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Flowers symbolize the beginning of your new life together, unfolding with the promise of growth in love and devotion. Your careful choice of flowers will add much more than simple decorations at your wedding. Whether you wish to create the romantic feel of a garden, or the high style of contemporary design, flowers will enhance the beauty and elegance of the ceremony and make a gorgeous setting for your reception.

Wedding flowers The best thing you can do in selecting the right flowers for your wedding is to find an experienced floral professional. A professional can guide you and advise you on what is most appropriate for your wedding. You should begin interviewing floral artists at least four to six months before your wedding. Look for an individual who will give you special attention and listen to your needs and desires. Remember to ask to see samples of their work. There are a number of experienced floral designers throughout the area offering beautiful artistry, with an array of flowers from alstromeria to stephanotis, which is acknowledged as the wedding flower. Once you have found a designer, discuss your preferences, the season and style of your wedding, and your budget. Bring fabric swatches and a description of your gown and the bridesmaids’ gowns. This will help in the choice of colors and give a clear idea of the look you want to create. Your floral professional can tell you what flowers are readily available during the season of your wedding. If you are using silk flowers, they should also go with the season. If your ceremony is being held in a church, determine if there are any restrictions on the type or number of floral arrangements and decorations that can be used.

Bridal bouquet The bridal bouquet should be the most beautiful bouquet in the wedding party, whether it’s a single spectacular flower or a dramatic arrangement of many flowers and colors. If you use fresh flowers in your bouquet, you may want to have them preserved as a keepsake of your wedding.

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