Some brides (and a few grooms) know exactly what they want for their weddings. They can picture every last detail of the invitation, have envisioned the ideal dress, know exactly what music will play, and are certain about their wedding flower choices. That said, many brides-to-be are completely overwhelmed by the sheer number of details and options, and have no idea where to begin. For those bewildered brides, a great jumping point is the flowers, as they can set the tone for the rest of the wedding.
Flowers have become synonymous with weddings. They set the scene and give some real insight into the style of the wedding couple. Just look at Meghan Markle who regularly sung the praises of flowers and prominently featured them on her lifestyle blog. You can bet that flowers are going to be front and center at the royal wedding and will carry with them special meaning to the couple.
Of course, you don’t have to be marrying into the royal family to transform your wedding venue with meaningful blooms. You just need to put some thought into a few specific details. Here are some things to consider when selecting your wedding flower arrangements.
Granted, this is the least fun part of planning the wedding flower arrangements, but knowing how much you have to spend on wedding bouquets and decor is an essential first step. After all, it would be devastating to fall in love with something that’s going to eat up your entire wedding budget. According to theKnot.com, “10 percent of the total wedding cost will go to flowers and décor — from the bouquets and boutonnieres to the ceremony, cocktail hour and reception details.”
Once you have a number in mind, it’s also important to think about how firm you are on that figure. For instance, if you happen to fall for some budget-breaking wedding bouquets are you willing to shift money away from another area?
Draw Some Inspiration
You may not be a horticulturist, but it’s a great idea to have some likes and dislikes in mind before you decide to order your wedding flower arrangements. Browse magazines and search online for inspiration. Look for patterns in photos you like. Are you always pulling pictures of peonies? Do you love all ivory arrangements? Are all your photo inspirations heavy on romance or are they light and carefree? You aren’t required to be an expert in florist lingo, but if you have a starting point it will make the process of choosing a lot smoother.
Work With the Season
You may be passionate about a certain type of flower, but if that bloom isn’t in season at the time of your wedding, you may have to compromise. While it’s sometimes possible to get an out of season flower, it will usually mean a higher price tag. Fortunately, there are options. You can work with a professional to find similar looking flowers that are in season and you might even find a new favorite in the process.
Think About Formality
Some flowers suit formal arrangements while others work best in something more casual. Take your wedding’s level of formality into consideration when choosing your wedding bouquets and arrangements. Gerbera daisies in mason jars would seem out of place at a black tie affair and an elaborate rose centerpiece would stick out like a sore thumb at a laid-back garden reception.
Of course, it’s not just about the type of flowers you choose, but also the way they are arranged. There are different types of bouquet and floral arrangements to choose from. Your wedding planner should be able to advise you on what types will work best for your style of ceremony and reception.
Factor in Color and Meaning
Once you have the basics nailed down, you’ll need to give some consideration to color. You’ll want the flowers to complement your dress and those of your attendants. Again, your wedding planner should be able to guide you in the right direction if you need some help.
You may also want to have a look at the meanings behind certain flowers to see if there is anything that works well for telling your love story. Alternately, there may be a type of flower that has special meaning to someone you want to honor, like a deceased relative or somebody special who can’t attend.
There are many factors to consider when choosing wedding flower arrangements and bridal bouquets. Ultimately the choice comes down to what you are most drawn to. If you want to break the rules, it’s your day and you’re free to do so. When you’re ready to choose your wedding flowers, The Bouqs Company is here to help. We offer pre-packaged and DIY options and provide only the freshest cut-to-order flowers at amazing prices.Shop All