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Wedding flowers should to some degree add a statement to your wedding décor. Vibrant colors in tropical bouquets are very beautiful and photograph well. Calla lilies are pretty, but are not easy for the bridal party to hold (as they are quite long stemmed and awkward) and (in my opinion) Calla Lilies do not photograph as well as other bouquets.
Tropical / vibrant colored bouquets are very popular and beautiful both for accent color and photography:
Brides maids and flower girl bouquets do not have to completely match the bride’s bouquet, but should compliment in color and design:
Groom’s butonnieres can be simple and “manly”, or vibrant and fun while still making a statement. Most butonnieres contain orchids as they are very resilient and beautiful:
Search the web for photos and details of the flowers. Below is a list of some popular bridal flowers and a few photo charts (©TheFlowerExchange):
~ Calla Lily
~ Bird of Paradise
~ Lilly of the Valley
~ Various Fillers (greens)
Lilly of the Valley smells great and is very pretty in a bouquet. However, they do not last long and will start drooping after a few hours. The Ranaculus are beautiful in bouquets, both bridal and centerpieces.
Make sure your flowers are delivered to where you are getting ready and that all bridal party members (including parents and GPs know that they will get flowers, and know where to be to receive the flowers). Make sure flowers have arrived by the time photo and video coverage begin. Also, it is a good idea to designate a person to be in charge of putting the butonnieres on the groom and groomsmen. This way there is no confusion as to what side to place the butonnieres on, or how to attach them. This is almost always a problem and involves debates and confusion the day of the wedding…
Bouquet accents are almost a must. They make the bouquet come alive and are very photogenic. Such accents are: Pearls, Crystals, String beads, Shells or Starfish.
Keep an image log of the flowers you decide for your wedding and email/mail this you your florist a few days prior to the event to ensure you get the correct bouquets incase the florist have staff changes.
One money saving tip is to do the butonnieres and corsages in artificial flowers to match the bouquets. This only works with a few flowers, but is an option worth looking into. Try not to use dyed flowers, as the color may run of it rains or is very humid out.
That’s all for this week. Most photos (except for flower charts) by PixelArt Photography. Next week we’ll discuss Wedding Dresses & Tuxedos and attire. We are Sarasota and Tampa Bay’s best wedding photography value!