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Summer wedding bouquets

Are wedding flowers important to you?

Then choose a professional florist to make your bouquets and centerpieces. Why?

  1. Professional florists purchase quality flowers that will last through your photo session, ceremony and reception.
  2. Professional florists are experienced making bouquets, so they will share with you what works and what doesn't work. They will give advice.
  3. Florists have all the tools and know the tricks-of-the-trade to put together your bouquets and centerpieces.
  4. Florists are floral artists -- they know what textures and colors look good together.
  5. By request, they will deliver the flowers and set them up for you.

Small flower budget?

If you have a small flower budget, here are some options, but be aware of the consequences.

  1. Tell your florist your flower budget and ask him / her what they can do for you. Always consider that your budget may be unrealistic and if you value flowers, cut from another budget item and add onto your flower budget.
  2. Purchase flowers directly from the florist, but arrange them yourself.  You will get better quality flowers from florists than you will at the grocery store or big box stores.

Where to purchase flowers

If you are not purchasing from a professional, there are several places you can buy flowers, but the flowers will be lesser quality.

  1. Farmer's Markets: Flowers will be at their peak, so they will wilt and start to fade right away. Don't purchase too many days before your wedding.
  2. Flower farms: Purchase flowers before they are at their peak.
  3. Big-box stores, grocery stores: These flower are often at their peak or past it. Buy as close to your wedding day as possible as they will fade and wilt quickly.
  4. Your garden: Pick the flowers before they peak, so they will bloom nicely at your ceremony. Keep them in a cool place, which can be challenging in the heat of the summer.

If you or or your friends are arranging the flowers for you, be sure to supply the vases and other materials needed. Be sure the vases are strong enough to hold the centerpieces so they don't tip over in the wind.

 

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Published on March 17, 2016.

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