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					                   Flowers and                                                                                                                                        and do not overpower her.
                                                                                                                                                                            For a fresh take on table

                                                                                                                                                                      centerpieces, some caterers and
                                                                                                                                                                      florists use other items such as fruits,
                                                                                                                                                                      vegetables, and non-flowering plants.
                                                                                                                                                                      Others add creative and personal
                                                                                                                                                                      touches like pictures of the couple
                                                                                                                                                                      or the couple with the group sitting
                                                                                                                                                                      at the table—a great way to get the
                                                                                                                                                                      conversation going as well!

              lowers do a great deal in creating the   taste and design preferences match yours.                                                                      Extra Details: Lighting,
              mood of a wedding. It can make a         You should trust him enough so that at                                                                         Drapes, Tenting, Carpeting
              big, imposing cathedral feel warm        some point—like the last few stressful weeks
              and romantic, or a small town chapel     before the wedding when it’s just impossible                                                                   and an Extra Generator Set
     more sophisticated and chic.                      to micromanage—you can let go and let him
                                                                                                                                                                            Mood lighting is often overlooked
          Flowers are everywhere in a wedding.         make decisions on minute details.
                                                                                                                                                                       and taken for granted. But with a little
     You have altar arrangements, aisle décor,              It’s also helpful if your florist can package
                                                                                                                                                                       thought, lighting can enhance the
     and pew garlands at church. The bride             his services to include decorating both church
                                                                                                                                                                       mood of the ceremony and reception.
     and all the women in the entourage have           and reception venues, if your caterer or
                                                                                                              1. Cascade - This is the most formal                   If you want the romantic mood of
     bouquets as they walk the aisle. Petals greet     venue didn’t include it in their package. That
                                                                                                                 type of arrangement. It has flowers           chandeliers, candelabras and candles, your
     the newlyweds as they exit the church and         way you work with less people who can work
     enter the reception venue. Tables have floral     around the design theme you’ve already set,               suspended from its handle, making it          florist or caterer can provide these things for
     centerpieces, and even the cake has sugar         and you can haggle for a better package price             flow from the bride’s hands down to           a fee, just be clear about what you want when
     flowers. They’ve become so integral to            for the combined services.                                the skirt. This is best for full-skirted or   you do discuss it with them. For spotlights,
     weddings that it has become a major cause                                                                   elaborate wedding dresses.                    changing lights and special effects for the
                                                                                                              2. Nosegay/Round Cluster Bouquet -               program and dancing afterward, you can
     for stress for many brides.                       The Flowers, Bouquets and                                                                               have these packaged with your lights and
                                                                                                                 This is a small, compact arrangement
                                                       Alternatives                                              that can consist of one or more kinds         sound system supplier. Again, including it in
     The Florist                                                                                                                                               a package will come out cheaper than if you
                                                                                                                 of flower.
                                                            There are no hard and fast rules about            3. Presentation Bouquet - This is                get separate suppliers for each item. If you
          The key in minimizing your stress on the     what kind of flowers to use in weddings. Some                                                           have special needs (like if you want the lights
     matter of flowers is choosing the right florist                                                             the same type of bouquet used in
                                                       brides use their color motif in their flowers,            pageants. It consists of long-stemmed         to be a certain way during your first dance),
     for you. A well-known, pricey florist is not      while others don’t. In general, locally grown                                                           be sure to discuss this with your supplier

                                                                                                                                                                                                                     FLOWERS AND DECOR
     necessarily the answer                                                                                      flowers gathered by a bow and held in
                                                                          flowers are less expensive             the crook of the arm.                         beforehand.
     to this. It is pointless to                                          than imported ones, so                                                                     Other things to ask your suppliers
     hire a star florist who                                                                                  4. Hand-tied Bouquet - Perfect for petite
                                                                          if you want to stay on                 brides and less formal or knee-length         before you sign the contract and give a down
     does ultra-opulent floral                                            budget, you may have to                                                              payment: drapes (a must if your venue is
     arrangements, when all                                                                                      dresses, it is a cluster of flowers tied at
                                                                          give up tulips and stick to            the stems. It looks fresh and simple, as      bare and has industrial-looking walls), tents
     you want is something                                                local roses.                                                                         (as rain contingency for outdoor weddings),
     simple and understated.                                                                                     if the bride gathered it just moments
                                                                               The bride’s bouquet               before walking down the aisle.                carpeting or matting (for outdoor weddings)
          What’s           more                                           is special, but it should                                                            and even an extra power generator set (again,
     important is that you                                                complement her and not                                                               for outdoor weddings and tent weddings).
     hire a florist with whom                                             overshadow her.                                                                      Sometimes they don’t come automatically
                                                                                                                In general, long arrangements are
     you feel comfortable                                                      There are about four                                                            with your venue, florist, or caterer, so it’s safer
                                                                                                            slimming, as it takes attention to the length
     enough to communicate                                                kinds of bouquet shapes                                                              to ask than be surprised by a new need a few
                                                                                                            of the bride’s body, but for petite brides,
     your needs, and whose                                                to choose from:                                                                      days before the wedding day.
                                                                                                            hand-tied and nosegay bouquets are compact

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