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Friday, October 24, 2014

Get More for Your Wedding Floral Budget

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Sharon Naylor, Guest Author

Use flowers that are in-season. Consult the florist’s charts of floral bloom times in order to determine which types of flowers will be in season at the time of your wedding.

Expect higher prices during times of popular flower-giving holidays such as Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day. Flower prices go up at this time of the year, and you’ll pay the price in your wedding budget.

WEDfloralBudgetUse flowers that are grown locally, rather than exotic blooms that have to be imported at greater expense.

Consiter different varieties of flowers rather than the traditional “bridal” ones such as white roses, orchids, tulips and gardenias. These styles are often more expensive, especially during the most popular wedding months. Larry’s NOTE: The most popular wedding months varies in different parts of the country. For example, in Arizona, we have two wedding seasons: March, April and May and October, November and December are the busiest months for weddings because the weather is so great, especially for outdoor weddings.

Get a little creative and use more original types of flowers in your arrangements. No doubt your search will reveal flowers you’re never seen before, and they just may become your favorites.

Use more expensive flowers, such as your favorite bird of paradise, only as accents to larger, more economical arrangements.

Use larger flowers for centerpieces and decorative arrangements. You’ll need fewer per arrangements.

Add some color to your arrangements. A grouping of all while roses will require more flowers per bunch in order to make an impression. A splash of color will make your bouquets and arrangements look better at a lower price.

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Use smaller bouquets and arrangements. Today’s trends favor smaller floral pieces, so that the bride can be seen behind her bouquet and the guests can see each other across the table.

Use simpler floral arrangements and bouquets. A great amount of the florist’s bill is related to the amount of labor required to wire together your bouquets and assemble your intricate centerpieces. Instead of choosing the most difficult-to-design styles, consider using flowers for your bouquet that are tightly bunched and tied at the stem, and tightly bound, low-sitting flowers as your centerpieces.

Rent potted flowers and plants to decorate your reception and ceremony areas. For a lower price, you can fill your location with a larger number of atmosphere-setting plants, create walkways, and even provide centerpieces for your buffet table.

Don’t use flowers in your centerpieces. Choose pillar candles or other creative, inexpensive centerpiece ideas instead.

Have your maid set their bouquets in front of them at the head table to eliminate one centerpiece, or get a two-for-one from your investment by having your maids place each of their bouquets in the centers of a guest table (if there are enough to suit your guest list).

Skip some nice but unnecessary floral expenses, such as having a small floral arrangement on the back of each guest’s chair, decorating the getaway car with floral swags, placing floral arrangements in the restrooms or on the gift table, and using fresh flowers to decorate the cake.

Shop for candles in craft stores where you can buy inexpensive brands in bulk. Freeze the candles before lighting them so they will burn longer.

BONUS Articles: How to SAVE on Your Wedding Floral Budget
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SharonNaylorCopyright © 2014 – Sharon Naylor. Sharon Naylor is the author of “How to Have a Fabulous Wedding for $10,000 or Less“, “The Complete Outdoor Wedding Planner,” and more than 30+ other wedding books. Sharon has appeared on Oprah, Good Morning America, Inside Edition, Primetime, Lifetime, ABC News, Get Married, I Do with The Knot, Fox 5 News, Better TV and more. Visit Sharon’s Website and follow her on Twitter.

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Friday, March 14, 2014

Centerpieces… Plan With Your Guests in Mind

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When it comes to wedding reception décor, all eyes will be on the table centerpieces. Beautiful flowers for a beautiful wedding are a must-have. It’s important to set the scene for a gorgeous wedding reception with fresh, flower-filled wedding centerpieces.

I’ve attended hundreds of receptions and one of the things that annoys guests are the centerpieces on the tables.

centerpiecestallcenterpiecesNever let your flowers get in the way of your guests’ good time! Some guests have traveled many miles and this is one of the few times that they get to see and visit with their friends. Always have your centerpieces low enough to see over or tall enough to see under.

Low center pieces should be no more than 15 inches tall and tall vases should have about 22 inches of space below the bottom.

When planning your centerpieces, visualize the entire tablescape. You don’t want your tables to seem empty, but you also want your guests to have room to eat. A thin pedestal vase might need some large votive candles to fill space at the base, while a low vase should be accessorized sparingly.

In general, a 12 to 15 inch space in the center of any tabletop should be filled with decor. When it comes to centerpieces, think in extremes; Either go for height with manzanita branches and curly willow or opt for low and full with black calla lilies and red roses.

Don’t feel pressure to use glass vessels. Express your true style by incorporating unique handwoven containers into the mix.

CenterPieceShowcase your arrangements and enhance their beauty with profession lighting. Use pinspotting to focus attention on your centerpieces, colored uplighting to complement the hue of your flowers, e.g., soft-pink lighting for megenta blooms, or amber lights for white flowers, or even LED lights inside the vases to give them a subtle glow.

Surround centerpieces (of calla lilies and ostrich feathers) with tapered candles in antique glass bottles and pearl necklaces cascading from the silver bowls. For a more masculine touch, add in cathedral radios and cigar boxes and top it off with cut-crystal stemware.

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Monday, March 11, 2013

For the Love of DIY Wedding Flowers!

When working with fresh flowers, make sure that you select blooms that are full of life, insect free and with plenty of healthy leaves. Here are a few other things to consider:

bouquet• To prolong the life of the flowers keep them in containers that have been cleaned with a mild bleach solution then rinsed will with water before use.

• Store the flowers in a well ventilated area free from smoke and car fumes.

• Warm water will open buds and closes flowers, cool temperature slows down the development, adding longevity to the arrangement. Excessive temperatures can damage the flowers.

• Use floral preservatives (available at florist shops and craft stores) these keep the flowers looking fresh and inhibit the growth of bacteria which can reduce the flowers water intake.

• If you order long-stem red rose buds for the “Rose Ceremony,” be sure to have the florist attach the small water bubbles on the end of each rose. Timing is everything, especially when it comes to buying red roses. Marrying around Valentine’s Day? Expect a significant increase in the price of a single stem.

If you are on a tight budget use lots of greenery. Greenery is inexpenvise and will make a great filler and you will use less flowers.

bouquet2Choosing highly aromatic flowers for centerpieces may sound like an amazingly romantic idea, but it will drive your guests insane if they are prone to allergies. Be sure your bouquet isn’t too fragrant – you don’t want to be sneezing down the aisle! Some of the most fragrant flowers include freesia, lilies, lilacs, tuberoses, gardenias, and lilies of the valley. Go lightly on these blooms.

Try using potted plants and shrubs such a ficus trees which can be rented.

Couples tend to see the centerpieces and the table setting but do not visualize the whole reception room with their guests in it. For example, couples pay for a reception room with a wonderful view of the scenic surrounding and want tall, large centerpieces that will obstruct this view or the view of the guests on the other side of the table.

You may even have your own fake trees at home, or you could borrow from friends and family. These will look charming when lit with tiny lights.

Since some wedding venues tend to decorate their establishments anyway for the holidays, you can get away with buying fewer decorations yourself. The drawback? Holidays can also drive the prices of some popular flowers higher. Nearly all flower prices, especially roses, go up the first two weeks of February and then again weeks before Mother’s Day.

bouquet3Let your florist source local blooms, not just ones you pick out of photographs. Flowers from nearby farms are more affordable because you won’t have to pay exorbitant shipping fees, plus they’ll always be fresher and more vibrant.

For bride and bridesmaid bouquets, we recommend a simple selection of fresh cut flowers and greens. Sometimes having only the same type and color of flower without fillers and greens makes bouquets more exclusive and the bride looks more elegant.

The boutonnieres can use some of the same flowers or colors used for the bride and bridesmaid bouquets. They can be made with a single flower or a flower and a little bit of greens (e.g., letter leaf, gypso, solidago, hypericum). The stems need to be cut very close to the head of the flower leaving some space to tighten the flowers and greens. Use floral tape or twine to wrap the boutonnieres and add a little cloth pin to the back of each boutonniere.

Regardless how much money you try to save on flowers, your blooms will likely take up a significant amount of your budget. One of the best ways to cut down on floral costs is to use the same flowers for both your ceremony and reception, which essentially halves your total floral expense. This is easiest to do if you’re getting married and holding the reception at the same location.

BONUS Article: How to SAVE on Your Wedding Floral Budget

Copyright © 2013 – Larry James. Larry James is an award winning, non-denominational wedding officiant and performs the most “Romantic” wedding ceremony you will find anywhere! Every wedding ceremony is customized to your complete satisfaction. Call to check availability: 480-998-9411 or Cell: 480-205-3694. Pre-maritial relationship coaching is available and not required. You will find more than 475 pages of Wedding ideas, tips (90 tips and growing), ceremonies, and more at: http://www.celebrateintimateweddings.com. Something NEW about weddings is posted every 4th day on this Wedding BLOG. Check Larry’s availability.

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Saturday, December 3, 2011

How to SAVE on Your Wedding Floral Budget

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One of the most expensive costs in a wedding is floral. Nearly every bride has a budget for her wedding flowers – or should – unfortunately, most do not understand how they can maximize their buying power while saving money too.

You should have an idea of your overall floral budget before meeting with your florist. That way, they can’t tempt you with wedding flower options that are unaffordable. A good florist will be full of creative yet practical ways to keep your flower costs within budget.

carnationbouquetsFrom the bride’s bouquet to the boutonnieres, the flowers add essential beauty and elegance to a wedding. You can have an elegant wedding at a reasonable price!

Whether you have an artistic flair, or barely have time to plan your wedding will help determine the route you go for flowers. Based upon your budget, there are lots of places to use flowers at weddings. Here are a few tips to help stretch the bride’s dollar.

• Go green! Use more greenery than flowers – To save money on your flowers, try using more greenery than blooms in your arrangements or garlands on archways, trellises, etc. Ferns and vines are both inexpensive and easy to obtain, sometimes for free! Awesome choices for cheap greenery are Bells of Ireland and Gladiolus.
• Swap out costly flowers – Did you know peonies can be five times more expensive than roses?
• Stick to just one or two kinds of flowers.
• Buy flowers that are in season in your area and are readily available – Avoid holding your wedding in February or other seasons when flower prices are at an annual high due to Valentine’s Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas, etc.
• Include non-florals in your centerpieces, like lanterns – Expand your wedding reception centerpieces instantly with unscented candles. The beautiful glow of candles can be added strategically around the base of your floral arrangements, thereby giving the illusion of it being a larger piece than it really is.
• Rent your vases rather than buying them – Tied stems are less costly than elaborately constructed bouquets, and loose cut flowers in vases are more affordable than sculpted centerpieces.
• Keep the bridesmaids’ bouquets small and inexpensive – After all, the bride’s bouquet should be the most grand and impressive.
• Get rid of unnecessary items such as the cake knife corsage, arrangements for the cake table and the toss bouquet. Also consider skipping the flowers that are often on the chairs on the aisle.
• Find a venue such as a park or garden that is already lush and beautiful.
CallaLilies• Talk to party rental suppliers about renting large potted plants such as tropical palms or ficus.
• Order flowers in bulk and have a group of family, friends and your wedding party help put them together.
• Give your florist a little artistic and financial freedom – Ask your florist to pick the best flower market bargains within your wedding color scheme and other preset parameters.
• Silk flowers to the rescue – These fabric flowers come in all sorts of colors and styles, they are great as centerpieces and work wonderfully as bridal and bridesmaid bouquets too. Think about alternating silk with real. Placed among real flowers no one will ever spot the fake.
• Have the bride carry a single flower or a few of the same flower tied together with a single ribbon. – Long stemmed flowers such as Calla Lilies are perfect for this and it would be stunning whether you carried one or a few.

Planning and remaining within your wedding flower budget doesn’t have to be difficult at all, what it requires you to do is to be a little ingenious and creative along the way, in so doing, you will not only save money on your wedding florals, but you will also be amazed at how beautiful and unique your wedding arrangements will be, while having a sense of satisfaction and accomplishment too!

BONUS Article: Choosing Wedding Flowers – Tips for Floral Success! by Kim Horn, MBC™ (Master Bridal Consultant – 1 of 59 in the world!)

NOTE: A special “thank you” to Priscilla Martinez, Weddings & Beyond, San Diego, CA for her contribution to this article.

Copyright © 2011 – Larry James. This idea is adapted from Larry’s “romantic” Wedding Website. Larry James is an award winning, non-denominational wedding officiant and performs the most “Romantic” wedding ceremony you will find anywhere! Every wedding ceremony is customized to your complete satisfaction. Call to check availability: 480-998-9411 or 800-725-9223. Pre-maritial relationship coaching is available and not required. You will find more than 470 pages of Wedding ideas, tips (90 tips and growing), ceremonies, and more at: http://www.celebrateintimateweddings.com. Something NEW about weddings is posted every 4th day on this Wedding BLOG. Check Larry’s availability.

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