Wednesday, 26 May 2010

Flower Girl Baskets Back in Favour with Modern Brides


One of the most exciting events in life is a wedding, and the
planning starts months before the event as the wedding party
and family members share ideas. Involving Flowers at this
early stage is a great idea, as flowers, bouquets and flower
girl baskets have made hundreds of brides happy each year.

Flower girl baskets becoming popular again, but there is
definitely a few things that need to be taken into account
prior to changing to baskets from bouquets. Flower girls are
usually very young, so their ability to hold a basket of
flowers while standing for long periods of time must be
taken into account. It is pointless to pay for large,
expensive baskets if they become too heavy and awkward for
the little ones.

Many brides save on costs by buying and decorating unfilled
baskets, and getting the fresh flowers from the florist on
the day. Here are a few helpful suggestions:

> The handles should be easy for little hands to hold, and
also thin, as a thick handle will tire tiny fingers quickly.
It should be wrapped with a soft, non-slip material to
protect the skin, but nothing sticky or fussy, like feathers
or sequins.

> Ribbons look great tied to a basket. Use the themed
colours, but make sure they aren't too long. If they trail
on the floor, the flower girls could trip and fall.

> Choose small baskets. Think about a tiny girl and how much
strength she needs to hold it for hours. Tiny is very cute; a
tiny basket carried by a tiny girl in a beautiful princess
dress. There won't be a dry eye in the house, and it won't
cost as much to fill it.

> Consider having flat baskets which allow everyone to see
the flowers without peering over the top of the basket.
These lend themselves to floral arrangements that drape
down.

The style of basket and how it's decorated will influence
the arrangement. If your flower girls aren't holding
bouquets, but scattering petals ahead of the bridal party
instead, you won't have to worry about arranging (other than
organising enough petals). Skimping could mean an empty
basket half-way up the aisle, and an unhappy flower girl.
If, however, the flowers are staying in the basket, look at
the different types of inserts to keep them in place.

The style and theme of the wedding will help to decide which
flowers to use. They should not be heavy, nor have long stems
or thorns e.g. gladioli or long-stemmed roses. These would be
difficult for a little person to carry. Is it an informal
gathering with immediate family and a few close friends? If
this is the case, maybe a smaller type of arrangement using
more dainty flowers like daisies or dwarf carnations or
small Australian native flowers would be more appropriate.
For a larger, more formal wedding, traditional flowers are
appropriate.


About the Author:

As hand-held posies lose favour with modern brides, flower
girl baskets are back, with a Florist Brisbane like Flowers
on Oxford http://www.flowersonoxford.com.au/ able to make
many custom types. The skills and Flowers Brisbane that go
into the baskets make your big day special for your little
flower girl.