How to Choose Wedding Flowers: 10 Wedding Flower Tips

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We recently booked our wedding florist and I couldn’t be more excited! Flowers are a huge part of your wedding- they help create the vibe and bring together your entire wedding theme. Choosing your wedding flowers is one of the most exciting parts of the wedding planning process, but it can also feel overwhelming. If you’re feeling stuck on how to choose wedding flowers, I’m letting you in on 10 of my best wedding flower tips, plus 13 types of wedding flowers to get you started!

13 Types of Wedding Flowers 

If you don’t know where to start when it comes to choosing wedding flowers, knowing popular types of wedding flowers is sure to help! Here are 13 of the most popular types of wedding flowers you can consider for your big day! 

1. Roses
2. Tulips
3. Peonies
4. Ranunculus
5. Calla Lilies
6. Lily of the Valley
7. Hydrangeas
8. Stephanotis
9. Sweet Peas
10. Gardenia
11. Lilacs
12. Mums
13. Dahlias

Looking for a full run down on each of these flowers? Check out The Knot and The Wedding Vow to see which fits your wedding theme and personal preference!

How to Choose Wedding Flowers: 10 Wedding Flower Tips

1. Gather Inspiration

You can find inspiration for wedding flowers in so many places- from Instagram, to blogs, wedding websites, Pinterest and your friends and family’s wedding photos, gather inspiration from all around. 

Figure out what you like when it comes to wedding flowers as well as what you don’t like. Do you want a multi-coloured bouquet, or would you rather stick to one colour? Are you drawn to certain flowers and colour schemes? Do you love the look of floral centrepieces or do you find them too big and overwhelming for your wedding venue and vibe? 

Looking for inspiration from other weddings is the best way to figure out what you want for your own wedding florals. 

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2. Start a Pinterest/Inspiration Board 

While you’re searching for inspiration, make sure you save photos you love in one place. Create a Pinterest board, or if you’d rather go old school, print out photos and create an inspiration board or book. 

Make sure to show it to florists you’re interviewing so they understand the look and vibe you’re going for. Once you’ve landed on a wedding florist, you can work together to bring your vision to life! 

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3. Do Your Homework and Find a Wedding Florist

There are a few things to keep in mind when looking for a wedding florist. Of course you have to love their work. Does their portfolio match up with what you have on your inspiration board? When you’re looking at their galleries and Instagram accounts, some florists will speak to you and your vision more than others. 

But aesthetics aren’t the only thing you need to keep in mind. Are they good communicators? Do you get along with them? Do they understand what you want? Are they willing to listen to you but also give you their professional input to help you make tough decisions? 

If you constantly have to email and follow up with them, it could be a sign of what’s to come down the road. If your gut is telling you something’s off then it probably is! 

Interview a few wedding florists to find the best one for you and your vision! 

4. Create a Budget

Having a wedding flower budget is really important. Wedding flowers can make up a big chunk of your entire wedding budget, depending on how extravagant you want to go with your florals. Your budget will determine the types of flowers you can use in your bouquets, centrepieces and decor, so it’s important to come up with a number with your partner. 

Let your florist know early on what your flower budget is so they can keep it in mind when planning out the florals for your big day. Most florists should have different options when it comes to the bride and bridesmaids bouquets, tablescapes, ceremony decor, and so on. 

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5. Consider Your Wedding Season

What time of year are you getting married? This will definitely influence your wedding flowers. First of all, many flowers are seasonal, so if your inspiration board is full of florals that are out of season, you’ll likely have to go back to the drawing board. Out of season florals will be more difficult for your florist to find and come with a higher price tag. 

Consider the types of flowers that are normally seen around the time of year you’re getting married. 

If you’re having a fall wedding, flowers like dahlias, roses and ranunculus come together to create gorgeous arrangements. In the spring, you tend to see flowers like peonies, tulips and calla lilies. 

Your flowers influence your decor in a big way, and since you likely chose the season you wanted to get married in, my guess is that you want your wedding to convey the vibe of the season. Flowers are one of the best ways to do this.

6. Choose Your Colour Scheme

Your wedding likely has a certain colour scheme, and you’ll want to carry this through to your flowers. Make sure to consider to colour of the bridesmaids dresses, the suits, the table runners and napkins, the chairs, and any other decor you’re going to have. Your flowers should come together with the rest of the decor and complement the colour scheme.

7. Match Your Wedding Theme

Think about the theme of your wedding. Is it beachy boho? Timeless romance? Garden party casual? Your flowers should complement your theme. Not only that, they’ll actually add to your theme in a significant way. 

If your wedding is romantic and whimsical, you’ll want to choose flowers and colours that convey that vibe. Lush peonies and light pink roses with whimsical greenery would be a great option for a romantic, whimsical wedding theme!

8. Let Your Wedding Venue Influence Your Flower Selection

Similar to your wedding theme, your venue and location will also influence your flower selection. If you’re getting married in a vineyard or botanical garden, you won’t need as many florals to make a big impression. 

Your floral arrangements should look like they belong. Bohemian-inspired florals wouldn’t look right in a formal ballroom setting, while colourful tulips wouldn’t belong in a wedding taking place in a rustic barn. 

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9. Start With Your Bridal Bouquet 

Your bridal bouquet should be your starting point when choosing your wedding flowers. It’s a statement piece that accompanies you as you walk down the aisle and will be featured in most of your wedding photos. Work with your florist to design the perfect bouquet, keeping all of the above in mind.

Once you’ve designed your bridal bouquet, you can move on to bridesmaid bouquets, aisle markers and centrepieces. Keep in mind that the other florals don’t need to be an exact replica of your bridal bouquet, but they should include some of the same flowers and colours to create a cohesive look. 

10. Don’t Forget Greenery

If you’re having long harvest tables at your wedding, consider greenery for your tablescape as a cost effective way to dress up your tables. Greenery can be extremely beautiful and a great alternative floral centrepieces. It works especially well for long tables, but can be used for round tables as well. 

I hope this post has made you excited to start choosing your wedding flowers! It’s such a great part of the wedding planning process, so make sure to have fun with it and let your creativity shine!

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1 Comment

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    Edward James

    November 15, 2019

    Beautiful flowers and amazing blog. Thanks for touching on the topic of weddings, it is by far the most discussed I must say, but having more information is always a good thing. I’m a florist and I’m sure that for my wedding it won’t only be my wife picking the flowers but me as well. Can’t wait.