Must read tips!
Before you choose your favorite florist aka flower person
First things first. When choosing your florist, have your bridesmaids dress colors picked out with a swatch of the dress fabric you can give to your florist. This is a key component of the florist’s planning process. A swatch is ideal due to color online variation between device screens. Be open to flower colors that compliment the dresses (a color directly across on the color wheel) rather than one matching. This will look more contemporary, personal, fun and really pop in photographs.
If you don’t have specific colors- maybe your party is picking out their own attire in shades of a color or all different colors. That’s great too! Flowers can easily create a cohesive look here.
Know the simple 20/10 rule for centerpieces. Tall centerpieces need to start at 20” high. Low centerpieces need to be 10” or lower (the distance from your elbow to wrist). This space in between is a must have for great easy conversation.
Contrast is crucial. If you just adore the simple, elegant look of an all white bridal bouquet, let your florist include seasonal greens to give it a natural current look. This also creates contrast to your wedding dress. A combination of highly textured foliage, grasses or berries work perfectly to achieve this look. For a rustic accent think about brown or tan textured vines or leaves. For a glam look, think of gold accents.
More on color. If you have a large reception area (more than 5 tables) choose any warm color palette such as hues of yellow, orange, salmon, pink, red or burgundy for your table centerpieces. This will have more impact and give the reception a cozier feel. Cooler colors such as blue and purple recede into the background looking smaller especially in a larger venue.
No pressure. Don’t buy into wedding websites that tell you that you have to know flower varieties. Hogwash. That’s like your mechanic expecting you to know every component of an automobile. This is where your florist’s expertise comes into play. All you need to do is express what your personal style is. Check out my blog for more on personal style.