Many brides love flowers and delight in planning the flowers for their wedding ceremony and reception. Fresh and healthy flowers really create a beautiful and polished atmosphere both for the wedding ceremony and reception. All those brides and grooms who have gardening and horticultural knowledge will be able to utilize their experiences when it comes to deciding upon which flowers and floral designs you would like for your special day.
I myself have been gardening for fifteen years and have experience working in a flower shop, so I will share my own tips for selecting bridal flowers.
1) Consider the bride and the groom’s favorite flowers and colors.
2) Consider the appearance, size, shape, color and fragrance of the flowers.
3) Consider buying flowers in season and locally grown, as this is cheaper and better for the environment as the flowers don’t have to be imported from another country or state.
4) It is recommended that the bride and groom make a consultation with florists at two or three different flower shops. Come prepared with your questions, your price range, and a list of your favorite flowers.
5) Select flowers with shapes and colors that compliment the bride’s complexion, hair color, overall appearance and wedding gown.
6) Choose flowers that flatter bridesmaids and their dresses, and the groom, groomsmen and their tuxedos.
7) Think about the style your want to achieve:
8) Think about the time of day of wedding ceremony, wedding photographs and wedding reception. The goal is to have the flowers remain fresh and healthy for the ceremony, photographs and reception. Flowers like roses need water picks to hold water and Gerbera daisies require a lot of water to remain healthy.
9) Keep in mind the location of your ceremony and purchase flowers to decorate that flatter the colors and lighting of the church or hall.
10) Think about the location of your reception and purchase flowers to decorate that flatter the colors, furniture and lighting of the reception site.
11) Get recommendations from family and friends on the flowers that they had at their own weddings.
12) Discover ideas for floral designs in wedding magazines and on bridal websites.
13) Remember to keep in mind the cost of each flower. Flowers that are readily available are cheaper than more exotic and hard-to-find flowers.
14) Reflect on all of your wedding floral needs:
- for ceremony; flowers for church pews, altar, registry table, front platform, outside church doors, church foyer
- for reception; floral centerpiece for each dinner table, special centerpieces for wedding party’s table
- bridal bouquet
- bridesmaids bouquets
- groom’s boutonniere
- mother-of-the-bride and mother-of-the-groom corsages
- groomsmen’s boutonniere
- boutonniere for father-of-the-bride and father-of-the-groom
- bride’s bouquet for bouquet toss
- flower girl’s flowers
- ring bearer’s boutonniere
Enjoy planning your wedding. Take time to smell the roses!