Step 11: Flowers
Flowers are not only a visual pleasure but a symbol of new love and a new life. Flowers may be used in nearly every aspect of the wedding including decorating rows of seating, topping the wedding cake, in the hands of attendants, given to parents, centerpieces, wrapped around candles, main entryways, or even on serving platters. You can choose flowers depending on their symbolic meaning, seasonal freshness, color, size, fragrance, or pleasure.
Before you meet with a florist, gather ideas of flowers from bridal magazines, interior design books, flower shows, floral websites, or gardens. You may also want to consider the formality of the wedding, the season and the colors the bridal party will be wearing when choosing flowers. You also need to think about ribbons, greens, candles, vases, pots, or containers you may need to hold the flowers. You may want to use the following checklist to make sure you have all the flowers you need.
A special way to personalize flowers is to select chocies based on your birth month.
January - carnation
February - violet
March - jonquil
April - sweet pea
May -lily of the valley
Using seasonal flowers is a good way to cut on costs because they will be easily available. You can also use the do-it-yourself method by tying flowers together with ribbons or wire. You can also save by having a friend pick up the flowers instead of having them delivered. You can also use your ceremony decorations for the reception decorations but they will also have to be transported. If you have a ceremony around a holiday, it may already be decorated with flowers. You can also have attenadants carry a single flower trailed by a long ribbon.
When meeting florists, ask to see the florist's album or portfolo of previous wedding for which they provided flowers, ask for references, inquire about wedding packages, and ask for guarantees. You should also do site checks and find out about access for decorating and what is permitted.