Consider your venue.
Tall and elaborate centerpieces look great in a hotel ballroom, but would completely overwhelm a wine cellar. Before you decide on any floral arrangements, make sure to consider the size and layout of your venue first.
Ask for advice.
Wedding professionals know their respective categories. Floral designers have seen more table arrangements and bridesmaid bouquets than you can even imagine. Don’t order your flowers like you are at a drive-thru. Ask them for advice and listen to what they have to say (even if you decide to go in another direction).
Use images to communicate more than specifics.
It’s tempting to just point to a pretty picture and ask a florist to recreate the image. But you will probably…
This charming springtime bouquet is perfect for the bride who loves pink. The best part is it’s easy to make.Cost is around $35.
2 bunches of pink and white sweet peas
2 stems of pink ranunculus
3 stems of viburnum
1 stem of pink hyacinth (opened)
1 stem of double daffodil
1. Remove most of the leaves from the stems.
2. Start with the two bunches of sweet peas as the base of your bouquet.
3. Add viburnum to the lower and upper corners of the bouquet, diagonally from each other.
4. Fill in holes with ranunculus, hyacinth, daffodil, and extra viburnum.
This little bouquet is so sweet for a bridesmaid or flower girl and is easy to make! Total Cost: $20
Supplies:Clippers and/or scissors
10 stems of flowers
Here’s the flower recipe we used:
5 red anemones
2 white ranunculus
2 white hyacinth
3 red parrott tulips
Other flowers that work well include: roses, freesia, lisianthus.
Steps:1. Trim the leaves off the flowers and set a few of the leaves aside.
2. Start with 2-3 flowers and hold in one hand.
3. Each time you add a few more flowers, turn the bouquet.
4. Adjust flowers as needed.
5. Once you like how the bouquet looks, secure the bouquet with floral tape.
For a fresh and modern take on tropical flowers, make this lovely dendrobium orchid bouquet. The shape works great with a sheath style, plain, modern dress. Total cost: $50
You will need:
10 stems of dendrobium orchids
1. Lay the longest stems on a surface.
2. Add flowers, leaving the shortest for last.
3. Secure with twine.
4. Hold the bouquet in front of the mirror, to be sure it’s the shape you like. A mirror is the best way to see the right perspective.
5. Adjust any flowers you need to.
6. Add a ribbon.
Keep the flowers at room temperature. Keep them in water…
Said to represent anticipation and luck, anemones are the perfect wedding flower for those couples looking for a bold flower that is also very delicate and feminine. What I love most about them is how well they work with every season, whether it is a bouquet of only anemones for the summer or paired with jewel-toned flowers for a more autumnal centerpiece.
Clockwise from top left:
All-white anemone bouquet
Anemone wedding cake topper
Winter anemone bouquet
This sweet little clutch bouquet is easy to make yourself and only costs around $35.
Flower Recipe + Supplies
5 tightly budded peonies
3 open peonies
5 stems of dusty miller
A piece of floral fabric
a vase with water
- Strip the leaves off the lower portion of the flowers and greens.
- Start with one of the large, open flowers and two buds. Add some greens.
- Turn the bouquet while holding it in the same hand and repeat #2.
- Secure with twine.
- Cover twine by tying the floral fabric around.
- Keep in a vase with water until you are ready to use!
Buy it: Any florist in the
I love these Spring days with warm sun pouring through the windows, birds chirping, thoughts of easy, breezy days, and, of course, wedding season. It’s the beginning of a time so romantic and wistful. That’s precisely why San Francisco-based, Cherries Flowers, had me from the get go with their enchanting and artistic floral designs. At once refined and unaffected, their designs have an elegant yet sweetly approachable quality. One look through their portfolios and you’ll see that they’re not afraid of a little whimsy either. And, that combination is just the ticket for my kind of wedding.
Years ago I worked at a floral design studio. Fun stuff, right? Um, not exactly. It was more like getting up at 3AM to walk through a freezing cold flower market, loading heaps of flowers into a van, and then, while half-asleep, taking out my knife to cut stems (and fingers), strip thorns, and prep said flowers for the cooler. Why am I sharing with you this harrowing tale? Because after that experience I came to understand (most profoundly) just how hard florists have to work to bring their visions to light. If there were a national “Hug Your Florist Day”, I’d be an active participant!
That is why these stunning designs created by Heather at Twig & Twine in Los Angeles send me…
Mini Wildflower Bouquets
These sweet little bouquets are perfect for flower girls, mothers, grandmothers, or bridesmaids. Leave them rustic as shown, or add a ribbon to dress them up! Total cost is around $8 per bouquet.
ribbon (if you wish)
vases and buckets to keep the flowers and bouquets in
10 stems of waxflower (can be detached from 3 larger stems)
2 “Green Trick” dianthus.
1. Start with a few stems of the waxflower, and add the largest ranunculus towards the bottom.
2. Add the other flowers a stem at a time, turning the bouquet to the right, each time you add a stem.
3. Add smaller ranunculus or…