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Decorating Wedding Tables with Flowers


Whether you’re planning a sophisticated wedding at a five star hotel or a barbecue on the beach, flowers will help you set the mood of your celebration.  Nothing adds colour, fragrance and individuality to your big day like fresh flowers.

When considering your floral arrangements, think about:

Choosing your wedding flower style

Maybe you have a favourite flower that you want to incorporate into your wedding day, or your theme lends itself to a particular style of flower (e.g. frangipanis for a beach wedding).  Whatever your inspiration, the first step you should take when thinking about your wedding flower style is to look for inspiration:

  • Browse wedding blogs, photographic websites and wedding websites to find images of flowers, bridal bouquets, centrepieces and other floral decorations that you love
  • Flick through as many wedding magazines as your budget allows.  Cut out images of the flowers that you love, whether it's a whole room full of decorations, or a simple blossom from the centre of a bridal bouquet.  Whatever takes your fancy, snip it out and put it in your inspiration board to take to your florist
  • If you've chosen a really unique style of vase for your centrepieces, or a particular style of gown that might not suit a traditional bouquet, you should also include these items on your inspiration board, or take photographs or samples of them to your florist to see.  These items will influence the style of flowers that the florist will recommend for your wedding day.

Choosing a florist

Unless you are lucky enough to have a friend or family member with a passion for flowers, you’ll need a professional floral designer.  A specialist florist will have the know-how and experience to tell you what works and what doesn’t.  He or she will be able to work within your budget to create wedding magic. 

Book your florist early – at least six months before your wedding day.  And do your homework!  Ask your friends and family for recommendations and then check out each florist’s credentials.  Ask to see photographs of other floral arrangements they’ve created for weddings, and ask for references.  Ask whether the florist is familiar with your ceremony and reception sites (and if not, ask if he or she will visit the site in advance).  Determine whether they’ll deliver the flowers to your ceremony and reception sites, and whether the delivery fee is built into their pricing structure.  Taking the time to find the perfect florist will save you headaches later on.

Taking a floral inventory

Once your florist knows your budget and wedding theme, he or she will be able to help you take an inventory to consider exactly what sorts of floral decorations you’ll need.  Your first priority should be your own bridal bouquet, with all your other floral arrangements chosen to complement it.  Think about:

  • Your bridal bouquet and floral headpiece
  • Bouquets and headpieces for the bridesmaids
  • Buttonholes and corsages for the rest of the bridal party
  • Flowers for the flower girl
  • Floral decorations for the ceremony
  • Floral decorations for the reception
  • Table centrepieces
  • Floral decorations for your wedding cake
  • Rose petal confetti.

Get a Quote and Samples

Before you sign on the dotted line with your florist, make sure you get a solid quote from them and see samples of what your flowers will look like a few weeks in advance of your wedding day.  This means you'll be able to relax knowing that there won't be any extra hidden costs before the wedding and you will see the flowers in season.

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