11 Helpful Tips for Choosing Your Wedding Flowers...
By: Niagara Wedding Helper | April 2019
Adding flowers to your wedding will not only bring colour and beauty but will also enhance the mood to any venue setting. From Bridal bouquets, corsages and boutonnieres to ceremony arches, centre-pieces and floral décor; there is a lot to consider when choosing what floral arrangements you are going to include.
Below are 11 tips you may want to consider when choosing your wedding day flowers:
1) Wedding Budget: Before you even begin to look at flowers, make sure you have your wedding budget set and a specific amount set aside for flowers.
2) Colour Scheme: Choosing flowers that complement your weddings colour scheme will help to narrow down what type of flowers you are going to use. Showing your florists fabric swatches from your Bridesmaid/Groomsmen attire and table linens can help to narrow flower colours down.
3) Wedding Style: The flowers you choose should reflect the overall style of your wedding. If you are having a more traditional wedding, you might want your flowers and floral arrangements to have a more elegant look. If your wedding is more casual or rustic, however, wild flowers with a messier bouquet look might be the perfect look.
4) Wedding Venue: A good tip is to let the wedding venue influence your wedding flowers and floral arrangements. For example, if you are getting married in a setting that already has beautiful gardens, then you may not need as many flowers. If you are getting married indoors, however, flowers might help to brighten the space up. Showing your Florists photos of your venue can allow them to help make suggestions on what floral décor would work best with your venue space.
5) Wedding Season: It is always a good idea to consider flowers that are in season during the time of your wedding. While out of season blooms are still possible, they might be harder to find and have a higher price tag attached to them. Also, if you are having an outdoor wedding, you will want to make sure that whatever flowers you choose will be able to stand up to the temperatures outside.
6) Gather Inspiration: Gathering floral inspiration from real weddings, wedding magazines/websites and Pinterest will help you get an idea of what flower types, bouquet styles/shapes and floral décor you like or dislike. When meeting with your Florist, make sure to bring photos of what you like so that they can get a visual idea of what you are looking for.
7) Finding a Florist: Not all Florists are the same. It is important when choosing your Florists that you choose one that understands your wedding vision. Checking their previous work will help you get an idea of what their floral style looks like. When talking to Florists, it is also a good idea to find out what their delivery charges are, if they do floral set-up/take-down and if they can do some floral mock ups to give you a better sense of what the floral arrangements you choose are going to actually look like. You should pick out your Florist roughly six to twelve months prior to your wedding date.
8) Start with the Brides Bouquet: When deciding on wedding flowers, start with the Brides bouquet since this bouquet will be seen in many wedding photos. Create a bouquet that not only reflects the colour scheme of the wedding, but one that complements the Brides wedding dress. Once the Brides bouquet is picked out, move on to the Bridesmaid bouquet, the Groom/Groomsmen boutonnieres and then the floral décor and centrepieces for the venue.
9) Flower Allergies: This has a tendency to get over looked, but, if the couple getting married, the wedding party, or the wedding guests have an allergy to specific flowers, it might be a good idea to take this into consideration when choosing what flowers to include at your wedding.
10) Silk vs. Fresh Flowers: When choosing wedding flowers make sure you consider both silk and fresh flowers. Although fresh flowers tend to be the more popular choice, silk flowers have come a long way in terms of their realistic looks and colours. Silk flowers also last longer, making them a great keep sake, and may cost less overall then fresh flowers.
11) Recycle Ceremony Arrangements for the Reception: A great idea when choosing wedding flowers, especially if you are trying to save on cost, is to discuss with your Florists ways in which you can take the flowers from your ceremony (bridesmaid bouquets and floral décor used on chairs/pews, aisle pillars or the ceremony arch) and reuse them for your reception (head table, guest book table, venue entrances, etc.)
Choosing wedding flowers is an important task that will bring colour and beauty to any venue setting. There is a lot to consider, however, when deciding on what types of flowers and floral arrangements you would like to use. Considering the tips above and knowing what types of questions to ask can help with this process and make the overall experience positive and fun.