Bouquets: Personalized and Pretty!

I love bold colorology when it comes to flower arrangements, but I especially love the personal touches that some brides have taken to including in their bouquets.  What better way to welcome marriage than with magnetic poetry or a pretty locket?

 Photo from Recycled Bride.

This concept opens up a whole new door to creative flower adornments.  It doesn’t have to be anything flashy, or even necessarily visible, just something sweet to add a touch of personality to the blooms, like maybe an antique pocket watch (wouldn’t that be pretty?).  I could definitely go for a bouquet with pretty brooches pinned around the stems.  Another popular option is to wrap your mother’s or grandmother’s rosary around the bouquet.

Photo from 100 Layer Cake.

I think it would be incredibly sweet if a bride added a lucky charm to her bouquet—wouldn’t that be a fitting thing to have in your hands as you walk down the aisle?

And then there are nontraditional bouquets, which I love.  Paper flowers at a wedding are adorable, affordable, and immortal!

So cute, no?  (Above and below photos from a wedding we did in September.)
I love how quirky and bright this bouquet is! I think my favorite thing about nontraditional flower options is that you can use them to showcase your personality and make them fit with your color palette and wedding theme.  And it’s so easy!

Wedding Floral Resource

For many brides, the flowers are the most important piece of their wedding day puzzle. Your guests will notice if the florals were high on your list of puzzle priorities. Also, florals are often times the focus of many of the photographs taken by your photographer, as well as your guests.
Often times it can be difficult to know what flowers to choose, and which will look best that time of year.
You want them to go with your color scheme, as well as be in season so they are as fresh as possible (and also not ridiculously expensive!). So, I’m sure you are wondering, how can I figure these things out?
Recently I came across a great resource online that allows you to search for flowers to fit your day.
You can search by the color of flowers you want, the area of the country your wedding is in, the season your wedding is in, and even the color of bridesmaid dresses you will have.
The website is called Bliss!
Check it out and find the perfect flowers for your big day!!

What To Expect From Your Florist

–by Paul Brummer, Rooms In Bloom

Selecting your florist is simply the first step on your journey to perfect wedding flowers.
Even though you have been dreaming of this big day for years, your florist has not been a part of your dream, so it is important to provide them with as much information about your vision, and the kind of celebration you are planning.

If you have favorite colors, a theme or particular flowers in mind, it‘s vital that you take examples and pictures of them to your first meeting with your florist. Tear pictures from magazines, fabric swatches, and photos of your dress and the bridesmaids. anything you have collected to give your florist a clearer idea or your wedding vision. However, don‘t worry if you haven’t had an inspiration early on. A good florist will have a large portfolio or even a website which should give you a lot of possible ideas.

Tell your florist if there are any restrictions or special instructions from your church regarding flowers, decorations and delivery times. Most churches will give you a list of their particular requirements.

** Be upfront about your budget.
To be sure you’re not disappointed later on, it is important that you give your florist a clear idea of your budget before you discuss details. A good florist should be able to work with any budget and suggest creative ideas to make your wedding beautiful. Feel free to inquire if any modifications can be made to give you the maximum value Do not feel uncomfortable in asking your florist any questions that you are unsure of …like approximately how many flowers will be in your bouquets, the size of the bouquets, the centerpieces, etc. and if there are any additional charges or fees so you can accurately plan you budget.

Byline: Floral designer Paul Brummer is owner of Rooms In Bloom Floral Decorators in Roswell. You may contact him at 770-500-4472 or through his website Paul is a Board Member of The Wedding Alliance of North Georgia and is a Director with Georgia State Florists Association.