Choosing your wedding flowers
Your wedding day is 100% one of the most important days of your life but making everything perfect can be a daunting task taking months, if not years of planning and preparation.
Finding a beautiful venue, selecting the perfect wedding dress and creating the most stunning invitations are just a few of the things you have to contend with … but what about the flowers?
We have pulled together 5 simple tips to help you choose the perfect blooms for your magical day.
Step 1: Be confident in your vision
The first thing you need to remember is that this is all about your own personal choice – there is no right or wrong answer when selecting flowers for your wedding.
BUT, you should still have a clear understanding of your colour scheme and budget before you go on the hunt for the perfect florist. A couple of pointers to keep in mind.
- Less is always more – flowers should be that splash of colour to enhance the features of your wedding but not the entire centerpiece
- Perfect positioning is everything – carefully consider the position of your arrangements and use foliage wisely to create the sense that you have more floral arrangements than you actually do
Step 2: Be sure to set a budget for flowers
Before you get too excited about the flowers you’ve fallen in love with, you need to work out your budget. Some floral arrangements may look incredible but simply be unrealistic in terms of price so it’s a good idea to work out how much you have to spend on the flowers before you go out and start looking.
Talk to florists about your budget from the beginning and be honest about what you can and can’t afford. Don’t try to bargain but be creative with your spend and look at cheaper alternatives to your main picks if necessary.
You can also keep your spending under control by using the more expensive flowers sparingly for example, just in the bridal bouquet. Cheaper flowers can be used alongside foliage to bulk out bouquets and your bridesmaids and table decorations can be much more conservative.
Step 3: Explore different types of flowers
Once you’ve sorted out the finances you need to start picking the flowers that you want. Research, Research, Research – look through bridal magazines and even gardening books to learn about the different species that could work with your vision and budget and of course, the season.
All flowers have meanings too so you may want to look into this to ensure you’re sending the right message on your big day.
There are a number of classic wedding flowers which to be honest, you just can’t go wrong with. Some of the most common choices include roses, peony, lily, orchids , and calla lilies. Speak to your florist about what they recommend for your chosen theme.
Step 4: Decide on a colour theme
Finally, you need to think about the colour of your flowers which is a critical part of your decision. The colour should always complement the bridal gown and the overall wedding theme (if you have one) but you may also want to try and match colours with the seasonal availability of specific flowers if you had your heart set on something.
Some popular flower choices by colour are listed below to help you.
- White – rose, sweet pea, camellia, stephanotis, gypsophila, orchid and jasmine
- Pink – rose, peony, sweet pea, carnation, tulip and lily
- Lavender – lavender, lilac, iris and hydrangea
- Yellow – daffodil, sunflower, lily and freesia
- Red – gerbera, rose, dahlia and amaryllis
Step 5: Consider where your flowers will be put
The last thing to consider is where the flowers you’ve chosen are going to go. Whether you are having a fancy wedding celebration, an outdoor reception or a vintage wedding affair, it is important to know how many bouquets and flower pieces are needed for your special day. There are essential flower items, as well as other flower arrangements that you can include if your budget allows for more.
Bridal Bouquet. This is usually the biggest bouquet and can also include different flowers and colours from the rest of the decoration.
Bridesmaid Bouquets. These bouquets are usually the same colour and flower type, though many brides like to get creative and use different colours and textures, thereby adding a playful twist to their wedding decoration.
Groom’s Boutonniere. Like with the bridal bouquet, the groom’s boutonniere usually stands out from the other boutonnieres. Most of the time it complements the flowers and colours of the bridal bouquet.
The Best Man and Ushers Boutonnieres. Just as the bridesmaid bouquets, these may or may not be like the groom’s boutonniere, but they certainly complement the flowers and colours of their female counterparts.
Ceremony Entrance. To decorate an arch, pillars or doors, you can choose a wide arrange of flowers and styles.
Table Decorations Flowers transform a room into something special, adding scent, colour and that softening touch.
A popular trend right now is flower crowns. Not just for flower girls, an elegant flower crown can be made with the same blooms as your bouquet to give your outfit a beautiful vintage feel.
Work logically by choosing the bridal bouquet first and then moving onto the bridesmaids to ensure each bunch of flowers complements the next.
Buttonholes and corsages should come last with table decorations used to tie everything together and using the same flowers as the bouquets (but with more foliage and in bigger displays).
Below are some flowers we prepared from a recent wedding showcase with New Forest Hotels