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Erika Morant: Choosing the Right Flowers for Your Wedding

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Besides the bride herself, flowers often serve as the focal point which ultimately ties all of the event design elements together.  When selecting your wedding day florals it is critical to provide your florist with as much detail as possible. For your floral consultation, bring pictures of the venue (never assume he/she has previously worked with a venue), pictures of arrangements which inspire you and most importantly bring a realistic budget to the table.  With these three considerations your prospective florist can provide you with the best recommendations.

Remember, bold statements are remembered and over-statements are the centerpieces of everyone’s jokes.  Your flowers should never compete with your décor, they should enhance it.  For instance, if your venue has patterned walls and you have opted for intricate linens, I suggest that you choose simple arrangements that include no more than one to two hues (not including the greenery—of course).

If your venue can be described as a “blank palette” (such as an old warehouse or other non-traditional spaces) you should consider arrangements with rich contrasting colors or textures.  If the height of the venue allows, implement topiaries, varying in height around the perimeter or consider suspending greenery from the ceiling to create a more enclosed setting.

Start gathering your ideas in your wedding “look-book”; this will definitely help you to navigate your consultation with your florist. For ideas take a look at these floral designs from The Wedding Channel.

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