Answers to Seven Hawaii Wedding Flower Questions

Those colorful and thirsty little things called flowers can create so many options, it’s hard to choose what will work out the best for your Maui wedding and reception. Whatever you choose, it’s impossible for wedding flowers to look bad. Considerations when choosing wedding flowers:

Who gets corsages or boutonnières? Other than hair flowers for the girls in the wedding party, there are two groups that will need to be accessorized. They are the ones who will be standing in your ceremony and/or part of your wedding procession: The groomsmen, ring bearer, readers, ushers, parents, grandparents, siblings, and other special guests or relatives. The corsages and boutonnieres will identify these special guests to others. Since Hawaii is warm, wedding attire tends to be of light weight material for both the men and women. Therefore, the mothers and grandmothers may prefer a wrist corsage rather than a pin-on corsage, so that it doesn’t tug on their dress material or where would you pin a corsage on a strapless or spaghetti strap dress? The same applies to the men. If they are wearing an Aloha shirt, just skip the boutonnières. Thanks to the Aloha spirit, we have special leis for them to wear boutonnières and corsages do not necessarily need to match the bridal bouquet exactly.

How do I choose the right centerpiece vases? A row of identical vases lined up on a long table or a group of vases in various shapes and sizes in the middle of round or square tables. Vases will be based on the flowers used in centerpieces. Long stems for taller vases, short square vases for short stems with larger heads. Be aware the trade winds arrive often in Maui, some areas more than others, affecting the height of the vases chosen. Colored candles can add the same affect as flowers in decorating your tabletops and add to your Maui wedding day romantic ambiance.

When is the best time to have flowers delivered? At the latest possible moment, especially if it is to be set up outdoors in direct sunlight. Florists have refrigerated transportation, so the blooms can arrive fresh. Flower professionals who have experience arranging and setting up wedding flowers can judge the amount of time that it will take to do the job and make it look beautiful. They are quick and efficient, insuring your Maui wedding will look fresh and stunning!

Are there options besides carrying a bouquet? Yes. Consider carrying a prayer book, perhaps one that has been passed down to your by your great grandmother for such an occasion. A pomander is a flower globe suspended from a ribbon that slips over the wrist. How about a bunch of fragrant herbs and lavender? Have your flower girl toss lavender buds ahead of your entry down the aisle so your guests can enjoy the scent. Toss tuberose, the most fragrant of all Hawaii flowers. Other options include parasols, folding fans or leis for the parents and grandparents.

How can I re purpose the wedding flowers? If the thought of the lovely and expensive flowers being crushed into a trash bin after the wedding event makes you cringe, donate them to hospice, a nursing home, your child’s school teachers. Check out www.flowerpowerfoundation.org for more information.

Must I toss my bridal bouquet? No. Bouquet tossing, an age old tradition that says that the catcher of the bouquet will be the next to marry, is becoming less and less common. Your friends may feel silly lining up in front of the couples and wedding guests. Like many other wedding traditions, this is one that may be broken. Instead, present your bouquet to your best friend, who stood by your side during the entire wedding planning process, helping make some of the many decisions.

How can we cut costs when making our flower choices for the wedding and reception? If you hang small arrangements off the aisle chairs, you can reuse them at the reception by placing them on the hi boys, bar or buffet tables. The same goes for the floral topiaries that you may choose to have set up at your altar. You may ask your caterers or food servers to help move the arrangements. Have your florist leave enough vases for the the bridesmaid bouquets to keep them fresh in water during the night and display them as additional flower arrangements throughout your wedding reception site. Then, at the end of the night, they can take them home. One of the most valuable benefits of having your wedding at a beautiful ocean view or oceanfront wedding site, is that along with the beautiful views, just a touch of color provided by the wedding flowers will be just enough to enhance your wedding photography and table design. With that being said, vases with river rock and some colorful floating orchids will be elegant, clean, crystal clear and so picturesque. Keep it simple, then focus on great food and grand music. Your wedding coordinator will provide you with the best vendors for your event. Remember, your wedding is in paradise, so let nature play it’s part.

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