Rochester Brides & Grooms Issue 52 November 2017 - May 2018 - Page 42

F lowers Wedding Flowers B ursting with quiet beauty, your wedding flowers help to create that special mood for your wedding day. When selecting your flowers, keep in mind your color scheme, dress style, other wedding apparel, time of day, season, environment, what you like and your budget. Typically your flowers will be about 10% to 15% of your overall budget. Select flowers that will tie your wedding style into the season. Spring brings a profusion of daffodils, lilacs and peonies. b Summer abounds with asters, gladioli and orchids. Autumn o ot casts a multitude of zinnias, marigolds, mimosas and button ph chrysanth-emums. Winter becomes dramatic with deep red roses, poinsettias, stephanotis and freesias. Keep in mind the total effect you’re trying to create. Imagine how everything will look from the back of the church to the color of table linens in the reception room (see floral chart in this section for other suggestions). Seeking advice from a professional florist or floral designer will help in your decision making. Start at least six to twelve months in advance of your wedding. Bring fabric swatches, descriptions and photos of wedding apparel, mothers' gowns and attire of the groom and attendants. Don't forget a list of those who need flowers (typically the entire wedding party), a description of the size and the number of tables at the reception, date, time and location of deliveries, any church rules, a budget and a contact person. If you choose to keep your bouquet, ask your florist to give you a small throwing bouquet, or purchase one. Your bouquet has a timeless beauty all its own. There are many ways to preserve your bouquet. Place it beneath a glass case with the moisture removed, keep your bouquet in a shadowbox, make a potpourri or press and frame your flowers. in 42 Fo xP ho to g r a p h y. com Rochester Brides & Grooms