Advice on picking your flowers?

Hello ladies,
Okay so I've already posted twice about how stuck I am on flowers - and I'm still stuck! I keep finding things that are okay, they would work but nothing to which I'm totally dedicated. I'm just having a really hard time with this. Maybe its like kohler and the dress - the more options the harder it is! Plants, flowers and gardening are really important to me so this is bloody hard to do!

How did you all narrow down the options and pick your bouquets, flower colors, arrangements and flower types? How did you decide between colorful bouquets or white bouquets for a bridal bouquet?
Posted on February 7, 2008 at 7:29 am
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theDame
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this is what I am doing and how I am basing my decisions:

- for my bouquet, I want cymbidium orchids because they are gorgeous and they are the 1st flowers that my FH bought me. Right now, I am thinking green orchids. I don't have my dress yet so I will wait to see which color orchid goes best.

is there any significant, sentimental flowers for you two?

- for the rest of the event: I am asking for a color scheme and then What is LOCAL and SEASONAL; to be environmentally conscious AND to cut costs .

perhaps you can do this too with your florist- ask them to tell you and select from what is in season and what can be locally obtained

- I don't like certain flowers and my groom does not like roses, oddly enough, so I can eliminate some flowers based on these preferences also.


It's like christmas: are you an all white light person or multi color?! : )
Posted on February 7, 2008 at 7:44 am
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Type of flowers - we decided based on season and cost
Color ? I want the flowers to accent the dresses and not blend in. So I decided red bouquet for me..the color will pop against my ivory dress and ivory/white bouquet for my girls will go nicely with their deep red dresses.

For the venue ? we decided ivory linens and gold sash for the chairs..the red centerpiece will be a nice addition..it won?t be too matchy matchy.

HTH
Posted on February 7, 2008 at 7:48 am
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Hi theDame! Thanks for your advice - my FI gave me tulips because I said that I hated how cliche red roses were for valentines day. Because of things beyond our control we are getting married outside of tulip season which is fine. I do like a number of other flowers but its so hard to settle. I realized that I prefer flowers with textures like peonies (again out of season), garden roses, mums, dahlias etc, ranunculus, lisianthus, etc but I also like calla lillies, hydrangea and carnations... yes not really narrowing it down I know

I once read in some old Victorian flower guide in an antiquarian book store that white flowers were for funerals only, the morbidity freaks me out even though I am very compelled by their simplicity. And I can't for the life of me figure out if it will look alright against a white dress. The florists near the wedding site (destination) are the type that make those arrangements for grocery stores with baby's breath and those horrid little teddy bears hanging onto the sides - not really wedding flowers. So I'm doing this on my own.

The other thing is I prematurely bought lavender moire ribbon and I realize now that not everything goes with lavender...

Haha, I have this problem at Christmas too!

Ms.Sumomo how did you decide on your arrangements? Where did you look for inspiration or was it more of a "hey all flowers are pretty, that works!" sort of thing?
Posted on February 7, 2008 at 7:55 am
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wow Champagne, I didn't realize you were DIY'ing.

In that case: I would look up what the easiest arrangements are to make (martha stewart weddings maybe? or maybe not; her crafts are pretty difficult, I think!) and base my decision on that-
know what I mean? research some easy DIY flowers and then base your decision on what you like and will be EASY to make. That should really narrow it down.

Also, are you sure tulips are seasonal? I didn't think so. I know peonies are seasonal because that was the 2nd flower he gave me and I wanted to include those but decided not too because they are not in season in the summer.
Posted on February 7, 2008 at 8:09 am
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Hi Champagne - So funny you should post this today - I was just thinking about your flowers when I saw today's post on the Bride's Cafe: http://thebridescafe.typepad.com/my_weblog/2008/02/post-11.html. For what it's worth, I think the dark callas for the bride's bouquet and lavendar BM's bouquets shown are really beautiful...
Posted on February 7, 2008 at 8:14 am
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i was at a loss re: flowers until i checked out all the flower bouquet photos on PW and the Knot. i've decided that my bouquet will be deep red, pink, and ivory. our wedding is in Hawaii so i'm going with pink plumeria, deep red mini calla lilies, and a few ivory roses.
ive always loved calla's but didnt want white/ivory. the plumeria is the hawaiian flower so i've got to have that, and i decided on the ivory rose because i cant see my FI wearing a pink or red boutonniere.

i think light pink peonies are gorgeous. light pink is sweet and simple, if you want to avoid white, its a great alternative.
Posted on February 7, 2008 at 8:22 am
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Cham ? I decided on what type of bouquet I like first and for centerpieces, FI and I like the look for mix flowers?so I went to see my florist with my planner and we discussed on what type flowers. They showed me different flowers and shade of red and ivory/white flowers.

I wanted calla lilies originally but it was too expensive. Since roses has the classic feel we went for roses but not all since it seems too boring if everything is just roses hence the mix flowers centerpieces.
Posted on February 7, 2008 at 8:23 am
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Hey there! well, I just picked two main flowers I really love, roses and orchids. I didn't want bouquets or CP's that have ten different types of flowers. Plus, we have a little bit of a tropical theme going on and the orchids are so pretty. The bouquest will have roses mixed w/ orchids and the bouts will be orchids. FI is wearing a lei and the CP's will have those flowers mixed w/ hydrangeas. I am just trying to keep it simple too.
Posted on February 7, 2008 at 8:31 am
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If you're DIYing it, I would definitely suggest something simple like the stock centerpieces that are in the link that aching put. They're pretty cheap (when I worked at a wholesale florist, it was about 95 cents per stem), they smell sweet, and they have texture to sort of fill out the centerpiece. If you don't want to use your lavender ribbon with your bouquet, maybe you can use it to wrap around the centerpiece vase or something. Carnations work well, too, for being inexpensive and they can take up space.

As for your bouquet, well, for me personally, at first I thought about going with white because it's very bridal. But then I realized that it has the potential to get lost in your dress if you don't accent it with something like green leaves or use flowers that will stand out (ex. calla lily - like the bouquet that's in the link above or Margaret's bouquet was really cute). If you like the lighter look, you could go for ivory or I think the light peach colored flowers you have in your bio would work well, too. Have you also seen misty blue? It's a filler flower that more elegant than baby's breath and comes in white and a blue/purple-ish color.

To fit your color scheme, you could also go with a variety of purple flowers ranging from light to dark. But I'm biased because I like purple. I also really like tropical flowers (FI gave me a lei of purple dendrobium orchids for our first date - I didn't wear it, but I loved the thought of it) and I'm having a tough time with that. They're not that cheap and there's a lot more reds and oranges out there than purple. So to cut costs, I'm thinking about just scattering dendrobium orchids and plumerias and votive candles on the table and stack the favors on a cake platter for a centerpiece. I'm also having my BMs hold fans while walking down the aisle to incorporate my japanese background, which would then leave a little more wiggle room for my bouquet. I'll probably end up using a variety of purple and yellow orchids because those are our colors (although this is the tough time I'm having - not many tropical themes use purple and yellow, I see lots of reds, oranges, greens, and pink instead, I might have to break down and just be multi-colored).

Really though, the flowers you have posted in your bio and the ones you mentioned here can mix well together. Props to you for doing it DIY! I wouldn't handle it well, haha.
Posted on February 7, 2008 at 9:20 am
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I knew exactly what flowers I wanted when I saw a picture. hot pink peonies and cymbidium orchids. And ask the PW girls, I worked my toosh off to get DOZENS of peonies in December, the farthest from peony season.

Just browse and when something strikes you... you've found it.
Posted on February 7, 2008 at 10:26 am
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I knew I wanted blue hydrangea and then I found Sahara roses. I fell in love with their champagne color. I searched my heart out until I found something similar to what I wanted and got with the florist and we put our own spin on it. I probably changed my mind 7 times about the additional flowers to use but I think (hopefully) that I'm set on this final decision!
Posted on February 7, 2008 at 11:01 am
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Champ-I am with you! I am not DIYing, but have had a hard time narrowing down the flowers and picking my florist! Before I even met with a florist I had looked through tons of pics, lists of flowers that would be in season and come in the colors I want. I then made a list of the flowers I liked and met with florists... The first florist I met with I think was a little overwhelmed by me and what I wanted, because I know the flowers, but not necessarily how I wanted them arranged. :) I think part of the hard part for me is that my colors are green and purple and I haven't found a whole lot out there (in the way of pics) to help get across what my vision is. I did finally decide on a florist because she does get my vision the best and I know it will all be great. Sorry for the rambling...

I did decide on a bouquet full of color (purples, greens, and some whites) with roses, stephanotis, lisianthus, maybe some dendrobidium orchids, sweet peas. My BMs are going to be wearing purple dresses, so their bouquets will be mainly green and white (with green hydrangeas and some of the flowers from my bouquet). I decided for the centerpieces to have mixed flowers of everything I love... Oh and I am a die hard for Gardenias, but since they are so fragile we are going to use them on a fishing line hanging from a fountain and also floating as centerpieces for the cocktail hour.

Good luck to you and know that whatever you do decide will come out beautiful! Don't let it stress you out too much.
Posted on February 7, 2008 at 1:53 pm
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i have no clue on what flowers to get either. i dont know if i should go with roses mixed w/ cherry blossoms? are these flowers considered cheap?
Posted on February 7, 2008 at 6:36 pm
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First of all take a deep breath and relax =) All flowers are beautiful in there own right and whatever you go with will be gorgeous. Trust me, when the day arrives it wont even matter that much. I had all my flowers picked out and my florist couldn't source them,(things are a little different when you get married overseas) so I went to her place the day before the wedding and worked with what she had, everything turned out perfect.

I'm really into gardening myself, so I understand where your coming from. Thats probably the reason why the bulk of my uploaded photos are of flowers.

I believe your having the navy wedding, right? Are your colors shades of blue and white? If so here is my suggestion.

Blue Hydrangeas, couple them with white flowers maybe peony's or 80+ petal roses. Or you can do a mix of all white flowers and place them in a tall blue glass vase, maybe stick some blue crystal beads between the blooms... If you do all white flowers, wrap the steams of your bouquet with a blue silk ribbon. If you want, you could add a splash of another color, maybe purples, hints of pink or green. If you did green , think about peacock feathers, they have blue in them as well.Maybe add some blueberries for texture...

Here are some tips to pick your flowers, if you don't like these ideas.

Take the color of the blooms from the bridesmaids dresses and venue.

Pick the types of flowers by whats in season, that will save you $$$ as well as help to narrow down your options.

I'll see if I can find some photos for you.
Posted on February 7, 2008 at 11:55 pm
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This wasn't what I was talking about, but they are in your colors and I thought it was pretty. They look like poppies and maybe violas to me.



















Imagine this with blue hydrangeas. This would go perfect with that rustic feel of your venue. I have another photo of vases that are made of real birch, they have glass vases inside so they can hold water. They aren't terribly expensive either, I'll get you the website if your interested.
















Love the bouquet above =)












Heres the birch vase I was talking about, you can get them in defferant sizes. If they don't have the size your looking for, they could probably be made. Or you could make them, if you have the time.

























































Heres some to get you started.
Posted on February 8, 2008 at 12:26 am
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Thanks everyone, those words of wisdom give me a lot to think about!
She1 you are totally right - I love to garden and know more about plants than most florists. When my grandfather "retired" early he decided to open a nursery for fun. So growing up I learned about plants and they're really important to me - it makes this sooo much harder than it has to be!
Posted on February 8, 2008 at 8:14 am
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Champagne,
I am right there with you. Flowers for me were everything!!! The rest of the wedding kind of flowed from this area. I must first commend you on the DIY, I don't think I could do it, but....

Here is how I approached the first step. I thought of what I wanted as a theme for the wedding and then I put together some color ideas. Once a friend gave me a martha stewart wedding book as a gift to help with planning I decided that my flowers, no matter the cost were going to be peonies pale pink ones. From there I spoke to a ton of florists about the direction to go in and they started suggesting things and showing me pictures.

My total dream wedding would be in Ina Garten's (the barefoot contessa) backyard in the hamptons but since money doesn't grow on trees I just went with that idea for the rest of the flowers and centerpieces. Start thinking about your theme and go from there.

I think you should talk to some florists they don't have to know you want to do it yourself and start to get some ideas, they will also help you identify budget savers where as looking at PW photos gets you excited until you see the price attached. I live here in San Francisco so I also walked the flower market try something like that to get inspiration.

Good luck!!!
Posted on February 8, 2008 at 10:58 am
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Oh I love Ina Garten! And a Hampton's style wedding - oh can't go wrong. I love the shingle style homes and peonies and hydrangea bushes! Maybe you could use shingles with hand-painted white numbers for table numbers, call me crazy! But you have to let them sit outside for a couple months just to get that aged look that is so gorgeous!

I should have planned my wedding the other way around, I started at the wrong end! Should have picked flowers first!!
Posted on February 9, 2008 at 8:31 am

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