Post # 1
The last big wedding decision I need to make is flowers. Of course, our budget has pretty much been blown and I want to keep the cost down. I would like to have a very good idea about what I want before meeting with the florist. I’ve been thinking about a simple bouquet of gardenias. So I’d like to know if any of you have considered them and what knowledge you have as well as what your thoughts are on this based on the style of my wedding. Here are the details:
My dress is an ivory chantilly lace sheath (somewhat mermaidish, but not extremely so). It’s a v-neck and v-back adorned with crystals along the neck, back, and empire waste. It has a 30’s vibe I think.
My colors are dark plum, gold, with spice, and apricot accents. I would like maybe a gold ribbon around the stems. If I mixed in any other flowers they would be pale apricot I think. Probably apricot flowers for the bm’s who are wearing plum dresses. Also, if you have any good alternative flower suggestions for my bouquet, the bm’s, or boutinnieres feel free to let me know! Thanks!
Post # 3
I wanted a gardenia bout or corsage and my florist told me that although they are beautiful, they are extremely fragile and actually have an "acquired" smell to them. I think a bouquet of them would be gorgeous. I love the simple elegant look of them. But after some bumping or laying it down, it will begin to brown quickly. How about calla lilies or tulips? They have that simple clean elegant look in white and they are very sturdy flowers. My only suggestion about the flowers for your bm’s is that you get a really firm idea of what your florist can offer and at the season of your wedding. Those colors will range greatly from season to season depending on the flower. I wanted hot pink and my flowers actually looked more lilac. That kinda messed me up since everything else was light to hot pink, not lavendar. Be specific, make sure you get a sample from your florist.
Post # 4
They are pretty potent flowers, but I love the smell. I’d suggest mixing them in with others, as a bouquet would be overwhelming. Also, they do tend to brown around the edges fairly quickly. My favorite use of them are floating in bowls with candles. And to keep them fresh while doing this, I’ve heard it’s important to get "donuts" (plastic pieces you can find at a florist supply shop).
Post # 5
Thanks guys. That definitely helps. I don’t want to go to my florist and demand something that I don’t know much about! I’ll definitely look to mix in other flowers–I don’t want to knock anybody out with the potency of the smell and I don’t want a brown bruised and wilted mess on my hands either! Now I’ll just have to figure out what are some other reasonable choices for November. Thanks again!!