Pre­cious petals

Dart­mouth florist Ko­rayne Ro­manchuk of­fers tips on think­ing out­side the box and stretch­ing your flo­ral bud­get.

The Coast - Halifax Weddings Guide - - Expert Advice -

What are some trends you’re see­ing right now with flo­ral de­sign?

The freshly picked out of a field or mi­cro farm is still on trend, but truth­fully I’ve never been one to fol­low trends! I feel the best thing about these times is that any­thing goes. Brides and grooms and brides and brides and grooms and grooms can in­fuse their own per­son­al­i­ties, and that’s what’s trendy.

What are ideas you have for brides who want to in­cor­po­rate flow­ers into their day, but want to think out­side of the tra­di­tional?

What is tra­di­tional any more? Like fash­ion, ev­ery­thing comes around again. You have to be pretty cre­ative to think out­side the box. How­ever, tra­di­tion­ally we’ve seen pas­tels and light-coloured flow­ers which of­fer a el­e­gant and ro­man­tic feel. I think if your re­ally want to think out­side the box, then us­ing bold colours or lots of dif­fer­ent colour of­fers a unique flair. There are so many dif­fer­ent va­ri­eties of flow­ers that usu­ally don’t make it to the wedding: Do some re­search and talk to your florist about un­con­ven­tional wedding bou­quets.

What do you need from a cou­ple be­fore you start plan­ning out the flo­ral de­sign for their wedding?

I like to get an over­all pic­ture. The venue, style of dresses and colours, whether it’s a small and in­ti­mate wedding or a big flashy show, what they love and what they would care not to see, and the in­fa­mous bud­get!

What’s your advice for folks who want flow­ers for their day but are look­ing to sim­plify be­cause of cost?

For starters, pick a colour in­stead of get­ting hung up on a spe­cific flower. From there you can de­cide on what kind of flow­ers are go­ing to meet your bud­get, but still be co­he­sive with your theme. And be sure to ask your florist about sourc­ing lo­cally grown flow­ers. You could also turn your flower ar­range­ments into party favours. My fa­vorite bud­get­sav­ing thing to do is re­cy­cle! There are some amaz­ing lo­cal char­ity or­ga­ni­za­tions that you can pur­chase vases and con­tain­ers from, and then re-do­nate them when you’re done.

—in­ter­view by Al­li­son Saun­ders

Ko­rayne Ro­manchuk is the flo­ral designer and owner at down­town Dart­mouth’s new­est flower shop, Koko Mod Modern Flo­ral De­sign. koko­mod.com, 902-233-6825

JES­SICA JUDGE

“What is tra­di­tional any more? ” says Ko­rayne Ro­manchuk, who de­signed this bou­quet.

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