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It's not easy to present flowers in an appealing way. You want it to be done by people who know what they're doing. That's why many brides and grooms elect to hire floral designers. They will lead you through every step of the way and guide you through all your floral needs. However, this comes with a catch... namely, a steep price. But, unless you're one of the lucky people who has a floral designer as a close friend or relative who's willing to give you his or her services for free, it's probably a good idea to hire someone to arrange your flowers.
Your floral designer will find creative and ideal ways to use flowers during your wedding and your reception. The designer will likely use baskets, vases and glass bowls, he'll use ivy to dress up railings and put potted in-season flowers in entrances.
But one way you can surely save money in the flower department is by using your flowers both at your ceremony and at your reception. Simply assign one of your most trustworthy friends to haul the flowers from the ceremony to the reception. Give that person explicit directions as to which flowers to take and where they should go at the reception area. If you want some of the flowers to be centerpieces on tables, tell your friend that. And make sure you make these arrangements ahead of time with the reception hall workers. You don't want to have an argument over whether their centerpiece should be moved because your friend wants to put flowers on the table. Another idea is to use the flowers that your bride's maids carried in the wedding as table centerpieces for the head table or even each of the smaller tables. Ask your florist for more ideas about how you can use your ceremony flowers at your reception.