Wedding flower planner

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When you are planning your wedding flower purchase there are a number of things to keep in mind.

To assist you we have created a Wedding Flower Planner. This is a fillable pdf file.  You can fill in this form online and print a copy to fax to us, you can scan it and email to us, and you can bring it with you when you meet with our florists.

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You may also be interested in our Guide to Bouquet Styles

Wedding Bouquet Styles

When you are planning your wedding flower purchase you will want to consider what style of bouquet to choose for the bride, bridesmaids and flower girl. Various wedding flower bouquet styles are depicted here.


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Round Bridal Bouquets:

Simple, elegant, traditional bouquet that is suitable for both formal and informal weddings. This type of bouquet does not have to be perfectly round in shape and can be designed as a tight cluster for a denser look or loosely arranged for an “airy” feel. The flowers chosen for a round bouquet can influence the bouquet’s formality. For example, roses project a more formal look while daisies project a more informal and casual look.


biedermeier-150x150Biedermeier:

A European-influenced bouquet with blossoms of different type and/or different color placed in a defined circular pattern. A bouquet similar to the nosegay and named for a German style of interior design.



handtied-150x150Hand Tied:

A hand-tied bouquet consists of a simple gathering of flowers which is bound and tied with ribbon, with stems left exposed. It is generally round in shape.


cascade-150x150Cascade:

A cascade bouquet features fullness and an abundance of blossoms at the top of the bouquet then tapers downwards with flowing foliage, floral streamers, or ribbons at the bottom. This bouquet can be designed very dense with flowers and foliage or can be more loosely arranged for an “airy” or “wispy” look.



Over the Arm:
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Arm bouquets are long and slender and are designed to be carried over one arm.  They are made of long-stemmed flowers that rest naturally across the inner bend of the elbow.   A ribbon or bow is generally used to keep the bouquet together. Popular floral choices for arm bouquets are calla lilies, gladiolus, orchids, long-stemmed roses, delphiniums, and larkspur.


free-form-bouquet-150x150Freeform / Contemporary:

As the name implies, this style bouquet often has flowers or greenery coming out at various angles with no specific, recognizable shape. Freeform and contemporary bouquets are most often designed with tropical flowers and foliage that have unique shapes.


cascading-roses-150x150Oval:

This bouquet is a combination of both a cascade and a round. It is elongated in shape, but features rounded shapes on both the top and bottom. Generally the bottom is narrower than the top, but the overall shape resembles an oval.


single-150x150Single Stem:

While not technically a bouquet, single stem arrangements have gained in popularity over recent years, as simplicity has become the trend. Single stem designs generally feature a unique design element, such as an intricately wrapped stem (for a long-stemmed flower), elaborate bow, streamers, or a decorative lace bloom collar (for a shorter stemmed flower) to give the design more interest and appeal.


Pomander-150x150Pomander:

A flower or foliage covered ball or cone suspended from a loop of ribbon. Adult attendants can carry pomanders, but young attendants such as flower girls and junior bridesmaids most often carry them.



bridal-bouquets-flower-basket-150x150Basket:

Flowers arranged and carried in a shallow basket and often used in a garden or garden-like wedding setting. Most often carried by young attendants (flower girls and junior bridesmaids).



wrist_corsage-150x150Wrist:

Technically more of a corsage than a bouquet, this style is comprised of a small floral arrangement worn on the wrist. Flowers and foliage are mounted on a small base that is attached to a strong elastic bracelet that fits around the wrist. Worn by brides and bridesmaids who want something near their hands for the look of a bouquet, but want the freedom of having both hands free from carrying anything.

Wedding Flower Availability

snowAn important thing to keep in mind when you are choosing flowers for your wedding is seasonal flower availability. The price and availability of some flowers changes throughout the year. Flowers that are in season tend to be better value and easier to find so it is worth doing a bit of homework so that you can match your wedding blooms to the season.

The following are flowers that should be available all year:

  • Agapanthus
  • Alstromeria
  • Anthuriums
  • Bells of Ireland
  • Calla lilies
  • Carnations
  • Chrysanthemums
  • Delphiniums
  • Freesia
  • Gerberas (gerber daisies)
  • Hydrangea (white, blue and green)
  • Lilies
  • Orchids
  • Roses
  • Snap dragons
  • Tropical flowers (such as ginger, bird of paradise, and protea)

Flowers that should be available for a Spring Wedding:

  • Anemone
  • Forsythia
  • Gladiolus
  • Grape hyacinth
  • Hyacinth
  • Larkspur
  • Lilac
  • Mimosa
  • Narcissus
  • Ranunculus
  • Stocks
  • Tuberose
  • Tulips

Flowers that should be available for a Summer Wedding:

  • Chinese lanterns
  • Crab apple
  • Crocosmia
  • Dahlia
  • Gentiana
  • Hydangea (pink and purple)
  • Lakspur
  • Lilac (early summer)
  • Peonies
  • Sunflowers
  • Sweet pea
  • Viburnum

Flowers that should be available for an Autum (Fall) Wedding:

  • Bouvardia
  • Celosia
  • Dianthus
  • Gentiana
  • Gladiolus
  • Nerine lily
  • Snowberry
  • Sunflowers
  • Thistle

Flowers that should be available for a Winter Wedding:

  • Amarlyis
  • Bouvardia
  • Brassica
  • Cyclamen
  • Euphorbia
  • Genistra
  • Gyp
  • Hyacinth
  • Hydrangea
  • Hypericum
  • Ilex Berries
  • Leucadendron
  • Narcissus
  • Nerine lily
  • Ranunculas
  • Rose hips
  • Star of Bethleham
  • Stepanotis
  • Stocks
  • Thistle
  • Tulips
  • Wax flower

Birth Month Flowers

PL030[1]Just like birthstones, there a flowers that are special to a particular birth month:

  • January – carnation or snowdrop
  • February – violet, primrose or iris
  • March – Daffodil
  • April – Sweet pea or daisy
  • May – Lily of the Valley
  • June – Rose or Honeysuckle
  • July – Larkspur or water lily
  • August – poppy or gladiola
  • September – Aster or cosmos
  • October – Calendula or Cosmos
  • November – Chrysanthemum
  • December – Holly, Narcissus, poinsettia or orchid

Flower Care

KWFHow do I care for my flowers?

There are a number of things that you can do to extend the life of your cut flower purchase.

  1. Remove all foliage that would be underwater in the vase. Leaves rot when submerged and will shorten the life of the flowers.
  2. Cut all stems at a 45-degree angle, underwater. This keeps the stems from sitting flat in a vase and creates more surface area to absorb water. Cutting underwater prevents air bubbles from forming in the stem. Air bubbles impede the flow of water to the flower, causing them to wilt.
  3. Fill vase with water and the flower preservative provided which kills bacteria and extends the life of the flowers.
  4. Change the water and trim the ends underwater every second day.
  5. Flowers with hollow stems such as amaryllis, lupines, delphiniums and Queen Ann’s lace, need to stay full of water. Pour water into the stem and then plug the stem before putting them into a vase.
  6. Woody-stemmed flowers like branches of flowering trees, lilacs, azaleas, forsythia, crab-apple, cherry etc. should be split vertically about an inch or two up the stem, to enable the branch to draw more water. If the stem is very thick, smash the bottom few inches with a hammer.
  7. Flowers that grow from bulbs need the firm white portion at the bottom of the stem cut off so that the flower can draw water up the stem. Tulips do better if you place them in ice water and keep adding ice daily.
  8. Flowers that have nodes in their stems such as baby’s breath, carnations and sweet William, need to be cut just above one of the nodes so that they can more easily absorb water.
  9. The pollen of scented lilies such as Stargazer or Casablanca is a dye and will stain clothes and furniture. Remove the stamens as the lilies open.
  10. If roses look limp, cut the stems underwater and plunge the stem into boiling water or lay the stems and flower heads in a bath of room temperature water. They will absorb water through their pores. Keep vases of roses full of water.

Meanings of Flowers

nosegay1In Victorian times a language of flowers was developed and lovers exchanged bouquets with complicated messages.  A tussie mussie or talking bouquet is a circular nosegay whose fragrant herbs and flowers carry a message in the language of flowers, love, condolence, good luck and many other sentiments.

The term tussy mussy (note different spelling) refers to a small metal hand-held vase used to hold a small nosegay tussie mussie bouquet. Some have attached ring chains for easy carrying. The vase or cone could be made from pewter, cobalt glass, silver, gold, porcelain, plastic and even beaded.

Tussie Mussie Talking Bouquets:

A Get Well bouquet might contain:

  • A red rose = love
  • Pussy willow = recovery from illness
  • Calendula = health, constancy,
  • Yarrow = heals wounds, health, cure

A Love bouquet might contain:

  • A red rose = love
  • Hosta leaves = devotion
  • Lilac = first emotions of love

A Friendship bouquet might contain:

  • Yellow Tulips = cheerful thoughts
  • Pussy willow = friendship
  • Blue Hyacinth = kindliness, sport

At the store we can help you choose bouquets to express your sentiments in flowers.

Victorian meanings of Flowers & herbs:

Almond flowers — Hope
Anemone — Forsaken
Balm — Sympathy
Basil — Best wishes
Bay leaf — “I change but in death”
Bell flower, white — Gratitude
Bergamot — Irresistible
Bluebell — Constancy
Borage — Courage
Broom — Humility
Calendula — health, constancy
Campanula — Gratitude
Carnation, red — “Alas for my poor heart”
China rose — Beauty always new
Chrysanthemum — Love
Clover, four leaved — “Be mine”
Convolvulus, major — Extinguished hopes or eternal sleep
Coreopsis, arkansa — Love at first sight
Cuckoo pint — Ardour
Daffodil — Regard
Daisy — Innocence, new-born, “I share your sentiment”
Fennel — Flattery
Fern — Sincerity
Forget-Me-Not — True love
Forsythia — good nature
Furze or Gorse — Enduring affection
French Marigold — Jealousy
Gardenia — Ecstasy
Gentian — Loveliness
Geranium — “You are childish”
Hare bell — Grief
Heartsease — “I am always thinking of you”
Heather — Admiration
Honeysuckle — Bonds of love
Hosta leaves — devotion
Hyacinth, Blue — kindliness, sport
Ice Plant — “Your appearance freezes me”
Ivy — Fidelity, friendship, marriage
Jasmine — Grace
Jonquil — “I hope for return of affection”
Lavender — Luck, devotion
Lemon Balm — Sympathy
Lilac — first emotions of love
Lily — Purity, modesty
Lily of the Valley — Purity, the return of happiness
Marigold — Health, grief or despair
Marjoram — Kindness, courtesy
Myrtle — Fidelity
Oregano — Joy
Pansy — Loving thoughts
Periwinkle — Happy memory
Phlox — Agreement
Poppy, red — Consolation
Pussy willow — Friendship, recovery from illness
Rose, cabbage — Ambassador of love
Rose, red — Love
Rose, pink — Grace, beauty
Rose, yellow — Friendship
Rosemary — Remembrance, constancy
Rue — Contrition
Sage — Gratitude, domestic virtue
Snowdrop — Hope
Star of Bethlehem — Purity
Sweet Pea — Departure, tender memory
Sweet William — Gallantry
Tuberose — Voluptuousness
Tulip, red — Reclamation of love
Tulip, yellow– cheerful thoughts
Violet — Loyalty, modesty, humility
Violet, blue — Faithfulness
Wormwood — Grief
Wheat — Riches of the continuation of life
Willow, weeping — Mourning
Wallflower — Fidelity
Yarrow — heals wounds, health, cure
Yew — Sorrow