You can study current trends and classic looks for your wedding flowers until you’re blue in the face, darling bride-to-be…at the end of the day, the best way to learn something is to sit and study with an expert! Read on for hints and tips below as the darling bicoastalbride received a little wedding flower Q&A from Southern Californian wedding florist, Jamie Mastright!
Do you recommend that a bride try to “do it herself” to save money? Why or why not? What are your best DIY tips?
While a bride can, of course, try to do the flowers on her own, I always try to remind her that the hectic flower assembly must be completed right before the wedding, along with all the other activities filling her schedule. It’s a very busy time, and there are usually hiccups in the design process for that very reason.
If a bride does decide to take the DIY route, my best tip is to not be afraid to experiment, because in terms of design, anything is possible!
DIY brides should practice before the wedding as this will help calm their nerves and allow time to solve any design issues they might have. I recommend using an assembly line during the floral construction, and getting the bridesmaids and family members involved in the process.
What are some of your favorite unique bouquet, boutonniere, and centerpiece ideas?
I love the look of twisted wire in corsages and boutonnieres, as well as bouquets and arrangements as it helps add interest and is a fun design. I once had a bride who wanted to use fern fiddles – the newest unfurled growth on a fern – in the boutonnieres, but was discouraged by the cost. So, I came up with the idea of using wire and floral tape to mimic the twisted design. I also love the use of fruit in arrangements, which can help add an interesting touch and give guests something new to look at.
A centerpiece idea I especially love right now is the use of everyday items, including cups and bowls, as containers for floral designs. It’s fun to mix and match your favorite dishes, even those you might have found at discount stores and thrift shops. They can help create either a shabby-chic or elegant look, depending which containers you choose. And if you like a container that doesn’t traditionally hold water, just add a plastic liner.
Are there any top resources (websites, books, etc.) you use or would recommend for a bride hoping to learn about different types of flowers?
There are many resources out there. My favorite magazine, Florists’ Review, is a great source of information, especially about popular trends in the industry. Also, the Internet has an abundance of info. I like to suggest that brides go online and use Google to find images of wedding flowers they like and dislike. Once a bride picks out certain types of flowers, anything is possible in terms of arranging them to fit the feel of the wedding.
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