Complementing your dress wear, venue and decoration with the perfect flower arrangement can add the defining touch to an unforgettable occasion. Choosing that picture-perfect floral accompaniment is however, harder than you think, and requires plenty of careful consideration.

Set your Limits

It’s essential to keep your budget on a tight leash when it comes to flowers, as the tendency to overspend is stronger than ever once you start getting into the swing of things. Make sure your florist is fully aware of your bottom line, and look for cheaper alternatives or plenty of fresh foliage to flesh out your arrangements. Ask friends or family for recommendations for suitable florists in your area.

Respect your Venue

Strive to complement your location rather than picking your favourite flowers or colours and altering the setting’s vibe. For example, calla lilies and roses make a great choice for a traditional theme while peonies and lavenders go better with a more rustic style. Similarly, your chosen palette should match your dress and that of your bridesmaids, plus the suits of the groom and his best man. Don’t forget that outdoor weddings, especially those taking place in a garden, will not require as much floral decoration as indoor events.

Be Prepared

Do plenty of research to find your perfect arrangement by scanning images on the internet, and also by visiting neighbouring parks or botanical gardens to gather ideas and inspiration. It’s important to think seasonally, particularly if you want to keep costs to a minimum and support local growth. Once you have created an approximate wish list, make sure you stay open minded and take into consideration the advice of your florist.

The Bouquet

As a general rule, the size and extravagance of your bouquet should reflect the size and lavishness of your dress. Even if your flower budget is limited, allow extra expenditure for the bridal bouquet over other essentials, such as bridesmaids’ posies, the groom’s buttonhole and table centrepieces.