If you’re in wedding planning mode, first off – congratulations! This will be one of the most exciting times of your life, but, if you haven’t already figured it out, also one of the most stressful. There are so many different elements to consider, let alone trying to balance it all out with work, family and friends.
One of the crucial elements of any wedding is the flowers, as they can tie everything together and really create that wow factor. To help you out, we’ve compiled this list of how to plan your wedding flowers, giving you the ceremony and reception that you deserve.
Let’s get started!
Establish a budget
Before making any other moves, you’ll want to figure out how much of your wedding budget you’re willing to allocate to the flowers. Between the bouquets, boutonnieres, ceremony, cocktail hour and reception, we’d say you can expect to allocate around 10% of your budget towards the flowers.
Once you find a florist, make sure they’re aware of your budget from the get-go. Don’t let yourself get roped into $8k worth of flowers when your budget only allows for $4k.
Plan out your vision
The next step is to think about-
What your vision for your wedding is, and how flowers can play into your chosen aesthetic?
Do you want something minimalistic and simple?
Something grand and old-timey?
Or maybe an outdoor, bohemian wedding with a vast variety of colours and textures?
We recommend creating a Pinterest board of a range of pictures that match your vision, and they don’t all have to be bridal photos. Lifestyle pictures, colours and editorial shoots can all help you find inspiration and convey to your florist the look you’re going for.
Consider colour concepts and reception area
Before making any decisions, you should know the colour concept of your wedding. The flowers you choose will have to complement the colours worn by your entire wedding party as well as your chosen venues.
We recommend choosing your wedding attire, then your preferred colour palette and then listing some of your favourite flowers, before passing this on to your florist and seeing if they can make it happen.
Find the right florist
Before you start the hunt for your dream florist, think about what type of florist you’d like to work with. Do you want someone who’s going to take charge and call the shots? Or would you rather just have someone who’s there to follow your direction every step of the way? Or perhaps a combination of the two?
Once you start talking to potential florists, make sure you get a good look at the experience they’ve had and the weddings they’ve worked on in the past. You can also ask friends and family for any recommendations that they might have. Also, don’t forget to do a deep dive and look at their reviews on Google or other internet platforms to save yourself from any nasty surprises down the track.
Think about your wedding attire
The number one thing you should keep in mind when selecting your flowers is your wedding attire. Florists make a lot of decisions based on what the happy couple will be wearing, so we recommend having this all confirmed before even thinking about flowers.
Will your wedding attire be classic or contemporary? What colours will be worn? The couple’s attire is generally considered to be the centrepiece of the day, so plan accordingly.
Confirm your guest list
The amount of people you plan on having to attend your wedding has a direct correlation to your flower budget, so make sure you have at least a rough estimate on your guest list numbers. The bigger your guest list the more tables, and consequently, centrepieces, you’ll need.
The number of people in your wedding party will also dictate how much you’ll have to spend on bouquets and boutonnieres and so on. Think about this when piecing together who you’re inviting, as fewer people means more for you to spend on flowers as well as other elements such as food, drinks and more.