Step 5 – Pow-Wow flowers, fleurettes, stems & foliage You’ve got a clear spending plan in hand, so you know your wedding floral costs won’t be a setback to your plans, you’ve spoken to your floral designer and they’ve helped you understand the works behind your concept, your wedding planner is also by your side to facilitate the motion of your other wedding processes, you’ve considered the location, the venue, the season, and gathered the inspiration that sends your heart aflutter. Now is the time for pow-wow flowers, fleurettes, stems, and foliage to come together. Understanding blooms does not mean to go all expert on wedding flowers (that is actually why your floral designer is here for). But familiarizing yourself with the types and color ways of lilacs, jasmine, poppies, sweet peas, anemones, and other popular blooms, or understanding a bit more of your hearted flowers’ behavior and longevity will be helpful towards your final desicions. HERE’S AN EXAMPLE: Let’s say you’re into the Dutch master floral arrangements. (I’m doing the happy dance over here because just like you I love them so much) These kinds of posies and centerpieces come packed with allegories, and palettes. They focus on loose, wild arrangements. The beauty of this aesthetic is that it puts a lot of emphasis on unhinged blossoms that come a bit riotous at the top, they are dreamy, dramatic, overflowing, and sprawling, reminiscent of what is naturally found in nature, rather than crammed into a vase. These kind of blooms have movement, and therefore require specific vessels and even combs that will direct the shape and flow of the flowers without destroying their dreamy quality. In other words, a little bit of home study goes a long way into what you can expect from the design you love, and the abilities of your floral designer. Don’t be afraid to choose your beloved flowers and floral pieces, but allow your selected artist to wow you with innovation and know-how. Foraging and customized blossoms are also great examples. There is an inexhaustible array of fresh herbs, foliage, and hybrid flora that if combed with the utmost attention can make your chosen flowers spectacular when arranged. Step 6 – Begin with bouquets. (Bridal arrangement, bridesmaid posies, boutonnières) Your bridal bouquet is definitely a statement. It will likely be visible in many of your wedding images but to my knowledge, not two brides are alike. Some brides go for utter simplicity so as not to overshadow their wedding gown. Others, go for the exact opposite to compliment it. Some wish their bridal bouquet to coordinate perfectly with the posies their bridesmaids are carrying, and others wish to have it stand out. The important thing is to start off small and then expand into the more elaborate parts of your floral design. Begin with the bridal piece, move on to the bridesmaids, the boutonnières, the aisle pieces, and then to your arch, and reception blooms. Again a cohesive look is grand, but who said that you cannot play out your wildest fantasies. After all, it’s your day and your vision, so personal, as elegant, and as style-forward as you want it to be. Need more floral design insights? Next week I’ve got some Bridgerton wedding inspiration coming for weddings 2021 and 2022, so stay in the loop. xoxo Mrs Wistledown

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