Amongst all the other details you have to plan, choosing your wedding flowers is one of the most important and exciting decisions you are going to make. They carry your own personal theme through, from fragrance & color, to mood and style, and finally to precious memories in your photographs.
Your wedding bouquet is the finishing touch to your gorgeous gown, and a well designed, beautiful bouquet will enhance your dress and bring out your best features and compliment your bridesmaids. It can seem overwhelming to begin with, so here are some tips from your local florist, to help make choosing your wedding flowers a little easier.
It will save you time, and make you feel a lot more confident talking to your professional florist, if you do a little bit of homework before your consultation. The Internet, bridal magazines and photos from other weddings are a great source of ideas and inspiration. Take along any pictures of wedding bouquet styles, special flowers or anything else that catches your eye.
Think about if your wedding has a theme, and how you feel flowers will carry that through. I.e. including shells in the bouquet for a Wedding on the beach is perfect! A popular look for Waitakere Weddings is to include Paua or ferns and palms to bring through the Waitakere bush and beach feeling. Have a swatch of your bridesmaids’ fabric for color matching of wedding flowers and ribbons. Pick at least one or two types of special flowers that you would like to feature if they are in season. Blooms may be included because of their special meaning or they could hold personal memories to the bride and groom.
Work within the seasons. Although many popular flowers like roses, lilies, Singapore orchids etc are available all-year round, many other flowers are seasonal, so prices fluctuate depending on which month you are getting married in. Flowers can be imported, however this becomes very costly, so it is better to be in-tune with nature and plan your wedding bouquets around the season you are marrying in.
And, PLEASE remember that Valentines Day, although romantic, is a very expensive time of year for flowers!
Know your budget. It can be extremely helpful to the florist if you are armed with a budget. This allows you both to discuss the best way for you to get the best value for your money.
Don’t skimp on the bride’s bouquet – it is your special day and you are worth it!