It’s a New Year and while things are pretty quiet on the wedding front right now, brides-to-be all over the country are busy working away, planning and executing to the minute detail, the finer aspects of their big day. Of course, choosing the style and colour of your wedding flowers is one of the key elements of your wedding planning; and although exciting, it can also be one of the hardest and most expensive decisions to make. Your choice of floral arrangements for the day can really bring together all your key elements and unify your wedding décor as one. Fortunately, making the correct decisions can be relatively simple if you follow our no-fuss seven step guide. So here you go….
1. Nailing the Budget
First and foremost, make sure you have this down. With Pinterest boards turning us all green with envy, this is one area of wedding planning that you can quickly become carried away with. Remember to include every detail too – from boutonnieres to floral pew ends, bridesmaid corsages to your all-important bridal bouquet, each separate item can quickly add up and your budget can be blown.
Decide now what items are simple must-haves and what can be done away with.
2. Know Your Own Unique Style
Taking time at the very beginning of your wedding planning journey to reflect on your own particular tastes as a couple will ultimately dictate the key themes running throughout your whole wedding day: from your choice of wedding venue, to the style of your wedding attire and design of your wedding décor, down to the choice of floral arrangements.
If you are a whimsical type of girl who loves nothing more than floaty ethereal dresses and romantic floral blooms, this will dictate a very different style of wedding bouquet and reception décor than someone who gets excited about modern, pared back styling and edgy decor.
Your choice of wedding style will dictate the whole theme, right through to the flower arrangements for your bridal party too, from cute bridesmaid posies to simple corsages. Remember to make a note of your chosen colour palette – this will dictate what flowers are available.
The colour of 2018 has been announced as vibrant purple so expect to see lots of inspiration here. Keep the budget down by choosing flower varieties that are in season and populate with lots of inexpensive greenery.
3. Choosing your Florist
Once you know your budget and floristy style, you can begin to shop around for a florist that both matches with your vision of how you wish your day to be AND comes in within budget. Visit a few and ask to look at images of their previous work. This is the best way to get a flavour for the style, quality and range of their work. Be prepared to discuss ideas and make a note of their suggestions to review once back home.
Recommendations from friends and relatives are always a good starting point when beginning your search. If no recommendations are forthcoming, remember to check online reviews of their past work to be sure.
4. Knowing What Works with Your Venue
If your florist doesn’t know your chosen venue well, provide lots of images of the space. As the expert, it is important to consult with your florist as to what will or won’t work with the venue. You may have your heart set on big and bright blooms to create the wow factor, but if the existing decor is overly decorative or bright, a more pared back colour palette could be a classier approach. On the other hand, new and modern venues with bare, brick walls can be a perfect blank canvas to create something wildly adventurous.
Know how many tables you need at your Reception as this will influence how big or extravagant your table centres can be. To save money, it can look just as fabulous to place the decadent table centres on every other table and place a simpler candle arrangement on the others. In this way, you avoid over decorating your reception room and save money too.
Again, use simple tricks such as adding ferns or gypsophila (also known as baby’s breath) to add volume to arrangements and avoid having to use lots of expensive blooms.
5. Choosing Flowers in Keeping with your Wedding Dress
Any florist worth their salt will also take inspiration from your choice of wedding gown when planning your wedding day flowers. Inspiration comes from the style of your dress, whether it is simple or ornate, contemporary or traditional. You and your dress after all, should take centre stage and your wedding bouquet and floral arrangements should serve to compliment this, rather than detract with too much fussiness.
Be prepared for a few meetings with your chosen florist to discuss viable options.
6. Keep it Personal
A popular and evolving tradition for today’s bride is the option to include something of meaning to their wedding day flowers. This could take the form of a specific flower that is a favourite of a passed love one, or it could even be the addition of a vintage brooch or family heirloom to your bouquet; passed down through the generations and included in your wedding arrangement for added sentimental value.
7. Hammer out the details
As with all wedding suppliers, once you have agreed the finer details to the contract, ensure you record everything that is agreed on paper, quantities, final price, and the details of delivery for the day itself. Get the contract signed and take a copy for your records.
Make a note of key contact numbers and a mobile telephone number for the wedding day and add this to your key suppliers list.