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Petaling Flowers

Flowers bring vibrancy and beauty to your wedding and often take up a sizable portion of your budget. Being immersed in the colors and smells typically only experienced by florists makes it is easy to get carried away. Below are a few things to consider regarding such an important decision:

An overabundance can become obtrusive and distracting. If you are holding too many flowers, the dress you spent countless hours selecting will be hidden behind your bouquet. Your guests want to see one another during the reception while seated at their tables too. Large arrangements (beautiful as they may be) can easily become disruptive if they interfere with conversations.

Most florists won’t tell you that several blossoms have less expensive ones that are so similar, they could be substituted for the pricier ones without anyone noticing. Doing a little research can quickly keep you from paying more than necessary. Also, countless types of leaves can be transformed to add bulk and reduce costs while accentuating the blooms.

If you are looking to match something, take a swatch or sample of some sort. Not only do people often view colors differently but a lot of flowers come in various shades of assorted hues. Therefore, if you simply say pink, you may end up with magenta when you wanted a light blush.

Take time to “smell the roses” so to speak as certain blossoms have very strong aromas. While that may enhance the ambiance, especially in a smaller venue, it can become overpowering and even cause issues for sensitive guests or those with allergies.

A little bit of learning, thought and discretion will make a significant difference in your budget, the comfort of your guests and ensure you get exactly what you have are looking for.

What a PURRfect Idea

Many people have pets with whom they have spent many years, treated as children and shared some of the most important moments of their lives. There is no reason your wedding, from beginning to end, should be any exception as not only does it trump any special time as of yet but would ease your stress load and add to the fun of the entire process. Following are just a few ways to do so….

Engagement: Although it would be out of your control, how wonderful would it be if your fiancé proposed to you by tying your engagement ring around your pet’s neck with a bright ornate bow or fancied a “Will you marry me sign?” for him/her to walk into the room and surprise you with?

Ceremony: Have your furry friend escort the flower girl down the aisle on a leash or with a collar adorned with flowers that match your bouquet. Alternately, let your little one act as the ring bearer (assuming they are the type of animal who can do so). Even if they don’t make it directly to you, it would provide comic relief and entertainment for all your guests.

If your animal is small enough, forgo your bouquet all together and carry him or her down the aisle instead, whether in your arms, a basket or any other type of bag.

Photos: If you want your special one to partake in your wedding but worry about their temper, guests with potential allergies, restrictions from your venue etc., you can add them every step along the way beginning with your Save the Date cards, including them in your engagement photos and even make arrangements for their presence during your day of photos taken outdoors and away from your invitees.

Added Extras: No matter what species your beloved pet is, consider having bride and groom replicas as that type as your cake topper. You could also choose something reflective of your someone who plays such a special role in your life and incorporate it into your reception, whether it be paw print stones leading to your reception space (if you have a cat or dog), using feathers in your centerpieces if your favorite friend is a bird and so on.

The options are limitless as is the amount of fun you can have and just how much of a difference including your animal will make not only to you but to your guests and to him/her as well. It is important, however, to ensure that someone is available to tend to their needs so, while you are able to share your wedding with them, you and your groom are not constantly distracted by looking after your little one.

Some Rules Were Meant to be Broken

Weddings are often planned around age old traditions, some of which you may feel comfortable making slight variations to but don’t want to appear as if you are either stepping too far outside the box or not taking your commitment seriously. Thankfully, times are changing and, after all, it is YOUR day so here are some ideas you may not have considered….

You don’t need a theme and not everything has to match. It would not only be unique but an honor to let your bridal party choose their own gowns. One may be pink, long and satin while another could be short, causal and floral. There’s an element of fun in letting those closest to you show their individual personality (not to mention that it makes for great photos).

Customarily, your parents pay for the wedding and your fiancé’s do so for the rehearsal dinner although the two of you may be on your own. One way to save money and set yourself apart, regardless of who is contributing, is to have your bridesmaids wear corsages. Opting out of bouquets not only significantly reduces your budget but makes it easier for them to help you both in preparation for but as well your ceremony.

Maybe white isn’t right whether it comes to your ring or your dress. If there is a stone you love and would prefer over a diamond, select it as you will be wearing it for countless years to come. What matters is the meaning behind it to you. Additionally, in reference to your dress, a selection of white paired with another color is one option or, if you have your heart set on red, blue pink etc., any gown can still be made to look as elegant and special despite not being white.

Weddings are celebrations and meant to be fun. Not only should you show off your individuality/personality but allow everyone else to do the same.

Of Course I Hue

Colors are one of the most exciting decisions when planning your wedding as they typically draw everything together. Your first inclination may be bits of everything so as to create a bright, cheerful and vibrant atmosphere. If you opt to streamline things while maintaining variety, a couple of complementary colors are popular to avoid appearing bland or stale. Consider choosing a single color however (which doesn’t mean just that) as there is beauty in simplicity and keeps the focus on you.

Favorite colors are usually labeled as red, yellow or green rather than cobalt, lilac etc. Each have so many variations which make the mundane magnificent and allow you to completely transform yours by using different shades.

If you select a homogeneous theme, everything can elegantly be drawn together in a subtle way that doesn’t take the spotlight off you. Perhaps you’re obsessed with all things pink for example. That doesn’t mean your floral arrangements, bridesmaids dresses, bouquet and everything at the reception etc. must look like Pepto-Bismol.

Your bouquet can be a combination of Flamingo, Pastel and Rose while your wedding party wears a mixture of Cherry Blossom, Raspberry, Blush and Carnation. The same goes for any color as there are so many different tones of each that may never even cross your mind but can easily be found.

Often times, an individual color will simplify your decisions (therefore reducing your stress level) but also create a unique and different atmosphere as well as be another way to decrease your overall costs.

Can We Make an Arrangement?

Flowers are an important part of every wedding as they are noticed by all of your guests, add a special element to your ceremony/reception and are both complimentary and indicative of your style and personality. Just as many elements of wedding planning are, florists are something you wouldn’t think you’d need to spend a lot of time on but, in actuality, much forethought should go in to your decision.

First and foremost, you need to determine your budget, taking into consideration the number of people in your wedding party, whether or not you want pew decorations, how many centerpieces will be needed at your reception, the venue etc. It goes without saying that the fewer people you have, the more you can feasibly spend without exceeding the allotted amount.

The best way to get suggestions and recommendations is from friends or relatives who have used someone they liked, were accommodating and satisfied with especially if you attended their weddings and were impressed by the arrangements you saw. They can often give you information in terms of cost, flexibility and willingness to both understand your vision and make it come true.

Shopping around and seeing prior arrangements is also important. Some florists have easier access (which may cost less) to what you may want as well as creative ideas about how everything should come together in a cohesive way. You want to find one for whom your special day is not just a job but makes you feel like a priority and who will ensure everything is both perfect and you’re completely satisfied.

It is imperative to know what will happen if the flowers you choose are unexpectedly unavailable on the date you have chosen. There may be comparable substitutions in terms of color, size and number but you need to establish some guidelines as to what is acceptable. For example, if your heart was set on peonies, carnations surely wouldn’t be an adequate replacement.

Don’t be afraid to ask for photos/videos of prior arrangements and it’s wise to take images of your vision to the meetings. That is a great and reassuring way to know the ability of whoever you choose to handle your big day and will allow you to cross one more worry off your list.

It’s not necessary to feel guilty for not choosing someone with whom you have met and could have liked very much. After all, it is your decision and many factors go in to who you select. Keep in mind that you need to start looking several months before your wedding date so that all flowers (hopefully) can be obtained and the florist can be prepared to set aside the time to cater to you without having several weddings to make arrangements for at the same time.

Buttons and Pins and Paper, Oh My…

Every bride wants their wedding to have special elements that are unique to them and have not been seen at other weddings or are done in different and inventive ways. One way to do that which is creative, fun and can be very cost-effective is to have a bouquet that is not made of flowers (at least not actual ones) and can be done in ways that will be very meaningful and certainly one-of-a-kind, especially if you involve your family and/or guests in its creation. With a little bit of creativity, some time and energy, just about anything is possible and often will look not only special but real, fun and festive.

A bouquet can be stunning while being made out of just about anything you can think of, from tissue or crepe paper to silk or other fabrics, buttons etc. One way to make it individualized and exceptional is to have your bridal party and family each make flowers out of whatever fabric or thing you choose. That way, each will be personalized and every time you look at it, you will remember where each came from.

If you choose to make a bouquet out of buttons, pins or brooches, an idea is to ask each of your invitees to send one along with their RSVP’s whether they are able to attend the ceremony or not. That way, aside from having a lot more than if you only included your family, the memories will be even more special. Everything will come together in a way that, even if each element appears different from one another and don’t seem to mesh, will magically turn your bouquet into something much more beautiful than you could imagine.

If you are interested in having an alternate type of bouquet, another option is to contact one of many companies who can create absolutely anything you can think of using whatever fabric or color you would like as well as constructing a combination of buttons, fabric, paper etc. That way, you would not have to worry about the time or construction on your own as perhaps you don’t feel as if the result would be exactly how you want it to be.

It is amazing just how realistic imitative flowers can appear. One of the best reasons to at least entertain the idea of having something other than a fresh bouquet is that it would be something you could keep forever rather than only being able to enjoy for the ceremony and perhaps a few days following. Many times, they are also more budget-friendly and, again, are something no one else will ever have, are a display of your creativity and will be a tangible reminder of just how much you are loved.