Flowers are an important part of most weddings, for good reason! They're beautiful, they smell great and have become very much a wedding tradition. They allow you to express your creativity and overall wedding style. Choosing flowers is a fun and important part of wedding planning, but for some it can become stressful and daunting, if you don't know where to start. Here are a couple tips on where to begin when it comes to choosing your wedding flowers!
1. Make a budget.
Weddings are expensive, and like anything else you need to start by thinking about how much you are willing to spend. This will determine the types of flowers you can use in your bouquets, centerpieces and overall floral wedding decor. It's said that most couples spend around eight percent of their total wedding budget on flowers, but it will always vary depending on how many floral arrangements you need or want and of course the types of flowers you choose.
2. Find a florist.
If you don't know where to start, or even if you do, the right wedding florist will help you with all of the details. It’s important that the florist understands what you want, because they will be the ones brining your vision to life. They've done this a million times before (hopefully) and will make sure all boxes are checked for you. They will also help you make decisions and give advice, which can make the process very stress free.
Make sure to ask friends and family if they know of, or have worked with a successful florist. Also do some simple google searches for your area and make sure to read reviews to get a sense of the quality of work and how successful they've been in in the past with previous clients.
3. Gather inspiration.
Start your process by checking Pinterest and other wedding blogs. Start a board on Pinterest and pin floral arrangements that you like (feel free to pin any on our blog!) or seem to fit your wedding color scheme. This process will help you get an idea of what you like and what you don't, which will be extremely helpful for your florist. Make sure to write down what you might be interested in, such as kind of flower, color, size and more. Inspiration can come from anywhere!
4. Color scheme.
Think in terms of color, if you don't know where to start when choosing flowers. Some flowers come in multiple colors, which can be helpful when trying to match your right look with the right color scheme. Remember, your flowers don't have to be an exact match with your true wedding colors either; as long as they compliment your wedding scheme, it will look great!
When choosing your flower colors take inspiration from all aspects of the wedding, such as the location, the time of day, the season, the invitations, the linens and other details. If you do want the flowers to match your wedding colors exactly, make sure to bring items in to your florist for them to see in person.
5. Bouquet first.
The wedding bouquet is a statement piece, and main accessory. This flower arrangement will appear in many of your wedding photos and also needs to compliment the outfit of the person holding it. It's important to start with this flower arrangement, and make sure its exactly what you want, before moving on to the rest of the wedding floral arrangements such as the bridesmaid bouquets, boutonnieres, aisle markers, and centerpieces.
6. Match your wedding style.
Just like any other wedding detail, it should tie into your overall wedding style. If you're having a traditional wedding, you should have traditional flowers to match. If you're wedding style is more casual, you can have more relaxed groupings of flowers that are mix-and-match, or garden-style variations. The flowers will help shape the vibe and look of your wedding, so take into consideration how they look with your overall wedding style before choosing!