Deciding upon the perfect bouquet of flowers amongst table decorations can be one of the most exciting parts of wedding planning. However, choosing between your favourite flowers, and those which will most suit the theme of your big day can be quite challenging.

Be in the know about what is what with wedding flowers, and use these basics to help you get up to speed so that you can comfortably talk flowers with your florist and achieve the look you’ve dreamt of.

Do your homework before meeting a florist
Spend time figuring out what you like, and all the details surrounding these flowers before you begin talking to florists. Make sure you know the names of flowers and floral terms, like bouquets, arrangements and other details.

Let your venue influence your florals
Opt for arrangements that look like they belong in your chosen setting; such as botanical garden or vineyard designs for a park ceremony. This will ensure everything fits together in your overall theme.

Ask other couples for florist advice
One of the best ways to find your florists is by word of mouth – ask for recommendations from newlyweds, read reviews and browse wedding magazines. You’ll want to book someone six to eight months beforehand, so be organised with your research and your decision.

Show as well as tell
Images are more telling than words, so bring your inspiration boards, a bridesmaid fabric swatch and a photograph of your wedding gown; allowing your florist to understand the look you’re after.

Budget well for your flowers
Generally, the flowers and décor require 10% of your total budget, including the bouquets and boutonnieres for the ceremony, cocktail hour and reception. Ensure you make this clear to your florist from the start.

Some flowers will be out of season
Talk to your florist about what’s blooming when you’re set to marry, and try to make those stems the mainstay of your arrangements.

Bring meaning into your flowers
Look for ways to personalise your flowers, signifying love and passion with red tulips, or representing happiness and purity with white lilies.

Hopefully, this advice will help you choose the perfect arrangements for your wedding, suiting yourself, your bridesmaids and your reception. We can help with the other accessories with a stunning collection in-store; just contact us on 01799 526982 for more information.