How do I choose my flowers?
Start with your wedding colour scheme, such as pink or gold, and think about whether you want flowers in a matching shade or ones that will complement the colour, such as cream, or even clash, such as orange.
If you don’t have a set colour scheme, then it’s easy to find inspiration from elsewhere, such as a childhood favourite like daffodils, or favourite holiday blooms, such as orchids and anthirium, and think about how they could work.
Many flowers have meanings, which can be a romantic choice, such as roses equating to love and good fortune, freesia to friendship, forget-me-not to true love and lily of the valley meaning return to happiness.
The season that you tie the knot can also help dictate your floral style. For example blooms such as roses and hydrangeas are perfect for Summer displays, while daffodils and tulips are fabulous for Spring. Dark grand prix roses and berries make eye-catching Winter and Autumnal arrangements.
Your overall wedding style is also going to help whittle down your choice. If you’re going for a formal, grand wedding, you need flowers to complement the occasion; think large, teardrop bouquet, elaborate, raised table centres and a church or civil ceremony venue with decorated chairs and entrance way.
If your day is more informal or just a handful of close family and friends, it’s going to be more in keeping if you keep things low-key, such as a posy-style bouquet and smaller centrepieces.
Finally, when it comes to your bouquet, your dress shape is also going to dictate the shape and style. As a rule the more elaborate the dress the simpler the bouquet, so it doesn’t distract from the design. That said, a very simple gown with clean, straight lines or a shorter style can work well with a small, hand-tied bouquet if you want to achieve a modern, edgy look.