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PETALS, GREENERY SHOWCASE LOVE IN FULL BLOOM

Wedding flowers are not just pretty accessories to have and to hold. They can also help showcase your personal style or your unique love story. Just ask Bluffton bride Halle Keiffer. For her May 2017 nuptials to Nicholas Keiffer at Maurene Plantation in Hardeeville, she carried a simple bouquet of greenery, light pink and white roses, and gold-tipped deer antlers, a personal touch that was the perfect nod to the couple’s love of the outdoors.

Follow Halle’s lead and get creative with your use of greenery and blooms! Go over the top with mounds of arrangements in opulent vases, or settle on an understated look with simple stems in mason jars. Here are a few tips to help you pick the best blossoms for your big day.

SOMETHING BORROWED

flowers2One of the best places to find flower ideas is Pinterest. You’ll be inspired by the variety of beautiful bouquets, innovative ideas and pretty things in bloom. Blogs like Snippet & Ink, Style Me Pretty, Green Wedding Shoes and Brides have a ton of ideas, and some allow you to search by color scheme, season or favorite flower. Look for ways to use floral decorations from the ceremony, such as bouquets and altar arrangements, to decorate your reception site to save a little money. The internet is your flowery inspiration destination.

ASK THE PROS

Hire a local, experienced professional to help keep you and your flowers on budget. Rarely does a bride do all the flowers herself — almost all hire florists to bring their visions to life. When interviewing florists, ask to see a portfolio of their work. Many professionals will have an online gallery or post their work on Instagram, making it easy to view a large variety of the centerpieces and bouquets they have assembled. You’re looking for a florist whose style fits your vision as well as your budget. Make sure you ask about any deposits, fees and payment schedules before you sign a contract. Selecting the flowers can be one of the most exciting parts of planning your wedding. It’s an opportunity to incorporate your theme, your season and your color scheme all in one place, and the flowers will be a highly visual and photographed portion of your wedding. Whatever your budget, feel confident that you can pull off something beautiful — greenery doesn’t cost as much as fresh-cut blooms but still adds a natural, elegant touch —and you’re sure to find a local professional who will be more than happy to make your dreams come true.

STICK WITH SEASONAL

Though it’s possible to get any flower at any time of year, your costs will skyrocket if you select flowers that are not in season. Do your homework. Know what will be in bloom when you are getting married and go with those options for your centerpieces, boutonnieres, bouquets, petals for the flower girl and any altar decorations. On average, flowers usually make up about 5 percent to 12 percent of a bride’s overall wedding budget.

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