Tips and Tricks

What kind of bride are you?

Take the quiz and find out...

1.  How long have you been thinking about your wedding?

a.  Since I was five
b.  For a few years, since I met my partner
c.  Since we got engaged
d.  I was never even sure I’d have one!


2.  The day after you got engaged you;

a.  Tried on gowns
b.  Started on a healthy eating plan
c.  Same as usual, just your regular routine
d.  Had a day in (feeling a little overwhelmed)


3.  What is your dream venue?

a.  Ornate ballroom
b.  Your family Church
c.  Friends backyard
d.  Refurbished barn


4.  How many bridal magazines do you have right now?

a.  10 or more
b.  4 - 9
c.  1 - 3
d.  0


5.  What would be the perfect date night?

a.  Romantic dinner at your favourite restaurant
b.  Gallery opening followed by martinis at a rooftop bar
c.  Acoustic night at the neighbourhood cafe
d.  Picnic under the stars


6.  What is your favourite romantic movie?

a.  The Notebook
b.  Titanic
c.  50 First Dates
d.  Dirty Dancing


7.  What’s your favourite flower?

a.  Rose
b.  Peony
c.  Natives
d.  Hydrangea


8.  What does your dream wedding dress look like?

a.  White ballgown dress with a train
b.  Fitted satin dress with a veil
c.  No white. I want to wear something colourful and fun
d.  Something soft and flowing, maybe a little lace


9.  What tradition are you ditching?

a.  Nothing!
b.  Garter removal
c.  Bridal Party
d.  Seating Arrangement


10.  What is your dream honeymoon location?

a.  Caribbean Island Resort
b.  European Tour
c.  A trip across Australia
d.  Trekking through Southeast Asia 
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Mostly A’s - You’re a Romantic Bride

You’ve been waiting for this day your whole life. You love a good love story, and your wedding day is turning out to be a true fairy tale! - Beautiful

Your dream bouquet: Beautiful teardrop bouquet with a touch of bling



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Mostly B’s - You’re a Classic Bride

You love a timeless look, and your wedding will still look picturesque in years to come. You love the idea of a traditional ceremony - stunning!

Your timeless bouquet: lush, all-white bouquet hand-tied with satin ribbon



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Mostly C’s - You’re a Modern Bride

You’re edgy and fun and you naturally gravitate towards colour. Your ceremony is super quick and the reception will be super fun, because all the people you love are in one place having a great time. Your wedding is colourful and unforgettable. - Rockin' it!

Your fun florals - funky and free with an unexpected palette


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Mostly D’s - You’re a Boho Bride

Your down to earth and love the great outdoors. With flowers in your hair there will be vintage and handmade details throughout your reception. Shoe’s are completely optional. - Gorgeous

Your natural bouquet - very textural, a beautiful mix of seasonal flowers

Wedding Flowers Checklist

Before you meet with your wedding florist, it’s always a great idea to put together a list of wedding flowers that you’ll need. Knowing exactly what flowers you will need can be a little overwhelming, so to help we’ve put together a Wedding Flower Checklist. 

This checklist can be used as a guide, you certainly don’t have to have everything that’s on the list. Just print it out, tick the ones that apply to your style of wedding and wedding budget and bring it with you to your Wedding Florist. 


Buttonholes, do you really need them?

The buttonhole (also known as a boutonniere) is a small single flower or cluster of flowers to be worn on the lapel. We get a lot of couples asking us what the importance of these tiny floral displays are, so today we thought we would share with you what we know about the humble buttonhole.

Help! Who should wear a buttonhole at the wedding?

You may prefer the groom to be the only member of the wedding party wearing a buttonhole, but more often than not buttonholes are also given to the groomsmen, page boy, and the fathers of the bride and groom. This makes up the wedding party on the mens side. If your budget affords it, it’s a nice touch to give them to the grandfathers and brothers too!

Our tip: If you decide to give buttonholes to the fathers, grandfathers and brothers it’s always nice to give a corsage to the mothers, grandmothers and sisters as well.

What should they look like?

That’s completely up to you! You can choose a colour that either contrasts or complements the grooms outfit. Or have them match the Bride’s bouquet and use the same flowers that are featured in her design. If he isn’t into flowers, try something a little different and use foliages, berries or even succulents. Make sure to have the groom stand out by making his buttonhole unique from the rest with with a slightly different flourish to the others.

Okay, so how are you actually meant to put one of these on?

The buttonhole should be worn on the outside of the buttonhole of the left lapel, not inside it. Make sure the flower is facing upwards. It is usually secured with a pin from the back of the lapel, but some florists offer a magnet that makes it even easier to put on (check with your florist what they normally do for buttonholes).

Our tip: Your Buttonhole is traditionally worn on your left lapel, because it's above your heart! 

So why get buttonholes?

Buttonholes are a final touch, adding style to formal attire, and helping to distinguish the wedding party from the rest of the guests at your wedding. Don’t forget some of your family members will have never met before, having buttonholes for the wedding party makes it easier for guests to recognise the important people that are a part of your big day!

To make it easy for everyone on your wedding day - here at Orchid & Vine we offer the following as part of our services:

  1. We work together with you to ensure the buttonholes and corsages are packaged in boxes as you need them. Making it super simple for pick ups as there’s no trying to sort out which needs to go where. 
  2. We always label our buttonholes, this way the guys know exactly which one belongs to who.
  3. We use magnets or special safety pins to attach them, this makes it super easy to put on. - Many Grooms have told us this saved the day! :)

6 Tried and Tested Tips to Keep Your Flowers Fresher Longer


There's nothing sweeter than a beautiful bouquet of fresh cut flowers. The only downside is that we wish they would stick around for longer. 

We've all heard of the different “tips and tricks” to help keep our flowers alive, from spraying them with hairspray, to placing an aspirin in the water. But we’re here to bust those myths and give you the low down on keeping your flowers fresher for longer. 

Here are our top 6 tips:


You don’t even need to be a pro florist to pull these off, just stick to these 6 tried and tested tips and you’ll be enjoying those gorgeous blooms for days!