Choosing your bouquet flowers and floral arrangements is an important aspect of planning your wedding. After all, your bouquet will likely be in the majority of your professional photos, and your floral arrangements at your ceremony/reception location can help you achieve a beautiful and elegant look. Of course, with literally millions of different floral arrangement options available to you, selecting your wedding flowers is often easier said than done!
Special Considerations for Selecting Wedding Flowers
By keeping a few special considerations in mind before you select your wedding flowers, you can make the decision a lot easier and less stressful.
First and foremost, if you have a relatively strict budget that you’re trying to stick with, take this into consideration before you begin browsing through floral options. Floral arrangements can easily eat up thousands of dollars or more, and it’s a pretty safe bet to allocate at least 5% of your total wedding budget towards flowers.
Of course, if you’re on a tight budget, there are plenty of creative ways to maximise your floral budget. Consider, for example, having your ceremony floral arrangements moved to your reception location and used as decoration there. Furthermore, any reputable florist should be able to find ways to make your budget work, regardless of how big or small it may be.
The season of the year in which you’re getting married can also have a major impact on the cost of the flowers you desire. To cut down on costs, you’ll want to stick with flowers that are in-season at the time of your wedding. These will be easier to come by and will thus save you money when compared to flowers that are out-of-season and thus require special arrangements or shipments to be made. Some ideas for flowers that can be grown pretty much year-round include iris, pansy, poinsettia, and tulip.
Your Wedding Colours/Theme
If you’ve already selected your wedding colours and/or wedding theme, you’ll also want to consider these as you determine your floral arrangements for your big day. Keep in mind, however, that you do not need to stick solely to your wedding colours; selecting some complimentary colours can be a great way to add interesting pops of colour here and there. And of course, be sure to factor in the colour of your wedding gown as well. For example, if your gown is ivory in colour, you may actually want to avoid bright white flowers in your bouquet, as these may make your dress look dark or dingy in pictures.
Location of Flowers
The number and location of floral arrangements you order will also have a major impact on the overall cost. Typically, you’ll want to have floral arrangements at your ceremony location (perhaps up on the altar if a church wedding), as well as some floral centrepieces at each reception table. In addition to your bridal bouquet, you may also need bridesmaids’ bouquets, boutonnieres, and corsages.
If you’re ever stuck on choosing flowers for your wedding, a good idea to fall back on is selecting flowers with special meanings that could apply to your big day. For example, red roses are known to signify love and passion, whereas violets represent faithfulness. Some other flowers with special meanings that may be fitting for your wedding include:
- Gardenia – purity
- Rosemary – remembrance
- Tulip – passion
DIY or Hire a Florist?
One other important decision you’ll need to make when it comes to your wedding flowers is whether you’ll DIY them or hire a florist. Unless you have a great deal of experience in working with flowers, you’ll always be better off hiring a professional for this type of work. After all, a florist will handle everything from putting your arrangements together for you to delivering and setting them up.
These are not tasks you’ll want to be stressed out over on your special day!
Common Mistakes to Avoid
In addition to the special considerations outlined above, there are also a few common mistakes you’ll want to avoid when it comes to selecting your wedding flowers.
Failing to Consider Allergies
There’s a good chance that some of your wedding guests will have allergies to certain flowers. For this reason, you should avoid placing strongly scented flowers too close to your guests (such as on the reception tables). Be sure to ask your wedding party and others who will be given bouquets or corsages if they have any specific floral allergies before you select arrangements as well.
Overlooking Flower Lifespan
Some flowers are absolutely beautiful, but won’t last for long out-of-water. The last thing you want is for your wedding bouquet to be totally wilted by the time you’re done taking pictures! For this reason, it’s always a good idea to find out from your florist how long your flowers are expected to last and if there are any special steps you need to take to care for them, such as placing them in a vase of water during your reception.
Waiting Too Long to Order
Last but not least, avoid making the all-too-common mistake of putting off ordering your wedding flowers! Ideally, you should select and at least place a deposit on your floral arrangements six or more months before your wedding. Florists’ dates fill up quickly, especially during peak wedding season, so you don’t want to end up scrambling to find a florist at the last minute because you waited too long to order. Even if you’re not 100% sure what you want in terms of your wedding flowers right now, it’s never too early to select a florist and secure him or her for your wedding date.
Selecting wedding flowers may seem like an overwhelming task at first, but when you take the time to consider some important factors and remember your overall wedding vision, things become much easier. Just be sure to keep these tips in mind and avoid some common mistakes; you’ll have lovely flowers picked out for your big day in no time!