Not all flowers come in all colours therefore the choice of colour of your dresses will affect what colour and ultimately what type or variety of flower chosen for the bouquets.
If you have a particular theme for your wedding then it is wise to try and incorporate the flowers to compliment your theme.
If you are having a more traditional wedding then perhaps the flowers need to be more traditional. Alternatively a very modern wedding will be suited to modern bouquets and colour choices.
Style of Dress
The style of dress(es) that you have chosen for the Bride and Bridesmaids will affect the choice of bouquet. Be mindful if any of the dresses have any detail or beading on the front or side of the dress that you may not want to cover up. Some flowers and greenery have rough or sharp edges that do not work very well with lace.
The size of the person carrying the bouquet will also affect how large the bouquet needs to be. In some weddings slightly different size bouquets for the bridesmaids may be required if the bridesmaids are of quite different sizes.
Style of bouquet
Other than the points raised so far there are a number of things to consider when deciding on what type or style of bouquet.
- Types of bouquet and their construction
- Different ways to carry a bouquet
- Modern or Traditional
There are three main types of bouquets as shown below:
- Hand Held – this consists of natural stems of a length that is suitable for the holder, not too short or too long. They can be held out the front, laid across the arm or down by the side. This style is great for hot weather as the bouquet can be placed in water when not being used ie in the car or at the reception centre. This style is also the most robust and should last for a period of time after the wedding. Can be more informal than the other two types of bouquets.
- Posie holder – all flowers are arranged in a plastic holder with limited water available to the flowers. This style will give a much rounder or dome look to the bouquet but can have a small teardrop if wanted. This style is limited in the size and number of flowers due to the holder. Can only really be carried out the front.
- Wired – this bouquet is 100 % wired. Each flower is individually wired and wound together to form a handle. No water is available to the flowers so they have limited life especially in hot weather. the bouquet can be any shape including a long teardrop. The cost of this style is usually higher due to the increased time involved in the bouquets creation.
Carrying your bouquet.
Keep in mind the information mentioned earlier regarding dresses. The questions that need answering are:
- Do you want to carry a hand held across your arm, down to the side or out in front?
- Do you want to carry a posie out to the front, or do you want to carry a wired bouquet out to the front or to the side?
Modern V Traditional
Modern Bouquets have no discernible structure with the potential to have an irregular shape using a variety of flowers and colours. Most bouquets are hand held or posie style with less use of gypsophilia (baby’s breath). These types of bouquets are often classed as less formal than traditional bouquets. Generally the more types of flowers the less formal a bouquet is.
Traditional Bouquets are wired a teardrop shape with traditional flowers such as roses/orchids and gypsophilia (baby’s breath). They are structured and formal.
Blending the two – As with most things, it is not unusual for there to be a blend of modern and traditional components in a bouquet. I believe that most bouquets are a blend of both with some more towards the modern. Bouquets can be made from most kinds of flowers, with colour and number only limited by what is available in season.
Types of flowers
There are a huge range of flowers available for use as cut flowers. Some are well suited for use in bouquets, others are not at all suited for various reasons including size, colour, availability, cost and love of water (or tendency to wilt without constant water).
Do not always assume that the flower that you want is available at the time that you want it. Most flowers have a local season that they are available or at their best quality. Imported flowers might be available but sometimes the quality is not what it should be . With this in mind it is wise to think about other flowers that you are happy to use i.e., the second option.
A second option allows us to move forward should the first be unavailable for whatever reason.
The second option may be as simple as an alternate colour or flower or more complex like using artificial flowers.
Every effort is made to use your first choice of flowers, and occasionally, circumstances beyond our control such as the beginning or end of a season, weather changes or transport delays can influence the availability of flowers at any time.
Your budget will dictate the final product, but we will always endeavour to provide the best price and advise you of any price variance between the time of quote and the date of your wedding. In most cases there is no problem.
No matter the size of your wedding, it is your day and you decide what flowers you will have.
Where to put flowers
The possibilities for flower placement at a wedding ceremony and the reception is endless.
The list below is a guide to some of the usual places flowers are used at weddings and receptions centres. This list is by no means compulsory or even desired.
- Bride – Bouquet
- Bridesmaids – Bouquet
- Flowergirl – Bouquet
- Bride and Bridesmaid – hair flowers
- Groom – Buttonhole
- Groomsmen – Buttonhole
- Mothers (Bride and Groom) – Corsage or Button hole
- Fathers (Bride and Groom) – Button hole
- Grandparents or other special people – Buttonhole or Corsage
- Church or place for Ceremony – Archways, Gazebo, Pews, Signing Table, Altar and behind the Altar.
- Reception venue – Bridal Table, Guest Tables, Cake, Cake table, Present table and Entry Arch or feature
This list is by no means complete or compulsory. It is merely a list that might help you. The choices are yours to make.
The WOW factor!
Do you want people to really notice the flowers (across the whole wedding) or are they merely a means to add some colour. Both ideas are possible and which one chosen comes down to personal preference. However very few people want to have their day remembered only for the flowers and not what the rest of the wedding was like!
General Cost Guidelines
Please be advised that these costs are a guideline only and are subject to change without notice. Ultimately, the cost will depend on the type of flowers and the size of the bouquets or arrangements that you have chosen. I would love to meet with you to discuss your wedding flowers.
Please contact me if you would like a obligation free quote.
|Brides Bouquet||Price on Consultation||$100 - $250|
|Bridesmaid Bouquet||Price on Consultation||$70 - $150|
|Button Holes all types||Standard 1 flower||$15|
|Corsages||Standard 1 type of flower||$25|
|Bridal Table Arrangement||Price on Consultation||$150 - $300|
|Guest Table centre pieces||Price on Consultation||$20 - $50|
|Delivery||Up to 35km from GPO||$40|
|Outside 35km from GPO||$50|
|Arrangement redelivery||From ceremony to reception||$50|
|Country Delivery||Price on Consultation|
|Throwaway||Price on Consultation||$50-$100|
NB: All quotes are provided free of cost, free of obligation and are valid for 3 months unless a deposit is paid to guarantee the price.