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Tips On Selecting Wedding Flowers


Many brides love flowers and delight in planning the flowers for their wedding ceremony and reception. Fresh and healthy flowers really create a beautiful and polished atmosphere both for the wedding ceremony and reception. All those brides and grooms who have gardening and horticultural knowledge will be able to utilize their experiences when it comes to deciding upon which flowers and floral designs you would like for your special day.

I myself have been gardening for fifteen years and have experience working in a flower shop, so I will share my own tips for selecting bridal flowers.

1. Consider the bride and the groom’s favorite flowers and colors.

2. Consider the appearance, size, shape, color and fragrance of the flowers.

3. Consider buying flowers in season and locally grown, as this is cheaper and better for the environment as the flowers don’t have to be imported from another country or state.

4. It is recommended that the bride and groom make a consultation with florists at two or three different flower shops. Come prepared with your questions, your price range, and a list of your favorite flowers.

5. Select flowers with shapes and colors that compliment the bride’s complexion, hair color, overall appearance and wedding gown.

6. Choose flowers that flatter bridesmaids and their dresses, and the groom, groomsmen and their tuxedos.

7. Think about the style your want to achieve:

a. traditional
b. contemporary/modern

8. Think about the time of day of wedding ceremony, wedding photographs and wedding reception. The goal is to have the flowers remain fresh and healthy for the ceremony, photographs and reception. Flowers like roses need water picks to hold water and Gerbera daisies require a lot of water to remain healthy.

9. Keep in mind the location of your ceremony and purchase flowers to decorate that flatter the colors and lighting of the church or hall.

10. Think about the location of your reception and purchase flowers to decorate that flatter the colors, furniture and lighting of the reception site.

11. Get recommendations from family and friends on the flowers that they had at their own weddings.

12. Discover ideas for floral designs in wedding magazines and on bridal websites.

13. Remember to keep in mind the cost of each flower. Flowers that are readily available are cheaper than more exotic and hard-to-find flowers.

14. Reflect on all of your wedding floral needs:

  • for ceremony; flowers for church pews, altar, registry table, front platform, outside church doors, church foyer
  • for reception; floral centerpiece for each dinner table, special centerpieces for wedding party’s table
  • bridal bouquet
  • bridesmaids bouquets
  • groom’s boutonniere
  • mother-of-the-bride and mother-of-the-groom corsages
  • groomsmen’s boutonniere
  • boutonniere for father-of-the-bride and father-of-the-groom
  • bride’s bouquet for bouquet toss
  • flower girl’s flowers
  • ring bearer’s boutonniere

Enjoy planning your wedding. Take time to smell the roses!

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Do’s And Don’ts For Planning For Wedding Reception


DO: Book your reception site/ hall as soon as possible, ideally within several weeks after getting engaged and selecting your wedding date.

DO: Go together as bride and groom to various possible reception sites. Arrange meetings with a representative from each location. Ask about pricing, special features and amenities. Inquire about sample menus if the reception site requires that you use their own catering service.

DO: Brainstorm together what you both consider to be your “ideal wedding reception.”

DO: Consider different creative places to hold your wedding reception: hall, restaurant, art gallery, museum, church, park, country club, own home or family’s home.

DO: Remember the following expenses that need to be planned and budgeted for:

  • rental of reception site
  • flowers
  • cost of entertainment – band or DJ
  • lighting and sound system
  • wedding lunch or dinner

DO: Think about the following catering fees:

  • cost of lunch or dinner
  • cost of catering services
  • cost of tables & chairs rentals
  • cost of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks; decide whether or not to serve alcohol; cash bar versus open bar
  • cost of desserts and appetizers

DO: Decide as a couple whether you would like to have buffet-style or traditional plate-dinners served by the wait staff.

DO: Remember that it is less expensive to have buffet-style meal.

DO: Remember that a lunch reception is less expensive than a dinner reception.

DO: Regarding menu options, make sure that both the bride and the groom get the opportunity to sample all of the different menu options, including the appetizers, salads, soups, entrees, and desserts.

DO: Look in wedding magazines and search on-line wedding websites for photographs of various wedding reception. Figure out what flowers, decorations, colors and themes appeal to both the bride and the groom.

DO: Cut out photos from magazines or print out photos from websites of wedding reception dΘcor that you enjoy.

DO: Talk to family and friends in order to find out what DJ or band or musicians they hired for their weddings. Get recommendations from family, friends, co-workers and neighbors.

DO: Meet with at least two or three different DJs or bands. Find out what genres of music they specialize in and what types of music they feel comfortable playing.

DO: Listen to the band or musicians play one or two sample songs for you

DO: If time allows, attend one of the band’s or musician’s performances to evaluate how they would sing and play with an actual audience.

DON’T: Just select a band or musician in a hurry without listening to them perform.

DO: Go as bride and groom to wedding exhibitions and talk to and listen to various DJs, bands and musicians. Get their contact information, find out about the services provided, music specialties and fees.

DON’T: Invite friends, family, coworkers, neighbors simply because you feel obligated to invite them.

DO: Invite the people who genuinely support you two as a couple. Keep it smaller and more intimate.

DO: Plan your seating arrangement carefully.

DO: Seat family members and couples together.

DON’T: Seat strangers together.

DON’T: Seat people who don’t get along together.

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Wedding Planning For Two: 11 Ways To Get The Groom Involved


Now you are a happily engaged couple, planning the wedding of your dreams. Traditionally, the bride has taken the most responsibility for planning the wedding ceremony and honeymoon. Thankfully, gender stereotypes are being challenged and more and more grooms are stepping up to the plate and helping to plan their weddings.
The following lists some simple ways for you to get your groom interested in the planning process:

1) Have one-on-one discussion with your groom.

2) Make wedding planning fun for groom. Try to lower his anxiety about wedding planning and boost his self-confidence. For example, compliment him on his creativity, organizational skills, musical tastes, etc.

3) Create manageable tasks that the groom can be involved with and take accountability for, such as ordering the wedding invitations, addressing them and mailing them to your guests.

4) Ask your groom to what degree he would like to be involved regarding wedding planning. Avoid trying to read his mind about his feelings about being involved in planning your wedding.

5) Ask your groom if there is a special area that he would like to be responsible for one of the following areas:

  • wedding music
  • flowers for ceremony
  • flowers for reception
  • planning your wedding lunch or dinner menu
  • finding tuxedos or suits for himself and his groomsmen
  • listening to different DJs and bands and selecting his favorite one
  • researching and visiting reception sites
  • planning honeymoon (destination, accommodations, itinerary)
  • selecting and ordering wedding cakes and desserts

6) Work with your groom’s special interests and talents. For example, if your groom loves cooking, have him plan the menu for your wedding lunch or dinner. If your groom loves music, have him plan the musical entertainment for your reception.

7) Delegate certain simple tasks to your groom.

8) Brides, avoid the “Bridezilla” phenomenon. A “Bridezilla” is defined by the following behaviors and characteristics:

  • controlling behavior
  • irritability
  • yelling
  • making all the decisions
  • being hard-to-please
  • criticizing the groom’s tastes, ideas and preferences

9) Encourage your groom to think about planning your wedding together as a special, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for you two to bond in a unique way and learn more about one another through the wedding planning process.

10) Ensure that you have open and honest discussions about your wedding budget, including the overall budget, budget for ceremony, reception and honeymoon. Discuss what expenses the groom, the bride, the couple, the bride’s parents and the groom’s parents will be responsible for.

11) AVOID fighting over wedding planning and wedding budgets. Finances is the number one topic married couples fight over. Start your marriage on the healthy path by having loving, mature, productive discussions about your wedding finances.

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