09 Jan Our Top 12 Wedding Tips
Happy New Year!
For all those couples that announced their engagement over Christmas or New Year, we’d like to say Congratulations! As it’s never too early to think about flowers, we’ve put together some pointers which we hope will help you decide what theme/colour/style of flowers/arrangements you might like to choose. Of course your next step is to get in touch with us to arrange an appointment to discuss your flowers in more detail…
- We always recommend choosing seasonal flowers so if your favourite flower is the blowsy summer peony, do not decide to get married in February! Seasonal flowers are usually stronger and therefore better quality; they should also be a competitive price.
- If you have a set budget it’s better to spend the money where you and your guests will be spending the most time. In other words, the wedding ceremony may only be 45 minutes long so rather than dress that venue with lots of arrangements, save the pennies and put more flowers in the reception venue.
- If you’re choosing mixed arrangements, it’s sometimes better to choose 3 different types of flowers and have more of them in each display. This makes the arrangement look stronger and more dynamic rather than cluttered and messy.
- Foliage; this is an important part of any arrangement and again, seasonal is best. Go for summer herbs to add texture and scent to summer weddings and make the most of all the autumn and winter foliage and berries if your wedding is later in the year.
- One type of flower; spring weddings are a great opportunity for the ‘one variety of flower’ look that is very on trend. Tulips and narcissi in many varieties are abundant and they look wonderful when used ‘en masse’. When they are season, examples of other flowers that work well for this type of design would be peonies, hydrangea and amaryllis.
- There are set times throughout the year that costs increase for your florist so again, it’s worth avoiding wedding dates close to Valentine’s and Mother’s Day as well as the lead up to Christmas and New Year.
- Always ask to see samples of the flowers you and your florist choose close to the date of your wedding; planning a wedding may start at least 6 months before the big day which means the flowers and foliage you discuss with your florist will not be in their shop for you to see at that time.
- If you’re having a church wedding, it may be possible to share the cost of the flowers with a couple who are marrying on the same day, as long as your flower and colour choice are the same!
- Do not be surprised if your florist is not prepared to do the church/ceremony flowers while a friend does the reception flowers. Would you expect the caterer to do the starter and agree to you having a friend do the main course? No!
- Whilst not every florist expects couples to arrive at the consultation with a complete cuttings and look-book for their wedding, it is useful to know what sort of style/colour/flowers are favourites. It’s even helpful for the florist to know what you don’t like too so do take some time to buy a wedding mag or do some online research before meeting your florist for the first time.
- Do be aware that online images are often distorted either by filters or are colour heightened so do not be surprised if your florist tells you that particular flower is not available in that colour/tone. You have chosen to work with someone who is – or should be – an expert in their field so they will know best when it comes to availability.
- Whilst Pinterest may be a good source of inspiration, nothing is quite so irritating for a florist to be told, ‘I want you to recreate this arrangement exactly!’ Preparing wedding flowers is a chance for you to work together with your florist so you can have arrangements designed bespoke especially for your big day and your florist will want the opportunity to show off their style and individuality.
Hopefully these tips will be of some help and of course more inspiration can be found on our Social Media platforms and in our book ‘How to style your perfect wedding‘. More importantly, we hope you will give us a call or pop an email through to arrange an appointment to discuss your wedding flowers.