Choosing Your Wedding Flowers

Flowers are an important part of a wedding. And, because there are so many styles and colors to choose from, it can sometimes feel overwhelming, but it doesn't have to be that way.

Generally flowers are 8 percent of your total wedding budget. Before making any decisions, sit down and determine what your flower budget will be. Be sure to share this number with your florist.

Decide on the vision you want to create. Consider the reception site and how many guests you'll have as well as your table linens. Look through magazines and select styles you like to show to a florist. Envision how flowers will look in the entire room, not just on one table.

Flowers from the ceremony can be reused at the reception to cut down on waste and save you money.

Avoid some common mistakes. Having tall centerpieces that will block the view, for example. Or pick aromatic flowers that could trigger guests' allergies.

Take into consideration the style of the wedding dress. The wedding bouquet should have a similar style.

Picking Flowers

Once you have a budget, an overall vision and a style in mind, it's time to select your flowers. This is where having a florist is a necessity. Be sure to communicate with your florist through the entire planning process. If there is something you don't like, speak up and have it corrected.

It will be more budget friendly, if you chose flowers that are in season. Pink peonies in spring, for instance, or chrysanthemums in autumn.

Keep these uncluttered for the eye. Choose two hues for a unified look.

Don't rule out flowers simply because they are expensive. Sometimes expensive flowers, such as cattleya orchids, actually end up costing you less in long run because they cover a larger area and you need less of them.

Don't take on too many do it yourself projects. You might become overwhelmed and give up.

Hiring a Florist

You'll need a florist to help you with your overall vision and to help you stay on budget. Seek the referrals of friends, family members, the reception venue and your wedding planner. Some florists are booked a year in advance, so start your search as early as you can.

Once you have narrowed down your list of possible florists, interview them. Discuss your budget with the florist as well as the style of the wedding. Ask questions. What does she suggest will work with your budget and style? What flowers will be season? Has she worked in your area before?

Once you find a florist you like, be certain to get everything in writing. Your contract should state clearly the price for your flowers, substitutes in case the others aren't available as well as the date and time flowers will arrive.

Be Flexible

Finally, avoid this wedding mistake. Many brides are unable to compromise when things don't go their way. You may have your heart set on a particular type of flower, but your florist is the one best skilled to execute your overall vision. Trust your florist. After all she is a professional.

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