Picking out wedding flowers can be an exciting step in planning, or it can seem like a daunting task that you keep putting off. Regardless of your approach, flowers are traditional at weddings and bring life to tables, chairs and other décor. They’re also a way to express your style and can make your venue truly pop.
A good place to start with your wedding flowers is to think about what’s most important to you. Do you want the flowers to be part of your story as a couple? Maybe they’re a way to accentuate the theme of your wedding. Maybe you want something more minimal and traditional to honour the sacredness of your day. Whichever you choose, keep that your focus in mind.
Budgeting Your Flowers
Figure out what amount of money you’re willing and able to spend on your flowers. There is something for every budget, so it’s a good idea to be familiar with what you can afford. You can still have gorgeous and less elaborate pieces on a tight budget. Decide if you want centerpieces for your tables, bouquets for your bridesmaids and any other décor. You can also use greenery to make the flowers look fuller while spending less. Think about what’s in season if you’re going for inexpensive options.
Colours and Samples
One of the best places to start is with your own colour scheme. There are flowers to compliment any colour you choose. Blue and white? There are dyed-blue carnations that you can try. You can also use complementary colours. You can accent blue with yellows and oranges for pops of colour, or lean toward greens and purples for a more subdued look.
Start looking at photos of other weddings and see their flowers. If it’s similar to your taste, save or clip the images so that you have reference ideas to work from. Take note of any flower that is particularly stunning, whether it’s calla lilies, peonies or a variety of rose.
Meet a Florist
A florist can help you find exactly what you’re looking for, so you don’t have to stress about budget, flower types or colours. This is their area of expertise and they’ll have vendors that can get you a large amount of flowers for your wedding day. A florist is a great resource to have because they can help guide you on this process. If you want something perfumed and yellow, they’ll likely have a few suggestions for you. If you’re on a tight budget but still want a beautiful bouquet, this is the person that will make that a reality. Meet with them and make sure they understand your vision and look at their past work to see if it’s within your style.
Picking out your flowers isn’t as hard as it seems if you have some outside help. Having paint swatches, pictures from Pinterest and a basic floral dictionary will get you a lot further in this process.