Choosing the right flowers for your wedding day can be trickier than you think!
That’s why we believe speaking with the professionals is the best way forward.
‘Your wedding is one of the most important days of your life. Chances are, you’ve already been imagining your dress, the guest list, and even the location for years. In all of the rush to pick out dresses and colour schemes, don’t forget one of the most important parts; your wedding flower bouquet’
If you’re unsure of what to look for when choosing a florist, we’ve put a list together for you:
- Look for a florist who is passionate about their work; look for creativity, enthusiasm and inspiration.
- Check out their portfolio of work; most should have a collection of their work and should be eager to talk to you about your needs.
- Look for feedback from other customers, many good florists can be booked up for months, so try to book well in advance.
What should think about before meeting your florist?
- Your budget. How much do you want to spend on flowers? Talk this through with your florists as they should be able to put a plan together. They should advise you on the flowers you could include and which would be best to leave out.
- Will the company deliver your flowers on the day or will someone need to pick them up?
- Your flowers should complement your wedding attire, accentuate your style and the bouquet should be steered by your wedding outfit.
How can you help your florist?
- Ask if they have arranged flowers at your church or venue before. If not, ask if they can view the venue. If you’re getting married in a large place, small flowers will be washed out, unnoticeable and a waste of money. If the florist doesn’t have time to view the venue, then give the florist photos and information. If possible, a website address would really help them.
- Give them a picture and a sample of the material of your dress. As mentioned, your bouquet should be guided by your wedding outfit. So, the shape, colour and style of the dress are extremely important; the more they see the better the bouquet.
What flowers would I need?
This list is only a guide, feel free to delete and add where you feel it would be appropriate:
Flowers for bride’s hair
Flower girl petals to toss / or petals arranged along the aisle
Best man / Ushers buttonholes
Mother of the bride / Mother of groom corsage
Father of the bride / Father of the groom buttonholes
Grandparents corsages / buttonholes
Others for aunts / uncles / close friends
Altar and other front central pieces
Pew or chair decorations
Entrance to the church, venue or reception rooms
Centrepieces for each table
Buffet table decorations
Flowers for other areas that you feel may need decorating; top table, an area within your venue you feel needs attention or extra flowers to brighten up a certain room.
You may also want to give flowers as a ‘thank you’ present to your parents.
All in all ensure you tell your florist what you want, encourage them to use their design skills to produce a gorgeous bouquet just for you.