Written By Amy Brown
When thinking about your wedding theme and colour scheme, you’ll probably focus on flowers! In this guide we’ll take a look at fresh flowers, and everything you’ll need to think about when booking your florist and picking your florals!
Before reaching out to your favourite florists, it’s good to have an understanding of your preferred colour schemes, a few images for inspiration and most importantly, your budget!
FINDING A FLORIST
Picking the right florist for your wedding is super important, your flowers will set the tone for your entire day. A great florist will be able to transform a blank canvas such as the Grand Pavilion into a spectacular space that your guests will not forget.
Ask friends and family for recommendations and be sure to check out your potential florist on social media. This will give you a true insight into their work and you’ll quickly get a feel for their personal style.
Here are some things to check with your florist:
- Check their availability for your wedding date
- Find out how many weddings they can accommodate on one day
- Is there a minimum spend?
- Have they worked at your venue before?
- How much will delivery cost?
- Will you be able to see a mock-up of your bouquet or centrepieces in advance?
- How long will set up take?
- Do they have any other items of décor that you can hire?
- Are they able to collect their rented décor at the end of the evening (If you’re marrying at Hylands Estate, all items need to be removed at midnight)
- What are the payment terms?
It may come as a surprise, but your favourite flowers don’t grow all year round! So, unless you’re prepared to pay a premium to have your flowers imported from abroad, you’ll need to consider flowers that are seasonal to your wedding date. For example, Peonies are often a favourite for Bridal bouquets, but they are only available from mid-May to early-July.
Spring offers an abundance of choices such as Daffodils, Tulips, Hyacinths, Ranunculus, Roses and Sweet Pea to name a few. Whilst spring flowers tend to be pastel shades, you can also find bolder colours too.
Your choice of flowers throughout summer is vast, some “go-to” choices would be: Peonies, Stock, Roses, Orchids, Dahlia, Lisianthus and Astilbe. Colours will range from soft and subtle to vibrant like a summer’s day!
Autumn offers rich indulgent tones, often jewel like! Consider using Roses, Dahlia, Lilies, Lavender, Amaranthus, Berries and lots of lush foliage. For more Autumn Inspiration read our blog: Autumn Wedding Inspiration
Your wedding flowers can be just as incredible even in the depths of winter. Consider using Roses, Anenomes, Dahlia, Amaryliss, Ranunculus and Hellebores teamed with long silvery Eucalyptus foliage.
Also bear in mind that if your wedding date is close to a national holiday such as Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day or even Christmas Day, you may find that the cost of flowers is higher and that your florist has very limited availability.
Your Florist will be able guide you in terms of venue décor and centrepieces, paying attention to the size of your reception room, venue décor and incorporating any themes you may have in mind.
For an informal boho vibe you may look to use small mismatching vases with seasonal flowers and lots of foliage, whereas with a black-tie formal affair you might be looking for an abundance of plush white flowers with a tight arrangement and very little in the way of foliage.
Tall centrepieces will help fill a vast space or room with high ceilings, providing a boost of colour and immediate interest as you enter a space, whereas low level centrepieces work well for smaller, more intimate spaces.
There are many floral arrangements that can be re-used on the day, making budget savings too! Move any floral displays from the ceremony table to your top table and pop bridesmaid’s bouquets on your cake table in a vase!
You could even extend your fresh flowers into your wedding cake design, whether that’s to use fresh flowers on your wedding cake or asking your cake designer to recreate your fresh flowers in sugar!
With a great florist by your side, you really can create your dream wedding. Your Florist will bring your vision to life, as long as your budget allows!