While planning your wedding, you will be asked to make innumerable decisions about every detail and aspect of your big day. Besides your dress and your location, your choice of flowers is perhaps the most important decision you will make. Flowers set the tone of your event and are often a “wow factor” for your guests. Here are some tips for choosing the perfect flowers for your event:
- Figure out how much money you would like to spend. If you have a certain amount budgeted for flowers, you will have to do some research to determine what type and how many flowers you can buy for your budgeted amount. As an example, let’s say you have your heart set on peonies, a beautiful and romantic flower choice. Peonies are quite expensive, especially if your wedding is during the time when they are not in season. You may not be able to afford a peony bouquet and centerpieces on every table at the reception. In that case, you could splurge on a peony bouquet and choose less expensive bridesmaids’ bouquets and centerpieces for the reception. Figure out which parts of your wedding are most important and meaningful to you, and use your favorite flowers in those places. Many brides love flowers and want as many as possible at their events. Flowers do indeed add a cheerful and romantic feel, and many brides have a vision of verdant, lavish arrangements on every table and surface at their receptions. To be able to afford such lavish flowers, you may have to choose something less expensive. Your first task should be to figure out what you can afford for the amount of money you have to spend.
- Do your research. Use bridal magazines and wedding planning websites for inspiration and then get online to learn how much your ideal flowers will cost. There are many online flower delivery websites that will give you an idea of how much you will pay for arrangements and bouquets. You should also call and find out the charge for flower delivery. You will be far too busy to pick them up yourself, so don’t forget to add in the cost of delivery. Online flower delivery services can also suggest flowers which are in season at the time of your wedding. In season flowers are always less expensive. A florist can also give advice on which flowers hold up best and won’t droop or wilt quickly.
- Use your connections. Do you know anyone in the floral industry? If you do, they may be able to help you buy flowers from a wholesaler at a discounted price. There are many online flower wholesalers that offer every type of flower imaginable at a much lower rate than you would pay a traditional florist. You will still have to pay someone to arrange them, but at least you are saving money by purchasing from a wholesaler.
Flowers are one of the most memorable parts of a wedding. They contribute to the overall atmosphere and transform an ordinary venue into a romantic and magical space. With a little creativity and resourcefulness, you can use flowers to add sophistication and whimsy to the most important day of your life.