Fantastic FloristsFinding a florist you trust is crucial for the bride- and groom-to-be. Make sure your choice has a good reputation (ask for references). The florist should be punctual, willing and able to offer advice on color and combination options and should have access to fresh, healthy flowers. Ask to see a portfolio of former designs, both client- and florist-created.
With the popularity of the state and area among today's engaged couples, Vermont florists are generally well versed on outfitting weddings and other formal affairs. If you're stuck on where to start looking for a great Vermont florist, ask your wedding coordinator or check online search resources such as the Vermont Wedding Guide.
Going NativeNature's beauty is in no short supply in beautiful Vermont! Choose from among native varieties for a look that suits your Vermont wedding. Try innocent primrose or cheery Black-Eyed Susan in your bridal bouquet. The autumn New England aster is only one of at least four native Vermont asters and blooms in brilliant purples, reds and yellows. Mayflower, star flower and downy violet are all home grown in Vermont and are popular bridal picks. Round out your floral wedding decorations with one of the state's many native ferns or elegant ivies.
Greenhouses are used by professional florists for year-round blooms, but you may want to choose blooms that would be in season naturally at the time of your wedding. A few sprigs of golden wheat make an impact for autumn weddings; pastels and brilliant, fresh purples and blues match a Vermont spring wedding perfectly. Ask for advice from your florist if you're not sure which flowers will be in season on your big day.
Flowers for the WeddingYou'll want to supply each of your bridesmaids with a bouquet, and of course, your own bouquet is of utmost importance. For a unique look, have your groom and his ushers wear a boutonnières made from a single colorful marigold or brand-new violet bloom with a short stand of ferns as its support. Your bouquet will undoubtedly be the largest and most colorful at the wedding; think outside the box with a multicolored, joyous floral arrangement. Match this theme with smaller but complementing bridesmaid's bouquets or pomanders.
You can also decorate with a Vermont slant for your wedding ceremony. Most religious locations and wedding halls allow floral decorations to be arranged beside the altar or other gathering place. Consider an arbor or chuppah arching over your and your groom's heads as you take your vows; either of these can be decorated with well-placed florals.