Flower Tips and Advice
Over The Top Floristry specialises in unique Wedding floristry, custom designed to create your dream wedding.
The Importance of Wedding Flowers Wedding flowers are one of the most important elements of your big day, When allocating your budget, don’t scrimp on the more visible items of the day, most girls are willing to pay whatever it takes to get the gown of their dreams, but even the most beautiful gown won’t look as good without the right veil, the right headpiece, the right hairstyle and the right BOUQUET! So when considering the budget for your flowers remember the price will reflect the quality, so if you consider the fact that your bouquet will be a focal point in the majority of photos, it pays to consider carefully.
Getting Your Florist Right— Every bride wants a beautiful bouquet. I suggest that when you order your flowers, you think about how you intend to carry them, when you walk down the aisle. Bouquets should be carried gracefully and naturally with consideration for the bouquet style, the features of the gown and the size of the girl. The bouquet should hide no detail of the gown. Bouquets should be held low enough to reveal the gown, the bride usually holds her bouquet in one hand with her arm at her side and curving slightly forward. The other hand is usually resting on her father’s arm and later the grooms.
When to Book * Book your florist as soon as you choose the style and colours of the Bride and Maid gowns. Normally between 4 to 8 months out from your wedding date.
*Make an appointment with the florist, it takes between ½ hr -1 ½ hours to discuss ideas, flowers suitable and if they will be in season.
What you’ll Need before You Book • you’ll need to have booked your ceremony site, and know how many Arrangements you'll need to decorate it.
• You'll need to have booked your reception site, and know the prominent colours Of the venue (so the flowers don't clash).
• If you are doing floral centrepieces, you'll need to know approximately how many Wedding guests you are having, and thus how many centrepieces you'll need. Generally reception tables seat 8-12people.
• How many bridesmaids you are having, and the colour of their dresses.
• The number of corsages (for mothers, grandmothers, announcers and other Special guests) and buttonholes (for the groom, groomsmen, ushers, and or Other special guests).
• If you'll need separate arrangements for the rehearsal dinner, post-wedding Brunch, entry ways, bathrooms, gift or cake tables, Obviously, if some of these details aren’t finely tuned, it’s not the end of the world. You can come and get inspiration and this may help you finalise these plans.
What to Bring on Your First Visit *Bring along fabric samples and Bouquet styles you like and a sketch or picture of the brides dress and maids gowns. Flowers are based around your personality, what you’re wearing and the venues in which the flowers will be displayed, When you’re first visiting bring swatches of bridesmaid dresses, pages from magazines with bouquets and floral arrangements that you like and any ideas you may have.
If you can’t find anything that’s inspiring along the wedding genre, bring an image of a painting that you love or an interior design which communicates what you’re thinking. Anything that inspires you can inspire you’re wedding dream.
You can purchase wedding flower magazines at most newsagencies, but please make sure you invest in a Queensland wedding flower magazine.
Have an Idea of Your Budget The general rule ‘they’ say is that 10% of the wedding budget should be dedicated to flowers. Though if your budget isn’t huge it doesn’t mean you need to be scabby with your flowers. There are plenty of cheaper flowers in the market that still look amazing when used creatively and tastefully in bouquets, table arrangements etc.
Flowers to discuss with your florist
*brides headdress (optional)
*Bridesmaid bouquets *Bridesmaid headdress (optional)
*Church flowers (optional)
* Church entrance
*Cake and cake table
*Other arrangements Remember this is an exciting time and I look forward to creating flowers for your wedding day to accentuate you.
It is important to remember that there are several variables which comprises pricing - including seasonality, design/labour time, type of flowers, quantity, containers, location, valentines week, mother’s day weekend and props to name just a few.
Though we do have a small set price list (wedding packages), here are some pricing guidelines to help you get an approximate idea.