Southern Alberta's wedding, honeymoon and special occasion planning website offers tips and information for planning your special event.

Useful wedding advice, and money saving tips for your wedding and lots more.

Choosing Wedding Flowers

1.Figure out your budget ahead of time. Then give it to the florist and ask what s/he can do with it as opposed to choosing flowers and then asking what the cost will be.

2.Make sure that delivery and setup are part of the florist’s fee and not an additional charge. Get written receipts for all deposits and payments.

3.Use flowers that are in season or flowers that are readily available all year round.

4.Florists don’t have to arrange flowers for the whole wedding. You can get wholesale flowers for the table arrangements and just have the florists handle the bouquets, corsages and boutonnieres. Reuse arrangements for both ceremony and reception.

5.If you want the feel of a lot of flowers, but can’t afford the floral fees, choose a garden location for the ceremony.

6.If you choose from a book of arrangements and then want to change the flowers used, ask what the fee for changing flowers is. Changing standard arrangements could carry an extra fee.

7.To decorate the church, use a few large flower arrangements and then fill up the rest of the space with greenery with candles on the windowsills of the church. Use affordable
plants such as ivy for centerpieces on the tables.

8.Ask how long have they have been in business? Do they have names of references? May you see sample wedding floral arrangements they have done?

9. Will they build a flower scheme around fabric swatches?

10. Will they perform setup at the ceremony and reception locations? Is there an additional charge for setup?

The Check List:

Maid(Matron) of Honor
Flower girls
Bride's toss bouquet (separate bouquet for toss)
Hair Ornaments:
Maid/Matron of Honor
Flower girls
Junior Bridesmaids Reception:
Head table
Staircase railing
Buffet Tables
Cake Table
Place-card table
Wedding Cake Top

Best Man
Father of Bride
Father of Groom

Purse decoration flowers
Main Entrance

Flower girls crown: Perfect for a flower girl may be a silk head wreath made of ribbon, tulle and tiny flowers, which can be enjoyed by the wearer after the wedding as well as on
the special day itself.