Wedding site The Knot recommends setting aside 8% of your budget when it comes to floral arrangements including the bridal bouquet, and bouquets for bridesmaids, boutonnieres for the groom and groomsmen, corsages for mothers as well as table arrangements and centrepieces.
This is all on top of those wedding rings from 77 Diamonds, the wedding dress and amendments from the bridal shop in town and the cost of getting to and from the venues throughout the day.
However, putting budget aside because this is one of the first issues you will discuss with your florist, how do you choose the perfect flowers for your big day.
Find your florist
Speak to people you know and trust about who they hired for their big day and choose two or three to visit and interview about what you want. Choose a florist with experience and who can show you their portfolio of high quality work.
Work out how much you need in terms of floral arrangements, so you can discuss this immediately with your florist as well as budget and also take along anything you’ve gathered together as inspiration – much like when you visit the hairdresser and take along a picture as a reference. It will help your florist come up with a better quote and ideas.
Settle on your requirements
Next it’s time to settle on the flowers themselves, from colours to working out which ones will remain fresh all day and travel well. These are the questions you need to ask your florist to determine which flowers would be perfect for your big day:
· ‘Which flowers are guaranteed to stay fresh all day? Do these cost more?’
· ‘Can you suggest the best flowers to use at the time of year of the wedding?’
· ‘Can you guarantee the flowers will be fresh and arrive on time on the day? How do you transport them?’
· ‘If I order specific flowers for my arrangements and they are not available how do you work out substitutions?’
· ‘Do you offer any extra decorations or accessories with floral arrangements?’
Think about size and colour
Your wedding dress style and the size of your wedding party will make a big difference to the floral arrangements you choose. Therefore, it’s important you choose flowers that are going to complement the size of the dress and the colour scheme too.
Time of year is also important when it comes to choosing flowers for your wedding, think carefully before you pick out difficult to obtain peonies or a rare type of orchid, to save yourself disappointment on the day.
In the end choosing the perfect flowers for your big day essentially all come down to personal preference, budget and what is in season. Do your research before settling on a design and choose a reputable florist that will ensure everything you ask for is done for you. To get started on your search, here’s a quick inspirational guide to browse before setting up a board on Pinterest!