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Express yourself with flowers

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

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.

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Wedding bouquet

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

One of our absolute favorite parts of the design process with our clients at Ashton Events is hand-selecting the blooms for the wedding bouquet. It’s the kickstart of the whole wedding design- helping declare the personality of our bride and the formality of their celebration. The biggest, most beautiful blossoms get artfully woven together and then tied by a gorgeous ribbon. Our positively least favorite part? Watching that bouquet head to a dumpster.

Making Your Wedding Bouquet Live Beyond The Day

Throwing the bouquet

Here are five helpful ideas to keep your bouquet from going to waste:

Don’t toss it, dedicate it:

Do you have a specific person (your grandmother, a mentor, dear friend) who would treasure those blooms for the days following your celebration? Instead of doing a bouquet toss, take a private moment with that VIP to shower them with your appreciation.

Split up bouquet

Split it up, by surprise!

We’ve had brides who had a vivacious group of single ladies waiting to snatch the bouquet. Instead of just tossing it into the crowd, consider having your florist separate your bouquet into 3-5 little sections. It will certainly catch them by surprise, and more girls will have flowers to take home.

Beautiful bouquet

Dry it out:

If you’d like to hold onto your bouquet and create a keepsake, have a close friend or family member take it home after the reception. Snip off the ends (so that all of the dampness is gone), and hang it upside down. This way, the flowers will naturally dry out and keep a bit more of their color.

Floral wreath

Create an anniversary gift:

Want to surprise your spouse with a sweet memento from the day? Snip a few of the smaller blooms and press them between pages of a thick book. Again, make sure that the bloom is dry! Then, to celebrate your first year, use those blooms in a frame or shadow box with a printed copy of your vows.

Start a tradition

Start a tradition:

One of our favorite ideas actually stems from a Southern tradition. Buy a special ribbon with your monogram on it for your bouquet. Then, keep that for your future daughters to incorporate into their bouquet. What a sweet memory!

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Bio: Ashton Events came about because Laura Ashton Helm saw a need for storytelling in the event industry ” for celebrations that do more than flow effortlessly, but also leave a lasting impression on their guests. A firm believer in creating well-planned and executed events infused with unforgettable personal style, she believes that the pomp and circumstance of the day is less important than the joy of two lives committing to each other.

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