We have had our fair share of experience with organising and styling weddings. As destination weddings are on the increase, Flower Dayz is here to share some of the best tips for planning a beach wedding and the best flowers to style your special day. Using an Australian favourite as an example, we will chat about the ins and outs of planning a wedding in Bali.
Remember to check the weather forecast for your wedding destination. It seems simple, however, Summer doesn’t always mean sunshine. Ensure you know when monsoon season is so you don’t end up with a rainy beach wedding! In Bali, May to August are the best months to miss the rainy season.
Location & Venues
Now to pick your location, find three venues that can offer you the style of wedding that you want. There are areas in Bali that are a lot more expensive than others, for example Uluwatu, Jimbaran and Seminyak may cost more than Kuta and Legian. Look out for hidden gems like Lovina, in the northern part of the island, that are equipped with beautiful beaches and less crowds. Be sure to prearrange permission for a beach wedding before the day!
When booking a venue read any reviews that have been posted by other couples. Get the venue to send you a list of all their packages; this will give you an idea of what it is going to cost you per head and what else they include in the package. You will have a better chance of negotiating the price if you have all events at the one venue and even more so if they can offer accommodation for your guests.
Photography, Food & Entertainment
Organising photography, a wedding cake and entertainment for the day are crucial parts of arranging a wedding. The best advice we have is to do your research. Compare prices, read reviews and don’t always go with the option recommended by the venue.
Now to the most important decision of all – which flowers will you share your big day with? This will also require research depending on the location and timing of your wedding. In regards to Bali, any flowers that don’t grow on the island will come in from Java and will cost you extra.
When choosing flowers, ensure all fresh flowers you look at have a water source. The last thing you want is your flowers wilting in the heat before your wedding has started.
Gone are the days of the all frangipani wedding. There is nothing more beautiful than having floral styling and bouquets with subtle hints of colour throughout. Here are our personal favourites for a beach wedding along with some tips to keep them looking good:
- Orchids – especially the phalaenopsis for their beauty and size.
- Chrysanthemums – Disbuds for their endurance and flower size; perfect for a bouquet.
- Hydrangeas – great for bursts of colour, but ensure they stay hydrated.
- Blushing Bride and Cala Lilies- beautiful flowers in soft hues and great to use in a bouquet or to decorate chairs.
- Amaranthus – this beautiful hanging flower works great to create an arch or to add length to your bouquet.
- Dahlia – make sure they are fresh and they will add an amazing burst of colour to your day.
- Tropicals – you cannot go past the beauty of tropicals for a beach wedding. Anthuriums, kangaroo Paw, Bird of Paradise and heliconia will fit perfectly into the atmosphere of your beach wedding.
A beach wedding is meant to be a relaxed and fun occasion. Once all of the logistics have been organised, allow yourself a chance to be playful with your styling and decorating of the event by using splashes of colour and a range of flowers.