If one thing is for sure, it’s that there are a lot of moving pieces when planning a wedding. What will you wear, who will you invite, what venue will you get married at? And maybe most importantly (wink, wink): What will my flowers look like??
Okay, okay. There are many incredibly important details to be considered for your big day, but since we know blooms best we’ve outlined 6 tips for choosing your wedding flowers.
Consider Your Venue
Before you start nailing down flower details for your wedding day, select your venue first and use it to inform some of your floral decisions. Does your event space have uniquely colored walls? If so, it might be wise to take the wall color into consideration when selecting your wedding color palette.
Is there some sort of unique structure where you’ll be married like a fireplace or gazebo? Would it be beneficial to put flowers there?
Take note of the overall aesthetic of your venue and carry that into your floral design selections.
Consider the Season
Most flowers bloom during specific seasons and may not be available year-round. As you plan your wedding, take inspiration from the color and resources of the season. For example you may consider dried elements in the fall or evergreens in the winter. The spring may inspire you to incorporate tulips and daffodils, while the summer could evoke a wildflower vibe.
We certainly don’t expect you to know details of what may or may not be in season on your wedding date, so don’t be afraid to ask your florist as you sit down to talk about your floral preferences!
We’d also note that there’s always a small level of flexibility to have in the back of your head with flowers since at the end of the day we’re all at the mercy of Mother Nature, and sometimes she throws a curve ball or two.
Incorporate Your Favorite Flowers
Do you love tulips? Did you plant a certain flower each spring with your mom when you were a kid? Does the scent of lavender remind you of your grandma?
If you gravitate toward particular flowers or have fond memories related to certain blooms, ask your florist if they can be incorporated into your day! As long as they’re in season, this is a great way to bring your unique experiences and preferences into your wedding day.
Use Color to Reinforce Your Theme
Are you a couple that likes a good theme? We do too. Take your theme and break it down into a color palette. If you’re a fan of art deco, maybe your colors are gold, emerald, and navy. If you love a tropical look, maybe your colors are inspired by the sunset.
Presenting these theme and color palette ideas to your florist will give them a great foundation as you begin to talk about flowers. Selecting a color palette will also help your florist brainstorm some transitional colors within your palette. It’s important to find flowers that create depth, so your final arrangements aren’t one-note.
If you have a monochromatic palette of pinks for instance, we might want to select a range of light, mid-range, and darker colored blooms so your arrangements don’t read as one-dimensional. If you’ve got a multi-color palette, we’d look for a single blooms that may incorporate two of your chosen colors to help transition through hues.
Sneak in an Unexpected Element
There’s always room for unexpected details on your wedding day. Don’t be afraid to get creative with your florals. Do you love a bohemian look? Incorporating feathers could be a good option for you. Big into crocheting? Yarn pom pons on a stick make for an incredibly fun addition to floral designs. (We had a bride do it once!) Want something to speak to your funky side? Painted elements can add an unexpected burst of color and really make your florals individual works of art.
Hire a Florist You Trust
Last but certainly not least, hire a florist you trust. Choose someone whose style you love, and who you get a great feeling about. Floral details should be a two-way discussion. Feel comfortable telling your florist what you have in mind, and trust them to help steer you into a direction that enhances your vision. You and your florist should complement each other like macaroni and cheese. Or wine and cheese. Or pepperoni and ch—anyway you get the idea.
Have these tips helped you feel more prepared to dive into floral planning? If you have any questions go on and give us a shout.