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WHEN choosing a bridal bouquet, you’ll need to ask yourself: “what is my favourite flower? What is the colour scheme for my wedding? And what sort of atmosphere do I want to create on my wedding day?”

Flowers should symbolise the bride’s image – for example, romantic, classic, funky, preppy, whimsical, bohemian, earthy and so on – and the theme should go hand in hand with the bridal gown.

The choice of venue also plays an important role and budgeting is important. Flowers are expensive and you want to have the best your money can buy. Remember that there is much value in simplicity if it is presented with style. A single flower can have the impact of a bunch of flowers if presented in the right way.

Have some fun creating a mood board by selecting pictures of bouquets, buttonholes, general décor and table settings from the internet and magazines. The bride can also do so on Pinterest.

The mood board can be presented to the florist who will be able to advise the bride on the availability of the flowers. She can also advise on alternative choices should a particular flower not be in season at the time of the wedding. A bride strives to look her very best on her wedding day – so flowers must peak on the wedding day.

We cannot have a tired bride and we cannot have tired looking flowers. Remember to always have a second choice. It is important to be flexible with one’s choice of flowers because a farmer cannot order a specific rose to be in bloom at a specific time.

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