Decorating the Bride’s Home

The Wedding Planner advises: spring-flower-arrangement.jpgEngagement parties, rehearsal dinners and the week up to the wedding can often be a time for constant visitors to the bride’s home. Flower arrangements  can  be a way of making the house appear that bit more special for the celebrations ahead.Rather than order in arrangements making your own for your home can be an enjoyable way of saving some money.

White is typically the presiding colour for wedding  celebrations. You should start with basic white flowers and add a few accents that complement the surrounding decor. Large leafy green pieces add a nice contrast to delicate buds for table centerpieces, and sometimes simplicity is the best aesthetic tactic. If you are making centerpieces for several tables, you can purchase your flowers in bulk and use one design over and over again, or you can make each piece an individual work of art.For vase arrangements, choose your container first, and pick flowers that are the correct height for the vase. When you cut your flowers, be sure to cut the stems at an angle so they can absorb water correctly and stay fresh for a long time. Vase arrangements require a focal point, and this can be one large flower or a grouping of several. It is important to choose a color scheme and to stick with it. For instance, you would not want to mix red and pink roses, or to combine yellow daisies with died green carnations. Make sure you choose flowers that look and smell good in combination with each other, and fill in the gaps with baby’s breath and leafy greenery.

When you are making larger potted flower arrangements, an aesthetically pleasing plant is a great base for your design.
If you are using only flowers, you will need a piece of arranging foam to provide a structure for the piece.
Green foam can be purchased at most craft shops, and it can be cut to fit any shape you need. The foam is soaked in water over night, this not only keeps a water supply going to your flowers but also adds weight to help counter the arrangement becoming top heavy and falling over.
Before you start sticking in your stems, you might sketch out an idea of the final product. If the arrangement is to be large, pick a few large flowers to act as focal points rather than picking a multitude of tiny blooms. Too many small flowers distract the eye and make the arrangement seem busy rather than soothing.Once you have chosen all of your flowers and greenery, begin arranging them in the container. It will take several tries and lots of adjusting before your create a finished product, but be confident and do what looks best. Arranging flowers is an intuitive art, and if you have chosen a good colour scheme and a variety of shapes and sizes, the correct eye-pleasing concoction will often fall into place with little effort.


3 comments on “Decorating the Bride’s Home

  1. Hi Nodlaig,

    Thanks for visiting my blog. The best place in Dublin to bulk buy flowers is Mary Street Market. It is the same place as the fruit and veg market at the top of Jervis Street. You need to get there early though (6am!) for the full variety – although there is still plenty to choose from later in the morning. I think it closes around 11am. It is a real experience going there absolutely fabulous smells and colour, my favourite place in Dublin actually. Also remember to barter!


    The Wedding Planner

  2. Hi there,

    I came across your site while trawling the net looking for a way to bulk buy flowers in Dublin. I find your advice very helpful and encouraging. As you suggest, I wish to make centre pieces for the tables using a repeat design. While I can get the oasis and other accessories I’m afraid I have no idea where to go to get the flowers in bulk. Could you kindly point me in the right direction as I am terribly lost?
    Kind regards


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