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Although charming to look at, some field flowers are best left out in nature. Once they are cut, most—poppies and bluebells, for example—will droop and wilt before you get to altar. Notable exceptions to this general rule include asters, sweet peas, and daisies.
Flowers are sensitive to cigarette smoke. So, if you don’t want your bouquet to turn colors or wilt, ask your guests to smoke outside.
Some popular wedding flowers, such as euphorbia and daffodils, are hollow-stemmed, so their sap can drip onto your lovely gown. If you choose one of these varieties for your bouquet, have your florist completely wrap stems.
Many couples begin greeting their guests well before ceremony is scheduled to begin. If this is your plan, groom’s boutonniere may be completely flattened by time he has finished hugging and kissing his and your relatives and friends. Consider ordering a second boutonniere, which will be fresh for ceremony and photo session.
Don’t allow your centerpieces to hinder conversation between guest. Centerpieces should always be either high or low, never in between, forcing your guests to crane their necks to speak to someone on other side of table.
Here are a few final points to keep in mind:
Know in advance where everything is supposed to take place. In fact, it’s a good idea to write down schedule of where everyone should be and when. Give a copy to your mom or dad, maid-of-honor, your caterer, and your florist. Giving a copy of schedule to florist will help to ensure that right floral arrangements arrive at right location on time.
Reusing floral arrangements from ceremony for reception areas will help to keep down costs. As long as you’ve planned in advance by making sure that color schemes blend, there is no reason not to recycle wedding flowers.
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