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All About Wedding Flowers

Saturday, July 11th, 2009

Wedding flowers are perhaps one of the most important aspects of the wedding. They make the wedding extremely special, provide beautiful focal points and add fragrant aromas in the air. They also set the mood and enhance the ambience of the wedding and are the right carriers to convey the emotions of the ceremony. The flowers of unlimited colors and combinations symbolize prosperity, happiness, fertility, love, care and joy. Wedding flower decoration can be of various kinds. You can choose a large arch of flowers or a centre-piece, or both- everything is suitable depending on your taste.

Flowers can adorn almost any part of the wedding process – the church or civil office, every possible nook and cranny of the wedding venue and as gifts and presents to special people on the day. Flowers for the wedding can also be used as a bridal floral accessory. They may be in the bride’s wedding flower bouquet, bridesmaid’s floral bouquet, they may adorn the bride’s and her attendants’ hair, they may be simple dashes of color on the groom’s and the groomsmen’s lapels, or they can adorn the wedding cake.

The decision to have flowers for the wedding usually isn’t the hard part, deciding on the types, color and arrangements of flowers is the challenging aspect. You have several choices when it comes to the wedding flowers, so knowing enough about wedding flowers to is important to make solid and informed choices. It is important to establish a budget for flowers as with any aspect of your wedding. It can take a large portion of the wedding budget if not planned in advance, so budgeting is very important to obtain flowers economically.

Knowing what flowers are in season at the time of your wedding could save you a lot of money. So, do some research about the types of flowers that will be in season when your wedding is to take place. Prices can be higher and blooms more difficult to find if the fresh wedding flowers you pick are rare, exotic, or out-of-season. In addition to making your wedding more expensive, the color of out of season flowers will not be as beautiful and brilliant as if they were in season.

You could also use silk flower, which is so realistic that you can’t tell the difference from the real ones. These flowers will save you some money when you are paying for wedding expenses and you can have whatever you want as they are not seasonal unlike real fresh flowers. Silk flowers will last longer and are something to keep forever to remind you of your special day. They can be also be used for decorating the tables and the wedding cake as they will not spoil or mark the cake, or drop pollen and they can be used over and over after the wedding.

Make sure that the color of the wedding flowers coordinates with your overall wedding theme. Your wedding flowers should compliment the color of the bride and the groom’s clothing, bridesmaids’ dresses, attendant’s attire, bride’s beauty and personality. Also, be sure that the colors of the flowers picked by you matches with that of the color scheme as well as the background, decorations and overall style of your wedding. The color of the flowers is an important detail to make your wedding even more glamorous. It is also a good idea to look wedding flowers that suit the tastes of the bride and the groom. The soon to be newlyweds should keep in mind that when choosing your wedding flowers, go with those that stand out to you. It is important that you have to feel good about your flower arrangements.

The Benefits Of Silk Flowers

Saturday, July 11th, 2009

Silk flowers are a wonderful medium to work with for homemade craft projects. Once you have mastered the basics of silk flower arrangement, you can use them in a variety of different projects, including table arrangements and centerpieces. Today, many people find silk flowers a sensible alternative to fresh flowers. They look just like fresh cut flowers and can be arranged in many different ways: faux tropical flowers, clutch wedding bouquets, flower garlands, silk corsages, silk buttonholes, artificial bouquets and silk flower decorations. They can add lasting beauty to home interiors, malls, offices, restaurants, furniture stores and boutiques.

Traditional choices for a wedding bouquet are fresh flowers, but silk wedding flowers are becoming popular. Whether people are looking for exotic flowers, a romantic gesture that will last a long time, a wonderful gift, or a touch of beauty for the home, flower arrangements made of this great material are a great choice.There are innumerable reasons why silk fabric flowers are preferable to fresh flowers. Many people would of course prefer real flowers over the artificial ones, but flowers are expensive and very short-lived and hence, constantly need to be replaced. Other long term benefits for selecting flowers made of the material silk plants are that they will not outgrow their space and home-owners never have to worry about insects, mold and mildew. Gone are the days of watering flowers, which usually leads to damaged wood or carpeted floors. Another advantage is the fact that they are hypo-allergenic. They contain no allergens such as pollen, and are disease-free and nontoxic. Also, there are hundreds of varieties and colors that are available year-round, as compared to real flowers that are seasonal.

A person who gives flowers will not be forgotten for some time. However, flowers wither and have to be discarded once they wilt and die. By giving silk flowers, recipients will remember who they got them from for a lifetime. Silk is a logical material for artificial flowers as it embodies the ethereal qualities of a flower. Many flowers made of pure silk on the market today are of such high quality that unassuming customers cannot discern their difference from the real ones. One important benefit of using artificial or silk flowers is that many people have harsh allergies to fresh flowers. Another benefit is the reduced overall cost of silk flowers. They usually are the same or only slightly more expensive than fresh flowers, although artificial of course, never die.

Silk flowers are easy to store and maintain. Just keep them in a dry location and away from sunlight and light bulbs, as constant light will fade the colors. Avoid laying the flowers down. Instead, place them in a flower vase or other receptacle that will keep them upright and retain their shape. Clean exposed decors every three to six months by spraying your plant thoroughly with water and shake them lightly to get most of the water off. Dry the flowers in the sun for a few hours. In between those times, a good feather dusting might suffice to keep them looking fresh and new. Today, silk flowers look more like real flowers than they did back then, and the price of the silk flowers for your wedding will typically be cheaper than with real flowers. More and more weddings are selecting silk flowers, but this may be because of the allergy sufferers or maybe it’s a budget issue.