Wedding flowers can be a very important part of your big day. Just like any aspect of your wedding, however, it can be overwhelming when you first start thinking about flowers for your wedding.
To help you sort through the details, listed below are answers to five common questions about wedding flowers.
What Is My Budget?
As with any aspect of your wedding, try to set a budget for your wedding flowers. Flowers can cost several hundred dollars up to several thousand dollars.
You don't have to spend a lot of money to have beautiful flowers at your wedding, however the bigger you budget is the more options you will have for the type and amount of flowers for your event.
Use the questions below to help determine the amount of flowers that you will need. At that point you can start estimating what the budget will be.
Hire a Florist or Do It Yourself?
If you are very hands on with a limited budget, you might want to consider doing your own flower arrangements. One thing to keep in mind is don't underestimate the amount of time it will take to choose your flowers, vases, arrangements and to put everything together.
On the other hand, if you have a bigger budget to devote to wedding flowers with limited time you should consider hiring a florist. They can provide expert guidance for selecting colors, matching flowers to the style of your wedding and arranging your centerpieces.
A good florist should also be able to tell you what flowers are in season which could result in savings. Ask for referrals from friends and family, or look online for Florists in your area.
What Flowers Do I Need?
Typically you should plan on having a bouquet for the bride along with one for each bridesmaid. The groom and each of the groomsmen should get a boutonniere as well.
Corsages and boutonnieres for the parents, flower petals for the flower girl, a boutonniere for the ring bearer and flowers for other special guests should also be considered.
Depending on your ceremony location, flowers might be a good option for decorations, and most centerpiece options for the wedding reception contain at least some if not all flowers.
What Flowers Should I Choose?
If you are using a florist, start by bouncing ideas off of them. They do this all the time, so they will be able to give you great ideas for flower color and style.
Matching flower color with the colors of your wedding is a good way to narrow down your choices. For example, if your bridesmaids will be wearing red you will have many options including roses and gerbera daisies.
Another idea is to pick flowers of the season you are getting married. Tulips for spring, sunflowers for fall, daisies for summer and poinsettia or evergreen for winter are a few examples.