How to Choose Your Wedding Flowers

How to Choose Your Wedding Flowers
Real Wedding Planner Advice by NH Wedding Planners at Lisa Sammons Events

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#1 Think about where your ceremony and reception site is (your venues).
If you are on a tight budget, and want to save money on flowers, think about how much floral accent you really need. Real Wedding Planner Advice: If flowers are “your thing” then cut back on the extra details like “paper” in order to leave money in your flower budget.

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#2 Try to Avoid over-powering scented flowers.
You might absolutely adore the look and aroma of freesia or lilies, but think about placement for these types of flowers. Choose them for your ceremony, and forgo them for your reception. Let the aromas from your delicious wedding food take over in your reception area. Real Wedding Planner Advice: Over-powering florals will conflict with the food being served by your caterer and may alter the dining experience for some of your guests during the reception. Also, some guests have allergies, so it’s best to troubleshoot that early on in the wedding planning process.

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#3 Find out if any of your bridal party have pollen allergies.
Real Wedding Planner Advice: Yes! It’s your wedding, but to avoid sneezing and allergy “attacks” at the altar, check with your bridesmaids (and groomsmen!) You want your bridal party to be happy on your wedding day too… and you need them healthy as your support system!

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#4 Know flowers are “in-season” for your wedding day.
If you love white and black anemones, or just have to have peonies, or wild flowers in particular, know that they may have a limited growing/harvesting season. Your wedding planner and/or florist will help you. If your #1 flower choices are not in season on your wedding day, (overseas or locally) your wedding planner and/or florist can help you with viable alternatives. It’s a good idea to have a few main focal flowers to choose from for your plan A, B, & C just in case before planning your wedding flower choices. Keep in mind, it’s all nature as well, and things happen from time to time to affect crops (flower crops) so it’s a good idea to have your plan A, B, C just in case.

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#5 Don’t wait to book your florist!
The best florists get booked early – just as with most wedding vendors. Your wedding planner will help you with your vendor booking timeline of course, but if flowers are “your thing” make sure to mention it early in your wedding planning process.

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#6 Pinterest
We have a love Pinterest for our clients. We LOVE it as a tool to communicate and get right into brides’ style-mind. But! Please keep in mind that if someone has taken a photo of a gorgeous floral arrangement or bouquet, it’s because it’s most likely from a photo shoot and or a high-end wedding. A good example is seeing the beautiful stylized photo-shoots you might see in a forest or in the middle of a field with a perfect bride and groom. Notice how there is only 1 table and 6 chairs in the field. Well this is because it’s a photo shoot and just that table with all the decor details (including flowers) most likely cost (AT COST) thousands of dollars. Real Wedding Planner Advice: Even though wedding days are meant to be magical and fairytale-like whether they are casual-rustic-country or traditional-elegant, try to remain realistic. (your wedding planner will have creative ways to make Your Vision, Your Style come to life on your budget, but it does start with a bit of reality first!)

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#7 Think about your floral design (this is where we love pinterest for our clients) 
…just as a start, start pinning what you like, size, shape, style, for your bouquet, your bridesmaids, groomsmen, and your ceremony and wedding reception flowers.

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#8 Set your flower budget and stick to it the best as you can.
When putting together your overall budget, you will have allocated money for your flowers and decor. Do your best to try to split these 2 detail items out on their own. This will help you know how much money you have to allocate to each and stay within your budgetary limits. Again, your wedding planner and/or florist can help you. Real Wedding Planner Advice: If you aren’t sure of your flower budget, talk over your wants/needs with your wedding planner and they will help estimate what you are looking at for flower cost before your quote come in from your florist.

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#9 The secret meaning of your blooms – it’s all in the details!
If you are a “details” kind of bride, research the symbolism behind your wedding flowers! Every bloom has a different meaning, Here’s a quick reference list for flower means and colors too!

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#10 Lastly – a note about “do it yourself flowers”
Real Wedding Planner Advice: Please! do not try to do your own wedding flowers.
You have a lot to do to prepare for your wedding week. Your rehearsal/welcome Party, your getting ready time with your bridesmaids, and of course your wedding day itself! Time is money, no matter how you look at it.
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Have a professional take care of your flowers.  It does not matter to a florist if you want a simple, country-style bouquet or simplified rustic centerpieces. They will service your wants and needs.
And this is a big one....You will not save any money doing the flowers yourself.
So many brides think if they purchase their own vases and flowers they will be saving money. Not true. Florists (and wedding planners) have many wholesale resources that are only available to trade (not retail/brides) this is how you save money – and time.
Please take our real wedding planner advice here – take the time you will need to rush around schlepping floral equipment and creating bouquets, boutonnieres, ceremony markers, and centerpieces, and spend it enjoying your family, friends and the pre-wedding day time!!
Be good to yourself!! You will be less stressed and will enjoy yourself more!

We hope you enjoyed our “How to choose your wedding flowers article”!

ArticleLisa Sammons – Owner/Principal Planner & Lead Designer – Lisa Sammons Events /Contributor & Features Editor:  Style, Inspiration, & Design

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