Choosing flowers for your wedding can be a very confusing issue. Most brides are open to any and all ideas. Here are some simple steps to follow:
Schedule an Appointment with the Florist
Set your Wedding Date
Flower availability along with costs may depend on the time of year you are marrying. An obvious example of costs being higher is roses around Valentine's Day.
Get recommendations from friends, relatives, church, photographer, etc. and start interviewing florists.
Swatch of Fabric
When meeting with your florist, bring along a swatch of fabric for your bridesmaids dresses to provide color matches. If you are not sure of the various names of flowers, check out Flower Types . Some flowers have special meaning .
List of Floral Needs
- Bring a list of your floral needs.
- Bridal Bouquet
- Groom’s Boutonniere
- Bridesmaids Bouquets
- Boutonnieres for the groomsmen & ushers
- Corsages (wrist or pinned) or Single flowers for the mothers, grandmothers, special relatives, readers, singer, etc.
- Boutonnieres for the fathers, grandfathers, special relatives, readers, singers, etc.
- Flower girl basket
- Flowers for your hair or bridesmaids hair
- Floral Decorations for the ceremony location. (Check with the church to see if there are any restrictions. Some church has limitation such as open-flamed candelabras or rose petal tossing.)
- Hopefully the florist is familiar with the location and can show you photos of previous weddings at this location.
- Reception Decorations – Remember some decorations from the ceremony can be transported and used at the reception.