Wedding flowers at Christmas, here are your top tips for maximising your budget.

Well I am sitting in the glorious sun in Northumberland so what is the obvious thing to think of, Christmas. Ok yes I’ve said it the ‘C’ bomb. But if you are planning a December wedding it is only a few months away. December can be a wonderfully beautiful time of year to get married. If you are lucky the snow will fall and the reception venue can feel cosy and warm. With the festive spirit spilling over into your wedding. However from a floristry perspective December weddings can hold challenges and the style of the wedding flowers need to reflect the changing season. Difficult to imagine as you flick through the magazines filled with celebrity summer weddings with their choice of beautiful summer flowers. So here are some tips to consider if you are having a December wedding

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1. Christmas Decorations

Christmas decorations often go up at wedding venues and in church during November, so whether if you are planning a civil or church wedding it is best to ask both the marriage and reception venues what the colour scheme of the Christmas decorations are and when exactly they will be going up. You don’t want the colour scheme of your wedding clashing with the venuesbouquet-web-ready

2. Christmas Decorations helping your budget

Before you meet your wedding florist check with the reception venue and church which areas they decorate with their Christmas decorations, they may dress pillars, fireplaces or doorways so you don’t need to.

3. Lets love Foliage

During December the range of flowers becomes more limited and more expensive so you may want to consider using more foliage and a variety of foliage’s with your floral arrangements. Using foliage’s such as Spruce, Leather leaf, Red Robin, variegated Holly and Ivy can add interest especially when you add berries such as Ilex and Hypericum. Adding candles to a table centre filled with a variety of foliage and berries can be stunning and romantic. Consider also adding more foliage to your bouquet will enhance the flowers.

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4. Timing is Everything

December is a busy month for florists so remember to book in plenty of time. However if your wedding falls between 23rd December and the 31st December then the delivery of flowers are limited and the cost escalates dramatically around before Christmas and remains high until after New Year. One of the factors which impacts the cost is the delivery of the flowers, you will need to discuss with your florist the type or flowers available and when they will also be receiving deliveries.

5. Book Early

Although December would not be considered high season for weddings in terms of floristry the Christmas period is very busy with any people wanting to send Christmas flowers to loved ones or dress their home for the festive period. So as a result once Christmas Eve comes many florist and take the period between Christmas and New Year as a holiday. So it is recommended to source and book early.

If you would love white flowers then Gyp or single stem carnations on mass can give a fluffy white look. As both are long lasting flowers then these work well. If you want to add a little Christmas Sparkle then they can be sprayed with a little glitter spray

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6.Inventive table centres

The choice of flowers chosen for the table centres can take a large proportion of the wedding flower budget.  During December in the Uk flowers can cost more than the remainder of the year. So choosing a option which does not centre on flowers can save you a great deal. Choices such as candelabras, Carriage lanterns or candles with foliage, vases filled with lights or decorations or even mini Christmas trees can be an alternative choice.

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 7. Add a little of the exotic

Looking for something a little different try Orchids, Orchids are available during December and are a good long lasting flower so a great choice

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 8. Avoid lilies

A popular wedding flower can be either Oriental or Cala Lilies but during December the availability of cala then price of these flowers escalates dramatically so check with your florist the price and availability.

9. Dressing your doorway

If you have a doorway to dress then rather than an arch why not dress the doorway with a large Christmas wreath.

 

 

 

 

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