It’s maybe hard to think of beautiful fresh flowers when we are surrounded by deep snow but I think this is a really nice part of wedding planning to sort out.

Flowers are a deep rooted tradition for a wedding, during the Victorian times in England they published meanings for different flowers. This was so people could communicate their feelings for one another without verbally doing so, as this was frowned upon in these times. As a result of this we have a lovely list of meanings for flowers, for example, red roses mean love and passion, pale pink roses stand for grace and happiness, tulips represent undying love and daisies mean romance and innocence. The list goes on…it’s worth looking on the internet for the meanings so you can pick flowers which send a message to each other. It’s a really nice idea and something just you two can know.

I think flowers bring the whole event together, it’s a lovely celebratory time and having the beauty of nature surrounding you is perfect. Now, you don’t need to have a degree in floristry to choose flowers for your wedding. You may have some flowers that you know you like, this is a good place to start. It’s worth spending some time together looking through wedding blogs to get inspiration. It’s unlikely that you will recreate exactly someone else’s style so look through and take bits and bobs you like. I know I always advise an internet search but it is really useful for inspiration. It is also worth flicking through wedding magazines or even everyday magazines to get inspiration for your flowers, even if you see it in someones garden you could take a picture and keep it safe.

From all your hunting and gathering of pictures, flowers and internet searching create a mood board of all your ideas. On here make sure you put the colour scheme of the wedding, the theme and any strong items that have influenced your decisions on the style of the wedding. Also add on the pictures of the flowers you like the look of, just put on everything you can. The more information you can show the florist the better. Leave it up to them to work though your creative flow!

You need to find a florist that you can trust, it’s a good idea to contact a few in your area or investigate those that people may recommend. If you have a few quotes then it will help deciding who is best. Also meeting the florist is good to see if they ‘get’ you, if you have some specific ideas then you want someone that can produce them. They will also be able to advise you on what works best together and what will look right. The most important thing is to give your florist as much information as possible about what you want. Talk through the theme, colour scheme, date and the season in which you are getting married.

Most flowers are available all year round as they are imported from Holland, so the world is your oyster but I really think its nice to stick as much as you can in season. If you want something out of season then you do need to give prior notice as your florist will need to make an order and get them shipped over (which will be more costly).

I think choosing the flowers is something you should do together, especially the mood board of ideas. Although its commonly something girly, your partner does need to be involved, they will have flowers to wear too! If you are choosing flowers that you want to give a secret message to each other then you do need to look through it together.

Decorations you need to consider are:

  • Flowers for the ceremony venue
  • A bouquet for the bride
  • Flowers for the bridesmaid (& flower girls- if you’re having them)
  • The mother of the bride and the mother of the groom have corsages
  • The groomsmen will have buttonholes
  • The groom will have a buttonhole but this may be slightly different from the groomsmen
  • Don’t forget the father of the bride must have a buttonhole too!
  • Flowers for the reception (which could be the ones from the ceremony if someone can transport them!)
  • Flowers for the top table and any other table decorations (remember the containers for all these decorations – talk with your florist about this)
  • Flowers for the car always look nice