A guide to wedding flowers - choosing your bouquets

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Choosing your wedding flowers   by Giftable_Designs

Before you talk to your florist about what flowers you would like for your wedding there are a few key items to think about. 

  • Wedding date – To ensure time to order.
  • Wedding theme or colour scheme - e.g. beach theme
  • Wedding party size - How many bridesmaids, flower girls, pageboys, groomsmen etc. and do you require parents of the bride/groom buttonholes & corsages.

If you are having a custom design, you of course know best what will suit your dresses but giving the florist all the details possible helps them visualize your overall design.  

If I am working on a custom design some of the details I find useful include:

  • Dress colour & styles - Is the bridal dress white, is it a full skirt or tight, what length etc. and the same for the bridesmaid & flower girls dresses.  For the men in the party what are they wearing e.g. waistcoat, tie or jacket colours.
  • Bridal Jewellery – If I know whether the bridal jewellery is gold, silver or pearl,  I can often work this into the bouquets with jewel accents (faux pearl or diamante centers in some flowers) or ribbon highlights.
  • Hair flowers - if you are considering flowers for hair it is helpful to decide on your hair style first and then decide the best method for flowers.  Flowers can be done on straight wires to weave in, wire loops to bobby pin in or on separate clips or combs etc.

Buying online is convenient and a great budget saver but it does present some challenges especially with colour, what one person calls pink another may call purple :)  It can often be helpful to include a photo of the dress colour or a link to where the actual colour can be seen to avoid any misunderstandings.

There are many ways to go in selecting your colours, it is very much personal taste.  Traditional colour is often the bridal bouquet mainly white (or Ivory to match the bridal dress) with touches of the maids dress colours brought through.  With the maids bouquets being the opposite, mainly the dress colour with touches of white or ivory to match the bride.  The colour ratio is adjusted to suit how much colour depth you like.  

There are no colour rules, it is your big day you choose what you like.  Contrasting or complimentary colours also look wonderful. With strong jewel colours using the actual colour often looks very heavy, many alternatives work e.g. apricot or peach on emerald dresses or even red roses for a stand out effect.  

With many strong colours often selecting a paler shade for the flowers will stand out e.g. lavender or mauve flowers with just touches of purple ribbon for a deep purple dress.  For a summery wedding if you have pale blue dresses the classic off-white lemon center frangipani looks lovely either with just white or ivory ribbons and trims or some of the blue tones worked through.  

If it is an unusual colour rather than trying to match the exact shade which can be tricky, using shades or tones of the colour looks great e.g. bouquets featuring lilac, lavender, mauve through to purple will suit most dresses in that colour spectrum.  

Most bouquets listings online will include detail on the measurements, it is a good idea to note them then use a similar size plate / bowl or cut out a paper circle to size to gauge the effect against your dresses.  You don't want to end up with an over sized bouquet especially for petite ladies or if your dresses have a lot of detail you don't want to cover up.  Alternatively you don't want to be disappointed with a too small bouquet, they may look larger in photographs so be sure to read the listing carefully so you choose the correct size for you.

I hope this guide has given you a few ideas to get you started with your wedding flowers, if you have any questions do please feel free to contact me. 

                               Best wishes for a wonderful wedding!

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