Everyone knows that the bride and bridesmaids will typically have a bouquet, and the groom and groomsmen will typically wear a buttonhole on their suit. But if you’re unsure whether you need to buy a buttonhole, corsage or other ‘wearable’ flower for your parents, grandparents, close relatives or friends, then you may just find this blogpost helpful.Read more
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There are so many factors when selecting the floral designs you'll have at your wedding. I thought I'd write a blog post with a bit of a summary and also provide a few little tips!
Bridal Party Flowers
Bouquets: of course a bouquet for yourself, and for your bridesmaids! The bridal bouquet is typically larger, with the bridesmaids bouquets sometimes including less texture or more/less colour to ensure yours is that little more special!
Buttonholes: for the groom and his groomsmen. I see these as minuscule bouquets - something dainty and pretty to tie in with the bouquets and jazz up those fancy suits. The groom's buttonhole is usually a little larger with a bit more detail.
For the parents/grandparents: you might like to honour some of your close family or family friends with a buttonhole or corsage. This was quite traditional years ago, whereas now many couples are choosing to leave out the family wearable flowers.
Flower girls: flower crowns are very popular for flower girls. Other options include pomander balls, floral wands, baskets with rose petals and mini posies.
Hair flowers: it's quite common for brides and their bridesmaids to wear flowers in their hair! This might be a flower crown, floral comb or individually wired flowers pinned straight into the hair style.
Toss bouquet: I’m finding the bouquet toss tradition is becoming less and less of a tradition, but some brides still like to include it in their festivities. The toss bouquet is usually a much smaller posy to reflect the bridal bouquet.
Ceremony backdrop: Depending on the location of your ceremony, you might consider having some sort of floral decor to frame the space. Whether this be a traditional arbour or archway, or something a little more contemporary like an installation from the ground up, an installation on a tree, or a pair of large alter arrangements, the options are endless! Often a floral backdrop in some form creates a lovely setting for your ceremony photos, and also becomes a beautiful scene for your group shots and for guest photos!
Pew ends/aisle posies: if you're having rows of chairs it can be nice to add some florals to jazz up that aisle! Little bunches tied to the chairs, or more extravagant floor installation gardens can really create a statement.
Petals (floor and/or throwing confetti): different venues have different rules around the use of petals and confetti so be sure to check with the venue. But I personally just LOVE rose petals down the aisle and at the end of the aisle. I think it's such a simple yet effective way to create an extra feeling of romance.
Entrance flowers: it can be a really grand way to create an impressive statement to welcome your guests into a venue. This might be in the form of something hanging on a doorway or a standard arrangement with or without a vessel. This really depends on your venue so ask your florist on their recommendation!
Guest Tables: There are so many options! From garlands down the tables, clusters of sweet and simple jars/bottles of blooms, lush arrangements in special vessels/vases, and more! It's really important to consider your venue when deciding what arrangements would work best, and your budget of course. If your venue has really tall ceilings it might be nice to invest in some tall arrangements on stands. Definitely chat to your florist about what will work best for the space.
Bridal Table: It's common for the bouquets to be presented on the bridal table (either laying directly on the table or in vases), but it can sometimes be nice to have something a little special on the bridal table - especially considering your guests will be watching you for most of the evening! Usually a nice low arrangement is the way to go as to not cover your faces.
Installations: lush hanging gardens, long garlands strung across the room, floral chandeliers, something secured to a wall... Unique installations like these create such a special and memorable impact on your guests!
Welcome Table/Entrance Arrangement: Depending on your venue, it might be nice to have some flowers to welcome your guests into the space.
Bar Area: A little arrangement on the edge of the bar, or if you're having tall bar stands some small arrangements on these can be a sweet way to tie everything together.
Lounge Area: Some venues have a separate lounge area with low coffee tables, so it can be lovely to include some flowers in this area so that it doesn't look neglected!
Dessert and/or Gift Table: You might like to have some little clusters of jars/bottles of blooms on this table! If you’re having a toss bouquet, you might consider displaying it on your dessert or gift table in a vase until it’s time for ‘the toss’!
Bathroom: Depending on the venue and the bathroom, it might be nice to have a little something to freshen up this area too.
Cake Flowers: Your baker may want to organise the flowers themselves, but sometimes they are happy for the florist to organise the blooms. It's good to check with both parties on this one.
I hope this checklist has helped you in your planning process (and not made you feel even more overwhelmed!). I’d recommend creating a ‘dream list’ and a ‘realistic list’. You can even share this with your florist! We understand that budgets can be so tricky, and are happy to lay out all of the information and costs so that you can look at it all, weight up your priorities and make an informed decision.
Happy wedding planning, friends!
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When Kim approached me to do her wedding flowers, I instantly fell in love with her vision. Her words were 'I'm really liking the floral studio/french/soft romantic' kind of vibe', and I was immediately sold. One thing that I loved about Kim's vision was that it was so individual, and not just a replication of the same 'Pinterest-famous' photos. Together we spent hours emailing back and forth, chatting on the phone & conducting a venue walk-through, drawing sketches and collating inspiration, to ultimately create something that was perfectly suited to their wedding.
Kim's bridesmaids wore stunning silver satin cocktail dresses, meaning that we didn't need to colour-match to a particular colour - we essentially had a 'blank canvas' to create a unique colour palette! We decided on a fairly neutral palette - creams, beige, dusty pinks with burgundy and plum accents to tie in with Ty's dark burgundy suit.
Kim and Ty's ceremony was held at the beautiful High Church in Fortitude Valley, Brisbane. Kim wanted to utilise lots of flowers and greenery to fill the large white space. We created beautiful garden-like floor installations to line the back row of chairs, creating a stunning statement as guests walked in. For the ceremony backdrop, we utilised the stone dry bar, creating a large curved installation to sit on the edge of the bar, with various heights and levels of vase arrangements strategically placed on the floor to create an elegant yet random look, complemented by some gorgeous draping Frou Frou Chic silk fabric.
Other vendors who helped pull Kim + Ty's spectacular wedding together include: Roxy Hotten Celebrant, Eilish Ellen (Musician), Mitch Birchall Studios (Videography), Vanilla Pod Specialty Cakes and Victoria Park Golf Complex (Reception Venue).
This wedding is definitely one for the books. Thank you, Kim, for choosing us to be part of your day x
Check out these incredible photos by the amazing Lover of Mine.
I love adventures. I love flowers. I love my husband. These things all combined last week when we went on an especially sweet adventure to Mount Glorious, and the lovely Amy from About Time Co. came and captured some gorgeous moments + images. (side note: you should absolutely check out them out. Amy and her husband, Chris, are an absolute power couple who take the most incredible photos!). I was following About Time Co on Instagram for quite some time, so when the opportunity came up to have a photoshoot with them I just could not resist! We had so much fun hanging out with Amy. She is kind, passionate, hilarious, and made the afternoon so relaxed and fun. We walked barefoot through a stream hidden amongst the trees, showcased my florals, had a few giggles, and created memories that will last a long, long time.
Since these photos feature myself, my husband and my flowers, I thought I'd share a bit about each of them!
My Flowers: I don't often play the florist and the model. I'm so used to creating a bouquet and handing it to a bride for her wedding day (which, by the way, is one of my favourite parts about this job) so it was really fun to be able to make something for myself. I wanted to create a huge, luscious bouquet in a palette that is both feminine and pretty, but also bold and strong. I chose whites, vibrant pinks and magentas with dark burgundy accents and pops of apricot to tie in with my skirt. For me, texture is paramount. I love to use a variety of elements to create a rich canvas of texture, which is why there are 9 types of flowers + foliage used in this one design! I'm loving the wild and wayward concept that is ruling the flower industry at the moment. But I must admit, I also appreciate designs that include an element of 'put together-ness' amidst it's wildness. I like to think that my style uses a balance of the unstructured waywardness of nature, yet a tasteful and classy aesthetic simultaneously. I finished the bouquet off with some chiffon fabric that I purchased and ripped into long lengths to create that soft, ethereal, trailing ribbon that everyone (including myself) adores.
My Husband: Dave is one of the reasons I'm doing this. He encouraged me to pursue this hobby that I loved and turn it into a career. He is my greatest supporter in the most wonderful ways. He gives honest encouragement and advice when it's needed, he will prepare a delicious spread of snacks for me when I'm busy with flowers (and might even bring me a sneaky glass of wine... shh I didn't say that), and will set up my workspace for me just to make my life a bit easier. He is cheeky, strong, thoughtful, passionate, and I'm so thankful to be able to share life with him.
Me: Well, obviously flowers are my world. It amazes me that there are just so many incredible varieties and colours available to us. I feel incredibly blessed to be able to do this as my job. Some other random facts about me: I really love dogs, I'm a big fan of seafood, I write songs, I love tea AND coffee (I'm not one of those tea OR coffee gals, both are equal in my books!) and I've watched F.R.I.E.N.D.S all the way through 6 times.
So, there you have it. I hope you enjoyed reading this blog post and getting to know me (and my flowers and husband) a bit better. I'd love to get to know you a bit better too! If you'd like to discuss flowers for your wedding or event, or simply just want to say 'hello!' please shoot an email to firstname.lastname@example.org