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6 Valuable Wedding Day Tips From A Busy Toronto Florist

April 07, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

With Nicholas Smith of Opening Night Flowers

(photo courtesy of Opening Night Flowers)

#6. The Three Most Important Wedding Pieces

The Bridal Bouquet – Use the expensive flowers here and cover the colours of your wedding palette. Nicholas recommends that you always “GO BIG” on the brides bouquet! “It’s YOUR Special Day!”

Altar Pieces – You can also repurpose these on or beside the head table for added drama.

Gift Table – Place flowers here for a “thank you to the eyes” as your guests drop off presents and proceed to their table.


#5. Use Bridesmaids Bouquets to Decorate the Head Table

This idea may be one that you’re already familiar with, however it’s still one of the best ways to get the most out of your floral budget. Also use the “toss” bouquet to decorate your cake table and repurpose the bridal bouquet as a centerpiece on the bar.


#4. Repurpose Centerpieces To The Aisle

Looking for a way to add that extra bit of drama to your wedding ceremony? Repurpose your centerpieces to the aisle before they make it to the reception. This simple idea can create a dramatic impact on your ceremony and doesn’t cost a thing!


#3. Use Wedding Favours As Centerpieces

Centerpieces with multiple smaller pieces make great wedding favours to gift to your guests at the end of the night! While Nicholas suggests using the more costly florals for the brides bouquet, he recommends getting the most from your budget by selecting more cost-effective varieties for your centerpieces such as succulents, air plants or mini orchids. Your guests can enjoy them long after the wedding!


#2. Hanging Flowers From the Ceiling

Create the ultimate WOW-factor by literally hanging flowers from the ceiling, tent, or draping! This technique can work very well even on a smaller budget with a few carefully planned installation areas for best impact.


#1. Rent Vases Instead of Buying

Vases can quickly eat into your floral budget! Consider renting your vases, this can cut costs by up to 2/3! If you’re working with a tight budget, try having your arrangements designed in flat dishes so guests can easily lift them from their rental vase. Alternately, have no vase at all and place the centerpieces right on the table, so the dish is not visible. 



(photo courtesy of Opening Night Flowers)

Nicholas Smith is an award winning designer and owner of Opening Night Flowers based in Toronto, Ontario
Specializing in wow-factor floral designs with understated elegance, passion, detailed artistry and sophistication for weddings, corporate and special events.

Nicholas’ arrangements and designs have been featured in Style Me Pretty, Wedluxe, and Elegant Weddings Magazine. Nicholas has been a featured designer in Canadian Florist Magazine, Canada Blooms, Garden & Floral Expo and Lead Florist for the mass World Pride wedding on behalf of Toronto Botanical Gardens.

For booking information and to learn more about Nicholas please visit his website:

You can also follow @OpeningNFlowers on Instagram with the hashtag: #florallife

Special thanks to Jason Dorey Photography, Halifax, Nova Scotia


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