Your dream wedding venue is booked, you’ve said “yes!” to the dress, you love your wedding photographer and you may have just booked your DJ or band. Hopefully at this point you are giving yourself some time to breathe, pat yourself on the back, and maybe even pamper yourself a little because you just checked off some of the major players of your wedding day! Doesn’t it feel amazing?!
Once I reached this point with my own wedding planning, I was sitting on cloud nine. I took a much needed break from wedding blogs and Pinterest and just enjoyed doing my normal day-to-day things. Then, one day, it hit me … what am I going to do about flowers?! Sure, I’ve been to over 100 weddings and have seen so many stunning flowers, but panic still set in a little because, well, I really love flowers and of course, like every other bride out there I wanted everything to be perfect and stay within my budget. Sometimes that can be a tall order!
I grew up with my Mom arranging beautiful flowers in our home where she had her very own flower shop. I loved coming home from school and watching my Mom create colorful designs with lush roses, beautiful baby’s breath, and my favorite – fragrant peonies. Sure, sounds like I was half way to figuring out what kind of flowers I wanted for my wedding but since we were on a budget, I had to get creative. So, of course I talked with my Mom and my florist about my “dream list” of florals and asked them what kind of flowers we could go with for alternatives. After many emails and phone calls, the perfect list of blooms was created and it worked beautifully within the theme of our vintage-chic backyard wedding.
Along with talking with your florist, here are some things to think about when selecting your flowers for your wedding day:
Soft and romantic bouquets of garden roses to help create a contrast against your bridesmaid dresses. (J. Crew Bridesmaid Dresses pictured)
On the left the same idea of contrast is applied, however standard white roses are mix with greenery and pearls to create a more classic, modern look. My bride on the right has achieved not only a romantic look in the variety of soft white flowers in her bouquet, she also found a perfect way to highlight her dress.
Contrast can also be created with the subtle addition of color.
You can also consider what flowers are in season for your wedding! This will not only help you with design, but with sticking within your budget as well. Not getting married in May, but you love peonies? Why not try Garden Roses or Dinner Plate Dahlias? Or maybe you’re getting married in the fall, but still want a flower that can make a statement … Sunflowers are always a good idea!
Dinner Plate Dahliahs pictured on the right.
You can also use your flower choices to add color to your wedding details. Below are a few of my favorite uses of colorful bouquets that in some cases add contrast and in others are more monochromatic. Either way – they are all beautiful!
Thinking outside of the box? How about bold colors or maybe even consider using paper flowers like the image on the right!?
One style I saw a lot of in 2014 was lush, unstructured, loose bouquets that not only made a statement in their shape but with their subtle use of color.
Along with budget, color scheme, the time of year, and style, it’s important to think about how you want to incorporate flowers into your wedding day. It doesn’t have to stop at bouquets, boutineers, and centerpieces. I personally loved how my bride added some lush baby’s breath, hydrangea and a rose to her and her Groom’s chairs at their reception.
Lastly, and this was advise I was so happy I followed with my own wedding – creating highs and lows with your centerpieces. It really makes your reception room or tent pop and become more dynamic! (and if you have the budget for sequin tablecloth, I promise you won’t regret it! The sequins is beautiful during the daylight and even more stunning when the lights are low and little hints of shimmer shine with candle light.)