Choosing Your Wedding Flowers and Bouquets

Flowers and weddings go together like peas and carrots. Flowers will be one of the biggest expenses of your wedding budget. It is important you choose wisely. Your wedding flowers are often the focal point in the church or venue while guests wait for you to make your grand entrance. You want them to set the tone for the wedding. Your bouquet is just as important and will be a part of your official wedding pictures that you will treasure forever. You want a bouquet that is gorgeous that you will enjoy looking at for years to come.

The following tips will help you choose the perfect flowers for your weeding.

Budget

Before you visit a flower shop, wedding show or flip through the pages of a bridal magazine, establish a budget. There is no point drooling over thousands of white rose arrangements if you could never afford them. Know your budget before you ever walk through the doors of the flower shop. To give you an idea of what you can expect to pay, on average, brides pay between $2000 and $6000 for their wedding flowers. You can obviously go cheaper, but it is important you understand fresh flowers are expensive. They are gorgeous, but they are pricey! If you are planning a spring wedding, flowers are much more affordable. Fall and winter weddings may be more expensive because some flowers are out of season. Your bridal bouquet, the flower arrangements in the ceremony and tables at the reception deserve the bulk of the budget allowance. Leftover funds can be used to buy flowers for the cake table and guestbook table.

Shop Around

Visit at least three different florists to see what is available and how much it will cost. You will also want to see pictures of previous jobs to get an idea of each florist’s skills. Flower arrangements will rarely look identical. It is a creative process and you want to choose a florist whose arrangements fit your wedding style.

Wedding Style

The time of day for your wedding, the location and the overall look of the wedding will play a huge role in deciding the flowers. Daytime weddings are usually less formal than evening weddings. Outdoor weddings tend to be more casual. Formal weddings are usually quite lavish.

Casual wedding flowers could include daisies, sunflowers and wildflowers that are perfect for a laid back wedding. The flowers can be arranged in whimsical vases and containers. These are inexpensive and absolutely stunning when done right.

Outdoor wedding flowers are typically chosen based on what is in season. Daisies are a classic wedding flower and perfect for a breezy outdoor wedding. You can choose bold flowers like tiger daisies or peonies. Roses are another favorite for any wedding. Lilies, dahlias and hydrangeas are also very romantic outdoor wedding choices.

Beach weddings are enhanced by orchids and other tropical blooms. The colors are brilliant and really compliment the beach theme.

Formal weddings are complimented by calla lilies, roses, lily of the valley and hydrangeas. All are typical of a lavish wedding ceremony.

Color

Fortunately, most flowers are available in a wide range of colors so you can choose roses in orange, pink, blue or whatever color would compliment your wedding. Work with your florist to determine the best color combinations with the type of flowers you have chosen. It helps to have a fabric swatch of the bridesmaids’ dresses. You don’t want the bouquets blending in with the dresses or clashing. An experienced florist will be able to guide you in choosing the right shades to fit your wedding style and colors. Your florist will also need to know the color of your wedding gown if you are not going with classic white.

Season

Typically, the month in which you plan your wedding will play a huge role in the overall theme. Winter weddings will look different than spring weddings. The flowers help set the stage for your wedding and you will want to choose flowers to suit the season. Check out the flowers that are available and widely used for each season.

Spring flowers: Lilacs, tulips, daffodils, peony, lily of the valley and cherry blossom

Summer flowers: Zinnia, cosmos, sunflower, hydrangea, tuberose and snapdragons

Fall flowers: Mums, dahlias, calla lilies, celosia, cranberry and bittersweet

Winter flowers: Amaryllis, hypericum, French tulips and quince

Silk Flowers

You can always opt for silk flower arrangements to save money. These are much more affordable and seasons do not play a factor in what you choose. It is best to pay a little more for quality silk flower arrangements that look real. If you have always dreamed of a fresh flower bouquet, you still can. There is no rule dictating the entire wedding has to be all silk or all fresh flowers. Do what works best for you. Choosing your wedding flowers can be a bit stressful. Working with a competent florist will alleviate the stress. Pick the flowers and the colors and let the florist do the rest.

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