The custom of wedding flowers dates back to ancient Greek times, when brides wore bundles of flowers in their hair and carried garlic bulbs to ward off evil spirits. The tradition lives on today, but thankfully without the garlic!
Flowers add a splash of colour and vibrancy to a wedding. They can really help to express the couple’s personalities as well as integrate the colour scheme of the wedding party.
The main flowers you’ll need to consider are the bride’s and bridesmaids’ bouquets, buttonholes for the men in the bridal party and corsages for the mothers of the bride and groom. Of course you may also want to decorate your venues.
Before you set your heart on a particular flower, you’ll need to consider the colour scheme of your bridal party. You don’t have to go for an exact match, but a similar tone or shade will help to bring everything together.
Another consideration is the blooms that will be in season. These days it’s possible to order most flowers all year round, but you’ll have to pay extra for those that aren’t in season and run the risk that they won’t look their best.
CHOOSING A FLORIST
Any professional florist will be able to advise you on everything from the flowers that will be in season to those that will work best with your colour scheme and bouquet style. Take time to visit a number of florists to look through their portfolios and discuss your options.
Take along any photos of examples you like. If you really don’t know where to start then don’t worry, a good florist should be able guide you through the process of selecting your flowers, and the designs for the bouquets.
Go armed with a budget and they’ll make sure they select flowers that will fit into your price range.
If your florist is also doing flowers for your venue then you’ll need to visit it together to discuss where you want the arrangements to sit and the size of them. If you are having the ceremony and reception in separate venues then you may be able to transfer some of the flowers from one to the other, saving you money.
DOING IT YOURSELF
It’s worth investing in a floristry course if you plan on doing the flowers yourself. A hand-tied bouquet may look simple, but it’s surprising how difficult it is to get those flower heads to form the perfect ball. A floristry course might be a fun way to spend time with some of your close friends who could help you on the day.
However, unlike many elements of the wedding, flowers can’t be prepared in advance. You’ll need to collect the flowers from the wholesaler the day before and prepare the bouquets and buttonholes on the morning of the wedding. If this sounds like it might be too much to handle on the big day, you could always create the arrangements for the venues yourself and leave the buttonholes, bouquets and corsages to a professional.
Flowers really help to personalise wedding venues and give warmth and colour to the event, so do take time to choose something that reflects who you are as a couple.