To me, it’s no mystery that the delicately wrapped, loose garden style bouquet has gained momentum. It’s beauty is multi-dimensional, it’s overrun by lush texture and is layered to perfection. In design, that’s a home run!
Many brides approach their flowers simply like this… I like X flower (most frequently, the single most expensive flower per head, like roses, peonies, orchids etc.) These are my colors X + X. Bring them all together for my bouquet and divide them amongst my bridesmaids
While I’m not saying “blah” to this method, I can say there’s much more freedom when it comes to Vintage Inspired Flowers. You most certainly must think about your likes and color palette, however, try shifting your focus when approaching the matter of petals.
Achieving Vintage Petal Perfection, in Style & on Budget
My first tip, is to always to go with whats in season. If you have your heart set on a certain flower, like peonies, that are only available a few weeks of the year, think about adding a few single, high quality silk versions to your arrangements or bouquets. You’d be surprised how well a professional can include them, without your even realizing.
Secondly, allow your florist creative freedom to select what’s best available. Be flexible with specific flower types: Give her a style and color scheme, along with a few inspiration pictures and let her soar from there! By “giving her the reins”, the florist can select what’s on-hand, in season and possibly on sale/ clearance at the auction. You’ll usually get far more, bigger and more beautiful arrangements, than if you’re strict and specific with your needs.
And Remember: a reputable florist is extremely talented. Our minds are limited to what we can create. However, given the opportunity, most florists will blow your mind with their talent and creativity!
Try selecting an assortment of garden flowers, while adding a few stems of the more traditional, like peonies roses and orchids. Also consider flowers with both depth and size, like hydrangea, as it takes less of them, to achieve the style and drama you’re looking for.
Remember your feel: For a whimsically eclectic wedding play with something unique like succulents, ranunculus and craspedia. However, a bouquet of vibrant wildflowers would also be fitting. For a soft and romantic feeling, consider alchemilla, lavender, hellebore and hydrangeas, which will perfectly match vintage pitchers, planters, old glass and retro, charity-shop finds!
Don’t forget to accentuate and finish the arrangements with fabulous vintage accessories. Consider things like burlap, lace and brooches and display in retro settings. Things like mason jars, old fashioned milk bottles and antique tins can add character and meaning easily.
My last piece of advice is to think about clustering in-expensive flowers (or what florist would consider fillers), like baby’s breath, in large bunches, to create drama and presence for little cost. This approach can be powerful if executed properly and displayed in airy spaces, like your ceremony, reception space and venue entrance.
Allow me to introduce you to the “Martha Flower Guide.”
It was my best friend, when planning my wedding and includes an easy reference to flowers by color and look, which you can be readily brought to your next florist appointment. It’s available in Martha’s Wedding Book and in her magazine occasionally, however, I happened to find a scanned copy online thanks to the Savvy Bride. Bonus!
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