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When meeting with a florist, the question is how do you pick the perfect bridal bouquet?  Your bouquet is an accessory to your wedding ensemble, just like your shoes, veil, earrings, and bracelets. It should complement your bridal gown and be the perfect accessory piece. After all, you have spend hours with family and friends finding the perfect dress that says who you are and what you will look like for one of the most important days in your life. Your flowers should play a big part in carrying out the theme of the day and expressing your personality.

Your bridal bouquets indicate formality of your wedding

Bridal Bouquet Styles

A florist should understand who you are as a person so we can determine what would make you feel wonderful holding your flowers. Most A-type personalities like control, nothing spilling out or too organic. Clean lines like callas lilies, orchids, roses and hydrangeas make people feel good that the softness is in control, whereas I see the creative brides like flowers with texture and movement such as poppies, tulips, sweet peas, peonies and garden roses.

Once you figure out the style that compliments the dress as well as the type of personality the bride is then the creating of flower picking begins.

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White vs. Color

 I get this question asked every day, a white bouquet versus a colored bouquet? A white bouquet is part of the accessories and not one thing jumps out except how beautiful the bride is. When you have color it will always be about the color first and then the bride will come into focus. Our eyes naturally look at contrast.  There is no right or wrong answer as to what to choose; it is just what statement do you want to create as you enter to walk down the aisle?

Focus on the bride with flowers

Focusing On The Bride

Once the bouquet florals and style have been determined, we suggest wrapping the bouquet in the same color the dress is so the stems disappear and all you look at is the bouquet and the bride. Brides are often confused of wedding photos versus a photo shoot. During a photo shoot we love to add textures like pearls, brooches, ribbons and rhinestones to the stems handles so you see the creativity of the full bouquet. When you are a bride and beginning to walk down the aisle the focus should be on the bride and her ensemble not the flying ribbon across the pin tucked skirt pulling our attention away from her.

Trends in wedding flowers

Color & Style Trends

The color palette that we saw in 2014 will became a large part of 2015 is champagne and blush pinks. It is a very beautiful and soft romantic palette.  My concern is that brides get caught up on the media of the colors and end of picking them since that is what visually they keep seeing. There have been many brides sitting in my studio that when I dig deeper I find out that they actually do not even like the color pink. Then why do they pick it? Because many of us have trouble visualizing what our wedding is supposed to look and feel like. The wedding style, color and feeling are supposed to represent you as individuals as well as a couple. Being authentic and true to ones self while designing your wedding location, colors, style, activities will create truly a perfect moment in your life. You want to be able to look back in 10 years and still have it represent you.

Big bouquets dominate current trends

The big trend in floral for 2018 we are seeing are romantic, whimsical, and loose floral arrangements with lots of greens and textures. It is perfect for those winery, meadow weddings and Bohemian style shoots. Whites, crèmes and blush using anemones, sweet peas, peonies and ranunculus are the perfect backdrop – but adding the contrasting hues of blackberries, agonis, and burgundy dahlias create a warm rich palette that not everyone expects.

Allocating your floral budget

Allocating Your Flower Budget

Spend your money wisely, the big splurge should be on the bridal bouquet as that is the one item that will be photographed the most and displayed in your home.  Your ceremony is the least amount of time spent so I usually cut items there unless you are repurposing things like hanging pew jars that can be transferred to cocktail tables after the ceremony. Another way to save is to do maybe only 6 tall arrangements really well with abundant floral and smaller low lushes or candles will fill the rest of the room.

“Greens” can be just as much if not more then flowers so adding more of them is not always the right answer or suggestion to a florist.

Whatever color palette or style you end up choosing just make sure it is truly representing you as we all only have one chance to make this wedding a perfect moment in time.

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Bio: The Flower House of Livermore, CA specializes in flower design for weddings and other events. Their lead floral designer Jinger Leonard put her 20 years of experience in the wedding industry to work for you. Their website offers beautiful examples of popular styles and trendy color palates that can help create the perfect wedding experience.

Phone: (925) 960-1375



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Wedding flowersThis entry is from our Expert Guest series where wedding and honeymoon professionals share their best tips on creating memories that last a lifetime.

Even if you love flowers and buy them regularly, your wedding flowers may be the biggest floral expenditure of your life. You are not just purchasing beautiful blooms, but you are procuring design expertise, vision, convenience, ambiance, and memories. Here the tip 10 FAQ’s you should understand before you select the florist to provide this important component of your wedding.

Top 10 Questions and Answers About Wedding Flowers

Floral design

Q 1: How do I know I will get the design style I asked for?

Couples who are diving head first into wedding planning are often overwhelmed with choosing their vendors. Many brides will have their first association with a florist when they begin planning for their wedding flowers and don’t always know where to start. Compose a list of florists in your area and research their portfolios. Look at their social media accounts, their website and customer testimonials. See if any seem to suit your wedding aesthetic and book a consultation. If you find a florist that you trust to understand your vision, you won’t worry about a thing when it comes to your flowers. That and inspiration photos are key in communicating the style you want.

Q 2: How much should I budget for my wedding flowers?

A: Budgeting is difficult for so many brides and sometimes it comes down to one thing: what are you prioritizing? There are brides that have spent thousands of dollars on a simple backyard wedding because they just love flowers! There are others that only order a single bouquet. The sky is the limit! But in that same sense, no wedding order is too small. At the end of the day whether you only need flowers for your wedding party or you want flowers dripping from the ceiling, you will be quoted based on what you really want. From there, based on the quote you receive, you can decide what you want. With that being said, it is always helpful if you come to us with a budget. That way your florist can make appropriate budget friendly suggestions if necessary.

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Q 3: Can I pick up my flowers the day before the wedding?

A: In short, yes. They are your wedding flowers after all!. However, we do not recommend flowers being picked up until the day of the wedding. When wedding flowers are stored, they are kept in coolers to stay fresh and happy. Wedding flowers are meant for one day, your wedding day. Their purpose is not to last, their purpose is to look stunning for your day! With that in mind, most florists purposefully allow the flowers to open up so that the day you see them is when they are in their most beautiful state. Because of this, keeping the flowers your florist’s coolers over-night is the safest place they can be.

Q 4: How are wedding flowers priced?

A: Wedding flowers are priced the way they are based on a few factors. The cost of every flower variety fluctuates as flowers are seasonal. For example, if you wanted peonies in August they would likely cost more than if you wanted peonies in May. Time and labor also needs to be calculated in order to properly price the items for your wedding. They are carefully processed, cleaned and intricately arranged by an experienced designer. The other factor is supplies. Each wedding requires the use of boxes, tissue, ribbon, tape, paper, wire, and the list goes on. The final factor is over-all design aesthetic and size preferences. A larger arrangement will cost you more. Wedding flowers are carefully priced with all of these things in mind.

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Q 5: What’s the difference in cost between real flowers and silk?

 A: Many brides think that they will cut costs by getting faux flowers instead of fresh. In most cases that isn’t true. Silk flowers are often just as expensive, if not more, if you’re comparing them stem for stem to the price of real flowers. If you find inexpensive silks they typically look very un-realistic.

Q 6: How far in advance do I need to book my flowers?

 A: Because flowers are such an important aspect to most weddings they are not something you should be waiting until the last minute to book. Florists tend to fill their schedules quickly, especially for the dates that fall during their high season. Anywhere from 6-9 months in advance is ideal especially if you require specialty items or a large amount of floral décor. Most florists can only book a certain number of weddings per weekend, so it is important to book before they become unavailable (especially for weddings falling on a long weekend). For small weddings that only require a minimal amount of flowers, 3 months is typically enough time.

Use seasonal flowers

Q 7: What should I bring to the consultation?

 A: This is likely the first time you have thought in depth about what you like when it comes to flowers and if you don’t know, your florist will be there to show you all of the options. Without even knowing it, we all have a style that we love. It’s just a matter of finding out what that is! When preparing for a floral consultation it is helpful to come with some ideas so that you and your florist have a place to begin. There are so many different color palettes, design styles, and flower varieties available that it will help to have a starting point to bounce ideas off of. A consultation will be most productive if there is a photo or two (Pinterest is great for that!) that your florist can elaborate on and seek inspiration from.

Q 8: What flowers are in season for my wedding?

 A: The floral industry has evolved immensely even over the past 10 years. As flower farmers advance their greenhouse processes more and more flower varieties are available well past their growing season. It has come to the point where nearly everything is available year round. Even though things are available they often come at a high price. To keep within budget and to get the highest quality of flowers, it is in your interest to choose flowers that are naturally in season during the time of your wedding. Peonies and tulips for spring, garden roses and ranunculus for summer, dahlias and berries for fall and amaryllis and paper-whites for winter.

Floral centerpiecesQ 9: Can I DIY my  floral centerpieces?

 A: In short, yes. Many brides opt to do their own wedding flowers to help alleviate some of the costs. Most florists are able to sell wedding clients bulk flowers for them to arrange themselves in their own vases. We recommend doing a trial run of any DIY centerpiece to ensure there are no surprises the week of the wedding. We would also suggest pricing out the difference in cost for your florist to arrange them for you (even if you want to bring in your own vases) and see if it is worth the extra time and energy for you to do it yourself.
Flowers to match your theme

 Q 10: Dyed Flowers?

 A: When it comes to the ethics flowers, many florists share opposing opinions. In our experience we have found more and more clients appreciate the natural beauty of flowers and want them to come as wholesome and natural as possible. We do not ever recommend dyed or tinted flowers. Not only does the process effect the quality and life of the flower, but it is often more costly than the non-dyed version of the same flower. (Not to mention that tinted flowers will transfer color onto fabric). If you are looking for a certain color, there is usually a flower available without the need of dyes.

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Flowers to match your theme

ACADEMY FLORIST BIO: Academy Florist opened its doors in Winnipeg, Manitoba over 35 years ago. We pride ourselves in not only our expertise as professional florists but also our love for good and intentional floral design. Flowers carry with them life, celebration, and beauty. We believe they have the power to change the atmosphere of any space. You can know without any doubt that you are in the best hands you could imagine. We have every intention of blowing you away when you see the flowers on your wedding day. Every piece no matter how big or small was created for you with love and intention because we truly love what we do.

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