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Planning for bridal blooms should begin at least six months before the big day

ELM GROVE, Wis. - WisconsinEagle -- A new year typically dawns with plenty of newly-engaged couples, following the prime-time proposal season of Christmas and, short days later, New Year's Eve.

January is the starting point for wedding planning. It's a million-and-one-things endeavor, filled with abundant chances for creativity and self-expression. Among those opportunities are the flowers to adorn the wedding party, table centerpieces, and locales such as the altar or chairs.

"Six months before a wedding is ideal to begin exploring floral options for the big day," said Rhonda Deaver, owner of Snapdragon Flowers of Elm Grove. "Weddings tend to be concentrated in the summer and early fall months, so couples should consult a florist in the first quarter of the year. The sooner the planning begins, the more flexibility is built in for adjustments later."

Wedding flowers for bouquets, boutonnieres, centerpieces and decorations vary tremendously in color, size, texture and style. A professional florist should be hands-on in helping a couple make choices ( that align with their plans, Deaver said. She offered important guidelines to keep in mind:

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Colors: What will be the predominant color(s) of the dresses, table linens, invitations and other elements? Bringing photos, fabric swatches or paint chips to your florist is immensely helpful.
Dresses: What is their style? Length? Material? All factor into the perfect floral complement.
Venue: Is the wedding venue elegant, contemporary, or are you having an increasingly-popular "barn wedding?" Your flowers should fit in with their surroundings. Again, photos are worth a thousand words.

Budget is a reality in planning wedding flowers, Deaver said. The "perfect" bouquet found on Pinterest might use flowers that are out of season – they're available, but you'll pay for them. A florist should be willing to work with a budget you set, Deaver said, and offer creative alternatives to stay within your numbers.

"Talk with your florist as soon as you decide on your wedding dress, bridesmaids' dresses and venue," she said. "Their knowledge and experience might yield ideas that fill in other pieces of the larger picture."

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Located at 13458 Watertown Plank Road, in the heart of downtown Elm Grove, Snapdragon Flowers ( provides fresh, beautiful flowers and plants for people, events and occasions. Its team of floral professionals includes Lead Designer Jenn Breitbach, the Wisconsin Professional Designer of the Year for 2019. More information is available by calling (262) 782-8380, visiting, or following Snapdragon Flowers on Facebook (

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Source: Snapdragon Flowers of Elm Grove
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