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5 Tips on How To Re-use Your Wedding Flowers 150 150 La Fete Weddings

5 Tips on How To Re-use Your Wedding Flowers

Let’s face it, planning a wedding is expensive… By the time all of your rentals, entertainment, food/alcohol & everything else adds up, the last thing most clients want to spend a fortune on is flowers! So we have come up with a few budget-friendly ideas that help you to get a little bit more BANG for your buck by learning how to re-use your wedding flowers! We try to do this at all of our weddings no matter how high end the event is! The reality is- every space can always use a few extra finishing touches!

Now, I should begin by saying that there is NOTHING worse than seeing large amounts of flowers being moved here and there by a bunch of hardworking vendors -This can send the wrong message to your guests… So please make sure that when you use these tips they can be done out of the view of the guests.

Tip #1) Re-use your large ceremony flowers!!! This is great for events where the cocktail hour is far away from the ceremony & reception location. The guests will be enjoying cocktail hour and will NEVER know that you have re-used those stunning flowers that were only appreciated for 30 minutes during your ceremony! Here is one example showing how we repurposed these large arrangements at the entry of the reception tent.

Photos by Melissa Musgrove Photography

Florist: Eddie Zaratsian

 Heres another example from my own wedding. We re-used the tall ceremony floral pieces on the head table, then moved the shorter ones to the entry of the reception space. The arrangements that were at the back of the ceremony aisle moved to flank each side of the stage!

Photos by: Ashleigh Taylor Photography

Florist: Cody Floral Design

 Tip #2) Once you are done with the ceremony & all of your photos, we always walk around and collect your bridesmaids bouquets during cocktail hour. Mostly because balancing a cocktail while eating hors d’oeuvres and trying have a conversation is practically impossible while holding your bouquet! We then use these to decorate the reception  bar or anywhere else that seems to need a little pop of color!

Photos by: Ashleigh Taylor Photography

Florist: Cody Floral Design

Tip #3) The cocktail hour arrangements are typically the perfect size for any small end table or coffee table, but once your guests move down to the reception they are simply forgotten about! Since we always try to enjoy flowers for as long as we can, we like to re-purpose the cocktail hour centerpieces into the lounge groupings!

Photos by Melissa Musgrove Photography

Florist: Eddie Zaratsian

 

Tip #4) A large majority of our clients are choosing to host wedding events throughout the weekend. If you are considering hosting a Sunday Brunch try to re-use your wedding flowers as your brunch centerpieces. Mindy Rice designed the stunning centerpieces for this wedding and we knew we could not let her gorgeous flowers be wasted! By switching up the location, the  linens and the chairs the flowers take on a whole different design yet still look absolutely stunning the next day!

(Sorry about the image quality- these photos were taken on our iPhones :))

Florist: Mindy Rice

Tip #5) Donate!!! This is something to discuss with your florist before the wedding day. Lots of local florists will happily donate your wedding flowers to Hospice, nursing homes, hospitals or even cemeteries.

If most of your wedding guests are local, talk to your florist about the containers she is using & ask if some of the flowers can be taken home by your guests at the end of the evening. If this is something you might like- then their is a chance your florist will design the flowers in paper mache pots that easily lift out of the florists containers for the guests to take home!

 

Lauren and Edison: The Four Seasons Biltmore Wedding 150 150 La Fete Weddings

Lauren and Edison: The Four Seasons Biltmore Wedding

Lauren and Edison were some of the sweetest clients we have ever had the privilege of working with. From the moment we began planning their Four Seasons Biltmore wedding, they trusted our every opinion and that makes our job so pleasant! Their wedding was truly sophisticated in every way. We designed the table tops with mixed textures of table linens accompanied by a variety of different flower arrangements from Cody Floral Design. Then we added a ton of candles & wrought iron candleabras and when it all came together the room was magical. A very special thank you goes to Melissa Musgrove Photography for capturing all of these stunning images of their Four Seasons Biltmore wedding. For more details and images check out this weeks feature on Borrowed & Blue here! 

Top 5 Reasons Every Bride Should do a Pre-Bridal Photo Shoot 150 150 La Fete Weddings

Top 5 Reasons Every Bride Should do a Pre-Bridal Photo Shoot

This year I have the unique experience of being both a bride, and  a wedding planner. Most people thought I was probably going crazy juggling not only my own wedding, but about 8 others as well… But I really feel like I have a new appreciation for what each of our brides are going through. Today I think I will just focus on one area where I feel all brides can benefit from this advice- Top 5 reasons EVERY bride should do a pre-bridal photo shoot.

When a dear friend of ours Melissa Musgrove offered her help with this I knew I couldn’t pass on this opportunity, and I am so glad I did this! I had the best time with my mom and Melissa sipping champagne, getting into my dress, and enjoying each others company. So based on my own experience here are my thoughts on why a pre-bridal photo shoot is a necessity for every bride!

1) The comfort of knowing exactly what you will look like in your wedding dress a few days before your wedding. Most of the time we suggest that our brides have their hair and make up trial done on the day that they take their engagement photos. While we still stand behind that suggestion (since most photographers will appreciate that you had professional hair and make up done for those pictures) it is still difficult to imagine what you are going to look like with your wedding dress on. I was incredibly relieved to know how my hair, make up, dress, shoes, and accessories all worked together- it was like a dress rehearsal before the big day.

 2) You will find areas of your dress that still need altering. When you go in for your dress fittings, you only spend about 20-30 minutes max in you gown, and most of that time is spent standing in front of the mirror while your seamstress pins the tiny details & imperfections that her eye notices. It is a completely different experience being in your dress for about 2-3 hours. I moved in the dress, sat down, layed across the bed, and began to notice different areas where the dress was gathering incorrectly, or falling down a little, and tiny areas where the lace was behaving strangely. I was so thankful that I still had a final fitting where I could address these issues because they would have driven me crazy on the day of my wedding.

 3) You will feel more relaxed and comfortable on the morning of your wedding knowing that the photographer has already captured plenty of beautiful portraits of you. The morning of my wedding I didn’t feel like there was as much pressure on photos since I had already gotten a lot of them out of the way. This is also a great way to help you feel more comfortable in front of the camera, since that will  happen a lot on your big day!

4) Different Backgrounds/Change of scenery. Most of the time our brides get dressed and ready in their Santa Barbara hotel room which may not always be the the most glamourous background for photos. The pre-bridal shoot will give your photographer the opportunity to take your photos in either a studio, or a private outdoor setting that allows the photographer to control both the lighting and background.

5) Get creative & use the images. We like to recommend that our brides take a moment aside with your dad before he walks you down the aisle. This is the perfect time to give him a beautiful picture of you in your dress with a card expressing how much he means to you. You could do the same for your mother, grandparents, etc. This is a nice way to share your feelings for that special person and create a nice keepsake for them to remember your wedding.

Thank you so much Melissa Musgrove Photography for capturing a time and a memory that I will never forget. You created beautiful images that mean so much to me, my husband, and my parents. You are a blessing and a dear friend of ours and I really can’t thank you enough for the great experience you gave me!

Very special thank you to Cody Floral Design as well for designing the GORGEOUS bouquet for me that day as well! It was absolutely perfect and so great to have as a prop that day!