Thursday, April 15, 2010

Event Design | Choosing Your Flowers

Floral design is my favorite part of the entire design process. The colors, textures and scent of flowers are unlike anything else. From a stunning vase of tulips, to the exotic look of orchids, designing both personal flowers & reception flowers can be fun, but also overwhelming.

I'm not a florist, so thankfully there are some amazing wedding florists in Grand Rapids. We had Natalie from Stems Events Design on board for this photo shoot and used shades of purple and green flowers, and a big array of blooms. I absolutely LOVED the Vanda orchid Natalie used in the centerpieces. Another fun detail were the various boutonnieres with three different flowers. I love the idea of each groomsmen having a different bout, instead of being matchy-matchy.

My biggest piece of advice while designing your wedding flowers? Share your floral budget. Being realistic with what you want to spend on fresh flowers from the get-go will make the planning process go smoothly. You don't want to fall in love with something you can't have because it's out of season, too expensive, or doesn't come in the right color.

Have you fallen in love with pink peonies, but getting married in November? My advice? Splurge on the peonies for your bridal bouquet, and come up with a great alternative (read: cheaper) option for the centerpieces. Having photos of floral designs that have caught your eye with be helpful as will having your color palette and linen choices.

Looking for floral inspiration? Check out Bride and Bloom's website for tons of great eye candy.

[floral design by Stems Event Design, photography copyright Telltale Photography]

4 lovely comment(s):

brit Apr 15, 2010, 8:02:00 PM  

I definitely agree that you should be upfront about your floral budget with the florist. I also think the florist should be extremely considerate of what a bride's budget is.

Great tips!

Amberdawn Apr 15, 2010, 11:31:00 PM  

Love those flowers :) Lilies and orchids are my favorites!

I keep thinking about a very simple bouquet of deep pink lilies for me. It's not as exciting as an arrangement, but I do think I need to go with that vision. The centerpieces will be busier with orange and purple and pink. I just feel in love with that simple, neat look, and keep coming back to the inspiration image I found of it.

Las Vegas Wedding Planner Apr 18, 2010, 1:03:00 AM  

Loving the bright colors!!

Ann Flower Apr 20, 2010, 5:29:00 AM  

You have posted awesome picture of flowers. Flowers bring so much joy to those who have the time enjoy them.

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