Flowers are what makes weddings so pretty. Your choice of flowers and flower arrangements on your special day should reflect your taste and personality. But choosing your wedding flowers is not as simple as picking your favourite flowers in your favourite colours. Here are some tips to get the look you’re after:

Hire A Trusted Florist

The most crucial step in getting the best flowers for your wedding is to find a florist who will transform your vision to reality. Ask for recommendations from trusted sources, like recently married relatives and friends. Consider also those highly recommended by your other wedding suppliers.

Your Style, Your Vision

Before even talking to potential florists, take time to think about what you like. Look at bridal magazines and wedding websites to find some inspiration. Research the names of flowers and types of bouquets, arrangements and other details.

Depending on the type of wedding, wedding flowers can be simple or elaborate. Think carefully of the look you’re aiming for (modern, rustic, minimalist, romantic, etc). Generate an inspiration file or vision board with pages or photographs from magazines or books, colour swatches, and other visual aids that represent the kind of floral designs you like. For reference, use the design details on your wedding dress, invitation, also the colour of your bridesmaid dresses.

Your First Florist Appointment

When you come for your first appointment to the florist, let him or her know about your budget, some wedding details and your style preferences.

Make a list of your “must-have” and “nice-to-have” flowers. Be honest if you don’t have a lot to spend. Most talented floral designers will be willing to work within your budget and suggest smart ways to save.

If you’re budget-conscious, pick flowers that are local and in-season. All flowers are beautiful. What’s important is freshness at a price within reach. You may also choose to ditch traditional centrepieces and go for floral alternatives, like feathers or fruits.

The florist will need to know about your ceremony and reception venues too, so bring photos or brochures of these places.

Bring your inspiration file or idea board. Don’t demand exact copies of what you see in magazines. Let your floral designer create something unique and special for your wedding. Trust your florist’s expertise, and be open to mixing and matching your ideas with his or her recommendations.

Make It Personal

Make your choices personal. Pick out your wedding flowers for a reason. What flowers hold special meaning to you? What flowers did your fiance give you on special occasions? What’s your favourite floral scent? Look for ways to personalise your flowers, like using custom bouquet wraps.

Your Colour Scheme

Think of a colour scheme to tie everything together. The colours you choose for your flowers should complement the overall wedding theme, the bridal gown, and the clothing of the rest of the bridal party. Choose colours that will stand out in any indoor or outdoor wedding venue.

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