Question from Jocelyn:
I am getting married in May 15 or 20 in 2010. And I like the colour of navy blue, light blue and white but I don’t know what kind of flowers to go with my wedding or what theme to go with and I don’t know if I should have it outdoor or in a church. What should I do?
Answer from Wedding Expert Angela:
Hi Jocelyn, and congratulations on your upcoming wedding. You colour choice sounds lovely. As for flowers, there are many colours that go with blue. Some of them are greens, purples, yellow, and melon. As you can see from this photo, blue and melon go well together, and are considered complementary colours (they are opposite each other on the colour wheel). This video I made on choosing wedding colours will give you more ideas on colour choices.
I think you are stressing yourself out over the flowers when you don’t need to. What you really need to do is make a list of all the flowers that you need—bride’s bouquet, # of bridesmaid’s bouquets, boutonnieres, # of parent’s corsages, table centrepieces, etc. I made a video that outlines what you need to consider when making your wedding flower list. Once you have your list, go to your florist (with your budget clear in your mind), and ask them what they suggest. THEY are the flower experts. Bring a picture of the bridesmaid’s dress, or a fabric sample so they know your wedding colours.
When it comes to choosing a wedding theme, you have thousands of choices. You can keep it simple with a colour theme (blue). You can choose something that represents you and your fiance, like a hobby or something you both love to do. To get some ideas, visit the popular wedding favour site—they have thousands of wedding favours to choose from.
When it comes to choosing an outdoor wedding, or a church wedding, the choice is really yours. If you are outdoors, you will have to arrange things like chairs, sound system, at least one table, and then you will want to make it festive and decorative. Usually that means arches, or lattice as a backdrop where the alter would be. Those things can all be rented, or purchased, but they will need to be setup and taken down after the wedding.
If you were in a church, you could just decorate the church, have your wedding, and then arrange for someone to remove the decorations. If it rains, the church would probably be your backup location anyway. Those are the main things to consider. This article on wedding ceremony sites might be helpful.
Good luck, and if you have further questions, feel free to ask.
Angela Fiebelkorn, Ask The Expert