These essential wedding flower tips will really help you get started planning your wedding flowers. It will help you with your wedding flower budget, what flowers to choose and what flowers you need to organise.
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If you love flowers just as much as I do then you are going to get really excited about this beautiful creative part of the wedding planning process. Nothing creates a luxury setting more than vessels full of flowers. For couples not on a budget you can really go to town to create that wow factor with flowers.
Wedding Flower Checklist
If your wondering what flowers you will need for your wedding take a look at this quick wedding flower checklist to make sure you have everything covered. Just cross out anything that is not applicable to your wedding.
- Brides Bouquet
- Bridesmaids Bouquets
- Flower girl bouquets
- Flowers for Wedding hairstyles
- Grooms Buttonhole varies slightly in design and may include specific flowers from the brides bouquet that would not be in the others buttonholes.
- Buttonholes – Ushers, Best Man, Father’s of the Bride and Groom. Grandparents
- Corsages for Mums. Trying to colour match outfits is nearly impossible, stick with a neutral ivory that will go with anything.
- Ladies Buttonholes for Grandmother’s. Slightly less elaborate than the Mums corsages.
- Ceremony Flowers
- Pew end decorations
- Church/Venue Entrance decor
- Registrar Table flowers
- Ceremony Arch or feature arrangement.
- Extra Bouquet to toss
- Venue Flowers
- Table Centrepieces
- Top Table Flowers
- Flowers to decorate the cake
- Chair Back Flower corsages
- Thank you bouquets to be given out at the speeches
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10 Wedding Flower Tips
1. Think about your venue – Always take into consideration your surroundings before thinking about dressing your venues with flowers.
2. Wedding Flower Budget – Work out a budget for floral decor and confirm this with your florist from the initial consultation. This will mean your expectations will be managed and they will work with you to create something beautiful on budget. Flowers are expensive so it is important that the budget is set.
3. Do your research – Look into which flowers will be in season when you get married. Choosing out of season flowers can be expensive.
4. Choosing the right style of florist – Look through florists portfolios and social media platforms before booking an appointment. Florists are very adaptable and extremely creative and most perhaps have a preferred style, will be able to create flowers for the look you want. The key is communication and having some pictures you can use to communicate your ideas will help the process.
5. Create a mood board – Take the time to look in magazines, books, Instagram and Pinterest for flower decor styles you love. Then create a mood board for your florist, have fun with it and be flexible.
6. Choose local – Use local flowers, so many florists now celebrate using the made-in-England flowers freshly grown in their gardens.
7. Dress your cake – Nothing looks prettier and more luxurious than dressing your cake its fresh flowers, have your florist and cake designer work together to create a show-stopping cake.
8. Reuse – Look to reuse any flowers from your ceremony at your reception venue
9. Get personal – Use flowers that have meaning and bring back happy memories for you, don’t just go off colour and what is most popular.
10. Vessels – Get creative with your flower vessels and dress extra items for a creative luxury feel. Adorn bookcases, crates, dressers, chairs, trees and walls with flowers to create a wow factor.
How much are wedding Flowers
The cost of Wedding flowers can soon add up but to do your wedding properly its important to get this right. Its the one element that is often sacrificed over other elements and it can often show.
If your not sure where to start read on. As a quick guide £300 to £500 is going to be considered a small wedding flower budget for your wedding flowers. However, put this into perspective against the scale of your wedding. If your only inviting 10 people and have no bridesmaids then this kind of spend is most likely ample to get you a decent show. If your having a larger wedding with more bridesmaids and ushers etc. Then your spend is going to be spread more thinly.
Consider if you have pushed the boat out on a lavish venue but can’t afford to dress it properly with flowers it will stand out. There are ways to make your flowers go further but make sure you allow a sufficient budget to do thus properly.
Typically I would suggest a budget as follows to start with. From here you can add or cut depending on what your requirements are.
Attendants Flowers: £500
Ceremony flowers: £200-£300
Venue Flowers: £500-£900
This would cover basic essential wedding flowers to a reasonably good level. Obviously the more impact and wow factor you want the greater the cost will be. Its not unusual for couples to spend thousands on their wedding flowers to get the overall reaction and aesthetic they want.