Five Tips to Choose Your Wedding Flowers

When it comes to planning a wedding, it goes without saying that choosing the right flowers comes right up there with picking the venue, menu and the perfect dress. However, with so many varieties, themes and seemingly endless inspiration to choose from, it can quickly become overwhelming (especially once you end up down a Pinterest rabbit hole, we’ve all been there). Fortunately, picking the perfect blooms doesn’t need to add to the stresses of planning your big day and today we’re sharing five top tips on how to easily choose your wedding flowers and, dare we say it, enjoy yourself at the same time, too!

1. Narrow it Down

Edit down your preferences to focus your efforts and avoid getting lost on the way. This will also help to give your florist a clear understanding of what you want so they can select the best seasonal varieties, colours and floral designs to suit your big day. Aim to pick three to five images that really sum up your dream wedding blooms, or choose your top three must-have flowers, and with the help of your florist, the rest will follow.

2. Season

Choose flowers that are really strong and in season when you plan to get married. If you’re unfamiliar with seasonality, there are lots of resources online that will help you to find out what’s available (and of course, you florist will always be able to guide you with this, too). Naturally, these days it is much easier to get hold of flowers that aren’t necessarily in season. However, abiding by nature will ensure that you get the most bountiful blooms, more for your money, and gorgeous flowers that will look and feel in the true spirit of the season.

Lily of the Valley and white rose wedding bouquet
The popular wedding flower, Lily of the Valley, peaks fleetingly in May and virtually impossible to source out of season

3. Your Outfits

As a general rule of thumb, aim to complement your flowers to your outfits. A classic example is the use of thistle buttonholes, the national flower of Scotland, for groomsmen sporting the traditional tartan kilt. If the wedding dress is full of lovely detail, it might be wise to opt for an understated bridal bouquet that won’t detract from your outfit. If you’re not sure, bring a photo and sample materials to your florist who will be able to help you make the right choice.

4. Location

Ideally, you want an element of fluidity running through your flowers and venue. A beautiful display of colourful, tropical varieties may look at odds in a traditional, Victorian ballroom and the same goes for traditional designs in super sleek, modern venues. That being said, we don’t like to pigeonhole anything, but if you’re looking for a simple way to choose wedding flowers that will suit your day, then the venue is a great place to start.

The grandeur of the Claridge's French Salon truly lends itself to opulent, candlelit floral designs
The grandeur of the Claridge’s French Salon truly lends itself to opulent and elegant floral designs

5. Budget

Decide on what your budget will be on from the outset and let your florist makes suggestions that are appropriate and within your range. If you’re not sure yet, it’s always good to have at least a rough figure to start with –  what you don’t want is your florist making lots of suggestions that are going to be unsuitable.  Make a list of your absolute essential floral designs, followed by your preferences, and a good florist will be able to get creative with your budget and help make it stretch for you.


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