We surely find ourselves smiling when we receive a bunch of flowers or see beautiful floral arrangements at display. With the vast variety of flowers and their many symbolisms, flowers have become an important element for décor and display of traditions with grace and glory. Choosing the right flowers for your next event can influence the crowd to be delighted, with an uplifted ambiance and a fresh feeling!
We at BoaGoa are here to help you understand how floral decors can take your events to a top notch. Below are a few tips toassist you choose the best floral arrangements for your next occasion! From being able to depict classy and rich to bringing the party to full bloom with bright colours and fresh scents; there’s a lot you can do with floral elegance and glory.
HOW TO BEGIN CHOOSING THE FLORAL DÉCOR?
The type of occasion will help narrow your options when it comes to choosing the perfect flowers for either an event or for a person. Always ask or find out about personal preferences and favorites. If you’re planning a surprise event, this aspect will work wonders in creating the most memorable event for a loved one with this personal touch of their favorite flowers. Whether it’s to be presented to someone in a bouquet or used for decorating a space to hold an event, colours also play a major role in selecting the best flowers for the occasion. All while in accordance to a chosen theme. If you’re holding an event at a particular location, the size and area of the space could also help determine the type and amount of flowers you would require.
LET’S TALK ABOUT PRICES
We can broadly categories all the flowers available in the Indian markets into two – local grown and exotic imported flowers.Exotic flowers like Lilies, Tulips, Anthuriums or Cala Lilies and Orchids can add a lot of elegance to the aura of your event and present a fancy vibe. But this comes with an expensive cost, especially if you plan on using them as part of your major décor. If you’re on a budget for floral décor but still want some exotic flowers in the lime light, talk to your florist about having a fewat key areas such as the entrances, at the stage and in the bouquets if any. Local grown flowers such as Marigolds, Roses, Hibiscus and Daisies are cheaper and also look fuller in comparison to the exotic flowers, making them ideal for elaborate use in décor.
FLORAL MOOD BOARDS
Once you’ve got a rough idea about how you’d want to celebrate your occasion with a theme in mind, it’s always nice to get some research done and create mood boards. Now, these could be done with print outs actually taken out and pasted on a paper or on a board, or quite simply just saved in a folder on your mobile phone. Either way works. Mood boards help you organise and list preferences according to how your chosen flowers would look good together. You can then also decide upon the kind of floral arrangements preferred and if you’d want other designs to be incorporated. Doing this can also help your florist understand your ideas and execute them perfectly.
An important consideration is to make sure that the chosen flowers suit the time and place of the event. For instance, bright and colourful flowers like Marigolds, Gerberas, Frangipani and Hibiscus are always perfect for day outdoor events while subtle coloured flowers like Lilies, Carnations and Orchids add elegance to night events. Don’t forget that floral arrangements can also be highlighted with good lighting, especially at night-outdoor events. If you’re having an indoor event, you would probably want fragrant flowers like Jasmines and Roses that would add freshness to the pleasant and cool environment.
Of course, your ultimate flower choices would also depend on your chosen theme. For example, you’d want flowers in shades of pink, peach, pale yellow and white if the theme is based on pastel colours.
THE CALL FOR TRADITION OR MODERNITY
While we live in a modern world and are on a constant chase to keep up with the trends, sticking to traditions is at times the best refresher! Taking a decision to either go with a more traditional theme and use locally sourced flowers; or try modern designs and use exotic flowers, can be based on the theme and occasionyou’re having.
Occasions such as wedding functions like ‘Mehendi’, ‘Sangeet’and ‘Haldi’, or even a Hindu baby shower – always call for adherence to a traditional theme with Marigolds, Daisies, Jasmine, and ‘Aboli’ in full display. On the other hand, the use of exotic flowers like Orchids and Carnations work best for weddings, birthdays and other personal affairs where traditions aren’t completely involved. These events are truly ones for which you could explore your creative side or find things to add on, in collaboration with your florist and the event decorator. Here, simplistic modern concepts and designs can work really well and create a positive long lasting impression on your guests.
JAZZ IT UP
While we’ve spoken about traditional and exotic fresh flowers, a special mention also goes to using paper flowers – a modern concept. Big paper flower work with huge display frames or centerpieces can add an ‘oomph’ factor to certain areas in focus. This could be the stage, entrance or even the food tables.
There’s never a limit to creativity in case of floral displays. At times, sticking to traditions can also come with a modern twist of adding conventional and trendy designs – something to please either generation. Examples of this could be creating flower walls and frames around the venue, creating waterfall patterned floral curtains and much more.
Apart from the main attractions, think about decorations for the cars used in case of weddings or even a horse at a Hindu wedding. Pro-tip here – exotic flowers such as Orchids and Lilies are your best bet when it comes to floral décor for the vehicles.
Floral table centerpieces are also an aspect that helps uplift the mood and aura of the event, since your guests will spend a lot of time around it. Choose similar flowers to the rest of the décorthat will complement the collective vibe. A good rule of thumb here is to not exceed 20cm in height. These should also beplaced at the center while having a proportionate breadth to the table used as well.
BOUQUETS, GARLANDS & ORNAMENTS
Bouquets essentially can add a personal and emotional touch that brings a humbling feeling of being loved and cared for. In case of Christian weddings, we have the bride holding a bouquet of flowers symbolising love and new beginnings. Garlands, on the other hand, portray a sense of respect and joy. At Hindu and Muslim weddings we have the ‘varmalas’ or ceremonious garlands that symbolize acceptance of one another, love and peace.
The center of attention at any party is always the host or the person we gather around for. And so, these elements turn out be on priority and have to be perfect. Along with these, flowers could also be used as ornaments, in case of occasions you’d be wearing them. ‘Baby breath’ is a quite popular flower bundlethat’s widely used in bouquets and hair dressing. Note that if not always fresh flowers, paper flowers could be used here as well since they hold a much longer shelf life. A bonus to this is that you can have any colour, type and size of flowers customized and produced just for you.
ONCE AND FLOR-AL
Now that you have your whole floral theme and décor plan set, it’s time to execute! Get in touch with florists and always check for price ranges and never hesitate to ask for discounts or bargain especially in case of big orders. If you have a separate event planner involved, ask them for contacts and share your mood board and design ideas with them. Have this done in advance to make arrangements especially in case of procuring exotic flowers. Lastly, since flowers hold a lot of importance to any event, always make sure your florist comes right in time before the event to have the arrangements done. Setting up too early could also at times mean hampering the freshness of the flowers used.
And there you have it. A blooming event, in all its grace andglory!
There’s nothing better than flowers to compliment your décor,no matter what the occasion is. Collaborate with the most creative florists in town to bring your next event to full bloom! Download the BoaGoa app and get started today.