Bridal Bulbs: 5 Things To Know About Your Wedding Flowers

Flowers play a big role in setting the theme for a couple’s special day. From flower types to the countless combinations of colors and arrangements, there are endless options. Many brides-to-be face difficult decisions and end up spending excessive time planning for their wedding-day flowers. However, choosing your arrangements does not have to be so stressful. It pays to enlist a knowledgeable florist who can ease the process by providing all the information you need to make the best decisions.
So, we spoke with Chicago's premiere florist, Virginia Wolff, whose lush floral designs and beautiful decor have been lauded in numerous magazines, including Harper’s Bazaar, Town & Country, Elegant Bride, Bon Appetit, and Wedding Channel Magazine, to gather her must-know tips to help make your big day beautiful. Her expertise has been sought-after by celebrated luminaries such as Martha Stewart and Oprah Winfrey. No matter the style or size of your wedding, click through for some helpful advice to get the look you want without breaking the bank.
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1. Seasonal Availability Of Flowers
“Many brides love peonies. However, they are only available from mid-May through June. For a fall wedding, Ecuadorian roses are beautiful substitutes that still have the full fluffy look that resemble peonies. Roses are available year round so they’re a safe choice.”

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2. Budget
“There are several factors that go into the cost of wedding florals. From rarer flowers like peonies and orchids to elevated designs like topiaries and climbing arrangements, these requests are going to inflate your costs. Also, make sure you ask your florist about the bottom-line cost. This way you’re not caught off guard by hidden fees such as labor and tax charges.”

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3. Integrate
“Centerpieces add up. When deciding on your reception centerpieces, not every table needs a lavish floral arrangement. Candles are a good way to save money. Alternating non-floral centerpieces like floating candles, a cluster of pillar candles in varying heights, mason jars, wine bottles, or fruit arrangements creates an elegant and modern look.”

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4. Importance Of Linen Color
“A lot of people don’t realize that what’s underneath a centerpiece is as important as the arrangement itself. You want something that will complement your centerpiece and not fight it. Ivory is a great foundation color because it’s elegant and it works with centerpieces that feature multiple colors.”

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5. Repurpose Your Ceremony Decor At The Reception
“A money saving trick I always suggest to brides is to reuse ceremony arrangements at the reception. For instance, I’ve used the bridesmaid bouquets as decorations for the head table by placing them into vases. I’ve also used pew swags as centerpieces.”

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