How to choose the right flowers for your wedding

Your wedding day is definitely one of the most important days of your life but making everything perfect is a daunting task that takes months of preparation.

Finding the correct venue, selecting the perfect wedding dress and picking the most beautiful invitations are just some of the things you have to contend with … but what about the flowers?

To help you choose the perfect flowers for your magical day, here are five simple steps to choosing your wedding blooms.

Step 1: Know your own mind

The first thing you need to remember is that this is all about your own personal choice – there is no right or wrong answer when selecting flowers for your wedding.

However, you should still have a clear understanding of your colour scheme and your budget before you go flower shopping and a couple of things to keep in mind.

  • Less is always more – flowers should be a splash of colour to enhance the features of your wedding but not the whole centre piece
  • Good positioning is everything – choose the position well and use inexpensive foliage to create the sense that you have more floral arrangements than you actually do

Step 2: Set a budget

Before you get too excited about the flowers you’ve fallen in love with, you need to do the maths. Some floral arrangements may simply be a little unrealistic in terms of price so it’s a good idea to work out how much you have to spend on the flowers before you start looking.

Talk budgets from the beginning and be as creative as you can. Don’t try to bargain but be honest about what you can afford and look at cheaper alternatives to your main picks if necessary.

You can also keep your spending under control by using more expensive flowers sparingly – such as only in the bridal bouquet. Cheaper flowers can be used alongside foliage to bulk out bouquets and your bridesmaids and table decorations can be much more conservative.

Step 3: Explore different species

Once you’ve sorted out the finances you need to start picking the species of flowers you want. If you’re about this then try looking through a range of bridal magazines and even gardening books.

You could even take a tour of a local botanical garden or a greenhouse where flowers are on display to get a real feel for how they look in real life. All flowers have specific meanings too so you may want to look into this to ensure you’re sending the right message on your big day.

There are also a number of classic wedding flowers which you just can’t go wrong with so it might be worth giving them a look. Some of the most common choices include roses, peony, lily, orchids and calla lilies.

Step 4: Decide on a colour theme

Finally, you need to consider the colour of your flowers as this is the most important part of your decision. The colour chosen should always complement the bridal gown and the overall wedding theme (if you have one) but you may also want to try and match colours with the seasonal availability of specific plants. You may even find this gives you greater choice and a smaller price tag.

Some popular flower choices by colour are listed below to help you.

  • White – rose, sweet pea, camellia, stephanotis, orchid and jasmine
  • Pink – rose, peony, sweet pea, carnation, tulip and lily
  • Lavender – lavender, lilac, iris and hydrangea
  • Yellow – daffodil, sunflower, lily and freesia
  • Red – gerbera, rose, dahlia and amaryllis

Step 5: Consider where your flowers will be put

The last thing to consider is where the flowers you’ve chosen are going to go. As well as bouquets for the bride you’ll also need to pick bouquets for your bridesmaids, button holes for the rest of the wedding party and table decorations for the ceremony and reception venues.

Work logically by choosing the bridal bouquet first and then moving onto the bridesmaids to ensure each bunch of flowers complements the next.

Buttonholes and corsages should come last with table decorations used to tie everything together and using the same flowers as the bouquets (but with more foliage and in bigger displays).

Alternatively, if you’re attending a wedding then you may want to give the gift of flowers to the happy couple. Choose your congratulations bouquet from Serenata today!

Author: Lily Calyx

Flower expert, gardening enthusiast and creative mind behind our blog.

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