When its comes to your Wedding, you want your day to Come up Roses (or any other flower for that matter) so today I share a guide on Choosing your Wedding Flowers.
“Flowers always make people better, happier and more helpful.
They are sunshine, food and medicine to the soul. [Luther Burbank- Naturalist]
This statement makes your florist a very important part of your event preparation, but firstly you need to be happy with your choice.
Take time in choosing flowers for your event, as they are usually primary in the decoration of your venue.
See a few different florists, take time with them, see if they come up with creative ideas that suit your Budget.
First, ask to see portfolio’s. You want a florist who’s style matches your own.
Ask lots of questions, including -:
About different flowers – whats in season – at different times of the year some flowers are more difficult to source and this can increase price.
There are some flowers mainly always in season but you need to clarify if your favourite or the particular flower you want is to time of year you wish to marry.
Has the florist worked at your Venue before?
A good florist will also know many local venues and will be able to give you direction on what works best where.
Consider the locations that need to be decorated, and remember that if there are blooms you like that are particularly expensive, when used creatively sometimes less is more.
What shape of bouquet would work with your dress?
Its also important to mention any themes, take a picture of your Dress and colour swatches so that the florist can help you choose the best blooms.
As well as looking great you have to take into consideration the scent of the flowers, some may be very beautiful to look at but can be overpowering in smell.
For a wedding as a general guide you may need –
Church [ pedestal , pew ends] or Ceremony Venue arrangement.
Reception [ top table, guest tables]
Personal [ Bride, Bridesmaids, groom, best man, ushers,mothers, fathers, gift bouquets]
The addition of a candelabra to the flower arrangements can be particularly striking, and cuts down on the need for so many flowers too.
Its good to ask is your Florist can provide hireable extras such as Candleabras, vases etc.
Also remember that many florists charge a delivery fee and for set up at your ceremony and reception sites.
Ideas to save requirement of so many flowers are floating flower heads in bowls, arrangements atop a vase filled with fruits, using a few stems of large headed flowers, or using lots of foliage to puff out the arrangement.
Also as a cost saving exercise, you can consider giving away your table centre pieces at the end of the evening to special family members or guests, or keep for those unable to attend.
Another cost saving tip is to move arrangement from Ceremony to Reception if this is appropriate.
Remember to ask if there are further costs beyond flowers,vases, labour and delivery/pick up.
In the hands of a skilled florist all your Blooms will add a beautiful aspect to your Day so I hope this gives you a little help with the right questions to ask when choosing your Wedding Flowers.