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Congratulations... In planning your Wedding, you will be looking to buy one or more of the following Wedding Flowers, bridal bouquet, Silk Flowers, Flowers for the Bride, Bridesmaids, Bridemaids, Church and Reception, Anniversaries, Centerpieces, Wedding Arrangements, Columns and Stands, Canopies, Fountains, Trellises, Strawberry Swans, corsages and boutonnières, bouquets, lay runner down aisle, florist,  wedding florist.

Your Wedding Flower Checklist

The following is a list of flowers often requested for weddings. Please feel free to print this list to help you plan your wedding flower needs. Just check off the items that you are considering for your wedding.
Bridal Party
Bridal bouquet
Bridal throw-away bouquet
Bridal go-away corsage/bouquet
Maid of Honor bouquet (can be different from bridesmaids)
Bridesmaids bouquets
Flower girl bouquet or basket, optional headpiece
Mother of Bride corsage/bouquet
Bride's Father—boutonnière
Grandmothers/ Great Grandmothers corsage
Grandfather/Great Grandfathers- boutonnière
Other________________________
Groom's Party
Groom boutonniere (can be different from ushers)
Best man boutonniere
Ushers boutonniere
Ring Bearer pillow and boutonniere
Groom's Mom's corsage/bouquet
Groom's Father's boutonniere
Grandmother/Great Grandmothers corsage
Grandfather/Great Grandfathers boutonniere
Other________________________
Church
Candelabras
Pew decorations
Aisle runner
Altar decorations
Arch (optional or for outdoor services)
Other________________________
Reception
Arrangements for tables/chairs
Tablecloths, napkins available
Arrangement for head table (dais)
Cake arrangements for cake or table (optional)
Arrangement for buffet table
Arrangement for sign-in table
Other________________________

Optional flowers might include decorations for bride or groom's house (for after reception party), thank you arrangements, additional flowers for outdoor services or studio/outdoor photography, rehearsal dinner etc. by Heller & Reid, L.P.
 

 

The Agreement for Stress Free Wedding Flowers

Who ever you select to supply your flowers make sure that you have no misunderstandings or disappointments. Use this checklist to discussed and agreed to all the elements below and make sure they are included in your written agreement.
What items should be covered in your flower agreement:
Name and contact information for you and the vendor
Date, times, and locations of your ceremony and reception. Include all contact names and phone numbers.
An itemized list of all the flower arrangements you're buying, from bouquets to centerpieces, with names and colors
Flower alternatives (in your price range) should a specific bloom be unavailable on your wedding day; also include unacceptable substitutions, if any
A list of items the florist will supply -- centerpiece vases, trellises, other accessories. If they need to be returned a list of the items and the date of return.
Arrival times for setup at the ceremony and reception sites
Where and when bouquets and boutonnieres should be delivered, if not to the ceremony site (to your home, for example)
Name of the person, if any, who will be on hand during the wedding
Total cost and payment schedule
Sales tax, overtime charges, delivery fees, and setup fees
Deposit amount and due date
Balance amount and due date
Cancellation/refund policy
Florist’s signature
Your signature

by Heller & Reid, L.P.

Bouquet Preservation...What to Consider?

Man has been involved in some form of floral preservation since the beginning of time. We associate many important life events with flowers; weddings, births, and anniversaries, just to name a few and it is natural to want to save the flowers from these special events.  Air drying and floral pressing are age-old arts dating back to before Egyptian times. Silica gel drying came into vogue in the late 1700’s. Ancient Indians in the high Andes Mountains practiced a form of freeze-drying. William Hyde Wallaston introduced the first modern freeze-drying method in 1813 to the Royal Society in London. The freeze dry method used today was perfected during World War II as a method to assist the storage of human plasma. Freeze drying is now employed quite extensively by pharmaceutical manufactures, and food producers. About 15 years ago the first flowers were successfully freeze-dried and over the years floral freeze-drying has become a combination of art and science. Proper floral freeze-drying doesn’t produce flowers that are brittle and lifeless as traditional drying methods do. There are very few experts in this industry because the equipment is expensive, requires extensive training to operate, and knowledge about flowers and floral design is imperative. Flowers stay in the freeze dry equipment for about two weeks and the complete process can take up to 12 weeks.

There are a few things you should know prior to selecting a company to preserve your flowers:

Not all freeze-drying companies complete each step because of the time and labor required. Without these steps; however, your flowers may not retain their natural look or will have a shorter lifespan. Preserved flowers are attractive accents for any home and appear much more natural than silk arrangements. There are hundreds of frames, glass or acrylic domes, and beautifully creative custom wall and tabletop designs available to display your flowers.  Consult a floral preservationist at least two months prior to your wedding so you can arrange to have your flowers shipped or delivered while they are still fresh. Thousands of brides are now preserving their bouquets and wedding flowers; with so few experts in this industry, reservations must be made months in advance so you will not be disappointed. Enjoy the sentimental memories for years to come- make this extraordinary display a key centerpiece in your new homes décor or a gift to someone special. Just as you preserve your wedding gown, photographs and other sentimental wedding memorabilia, you can now preserve your bridal flowers for a lifetime of enjoyment.  by Heller & Reid, L.P.

 

Top National Wedding Florist and Bridal Flowers Companies

Top National Floral Preservation Companies

 

Heller & Reid Bridal Bouquet Preservation
Why toss your bouquet when you can preserve it for a lifetime of memories. Nationwide service. Preserves shape and color of natural flowers. Featured in InStyle Weddings Issue.

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