Wedding Flower Guide

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Wedding Flower Guide

When it comes to choosing wedding flowers, many brides may know the wedding flower they want in their own bouquet, but are a little mystified about the rest of the wedding flowers needed to fill out the ceremony and reception.

While you can leave all your wedding flower selections in the hands of a capable professional florist and get great results, you may want to take a more hands on approach. We hope this wedding flower guide will help making planning your most special day just a little easier.

Your first decision should be whether you plan to use a professional florist to create a wedding flower arrangement and bouquets, or if you’d rather visit a wholesale wedding flower retailer and order flowers to make your own bridal bouquets, boutonnieres and so forth.

If you are the creative type, a simple floral craft book will give you all the tips and tool lists necessary to create your own custom wedding flowers that reflect your personal style. It’s a good idea to purchase some flowers to practice with ahead of time to make sure you’ll be happy with your results. Whatever you decide, there are some standard traditions and suggestions to help make sure you’ve covered all your wedding flower needs.

Wedding flowers for the church would include:

Altar wedding flower arrangements
Pew markers/decorations

Wedding flowers for the reception would include:

Wedding flower arrangement for the bridal table.
Table centrepieces
Buffet table decorations

Wedding flowers for the bridal party would include:

Bridal bouquet
Small Bridal bouquet to toss
Groom’s boutonniere
Maid/Matron of Honor bouquet
Bridesmaid bouquets
Best Man boutonniere
Groomsman boutonnieres
Flower Girl bouquet or petal basket
Mother of the Bride/Groom corsages
Father of the Bride/Groom boutonnieres
Step-parent corsages/boutonnieres
Grandparent corsages/boutonnieres

A Few Extra Wedding Flower Tips

Maid/Matron of Honor wedding bouquets should be slightly more elaborate or in a different color shade than the rest of the bridesmaid wedding bouquets.

The Best Man boutonniere should be slightly more elaborate than the rest of the groomsmen boutonnieres.

The corsages/boutonnieres for the parents should differ slightly from the step-parents, and all grandparent corsages/boutonnieres should be
different as well. It makes it easier for guests to keep track of who’s who.

Wedding flower arrangements from the church can be transferred to the reception hall for double duty.

Bridesmaid wedding bouquets could be set in waiting vases and used as decoration for the bridal table.

Remember, these are just wedding flower guidelines. When it comes to your special day, your wedding flower selections and arrangements should reflect your personal taste and style. You can keep things simple or get as elaborate as you like, as long as your wedding flowers help you create the perfectly romantic wedding day you’ve always dreamed of.

Till next time.




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Your Wedding Theme

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Whether it’s a traditional, formal or off-the-beaten-track wedding, you’re putting the whole event together yourself by planning its every phase. These days, with so much available on the Internet, it’s easy! All you need is some time and a clear idea of the feeling you want to get across.

Start with a theme and you’ll have a coherent image you can use throughout the entire wedding. You may be surprised, in fact, how potent just a word or concept can be, once applied as your marriage theme.

Love angels, for example? What could be more perfect than finding ways to incorporate angels in every phase of your wedding?

From the flowers to the guest favors to the vows, you can find a way to carry out the theme through the entire event. Is it to be a casual wedding of two Renaissance types? The Renaissance theme is compatible with the wedding ritual, and makes for an unforgettable event.

Getting married on February the fourteenth? Hearts and flowers are perhaps the most traditional and best beloved of all wedding themes!

When you’re planning your wedding, save time to choose the music with care. Get together with whoever is providing the music and talk about the right pieces for the two of you. There is nothing that sets the tone like music, and your wedding music will live in your memories for the rest of your lives.

The rings, the vows, the wardrobe all the choices you must make to create an intimately personal expression of your love, are made so much easier by following a theme. But the idea behind it all is what counts.

You can choose one word to describe the spirit you wish to be your wedding, as if the coming together of two hearts creates a separate entity with one quality.

Is it joy? Is it contentment? Is it a giddy, bubbly, mirthful adoration? Pick a word or a phrase and keep it in mind. It’ll tie everything together and make the experience more perfect. And your wedding theme can become a foundation throughout your marriage.

Till next time.



4 Tips to Help Write Personal Wedding Vows


A person’s wedding is one of the most memorable, important, and high points in an individual’s life. At a time when a man and a woman want to make the ultimate commitment to spend the rest of their lives together, the desire to have personalized vows is certainly understandable. This is one of the most unique and special days in a person’s life, so if you want to speak your own personal wedding vows, than by all means, you should go for it!

Writing your own vows can be intimidating. Wedding days always add pressure to even the most mundane of tasks, and certainly writing the vows you want to say to your significant other in front of all your friends and family is no small matter! Still, don’t let fear cause you to go along with some basic commonly used wedding vows if you really want that personalized touch. Just follow a few basic tips, and this will help you be on your way to writing the tips your future spouse deserves!

1. Write from the heart. Your wedding day represents the epitome of love between you and your future spouse. The two of you are together for a reason. Anything you write should be honest and from your heart, because that is what will really make your words special.

2. You don’t have to be Robert Frost or Emily Dickinson. If you are a poet, great. Keep in mind, though, that in the end words are just words. Your wedding vows do not have to be an amazing classic piece of literature, they need to be an honest display of your feelings for the other person. Don’t use long poetical words if all it does is put distance between your words and your feelings.

3. It’s okay to brainstorm. Before you sit down to write everything, make a list of the things about your spouse that you absolutely love, then make a list of the commitments you want to make. Figure out what parts of those lists you really want to include (keep in mind the vows are read in front of families and friends) and keep those.

4. Short and Sweet. It doesn’t take many words or a lot of time to make your heart known to everyone present. A lot can be said in a really short time, so don’t feel like you have to make the vows any longer than they naturally come out.

Follow these four tips, and you’ll find yourself getting over your worries to write some great wedding vows that your spouse will love!

Till next time



Beach Weddings

beach weddingBelow is an extract form the multi award winning wedding photographer Sue Taylor’s book.

‘A beach wedding sounds romantic and yes indeed it is, but there are negatives and positives that you need to consider.

Firstly, you will need to obtain and pay for a permit to get married on a beach because the last thing you need is a council ranger interrupting your wedding ceremony.

Secondly, if it’s a windy day the sand will whip off of the beach and sting your guests and get in their eyes, so you need to consider the comfort of your guests as well as your own.

If it’s a sunny day, you will have glare from the sand, sky and water all acting like a big reflector, which means that you’re going to be doing a lot of squinting in photos and no amount of photo editing can correct that.

You will also find it near impossible to wear heels, so you may have to be a barefoot bride, or perhaps wear a pair of cute thongs (flip flops) or ballet type slippers. Don’t forget that most of your female guests will wear heels and it will be difficult for them to walk. The men also won’t be happy walking on the beach in their good shoes and socks that will fill with sand.

Yes it sounds great, yes its romantic, yes it’s gorgeous and yes the photos are amazing, but it’s not the most practical and it’s not the most comfortable.

If the day is very warm you will sizzle and if it’s a stinking hot day the sand will literally burn your feet as well as your guests.

There is no cover or shade on a sunny day so you need to consider the comfort of your guests, especially the elderly.

Buy bottles of cold water and small hand held fans for your guests and bridal party. Maybe hire some parasols in a colour that matches your bridal party. Write on the invitation that you advise your guests wear flat shoes or bare feet, wear sun block and bring an umbrella.

Flies will also drive you crazy, so odourless insect repellent is a must. Buy a few bottles and hand them around for your guest’s comfort and ensure you spray it all over the clothes and hair of the bridal party.

If your dream is to have a beach wedding, by all means have it but be prepared so you are not disappointed on the day. If you’re going to have a beach wedding you will need to accept that things may go wrong. A plan B is crucial for bad weather and should be noted on the invitations. You need to put all of your guests’ mobile phone numbers into one big group on your phone and if a plan B comes into play due to rain, you send one text and everyone gets the information. That’s the beauty of technology.’

Thank you Sue for sharing your wonderful advise with our readers. To view some of Sue’s amazing images head on over to 

Keep a look out for more amazing ideas in future posts that will also be from Sue’s book ‘Everything You Need to Know About Your Wedding Day…But No One Will Tell You’