How to choose your wedding flowers
It was lovely to be asked recently to provide some wedding flower tips for couples choosing their wedding flowers, to feature in the ‘Tips from the pros’ article in the September edition of the Cheshire Magazine. It was great to be involved in the article with lots of wonderful cheshire wedding suppliers, and to help brides and grooms with their wedding planning.
It can be quite overwhelming planning your wedding and if you are looking at how to choose your wedding flowers I have put together some wedding flower tips which should help you along the way.
Consider the style of your venue
If you have chosen a modern city centre venue, this is more likely to suit elegant, formal displays of high impact flowers such as orchids, roses or calla lilies. Where as natural arrangements of country garden blooms and mixed greenery will work perfectly in a stately home, marquee or rustic barn.
Decide on a budget
I know this is the most difficult one to work out, as the majority of couples have no idea how much wedding flowers cost and why would you. However it is a great help to give your florist a rough idea of how much you would ideally like to spend, even if you can give them a price band to work within.
We work on many weddings with budgets between £1500-£2500 which include bridal party flowers, ceremony decor and table centrepieces. However, if you are looking for large dramatic displays, a flower arch and extra decor you may need to consider a larger budget of £2500-£4500.
Choose a colour palette
When looking at a colour scheme for your wedding flowers and decorations think about the colours in your reception room. If there are any bold colours in the room decor then I would recommend trying to work with colours that are going to blend together. Otherwise you will need to allocate more of the budget trying to mask the colours in the room, having to cover walls, curtains or carpets just to suit your colour scheme can be a huge extra expense.
I would also suggest working with a colour palette incorporating different shades of colours rather than being tied to one specific shade of a colour. This creates a much softer look and will make your wedding planning much easier. Take a look at some of the examples below of beautiful wedding colour palettes and check out the colour selections on our blog to see more examples of wedding flowers in certain colours schemes.
Consider the season
I always recommend incorporating seasonal flowers into designs, mainly because when a flower is in it’s natural season it will usually be at it’s best quality and price. It also helps to create a more relaxed atmosphere and a feeling of being surrounded by nature when you have varieties of flowers and foliage that are flowering in gardens at that time of year. Having said that, just because you are getting married at a certain time of year doesn’t mean you have to stick to those flowers and colour schemes that people associate with that time. We have worked on many winter weddings with beautiful blush pinks and spring weddings with oranges and burgundy.
The best advice I can give is to try and be flexible with your flower choices and avoid setting your heart on a specific flower until you have discussed the availability with your florist, they will be able to suggest flowers to suit your colour scheme and style that are available at the time of your wedding.
Finding ideas and inspiration
For wedding flower ideas take a look through wedding magazines, real weddings and styled shoots on wedding blogs and there are lots of beautiful images on Pinterest. Save pictures of any designs you like and any arrangements that are in your colour palette, these will be really useful to show your florist. It is very easy to get carried away when looking for flower design inspiration, especially on Pinterest. The images you save should be a starting point and a source of inspiration for your florist to create unique designs specially for your wedding. We have lots of wedding inspiration boards on Pinterest to help you get started.