Guest blog: 10 things to consider when choosing wedding flowers
Who knew there were so many aspects to consider when choosing your wedding flowers? I’m lucky to have a mother-in-law whose hobby has been floristry for many years so she could help us with our decisions. I knew from the start that I would like white avalanche roses, white calla lilies and gyp to keep things simple against our bridesmaids’ pale silver dresses, but it’s not that easy for everyone.
Hollie of Flowers Make Scents (www.flowersmakescents.co.uk) is giving brides a huge helping hand by offering ten super useful tips to consider when choosing wedding flowers.
Handing over the blog to Hollie…
I believe choosing wedding flowers to be one of the most exciting parts of organising a wedding, but there are points you need to consider both before and during this process…
Try to get an idea, before meeting with a florist, of what you like/want for your big day by doing your own research either by looking at wedding magazines or using websites such as Pinterest and Instagram, which are amazing places to get inspiration from other people’s weddings, ideas, blogs etc. It is always a good idea to take along a picture of your wedding dress, swatches of fabric, images of your venue and so on to help your florist get the best idea of the theme you are going for and to help create designs to fit in perfectly.
No matter how big or small your budget may be, each wedding is as special as the next and your florist will do the best they can to make the beautiful designs you require fit the budget, so always be honest with your florist so you can work together to determine your flower options. Also, bear in mind extra costs such as setting up and dismantling after the event, delivery and labour that need to be considered in your budget.
You should be prepared that not all of the flowers you desire may be available at that time. Many flowers are available all year round, but not all of them. When getting married in a particular season, be aware you may have your heart set on some varieties which will prove hard to get. In some cases, flowers can be shipped in specifically but at a much higher cost and not always at a great quality. Your florist will be able to help you with alternative flowers. Nine times out of ten, there will be a look alike flower you may love just as much.
Your chosen venue can help determine the theme and colour flowers you choose for your special day. For example, if you are choosing to get married among rustic surroundings i.e a barn, you are more than likely going to decide on a more country feel using wild flowers, herbs, with a softer colour palette. Make sure to find out the kind of tables your venue offers and how many people they sit as this will help to determine the size and shape of your table centres.
When using flowers that are fragrant or high in pollen count, you may want to consider if any of your bridal party have allergies to certain foliage or flowers. No bride wants sneezes, puffy eyes or itchy hands in their photographs! There are many softer or zero scented flowers to choose from if this problem occurs.
Size is important for each individual design. The size of the bride in both height and weight, as well as the size and shape of the dress will determine the size of the bouquet to create the correct proportions, which is important for the photographs. This point applies to bridesmaids and flower girls, too. You also do not want any bouquet or buttonhole/corsage to be too heavy for the carrier.
After your consultation with your florist, ask for them to send you a breakdown quote of the flowers and designs you have discussed, the pricing of each design plus the extra costs so you can see where your money is being allocated. You can then see if there are changes you would like to make such as increasing and decreasing prices in places. This is also a good way to see a recap of what you have discussed and if your florist has understood your vision.
Consider how you can reuse your arrangements in other parts of your day to lower costs where possible, eg moving church flowers onto the reception. The bride and bridesmaids’ bouquets could be used again at the reception by putting each of them into vases and placing them along the top table instead of paying extra to add other table decorations.
In terms of your table designs, you will need to consider the whole space and layout of your table as you do not want your flowers getting in the way of your guests having a good time. Although tall designs can be used on the table, the height needs to be appropriate as to not discourage conversation at any angle. A bride does not want their tables to feel empty, but you will want your guests to have enough room to eat without feeling cramped. Think about all aspects of the table together such as favours, cutlery, glasses and place settings so they all work together. You may not want to use flowers with too strong of a scent where people are eating their meal.
If you choose to buy your own vases for the day or have your arrangements created using oasis frames, you can give away your table centres at the end of the night as gifts to your guests, that way you know the flowers you have paid for will still be appreciated days after the wedding has passed.