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Wedding Day Flowers - A Guide

Roses are red, violets are blue, and how you choose to arrange them on your wedding day requires planning. From deciding upon arrangements that speak to your style, to what to do when the party is over, you need to know the ins and outs of wedding flower arrangement. With proper planning, flowers enhance the beauty of your celebration of love without any extra hassle.

Choosing your wedding day flowers may be something you've planned since you were a little girl, or it could be one of the most daunting parts of the planning process. If a picture paints a thousand words, how do you decide on what you want it to say? Romantic baby roses? Tall, sleek calla lilies? Bright, fun Gerbera daisies? With all of the floral arrangements available to the modern bride from around the world, choosing colours and styles can be overwhelming.

By the time you have to think about flowers, you should have an idea about what you're going for with your wedding style and budget. Seasons, times of the day, and venues are all ways to narrow down the options. Bright, sexy designs are inappropriate in a chapel and wildflowers don't match sit down evening affairs. If you've chosen a theme colour, then half the battle is won. Professionals can help you fashion your dreams into reality.

A good choice is to opt for seasonal, locally grown flowers. This will support local business, save money, and match your day. For spring weddings, choose in-season daffodils, primrose, bluebell, pansies, tulips, hyacinths, narcissi or ivy. If your reception takes place in casual outdoor surroundings, opt for a less formal arrangement to match the carefree springtime feel. More formal venues are suitable for polished arrangements that utilize the pastels of the season.

Summer weddings have many options. Bright arrangements accentuate the fun-loving attitude of the warmer months. Consider sunflowers set in a tin pitcher, sexy orchids in tall vases, innocent daisies, or classy white gardenias. Gerbera daisies, Lily of the Valley, and jasmine are just a few great summer flowers.

Autumn brings with it the rustic oranges, yellows, warm reds, and purples that remind of crisp air and cosy, romantic nights. Ferns, fruits, and gourds can compliment floral arrangements that are best composed of Lisianthu, Hypericum, Alstroemeria, and Amaryllis. Tap into the time of harvest and abundance with full bouquets and arrangements.

Winter weddings can be lovely with the use of snowy whites, reds, greens, and the rich tones that connote warmth. This may be the best time to introduce the timeless red rose or Christmas poinsettia. Holly, pine, or other greens mythically bring good luck to the home in winter and contribute to a good crop come spring! Most flowers have a symbol or story behind to them, and you may choose to pick your flower based on its mythical significance. For instance, bamboo is said to bring love and luck.

Centrepieces, church ceremonies, and bouquets must be coordinated and factored into the flower budget. Decide where you will want your flowers: around the alter? At the ends of the pews or on the backs of chairs? In buttonholes and corsages for the wedding party and families? Rose petals scattered down the aisle? A florist will help you keep everything in line and he will be the most reliable person when it comes to making sure everything is done well.

When deciding on a florist, go on recommendation and use one that you know is reputable. Experienced wedding florists can be found at bridal fair and on wedding Web sites. This is your big day, so make sure they understand you - and that they will be sure to show up. When visiting a supplier, bring your questions. You'll want to know how experienced they are with weddings, if they've worked with your venue before, and how many other weddings they will be doing on your day. A good florist will help you design according to your budget, so talk about cost effectiveness, seasonal arrangements, and added decorative items. If you want, ask for photos or a mock-up and if she'll visit the venue for better perspective. Listen to the florist for her professional ideas and suggestions - after all, this is her living! - and remember that a good bride-florist relationship depends on respect. And always sign a contract.

Secure monetary arrangements before booking. In many cases, only a fraction of the cost actually goes to the flowers. There are service, labour, and consulting fees that get tacked on, so that the £500 of roses you ordered can suddenly look like £200 worth. Some say a flower budget should be 5 to 10 percent of the entire projected wedding cost, and some brides spend thousands on their wedding flowers. Find out up front what the costs will be, and stick to your budget.

There are many alternatives to traditional wedding flowers and florists. Silk flower arrangements are finding new appeal with many brides. Silk arrangements look classy, and they never die. This is a great option if you want your wedding to be as "green" as possible. You can work with a vendor for your silk flower arrangements, or you can do it yourself. Regarding DIY, wedding blogs and sites that are off the beaten wedding market path give step-by-step instructions on putting together artful arrangements. The artsy bride and her creative friends can bond over a craft session, and the personal touch at a wedding - when done well - is special. On the day-of, though, it is a good idea to enlist a friend or relative to handle the details. You will probably not want to be arranging the centrepieces when you need to be getting into your dress!

Imagining your wedding space, whether modest or elaborate, decorated with your favourite posies is an exciting element of planning. However, your big day will be a blur, and you don't want to waste money or nature's gifts. Ceremonies and receptions at the same site will consolidate flower usage, but if you are using two different venues then you can move the ceremony flowers over to the reception site. Your ceremony site will not want to be left with your mess, so make sure that there is a plan for the first round decorations. When the party's over, your flowers will still have a lot of life to live. Surely you don't want to dump your vision into the rubbish bin: give away centrepieces to guests or organize a committee to deliver them to the local hospital or nursing home. If you know someone getting married the next day, consider sharing with her. They will need a little freshening up, but this way you can share the love and the costs.

Wedding flowers are the backdrop to the celebration of love, and they enhance the beauty of the bride. With thoughtful planning, they will be there for you hassle-free on your special day.