When it comes to wedding flowers and decorations, the key to pulling off a
look that works really lies in the planning. Since there are no rules when it
comes to wedding flowers, it really is all about what the couple, well mainly
the bride, wants and can afford. Decorating options are limited only by the
imagination and even the most outrageous floral images can be made to fit
practically any budget, if you're willing to research the many options and ideas
that are out there.
You want to give yourself plenty of time so begin planning the wedding flowers at least 6 to 12 months prior to the wedding date. The flowers are one of those things you'll want to consider while you are choosing the wedding attire because most brides want the floral arrangements to complement the overall color scheme and theme of the wedding. Bridal magazines are full of pictures of bouquets so that's a good place to go for ideas. Also think about the types of flowers that will be in season at the time of your wedding. Choosing flowers that are readily available is one way to keep costs under control.
Besides boutonnières and bouquets for the wedding party, you can also make flowers and decorations part of the wedding ceremony and reception. Pew bows, arrangements for the altar, head table, cake table and gift table, as well as centerpieces for all the guest tables should be considered. These will definitely add to your costs, but they're also areas where you can really get creative.
If cost-control is an issue, why not have the
bridal bouquets do double-duty as head table decorations or perhaps the gift or
cake table? Once the formal photographs are over, no one will be carrying their
bouquets around anyway. Or why not use less expensive balloons or candles as
centerpieces? Pew bows are very easy to make, even for 'craft-challenged'
brides. Another idea is to add more 'filler' to your floral arrangements by
using more greenery, baby's breath and tulle.