Dos and Don’ts for Ordering Wedding Reception Flowers

June 3rd, 2014 Carriage Flowers


Until it is their turn to walk down the aisle, most individuals don’t even realize all of the different ways that flowers are used at a wedding. We’ll give you a hint: there are a lot of ways. Think about it – not only do you have the bride’s bouquet and the groom’s boutonniere, but you have to outfit your bridesmaids and groomsmen with similar styles, line the aisle and altar at the ceremony site, and then decorate the entire reception area as well. That’s a lot to get a handle on!

Dos and Don’ts to Ordering Wedding Reception Flowers | Carriage Flowers


To make things a little bit easier, let’s narrow things down and focus only on the wedding reception for a second. Considering the fact that the florals you choose will have a huge impact on the overall tone of the evening, it’s important to be prepared.


Check out some of the more prominent dos and don’ts when it comes to choosing your reception flowers:


Do clue your florist in about the venue. Painting a mental picture of your wedding reception space will allow your florist to get a general idea of what she has to work with. It’s also an opportunity to get a few suggests that you may never have thought of. For example, if your venue has a big entryway, your florist may suggest creating a custom floral garland to draw attention to it.


Do keep an open mind. You may have been dreaming of using a specific type of flower at your wedding for years, but it just may not be possible. Regardless of whether it’s out of season or your budget just doesn’t allow for the expense, your florist will be able to offer you similar alternatives. You may even end up loving the other options.


Do keep the weather in mind. Flowers will delicate petals can actually wilt when exposed to high temperatures. If you know that you will be getting married in the dead of August, you may want to consider opting for a sturdier arrangement.


Don’t overpower the senses. The last thing your guests want while sitting down to enjoy a delicious, aromatic meal is to have that tainted by the perfumey scent of flowers on the table. If you love the blooms, save them for your bouquet and stick with something less intoxicating for the centerpieces.


Don’t try to cover up eyesores. At the end of the day, attempting to hide an emergency exit sign with a floral arrangement will only bring further attention to it. Instead, highlight the areas of the venue that you do want to highlight, such as the head table or the entrance way.


Don’t be predictable. Remember that not every table at your wedding reception has to look exactly the same. If you’re in love with multiple types of flowers, there’s nothing wrong with finding ways to incorporate them all throughout the venue space. You can even mix and match vases to keep with the theme of shaking things up.


When you’re ready to take the next step and start exploring your options, give your local Oak Park florists a call and allow us to make your wedding vision come to life!



(Posted by: Sara Jaworski of Carriage Flowers)

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