A Guide to Wedding Flowers: How to Choose the Right Blooms
Flowers are a timeless element of many wedding days. Whether you choose real or faux flowers, you’ll want to find the perfect varieties to fit your vision and color palette. Here’s everything to consider when choosing the right wedding flowers.
1. Determine Your Budget
Flowers are often one of the most expensive parts of wedding planning. Before you get your heart set on specific flowers, be sure to set your budget so you can stay within your means.
Talk with your partner about how much you can save in the weeks or months leading up to your chosen date. You’ll determine your overall budget and divide it into important things like:
- Your venue
- Your wedding attire
- Your flowers
The latest industry data shows couples are engaged for an average of 15 months, letting them plan their wedding at a slow pace. There’s no need to rush yourself through saving or planning. Once you feel confident in how much you can spend on flowers, you’ll feel less stressed choosing from the endless options available to couples.
2. Explore Color Pairings
Many couples pick one or two colors for their big day. You’ll use the shades to match your wedding party’s clothing, choose linen napkins and even select the icing for your cake. Play around with various color pairings to see what you and your fiance prefer.
You can also use them to choose the right blooms. If you choose a blue theme, for example, that will narrow down your floral options. You might choose hydrangeas as your pop of blue, then incorporate a white flower and greenery.
3. Consider Local and In-Season Options
Choosing flowers local to your area has many benefits. First, it gives you a starting point if you don’t have a specific flower in mind. It can also have sentimental value, as you might choose a native flower that you can then plan together at your first home.
Local, in-season flowers are more eco-friendly. Flowers that aren’t in-season or grown locally will need to be transported, which contributes to pollution. To further ensure your wedding day is more sustainable, you can use potted plants in your decor rather than cut flowers. Potted plants can be kept and cared for, whereas cut stems will just be thrown away.
4. Gather Inspirational Pictures
It’s challenging to imagine flower types and arrangements for your wedding when you’ve never planned one before. Get inspiration from numerous sources to discover how you want your flowers to look. You’ll find pictures of centerpieces, garlands and arches in places like:
- Social media
- Wedding magazines
- Celebrity wedding spreads
You could also arrange a date to sit down with family scrapbooks. Ask your loved ones to recount how they planned their wedding and which flowers they chose. You might find floral arrangements easier to imagine after seeing how everyone personalized their ceremonies.
5. Meet With Florists
You’ll reduce the cost of your wedding flowers by meeting with florists closest to your wedding venue. Discuss how much their fees are for the varieties and arrangements you prefer. You should also discuss their delivery options to find a quote that suits your budget. The average couple spent $2,200 on flowers in 2023, so prices around that point may be shocking, but they’re standard.
6. Reflect on Your Crafting Skills
If you don’t find a satisfying quote from local florists, you can always put your crafting skills to good use. The artificial flower industry makes over $1.5 million annually because there are so many options. You could find faux flowers identical to those you wanted from a professional and make your arrangements at home.
There’s another bonus to spending so much time on your wedding flowers — you’ll get to keep them after your special day ends. Use them as household decor to remember your wedding forever. You could also turn them into arrangements in shadow boxes or other crafts. The blooms will never wilt, so there are endless possibilities.
Find the Perfect Wedding Flowers
Choosing the right blooms is a big deal. Your wedding flowers set the mood and create the aesthetic you’ll remember forever through your pictures and videos. Use these tips to make your arrangements work according to your budget. You’ll create beautiful floral designs and an even more stunning wedding.
Photography; Mitch Pohl Photography
Author – Cora Gold
Cora Gold is a wedding enthusiast with over six years of experience writing about trends, traditions and more. She is also the Editor-in-Chief of women’s lifestyle magazine, Revivalist. Connect with Cora on LinkedIn, Pinterest and Twitter.