This is the first in our new suppliers’ advice blog posts. Each month we aim to bring you top tips and tricks from a wide range of wedding suppliers so that you get some great information leading up to your event. Today we have some words of wisdom from Kat at Bamboo – The Flower Gallery on how to choose your wedding flowers.
How To Choose Your Wedding Flowers
“Choosing your wedding flowers for your special day can be challenging. There are so many varieties, colours, shades, shapes, and scents that undoubtedly you have questions, so here are my tips for choosing the perfect arrangements.
Do your homework
Buy magazines, go online, use Pinterest, look at Facebook etc to find styles and colours that you like. If you have lots of detail in your dress then I personally wouldn’t go for anything large like a shower bouquet as it will hide the dress, and let’s be honest it’s all about the dress! Your flowers should accentuate you and your dress, and add colour to the wedding environment. They should not be the dominating feature.
Flowers are not cheap so please be realistic about your budget and the arrangements you expect to get for your money. For example, if you want roses everywhere then a budget of £100 is not realistic. The average spend on bridal flowers is £200-£300 for the bride’s bouquet, bridesmaids’ arrangements, and buttonholes. This is of course an estimate and will depend on the number of people in your bridal party, the flowers that you have etc. So then looking at the bigger picture if you budget for 6 bridesmaids’ arrangements, 20 buttonholes, flowers for the church, and flowers for decorating the reception venue you should realistically expect to spend upwards of £1000.
Have a plan B
Magazines are a fab way of looking for styles but bear in mind that flowers have seasons – for example, you can’t have peonies in December. Choose the look that you love but then also choose a plan B, just in case! Nature can be awkward sometimes and seasons can be early or late and so even though we are fab at what we do we simply cannot perform magic! If your florist is worth their salt they will be able to offer you alternatives that will still create the look that you want.
Flowers can have an amazing scent but not everyone likes strong scents, or can be around them. There are flowers that can give you the desired effect without your guests having to have a tissue to hand to be around them! Lisianthus, aztec lillies, calla lillies, spray roses, gerberas and hydrangeas are just a few examples of flowers that look fabulous but have no scent.
Don’t be afraid to ask your florist about delivery times and set up. They would generally be in contact with your venue and would arrange delivery with them but it’s worth checking so that there are no surprises nearer the day. I personally like to arrive 2 hours before the wedding. This gives me plenty of time to arrange everything, yet it’s not too long for the flowers to be out of water.
Those are my main tips for planning your wedding flowers, and I hope they help you. Enjoy your big day and trust your florist!
Kat x ”
All photos in this article are Kat’s beautiful work. Her shop is based in Ledbury and she is always happy for you to give her a call or pop in for a chat about what you need. You can find her website at www.bamboo-theflowergallery.co.uk.
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