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Florist Tips

Choosing the right florist is choosing the one you get along with best and the one you feel most comfortable with. You should also keep in mind that they should fit within your budget.

  • Decide on a budget for your flowers. Flowers are very beautiful but can easily become a bigger expense then expected.

  • Meet at least two or three florist

  • Take along swatches of the bridesmaid's dresses and a picture of your dress.

  • Cut pictures out of magazines of floral designs you like and take them with you to each florist.

  • Ask your florist for photos of weddings they have done, also see examples of their work.

  • By looking at their portfolio is there evidence of a creative mind or are all the floral designs similar?

  • Get an estimate in writing that outlines everything that they will be doing. This should include any delivery charges and setting up fee.

  • Ensure they are available for your chosen date.

  • Keep flowers and decorations at the church to a minimum. Churches in general will want them removed afterwards.

  • What time will they arrive to set-up?

  • Have you handled events of my type and size before?

  • Is a deposit required? If so, how much?

  • When should the deposit be paid?

  • How much of a deposit do they need?

  • When is the balance due?

  • Marrying on or around flower holidays like valentines can cost you two or 3 times more for your flowers.

  • Do you provide a written contract and guarantee that flowers won't fall apart?

  • Remember, just because a florist does not have a shop and is self employed, it does not mean they are no good.

  • Don't forget boutonnieres for the ushers and fathers as well as corsages for the mothers.

  • Dropping flower petals down the aisle is beautiful but clarify this with the church first.

  • Don't forget the flower girls' basket and the page boys'(ring bearers) boutonniere.

  • Flowers that are in season are cheaper than flower that are not. Simply because these flower would have to be shipped in from overseas which is an additional cost.

  • Are there any additional charges?

  • What is the policy on refunds and cancellations?

We have been asked on many occasions about the meanings of flowers. We have compiled a list with their meanings next to them.

Flower Meaning
ACACIA Concealed Love, Beauty in Retirement, Chaste Love
ALMOND BLOSSOM hope
ALYSSUM Worth Beyond
APPLE BLOSSOM good fortune
AMBROSIA Your Love is Reciprocated
AMARYLLIS Pride, Pastoral Poetry
ANEMONE Forsaken
ARBUTUS Thee Only Do I Love
ASPHODEL my regrets follow you to the grave
ASTER Symbol of Love, Daintiness
AZALEA Take Care of Yourself for Me, Temperance, Fragile Passion, Chinese Symbol of Womanhood
BACHELOR BUTTON Single Blessedness
BARBERRY bad temper
BEGONIA Beware
BELLS OF IRELAND Good Luck
BITTERSWEET Truth
BLUEBELL Humility
BURDOCK touch me not
CACTUS Endurance
CAMELLIA (PINK) Longing for you
CAMELLIA (RED) You're a Flame in My Heart
CAMELLIA (WHITE) You're Adorable
CARNATION (GENERAL) Fascination, Woman Love
CARNATION (PINK) I'll Never Forget You
CARNATION (RED) My Heart Aches For You, Admiration
CARNATION (PURPLE) Capriciousness
CARNATION (SOLID COLOUR) Yes
CARNATION (STRIPED) No, Refusal, Sorry I Can't Be With You, Wish I Could Be With You
CARNATION (WHITE) Sweet and Lovely, Innocence, Pure Love, Woman's Good Luck Gift
CARNATION (YELLOW) You Have Disappointed Me, Rejection
CATTAIL Peace, Prosperity
CHRYSANTHEMUM (GENERAL) You're a Wonderful Friend, Cheerfulness and Rest.
CHRYSANTHEMUM (WHITE) Truth
CHRYSANTHEMUM (RED) I Love You
CHRYSANTHEMUM (YELLOW) Slighted Love
CROCUS Cheerfulness
CYCLAMEN modesty, Resignation and Good-bye
DAFFODIL Regard, Unrequited Love, You're the Only One, The Sun is Always Shining when I'm with You
DAISY Sharing, Innocence, Loyal Love, I'll Never Tell, Purity
DANDELION Faithfulness, Happiness
FERN Magic, Fascination, Confidence and Shelter
FIR Time
FLAX Domestic Symbol
FORGET-ME-NOT True Love, remembrance
FORSYTHIA Anticipation
GARDENIA You're Lovely, Secret Love
GERANIUM Stupidity, Folly
GLADIOLI Give Me a Break, I'm Really Sincere, Flower of the Gladiators
GLOXINIA Love at First Sight
HEATHER (LAVENDER) Admiration, Solitude
HEATHER (WHITE) Protection, Wishes Will Come True
HELLEBORE scandal
HELIOTROPE devotion
HOLLY Defence, Domestic Happiness
HONEY FLOWER Love, Sweet & Secret
HONEYSUCKLE Fidelity
HYACINTH (GENERAL) Games and Sports, Rashness, Flower Dedicated to Apollo
HYACINTH (BLUE) Constancy
HYACINTH (PURPLE) I am Sorry, Please Forgive Me, Sorrow
HYACINTH (RED OR PINK) Play
HYACINTH (WHITE) Loveliness, I'll Pray for You
HYACINTH (YELLOW) Jealousy
HYDRANGEA Thank You for Understanding, Frigidity, Heartlessness
IRIS Health, Fleur-de-lis, Emblem of France, Your Friendship Means so Much to Me, Faith, Hope, Wisdom and Valour, My Compliments
IVY Wedded Love, Fidelity, Friendship, Affection
JAPONICA loveliness
JASMINE Amiability
JONQUIL Love Me, Affection Returned, Desire, Sympathy, Desire for Affection Returned
KING'S CUP I wish I were rich
LARKSPUR (PINK) Fickleness
LEMON BLOSSOM Fidelity in love
LILAC youthful innocence
LILY (WHITE) Virginity, Purity, Majesty, It's Heavenly to be with You
LILY (YELLOW) I'm Walking on Air, False and Gay
LILY (CALLA) Beauty
LILY (DAY) Coquetry, Chinese Emblem for Mother
LILY (EUCHARIS) Maiden Charms
LILY (TIGER) Wealth, Pride
LILY OF THE VALLEY Sweetness, Tears of the Virgin Mary, Return to Happiness, Humility, You've Made My Life Complete
MAGNOLIA perseverance
MAIDENHAIR discretion
MARIGOLD Cruelty, Grief, Jealousy
MEADOW SAFFRON my best days are past
MIMOSA sensitivity
MISTLETOE Kiss me, Affection, To Surmount Difficulties, Sacred Plant of India
MONKSHOOD Beware, A Deadly Foe is Near
MOSS Maternal Love, Charity
MYRTLE Love
NARCISSUS Egotism, Formality, Stay as Sweet as You Are
NASTURTIUM Conquest, Victory in Battle
OLEANDER Caution
ORANGE BLOSSOM Innocence, Eternal Love, Marriage and Fruitfulness
ORANGE MOCK Deceit
ORCHID Love, Beauty, Refinement, Beautiful Lady, Chinese Symbol for Many Children
ORCHID (CATTLEYA) Mature Charm
PALM LEAVES Victory and Success
PEACH BLOSSOM captive
PEONY Shame, Happy Life, Happy Marriage
PETUNIA Resentment, Anger, Your Presence Soothes Me
PHLOX Togetherness
PINE Hope, Pity
POPPY (GENERAL) Eternal Sleep, Oblivion, Imagination
POPPY (RED) Pleasure
POPPY (WHITE) Consolation
POPPY (YELLOW) Wealth, Success
PRIMROSE I Can't Live Without You
PRIMROSE (EVENING) Inconstancy
ROSE (BRIDAL) Happy Love
ROSE (DARK CRIMSON) Mourning
ROSE (HIBISCUS) Delicate Beauty
ROSE (LEAF) You May Hope
ROSE (PINK) Perfect Happiness, Please Believe Me
ROSE (RED) Love, I Love You
ROSE (TEA) I'll Remember Always
ROSE (THORNLESS) Love at First Sight
ROSE (WHITE) Innocence and Purity, I am Worthy of You, You're Heavenly, Secrecy and Silence
ROSE (WHITE AND RED MIXED) Unity, Flower Emblem of England
ROSE (WHITE-DRIED) Death is Preferable to Loss of Virtue
ROSE (YELLOW) Decrease of Love, Jealousy, Try to Care
ROSEBUD Beauty and Youth, A Heart Innocent of Love
ROSEBUD (RED) Pure and Lovely
ROSEBUD (WHITE) Girlhood
ROSEBUD (MOSS) Confessions of Love
ROSES (Bouquet of Mature Blooms) Gratitude
ROSES (Single Full Bloom) I Love You, I Still Love You
SMILAX Loveliness
SNAPDRAGON Deception, Gracious Lady
SNOWDROP hope
SPIDER FLOWER Elope with Me
STEPHANOTIS Happiness in Marriage, Desire to Travel
STOCK Bonds of Affection, Promptness, You'll Always Be Beautiful to Me
SWEETPEA Good-bye, Departure, Blissful Pleasure, Thank You for a Lovely Time
TULIP (GENERAL) Perfect Lover, Frame, Flower Emblem of Holland
TULIP (RED) Believe Me, Declaration of Love
TULIP (VARIEGATED) Beautiful Eyes
TULIP (YELLOW) There's Sunshine in Your Smile
VERONICA fidelity
VIOLET Modesty
VIOLET (BLUE) Watchfulness, Faithfulness, I'll Always Be True
VIOLET (WHITE) Let's Take a Chance
ZINNIA (MAGENTA) Lasting Affection
ZINNIA (MIXED) Thinking (or In Memory) of an Absent Friend
ZINNIA (SCARLET) Constancy
ZINNIA (WHITE) Goodness
ZINNIA (YELLOW) Daily Remembrance

 



Date added: 06 August 2012

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