Your wedding flowers say so much about you. Captured in photographs, they define a moment in time that endures for the ages. Choosing flowers that speak your heart is very personal. With hundreds of choices available it can feel overwhelming! So where do you begin?
Start with colors- Before you do anything else, decide which colors will be part of your wedding design. Consider pairing flowers with same colors to create an elegant tone on tone effect or make a statement with a vibrant mix of opposite colors. With your color palette now in hand, the flower adventure begins.
Select your focus flower- This often will be a flower that is a personal favorite or nostalgic. The choices are many but a few standouts include peonies, garden roses, dahlias, tulips, anemones, ranunculus, sweetpeas, sunflowers and hydrangeas. This starting point will help guide future decisions. Remain flexible at this point. Some flowers may not be available at certain times of the year. Your florist will be your best resource for alternative ideas.
Embrace Seasonal and Local- For the most variety and freshest blooms, choosing seasonal flowers is a great way to go. Taking this idea one step further and embracing flowers grown locally offers unparalleled fragrance, texture and possibilities. When you travel to a destination such as Maine for it's natural beauty, the flowers growing in that region offer the ideal compliment. The slow flower movement has nurtured flower farms across the country making it possible to find gorgeous domestic blooms most of the year.
Define your style- Elegant, Romantic, Classic, Boho, Woodsy, Eclectic, Vintage, Modern, Country, Fine Art, Whimsical and many more. Gather photos that capture this feeling. Start putting together your own personal mood board. Pinterest is amazing for capturing images and putting them together to share. Please note that sometimes inspiration photos are altered with filters for artistic expression. The flower colors in some photos are not really in nature but they look incredible! Just keep this in mind when you begin talking with your floral designer.
Find your floral designer/florist- Begin your search to find a flower soul mate with a person that resonates with you and understands your vision. There are many options. Be sure to explore the many floral designers now creating from home studios rather than traditional brick and mortar shops. This new breed of floral designers often specialize in wedding and event floral design and can provide a custom approach.
Relax and enjoy the process- Flowers are unpredictable by nature. Sometimes there is a crop failure or a late bloom. Adapting a relaxed approach that embraces the unexpected will allow your floral designer to gather the most incredible blooms for you. This flexibility is essential and will reward you with less stress and more time to enjoy the process of planning your wedding. Enjoy!