Whether you envision yourself walking down the aisle in a couture bridal gown in Melbourne or a simple reception, wedding flowers and décor are essential to elevating your space into a site worthy of a once-in-a-lifetime celebration. Learn how to pick the best pros and make it an event for all to revel in and remember.
Once you have your location set, it's time to dream up what will make it look and feel extra-special, and what you might carry or wear down the aisle. While it is not an absolute necessity to have red roses - or even a floral bouquet for that matter: Feel free to explore a variety of options like botanicals, ponder plants, or unexpected alternatives. The trick is to play up what you love, what jibes with your venue, and what's widely available at the time of year.
Find a Florist
Aim to hire one six months to a year out, and allot between 5 and 8 percent of your budget. Ask friends, your venue's manager, and your planner (if you have one) for recommendations. Scroll through Instagram feeds of vendors to see whom they've worked with locally. Unless you love a person's specific style, diverse portfolios are preferable to those showing singular looks. Above all, hire someone you communicate well with.
Location and time of year are key influences in your design decision—a wintry ballroom and a beach setting have very different vibes. But ideas can come from anywhere. We suggest collecting pictures of favorite spaces and artwork to jump-start the process. Share paint chips of your palette and dress swatches. Consider using blooms with personal meaning, too, like the lilacs your grandmother carried on her wedding day.
Plan for Impact
A few amazing things can be more special than loads of designs used for padding. Go big or dramatic in focal areas, such as entrances or a prominent fireplace mantel. Small arrangements in restrooms or on the bar are optional, but centerpieces are in full view for hours.
Want to save money on your big-day floral décor? Remember that blooms that don't need to be flown in from afar are less expensive and more eco-friendly. Fillers, like foliage, branches, and berries are easy ways to amplify a smaller arrangement; they're more cost-effective than fresh petals. Last but not least, ask for designs that can be enjoyed all weekend (and beyond). Use potted plants as aisle markers or near prominent signs, like the "Ceremony this way!" placard in a farm or vineyard.
While wedding flowers are not the most essential part of a wedding, it certainly is a unique accessory that adds awe to a bride on her big day. While planning your wedding day can be exciting, it can sometimes get a little overwhelming having to make so many big decisions. Bernadette Pimenta, at Iconic Melbourne bridal designer is known to craft the perfect balance between style and comfort. Whether you’re picking your florals because they are sentimental to you both, or you’ve been inspired by your wedding dress or bridal party colours, Bernadette will make sure to take all your stress away by delivering the best to you. To know more about her and her services. Contact her to know more.