Planning Your Wedding Flowers
Spring is here! So naturally we’re thinking of flowers and the beautiful arrangements we see at weddings. Flowers add a wonderful floral scent, create a beautiful atmosphere and provide incredible photo backdrops, but how do you pick which flowers you want for your special day? Here are some considerations and tips for choosing the perfect flowers for your wedding.
A budget is a great place to start because everything afterward can depend on how much money you’re working with. The industry standard is to spend 10% of your wedding budget on flowers, but it’s completely up to you and your partner. If having fresh flowers, a large number of flowers, or elaborate arrangements is important to you, you may want to allocate upwards of 15% of your wedding budget to flowers. But if you have a more simple vision you could go down to 8%.
LEARN WHAT YOU LIKE
Start to follow wedding florists on Instagram, and certain hashtags like #weddingflowers, #weddingarrangements and #weddingfloralarrangements so inspiration pops up on your feed. Make a Pinterest board and start saving flowers you like. Collect wedding magazines and make a scrapbook. Google wedding floral arrangements and save pictures of your favourites. Then if you hire a florist, you can give examples of what you like.
LEARN WHAT YOU DON’T LIKE
As much as knowing what you want is super helpful, knowing what you don’t want can be very beneficial as well. Are there any flowers or styles you don’t love the look of? Are there any flowers you’re allergic to? Being able to rule out certain flowers can help you narrow down what you do want.
If you have a color scheme for your wedding then you should ensure your floral arrangements work into that. They don’t need to be an exact match but you should try to find flowers that complement the other aspects of your wedding like the decor, table linens, wedding attire and stationery. For example, making sure the bouquet matches the wedding dress!
Does your wedding have a theme? (Classic, bohemian, fairytale, etc.) If it does, finding flowers that tie into your theme is really important. In some cases the flowers are what bring your theme to life! For instance, pampas grass really elevates the bohemian look, where greens and bright colors give a fairytale feel. If you are having an outdoorsy wedding, your flowers may look more woodlike. Take a look at Sara and Pete’s cottage-inspired wedding and how the flowers add to their theme.
HIRE A FLORIST
A florist is a creative floral planner. They’ll work with your theme, colour scheme and examples of what you like to craft your arrangements, bouquets and boutonnieres. They’re flower experts so they can give advice on what’s going to work and provide suggestions to make sure your vision comes to life. Be sure to tell them your budget before you get started so they only show you options within your price range. To find a florist that is right for you, read reviews, look at their previous work (on their website and social media), and ask friends for recommendations. Speaking of recommendations, here are some wonderful florists we’ve had the pleasure of working alongside:
Blush & Bloom (https://www.blushandbloom.ca/)
Creations by Gitta (http://creationsbygitta.ca/)
De Rose Designs & Floral Boutique (https://derosedesigns.ca/)
Fiori Floral & Event Design (http://fiorifloral.com/)
Forget Me Not Flowers (https://www.forgetmenotflowers.ca/)
Fuscia Designs (https://www.fusciadesigns.ca/)
Jackie O Floral Design & Event Production (http://www.jackieo.ca/)
Jodi Leigh Designs (https://www.jodileighdesigns.com/)
Teatro Verde (https://teatroverde.com/)
Rachel A. Clingen (http://rachelaclingen.com/)
White Oak Flower Co. (http://www.whiteoakflower.co/)
Wild Theory Floral & Event Design (https://www.wildtheoryfloral.com/)
WHAT IS IN SEASON
If you’re hoping for fresh flowers, you should be aware of what is in season for the time of year your wedding is. This would be a great question to ask your florist.
Once you’ve landed on the perfect flowers for your wedding, you’ll want to make sure you remember them forever by hiring a wedding videographer to capture the day! Contact DMS Video Productions today to learn more.