|I do love you - Credit to Jeff Haller|
My favourite flowers are Roses, Tulips and Gerberas. I'm not a lily fan.. they always make my head hurt and start sneezing when I'm around them, so they are a big no no for wedding day flowers. Tulips are gorgeous and I've gained some insider knowledge on them - apparently they are quite unruly and grow towards the sun, so next time you've got some watch what direction they go in. They can actually grow a few cm's out of bouquets during the day, little monsters!! I've always loved the classic red rose... and yes I do love Valentines day... big excuse for a single red rose..and yes I am a sucker for love!!
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When looking at bouquets, I never actually realised how many different styles of bouquet there were. There are posies, tear drops, cascades, sheaths and the list goes on. Iridescent Weddings has some useful information on how to choose your wedding bouquet style. You need to take in to consideration what colour scheme your wedding is, what style it is (beach, garden, traditional, romantic, etc), what time of year it is for flower availablity, your body shape, your dress shape, the list is endless.... BUT all you have to do is google and you will be instantly educated on how to make a decision. Another good link is this one from Dummies.com, anything to make it easier I say.
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|Black Dress and Red Flowers|
- x 1 bridal bouquet
- x3 bridesmaids bouquets
- x1 groom's buttonhole
- x3 groomsmen buttonholes
- Throw posy for the bouquet toss.
- Sunday delivery
- My style is formal, traditional and classic
- Colours - Red flowers, black or charcoal bridesmaid's dresses
- Brides dress - maybe full skirted, ivory or white
- Flower of choice - Rose
I then started my search for local florists in my area and sent off what seemed like hundreds of emails. I contacted the florists on my preferred suppliers list from the Dockside Group, other florists from expos that i'd visited and recommended Sydney florists from the Vogue Forums website. I was given quotes ranging from $400 to $900 and found that many charged extra for sunday delivery, so they got quickly wiped off my list - an extra $100 bucks for a sunday... hell no, there was no way I could justify that to the budget. And it was a great way to narrow down the competiton.
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I fell in love with the buttonhole and bouquet instantly. Even though the bouquet is in white, I can imagine it perfectly in red.
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This is our package which is $543 in total and well under the budget:
- Bridal Bouquet: Cluster posy bouquet of red roses with small amount of camellia or magnolia foliage to edge bouquet. Stems bound in a thick satin or organza, choice of colour. $155.00
- 3 Bridesmaids bouquets: Black or charcoal dresses. Cluster posies - red rose blooms as Bridal bouquet. Small amount of camellia or magnolia foliage to edge bouquet. Stems bound in thick satin or organza, your choice of colour. $98.00 each.
- 4 Buttonholes: Groom - Red rose with 3 red miniature rose buds and foliage, x3 Groomsmen - Red rose, with 2 red miniature rose buds and foliage. $11.00 each
- Throw Bouquet: Complimentary
- Delivery of flowers to the Bride's and Groom's location on morning of Wedding: Free of Charge due to over $300 minimum purchase.
- Assistance also provided to pin buttonholes on the boys so they look perfect
So we paid our deposit and locked Rochelle in for the flowers. I'm really happy we have done so and rather early as well. I think we booked them in August 2011 and with only one appointment, which was great. I will catch up with her closer to the time and nut out the nitty gritty details like stem binding colour etc and delivery place details as we are undecided where we are going to get ready in the Sydney CBD.. some nice hotel somewhere close to the botanic gardens.
I love this inspiration board. It's so pretty!!!!!
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