Your Wedding Flowers
You may have a bouquet in your mind that you have always dreamt of having for your wedding flowers. As with many decisions that you have to make when planning your wedding day, getting the right wedding florist can be a tricky one.
There are a number of factors that can influence your decision when it comes to choosing your wedding flowers.
Shape of the bouquet versus the style of dress
Classic round posy
The classic posy has always been one of the most popular choices because it is incredibly versatile and suits almost all wedding dress styles. The posy looks particularly good against A-line gowns but will suit most gown shapes.
A more modern and relaxed version of the classic round posy sometimes called the ‘organic hand tie’, it has grown in popularity recently. This bouquet style is more suited to the outdoors and garden themed weddings. This ‘elegantly messy’ style of bouquet is ideal against more rustic BoHo style gowns with free-flowing, looser lines.
Possibly the most formal of designs, the flower stems are kept at a long length and tied loosely around the blooms. The bouquet is designed to rest on the bride’s arms with the flower heads resting just above her elbows. This bouquet works well with all gowns and is particularly suited to long, flowing vintage style wedding dresses for its elegance.
Also known as a spray, the shower bouquet is designed with an abundance of overflowing flowers which drape downwards in a loose style bouquet. This design usually requires a lot of flowers for a full luscious look. This bouquet looks stunning with mermaid or fishtail gowns and with full skirts.
This style of bouquet has made a comeback into today’s modern trends. The flowers are arranged into a ball shape design and are individually placed into a foam oasis. The bride can either hold the pomander with the looped ribbon or alternatively it can rest over her arm. This is also a popular style for flower girls. This suits all dress shapes and looks especially stunning with sleek A-line gowns, column and empire styles.
Season in which you are getting married
Daffodils, bluebells, tulips, hyacinth, narcissi, freesia
Roses, sunflowers, sweet peas, hydrangea, stephanotis, lysianthus, delphinium, larkspur
Wheat, chrysanthemums, gerbera, euphorbia
Ivy, lilies, orchids, dark red roses, dendrobium, hippeastrum
Finding a Wedding Florist
Ask friends and family for recommendations or maybe you have a local wedding florist that you have used before and like their style.
Due to the amount of work that goes into flower arranging for a wedding, many wedding florists limit the number of weddings that they take on so be sure to start your search early.
You should make an appointment to see any wedding florists that you have shortlisted as it is important to spend time with them discussing your ideas. They will most likely ask if you have a theme, a colour scheme, what style your dress is and how much you have allocated from your budget for wedding flowers. Ask them if you can see photographs from previous weddings they have done to get an idea of their style. As with many of the wedding suppliers you should have a good relationship with the ones that you engage for your wedding.
The traditional items that you would ask a wedding florist to prepare for a wedding would be…
- bridal and bridesmaids bouquets
- buttonholes for the men
- corsages for your mums
- wedding flowers to decorate the ceremony venue
- centerpieces for the reception tables.
Many florists now provide a wide selection of centerpieces that don’t involve flowers and these can be hired from them.
Your florist will advise you on the flowers that are in season at the time of your wedding and it is normally best to go with those flowers as they should be less expensive and last much longer. The most popular wedding flowers are normally roses, lilies, peonies and freesias.
Once you have agreed on a florist and what they are providing for you, make a note of all the costs, and as with all suppliers for your wedding day, it is best to get all the details in writing (contract/agreement).
A vital thing to check is if your wedding florist is going to transport the flower arrangements from the ceremony venue to the reception venue.
Paul is married to Patricia (who helped him write these Wedding Hints & Tips posts!!) and the proud Dad to 2 fantastic sons.
He has been a full-time professional photographer since 1990 and been privileged to have been asked to photograph well over 1300 weddings since then.
He worked in his own High Street Photography Studios up until December 2010 when he decided to downsize and work from home. He now splits his time between running Photography Courses and Workshops and Wedding Photography, limiting himself to 30 weddings a year to maintain the quality and high level of customer service to each of his couples.
Based in Ballyclare, Northern Ireland