Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Choosing Wedding Flowers

Spring: a word often equated with new growth. The trees are blooming, and here in Texas, we see Bluebonnets, Indian paintbrushes and a wide assortment of colors from our renowned wildflowers. For me, it is the time of year that I get to plant a new garden. I have delightful memories with my children planting our beds each year. Last weekend, we went to Lowes and purchased plants with which to landscape. They were each allowed to chose a flower to plant in our garden. So, this year, we will have a bundle of purples to view. One of my sons spent his own money to purchase a hydrangea. I told him that it's my favorite flower for a wedding because it is created in such a way that it already has the same appearance as a bridal bouquet. It seems as though the Lord designed hydragneas for a bride's floral arrangements. They are so beautiful! Of course, they are not even remotely the only popular flower you will find at a wedding these days. The classic, roses, are as popular today as they were many moons ago. Gerbera Daisies are another crowd pleaser as well as orchids and tulips. If you are a person that just read this post and has no idea what is the appearance of any of these blooms, then here's a tip: SEARCH until you can't look at another flower. Tear out pages from a magazine, print pictures off of the internet. Find as many bouquets, centerpieces and boutonniers as you like and take them to your florist. If you have picked the right florist, he/she will be able to help you sort through your pictures and tailor your choices to fit your tastes and preferences. He/she might also be able to assist you in saving money by offering alternative styles of flowers that are similar to those you chose but may be easier on your budget. Either way, you are guaranteed to have as your final choice the floral combination of your dreams. How do you find the right florist? Ask your wedding coordinator for recommendations! And in the meantime, enjoy the spring and the beautiful array of flowers on display. It's an amazing time of year!

Erin Joyner, Wedding coordinator, College Station, TX

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