wedding flowers you’d like included in them!

One of the top questions during wedding day prep is, “How do you pin a boutonniere?” Follow these steps to pin a groomsman or family member’s wedding flowers for them:

  1. Hold the boutonniere by the stem with your left hand.
  2. Place the boutonnire on the wearer’s left lapel (which will be your right when looking at them) about four inches down from the tip of the shoulder. The flower should be positioned correctly before pinning it in place.
  3. Hold a pin with your right hand, and starting from behind the lapel, push it through the fabric just beneath the head of the flower. By starting from behind the lapel, you ensure the pinheads won’t be seen.
  4. Pierce through the flower stem, reinserting the tip of the pin into the fabric so that the tip of the pin ends up behind the lapel. Duplicate this process with the second pin if provided.
  5. Tug gently on the stem to make sure the boutonniere is properly fastened and secure.

Ready to learn more? Finally, visit Hooked’s 60 Second Flowers video page to see more of Melinda from Flowers by Melinda.

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