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Discovering Flower Secrets


Congratulations! You are about to read amazing secrets that can save you thousands of dollars on your wedding budget. This revealing report exposes how it can be done.


Wedding flowers as a national average make up 10% of the total wedding budget. Many people will spend $3000 or more on their wedding flowers. That is a lot of money and you may even get relatively few flowers for that price. But the sad part is that you may not be getting exactly what you want either. Most people don't have the secrets that they need to conquer doing flowers themselves. Flower insiders know that flower designers may charge up to 5 or more times the cost of the flowers. Many people will accept those high prices. Others don't want to do any of the work for their wedding. Maybe some would rather have someone else choosing their flowers for them. And of course, some people actually have an unlimited wedding budget. If you are one of these people, you might want to stop reading now. If you continue to read on, you'll learn the secrets to doing flowers that flower insiders don't really want you to know.


Secret #1
You know what you like. There is no real mystery involved with choosing flowers. It just takes some research. We suggest you locate some web pages that can help you with availability of flowers during different seasons. One site that can offer this information is www.ccfc.org - You might also locate a book or two for inspiration.


Secret #2
You already have a color scheme in mind. Now you need to decide what colors will complement your existing colors. This is also the time to start choosing the varieties of flowers that you will use. You might try doing a google image search (www.google.com) to find pictures of flowers that you know are available but aren't sure what they look like.


Secret #3
View pictures of many different wedding arrangements and bouquets and save the ones that appeal to you. If you are lucky, you will find a picture that you like and it will help you choose your flowers, determine the quantity of each that you will need, and assist you when assembling the design. Now would be a great time to shop for vases since your container determines the final look of your design.


Secret #4
Choose a fresh flower vendor, this is where Fresh Petal comes in since we specialize in wedding orders and ensure that your flowers arrive where you need them one or two days before your wedding fresh and read to use. Or, you might find the flowers locally. You should make sure that the company you choose has experience working with brides and can handle your special order. You should also expect honesty about the availability of your flower choices.


Secret #5
As soon as you are comfortable with the types of flowers you want and the company you are going to work with, it is time to place your order. It is always better to place your order well in advance of your wedding date. Most companies will give priority to the order that was placed the earliest in the case of a tight supply. To place your order, you will need to know the quantity of each flower you have chosen. Make a list of each type of arrangement and how many of each you are going to make. Next make a list of how many of each type of flower the arrangement will take. Then you will do a little math to figure the total of each type of flower you will need to order. Next, you will need to round to the nearest number based on bunch size (multiple of 10 for most flowers and 25 for roses) always rounding up to allow for extra flowers since some may not be useable. If you have gathered this information before you call your flower vendor, you can order with confidence since you know what you need.


Secret #6
That is all there is to it. The preparation for your beautiful designs is almost done. On the day you receive your flowers, be prepared with 5 gallon buckets filled with fresh clean water, scissors, and gloves. A few friends, drinks, and snacks help too. If your flowers have been shipped to you, the first step is to unpack them, cut the stems and put them in water to rehydrate. After they have been in water 24 hours, you may remove the foliage and thorns and start arranging.


Secret #7
Arranging flowers can be very relaxing. Each arrangement doesn't have to be exactly the same and should show reflection of the artist that created it. You might print a copy of the picture you used for inspiration to guide you. Remember fresh flowers have a fragrance that will be imprinted in your memory forever, so relax and enjoy the process! You can't go wrong.


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