What’s a wedding without flowers? Here’s how to choose the right blooms for all your bouquets, buttonholes and arrangements.
Choosing your wedding flowers is almost as hard as picking out your wedding dress. Because there are so many options to choose from and so many arrangements to create, it can be difficult to decide on the perfect blooms for your big day. If you’re struggling with putting together your arrangements, have no fear, we’ve put together this handy guide to help you out.
Here are a few tips for choosing your wedding flowers.
Set your budget
First things first, setting the budget for your wedding flowers. Couples typically spend around 3% of their wedding funds on their wedding flowers and decorations combined, so be mindful when choosing your blooms.
Find your inspiration
Before you even sit down to chat with any florists, you’ll want to know what you’re looking for. Create a Pinterest board of your favorite blooms, scroll through the #weddingflowers hashtag on Instagram and save your faves and take photos of beautiful blooms you see when you’re out and about – these will come in handy when you’re describing your vision to potential florists.
Do your homework
Another important step in choosing your wedding flowers is learning a thing or two about blooms. Now, you don’t have to become a bonafide expert on greenery and flora, but you’ll want to familiarize yourself with basic terms and the names of your favorite flowers. Not only will this make you a more educated customer, but it’ll also make meetings with your florist a lot easier (as they won’t have to explain every little detail).
Hire the right florist
Flowers are an integral part of the ceremony and reception decor, so you’ll want to find a florist that shares your vision. Before you officially sign them on, do a deep dive into their work. Read their reviews, look through their portfolio and, of course, meet them in person to make sure you’re compatible.
Keep your color scheme in mind
One thing you don’t want to forget about when choosing your wedding flowers? Your color scheme. Now, you may love red roses, but if you’ve gone with a green heavy color palette for your big day, your wedding might end up looking more like a Christmas party than a celebration of love. If you don’t have a clue what flowers would mesh well with your decor, bring swatches and photos to your florist – they’ll be able to offer up some suggestions.
Think about your theme
While you’re free to choose any flowers you want for your wedding, focusing on your theme can really help narrow your search. For example, if you’re hosting a quaint countryside wedding, you may want to fill your arrangements with wildflowers and greenery. On the other hand, if you’re hosting an extravagant affair at a luxurious hotel you may want to go with sophisticated rose bouquets.
Pay attention to the season
Your wedding date will play a big role in what flowers you can get your hands on. Certain blooms become more expensive and harder to find at different times of the year, so one of the first questions you should ask your florist is, “which flowers are in season around the time of my wedding?”.
Start with the bridal bouquet
Once you’ve finished the prep work and have hired your florist, you can start putting together your arrangements. While you might be tempted to tackle the smaller projects like aisle markers first, we suggest beginning with the big one – your bridal bouquet. Why? Because then you use it to inspire your other arrangements. Keep in mind they don’t have to be identical, but they should complement each other.