Blooming in early summer, yarrow comes in yellow tones, as well as white, pink, and red. The fern-like foliage is attractive as well as a fragrant addition to wedding flower arrangements. Brides should take some of their yarrow-containing flower arrangements home to grace their tables, as the cut flowers can last as long as three weeks. The flowers dry very well if you hang them upside down in a dry area for two weeks.
Also known as the Peruvian lily, the alstroemeria originated in South Africa. Like its exotic name, the inner petals of this flower have stripes on them that create texture and diversity when added to bouquets.  They come in a range of colors from whites and golds to pinks and purples. The alstroemeria symbolizes friendship and devotion and is often seen in bouquets for friends or relatives.
You may already know what types of flowers you’re looking for. Most likely, you’ll want a variety of flowers in specific colors. Think about the different applications for the flowers. Would you like ready-made centerpieces for the tables? For round tables, you can select one centerpiece for the middle of the table. For long, rectangle tables, you’ll want several centerpieces along the table for everyone to enjoy. In addition to centerpieces, you’ll want flowers for the bride and for the wedding party. Traditionally, the bride will carry a bouquet down the aisle. Some brides choose to use the original bouquet for the “bouquet toss,” while others choose to use a separate bouquet so they can save and preserve their original bouquet. When you shop our Wedding Collections, you’ll typically get a special bouquet for the bouquet toss, so you can decide which option you prefer. Plus, you'll find an excellent selection of colors, styles and arrangements. If there will be a flower girl at the wedding, you’ll want flowers for her to wear as well as flower petals for her to sprinkle along the aisle. Sam’s Club also has you covered if you need floral supplies for your event—from baskets and vases to ribbons and stem cutters.
Ivy is perfect for accessorizing and can be added to anything from floral headdresses to table centerpieces. The leaves of ivy are unique in their triangular shape. The leaves cascade down its branches, making it ideal for wrapping around wreaths and adding flow to floral baskets. Ivy has a longer lifespan than most types of greenery; it lasts for months or even years, so it works great for home decor during holiday months or celebrations.
A dedicated work area: To prepare your wedding flowers, whether you have small arrangements or large ones, you'll need an area dedicated to the task. Cover as many surfaces as you can with plastic or a carpet cover (some flowers will bleed onto the flooring). You'll need a deep sink to soak the flowers, several large tables, trash bags, a large garbage can, and space nearby to set finished bouquets and arrangements.
We live in a world of many, many options; and no one said that you had to go one place and one place only to get your flowers. With other aspects of your wedding, yes, you may have to be loyal to one particular supplier or vendor. But with your flowers, do what works for you and your budget. If you want to get your roses from Costco, but your greenery from the flower market, then go for it! There is no flower-buying etiquette to be followed here. Trust me: the flowers will understand.
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