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WHY & WHAT DO YOU NEED FLOWERS FOR IN A WEDDING?
Written by Felipe Arenas
When thinking about your upcoming nuptials, it's likely that one particular detail lingers in your mind and always comes atop when planning for your dream day: flowers, and with good reason. For flowers not only add and brighten any occasion, when it comes to weddings, they are that layer of detail that brings together any imaginable set-up for the big day. They are the finishing touch, and what ties everything up to make of your wedding as unique as the bond you and your loving partner will celebrate that day.
THE TRIED & TRUE ABOUT WEDDING FLOWERS
Merrianne Patterson Vizza
Do I really need flowers at my wedding?
After the grand opening above, it would appear as if a rotund YES would be in order, bottom line though: no, not really. After all, the only thing that you really need to get married is an able and willing other, a license and an officiant.  So how to go about it, and about celebrating the character of your bond, seems like something for you and your partner to decide. When it comes to adding flowers to the motions that day though, having them adds in so many ways to your wedding and it's so easy to get right, that why wouldnt you. Really.
What should I know before shopping for wedding flowers?
From the spur-of-the-moment to years-in-the-making weeklong affaires, from the no-frills to the most bodacious of nuptials, flowers will add light and texture on everything the day of your wedding. While your dream comes into focus, allow flowers to linger in your mind until you have checked season, theme, time, venue and attire from your to-do list. Leaving flowers for after these wedding to-dos, lends nuance and guidance towards the style, texture, flower types and palette of colors that will best match the day as it is coming together.
What are the best flowers for weddings?
You dont have to be an expert to choose the flowers for your wedding. From timeless classics like carnations, peonies and roses, to other popular choices such as hydrangeas, lilies and ranunculus, wedding flower types stand on their own and offer a palette of colors that no wedding can go wrong with. So whatever color and type catches your eye, focus on how it pairs with other blooms, greens and fillers, and visualize how theme, venue, attire and flowers comes together; youll know what flowers are best for your wedding.
What do you need flowers for in a wedding?
Versatile as flowers are, there are floral arrangements for every motion that day. From bouquets to boutonnieres, from petals strewed by flower girls to wedding arbors for the couple to stand under, from table centerpieces to head table decorations, there are plenty of options to consider. Keep in mind that at the core of your choice stands the bridal bouquet, and options then expand onto the couples entourage and family, and finally spill over onto ceremony and reception venues. Here is a non-comprehensive list of wedding arrangements to get you started:
Bride and couple's entourage flowers (otherwise known as "personal" flowers):
- Bridal bouquet
- Maid of honor and bridesmaid bouquets; groom, best man and groomsmen boutonnieres
- Officiant, flower girl and ring bearer's flowers
- Entrance and aisle arrangements
- Central arrangements
- Chair, bench decorations
How much should I spend on flowers for my wedding?
- Head table arrangements
- Table runners or centerpieces
- Restroom decorations
Rule of thumb has it that something between eight to twelve percent of your overall budget should be enough to cover your wedding flower needs. Whatever that might add-up to, you will come to realize will be the portion of your budget that will deliver the most return over cost of all other wedding must haves. For not only will they tie everything up to make your wedding as unique as the bond you and your loving partner will celebrate, flowers will make your dream day celebration, bloom.
SO, WHAT DOES THE FLOWERS GUY HAVE TO SAY ABOUT WEDDING FLOWERS?
Think about wedding photos, of pictures of the most sumptuous (absent of nothing) wedding
except for flowers. Try to picture that for a moment if you will: stills of flower girls, without flowers; of the bride in full gown, without a bridal bouquet to hold-on-to; of bridesmaids in beautiful matching color dresses, yet absent of any sort of floral detail at their hand or wrist. Expand that vision to ceremony and celebration, no floral decorations whatsoever, not a single flower decorating either hall or venue
Now imagine a beach, backyard pool or lawn, couple, family and guests in swimsuits, light loose tops and beach wraps; add an arbor to stand under, a garland to decorate the brides hair and a floral wreath to hang from the grooms chest to the picture, and youll come to realize
its a wedding. Try as many scenarios as you can come-up with even: house of worship, city hall, wedding chapel, public park, neighborhood bar or highway dive; add some sort of boutonniere or single loose-stem-bloom for couple and guests (if any) and there you have it
its a wedding.
So come think about it how flowers add in so many ways to your dream day, how wedding flower types stand on their own and offer a palette of colors that no wedding celebration can go wrong with, how there are floral arrangements for every motion that day, how flowers will deliver the most return over cost of all other wedding must haves and how easy it is to get it right not a matter of why and what for but in the case of flowers, the wedding essential you can't part with.
Not if besides getting married, you want a wedding.
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 See: U.S. Marriage Laws