Your Sussex Wedding - Decmeber 2022/January 2023 (Issue 100)

CEREMONY TO CELEBRATIONS So, you’ve decided on your theme and allocated a budget. How can you get the most out of that pot? One way is to utilise your décor from the ceremony in your reception space. Petra Beaton from Sussex Florals tells us more, “The ceremony area and reception area will most likely have the same colour scheme and style so we always recommend repurposing as many of the floral arrangements as possible. One arrangement that’s almost always reused is the ceremony table flowers, the long and low style is still a popular choice and it’s so easy to move over to the top table after the ‘I dos.’ “The aisle decorations can also be moved and we often supply vases for tied chair aisle bunches to be placed into in the reception area, allowing them to be used as centrepieces or to decorate another area like the bar or window sills. Likewise, where we’ve used gorgeous flower-filled lanterns to decorate the aisle, all intertwined with fairy lights, these too can be used for reception tables. All of this ties your theme together perfectly and is also so much more sustainable.” “Sustainability is something we’re becoming more aware of in all aspects of our lives and it’s definitely filtering through to weddings. I work with my couples to repurpose flowers as much as possible throughout the day, and many are foregoing wedding favours completely to avoid the wastage as they often get left or thrown away.” – Emily,Weddings by Emily Charlotte Sussex Florals © Be realistic. It’s totally okay to be unsure of what to expect. Ask your suppliers for guideline figures based on the ideas you have in mind, and be prepared to adjust either your brief or your budget if needed. Trust the experts’ advice. We’ll always work with you where possible, but there’s a limit to how much magic our wands can do! If your style ideas are more than your preferred price point, then a planner or the relevant supplier can help you to come up with alternatives that may give a similar aesthetic at a more cost-effective price. Be honest. When working with your planner or suppliers, always be honest about what you have to spend as it’s important that we know what we’re truly working with so that the design concept is suitable for you. Don’t forget about hidden costs. Delivery, set up and dismantle fees can often apply when hiring in rental items or for floral setups. Remember you’re not just paying for the product but also for people’s time, so allow for this when budgeting. Sussex Florals © Weddings by Emily Charlotte © VENUE STYLING 69