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6 Tips for Choosing Your Wedding Flowers

6 Tips for Wedding Flowers

Photo by Laura’s Focus Photography, Florals by Stems & Whims

Flowers add so much to your wedding… pops of color and fragrant scents all help to set the tone of your day – not to mention that they are also beautiful and add softness to any event. I reached out to my friend and floral designer, Amy Thornburg of The Arrangement Company, and she offers 6 tips to consider with your wedding flowers.

  1. Think outside the color box. When choosing the palette for your wedding, don’t feel compelled to have it all match. Coordinate, yes, but matching isn’t a necessity. Multicolor combinations and contrasting colors can be a pleasant alternative to a monochromatic or two-tone approach. The Perfect Palette is a great resource to help you visualize different combinations.
  1. Choose seasonal flowers. Many brides desire a peony wedding in November, but for peonies, you are best to stick with April and May. Global growers and worldwide shipping provide peonies throughout the year, however the cost increases significantly. There are many other flowers that are similarly affected, but rejoice because there are always flowers in season. Keep an open mind, and make your choices practically.

Photo by Steven and Lily Photography, Florals by Irvington Spring Farm

Photo by Steven and Lily Photography, Florals by Irvington Spring Farm

  1. Hydrate your blooms. During pre-wedding photography keep in mind how long your bouquets are out of water. You don’t want to walk down the aisle with bouquets that have been tossed around and dehydrated for two hours prior. While you want the bouquets in your photos, consciously limit their time out of water, or perhaps the flower shots can be reserved for after the ceremony.
  1. Be aware of your budget. Not everyone has had to buy flowers in quantity like they do for their wedding. This can cause quite the “sticker shock” during planning. Be sure to enter each consultation with a figure in mind so your designer knows where to begin and how far they can go. A little research on wedding costs can prevent the surprise that can come with the quote and can save you time while easing your mind.

Photo by Maria Grace Photography, Florals by DIY Bridal Network

Photo by Maria Grace Photography, Florals by DIY Bridal Network

  1. Choose linens thoughtfully. Linens are an important piece of your table décor. The right choice can enhance and compliment the centerpiece, while the wrong choice can make the flowers appear washed out or dull. If colored linens are not an option, a simple change from white to off-white can make all the difference.
  1. Bring in the professionals. The most well executed event has more than likely had numerous behind the scenes challenges. Vases break, layouts change or linens can be the wrong size. In such times, experienced professionals are able to respond appropriately. They have the resources to resolve potential disasters, taking upon themselves the stress that you do not need in the days leading up to your wedding.

Jennifer Prince’s favorite flowers are peonies, and she provides inspiration to The Bride Box brides each month via an advice card and also through her wedding blog at

5 thoughts on “6 Tips for Choosing Your Wedding Flowers

  1. I really love your point about coordinating colors instead of worrying about matching. I pride myself in having a knack for creativity, decorating and pairing good colors together, all of which are important for choosing flowers. Lots of brides have strict ideas of which colors or flowers they want, but many aren’t informed enough to know their options. Taking the time to talk to the florist is one of the best ways to assure a beautiful bouquet that stays fresh.

  2. I like that you mentioned to choose seasonal flowers. My fiance is having a really hard time choosing flowers for the wedding. I think it would be cool to use flowers that go along with the season we are getting married in. I will have to see what she thinks about this!

  3. Thank you for talking about the importance of making sure you set up the right budget when buying wedding flowers. I can see that doing this can help you avoid overdoing it and save money. My daughter is getting married in a few months and wants to make sure she chooses the right florist to help with the flowers, so I’ll refer her to your page for references.

  4. I really like how you talked about making sure that you time how long the flowers have been out of the water. This would make sense since the more time out of the water there is, the weaker the flower becomes. Nobody wants to have wilting flowers in their photos.

  5. I really like your tips. Choosing the right bouquets for a wedding is very hard. This situation has happened to me. Once you have collected ideas for your bouquet, it will easy to find. On my wedding ceremony, my friend suggested a florist company FaridaFloral. They arranged all flowers with so much care and love and made my wedding a memorable and wonderful.

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