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Planning with Live Wedding Flowers

Wedding Flowers

Wedding flowers have been making weddings romantic and beautiful since the beginning of weddings. It is no wonder why flowers are at the top of the wedding planning checklist. Live flowers infuse color and scent, creating unique experiences. Since flowers are so important, we have a few tips to help you plan your wedding flowers on your magical day.

Scaling the Wedding Flower Project

This is a project that requires a little calculation. Before you even begin to choose your blooms, think about how you envision your wedding day. Some couples choose a few floral arrangements to accentuate their aisle, while others want oversized vases full of their favorite wedding flowers throughout the ceremony and reception space. Whether you are the modern minimalist or you desire a fragrant garden to create a romantic space, you will probably want certain floral arrangements that are traditionally part of most weddings. You should expect to purchase flowers for the bridal bouquet, bridesmaid bouquets, groom boutonniere and groomsmen boutonnieres. You will probably purchase corsages and boutonnieres for the parents of the couple, flowers for the flower girl, aisle decorations, arrangements for the wedding arch and table centerpieces in the reception space. You might also purchase wedding flowers for the gift table and cake table. It is a good idea to know the number of tables, size of the venue and how many will be in the wedding party to properly calculate quantity. A wedding venue with an in-house floral team can help you choose your live wedding flowers and will have all the schematics to properly scale the project.

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The Budget for Wedding Flowers

Live wedding flowers can take a significant part of the wedding budget. The cost will depend on the number of flowers and types of arrangements you use. Some florists will offer full wedding packages for a fixed fee, which may or may not be the best value. Using larger and more voluminous flowers, such as peonies, will create a greater impact on the arrangement and cover more space; however, they can be more expensive. Some couples choose to incorporate quality silk flowers into their floral arrangements to stretch the budget farther. Daisies and dahlias cost less. Roses, tulips, lilies, and hydrangeas are mid-range. Peonies and orchids are at the top of the price spectrum. It is always better to order a few expensive blooms in lieu of ordering dozens of cheap flowers that will not have the desired effect. Booking a venue with an in-house floral team can provide more dramatic results with more savings.

Wedding Flowers for the Season

Of course the season affects what blooms in the garden outdoors, but it is not impossible to obtain your favorite blooms outside of their season. While it is not impossible, there are a few things to consider. Wedding flowers in season will cost less. It can be expensive to purchase flowers out of season, since they can be more challenging to obtain. Flowers that are cut out of season will not last as long as those that are cut in season. If you want an out of season bloom without the extra expense, you would have to consider quality artificial flowers as an alternative.

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Winter Weddings

Winter weddings do have beautiful blooms. Many couples believe that their options might be limited in the colder months. Contrary to belief, there are several classic flowers like garden roses, peonies and anemones that bloom during the winter. Winter is also a season for orchids, champagne roses, magenta tulips and some hyacinths.

Spring and Summer

Spring and summer are all about flowers, and so are spring and summer weddings. These warmer months provide colorful blooms for every color palette. Hydrangeas are best during the early summer months. Just keep in mind, they are sensitive to heat and difficult to manage during outdoor weddings. You will find an abundance of lilacs, sweet peas and ranunculus. You can also find plenty of freesia, peonies, dahlias and daisies. Classic garden roses and carnations are beautiful during the summer. If you imagine a romantic setting in the late summer, dream up a floral adventure with blush pink, yellow accents and dramatic pampas grass. Consider wildflowers, daisies, chrysanthemums, celosia blooms and tropical spidery protea.

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Fall in Love with Autumn

Fall gives us deeper colors and more dramatic wedding flowers, such as the deep burgundy of dahlias and the sophistication of anemones with white petals and black centers. Fall also gives us marigolds, sunflowers, seasonal berries and acorns. Drape your centerpieces with fall leaves, lots of burgundy and vines to contrast gold tones.

Tips for Your Wedding Flowers

The best way to share your vision with a florist or designer is to show them pictures that inspired your ideas. Images will convey the aesthetic you are attempting to achieve with wedding flowers. If you want an exact replica, a picture is essential to creating it. Aromatic flowers are perfect for the ceremony space and seat decorations; however, you might want to avoid placing them on the table where food will be served. Scents can affect the way food tastes, ruining your fine catering experience at the reception. The safest and most affordable way to design your wedding venue with live wedding flowers is to book a venue with an in-house floral team. This guarantees experience, quality, affordability and the mastery of design.

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Choosing Wedding Flowers for Color

We choose wedding flowers for the color they add to the wedding venue. If you are searching for blue accents to add to bouquets and centerpieces, consider blue peonies, roses, ranunculus, tweedia, larkspur and delphinium. You might consider cymbidium orchids, tulips, ranunculus, daffodils, roses and carnations to add yellow to your arrangements. If you are dreaming of purple wedding flowers, fill your centerpieces with violet roses. Accent with greenery, white roses, bouvardia and bagonias. Consider lavender, anemone, bittersweet nightshade, cattleya, orchids, calla lilly, candytuft, waxflower, lilac, aster and hydrangea. Add white to your bouquets and centerpieces with white anemone, hydrangeas, gerpoms, tulips, snapdragons, carnations, alabaster rose gypsophila, dendrobium, orchids, dahlia, peonies, hybrid poppy, ranunculus, godetia and queen Anne’s lace.

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Crystal Ballroom Saint Augustine

Bring imagination and create a garden of romance with your favorite wedding flowers at Crystal Ballroom Saint Augustine. Meet with the in-house floral team and master designers to bring your dream wedding to life. This all-inclusive wedding venue includes all of the furnishings, designs, décor and services to create the wedding of your dreams. Walk the red carpet to the fairy tale that awaits you.



We invite you to discover the
Crystal Ballroom difference found in the unparalleled elegance and uniqueness written into the design of each of our venues. The themes are as limitless as your imagination.

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