Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Wedding Wednesday: How to choose your wedding flowers

Ranunculus, peony bouquets

Choosing your wedding flowers can often be a bit of a minefield (albeit a very pretty one), particularly if you are on a budget. You may get lucky, in having a mother who loves flower arranging, or a florist or church-going friend who can help. For those of us who don't have these resources, here are some tips that may help you choose your flowers.

Think about the month you are due to get married. If you are due to get married in November and are dead set on peonies, you are going to end up disappointed. If you are keen on a particular flower, Google the month they are in season to see if they will be easy to get hold of. Here is a handy table which tells you when your flowers are in season.

The next thing to think about is budget. Some flowers are always more expensive, like orchids and lilies, but prices may vary dependant on which part of the world you live in. If you like the look of a particular flower but they are on the pricer end of the spectrum, it's often possible to get a similar look with a cheaper flower. For example, peonies are very popular choice with brides, but did you know you can get a very similar effect with ranunculus at a smaller price?

The colour scheme for your wedding is also important when choosing wedding flowers. You may think that you don't have one, but don't forget to take into consideration the colour of your bridesmaid and mother-of-the bride dresses and the colours of the venue. If the venue is already very multi-coloured, such as a brightly coloured modern hotel, you may want to choose flowers that are mainly white with green foliage. If your venue is plainer, such as a town hall or marquee, you may want a mix of bright flowers to bring interest to the room.

You should also have a think about how you want to use the flowers on your wedding day. Most brides have a bouquet, bouquets for their bridesmaids, corsages for their mother and grandmother, and boutonnieres for the groom, best man and ushers. Will you use the same flowers to decorate the church/ceremony room and the reception? Do you want flowers as centrepieces? Some brides also use flowers to decorate their wedding cake. You don't need to have all of these by any means but it would be very helpful for your florist to know what you need the flowers to do.

When choosing flowers for your bouquet, don't forget to take the style of your wedding dress into consideration. A large cascade bouquet may overpower a tight, slim fitting dress, whereas it would balance out a princess/prom style gown well. Likewise, a round bouquet would suit a modern city bride, but might look out of place on a loosely cut dress and boho bride.

If you'd like to see more wedding flower inspiration, you can check out my Pinterest board on wedding flowers here!

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