Wedding flowers are a staple in planning for that special day. The tradition of having flowers at weddings dates back to earlier times when brides would carry bunches of herbs, garlic and grains to protect themselves from evil spirits. Later on, flowers replaced these traditions. They are a symbol of love and fertility. Furthermore, they portray special meanings. Nowadays, they are mostly chosen by personal preference and colour schemes. Here are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about wedding flowers:

What Do I Need Flowers For?

At your wedding, you would need flowers for the following:

  • the wedding bouquet
  • bridesmaids bouquets
  • flowers for hair or dress
  • reception table decoration flowers
  • reception venue decoration flowers
  • church decoration flowers
  • petals for flower girl to sprinkle down the isle
  • corsage and lapel flowers

Have you noticed those floral decorations which sit on the wrist or are attached to the shoulder? These are called corsages for the ladies and boutonnieres for the gentlemen. Men seldom wear them except for the groom who, more often than not, wears a boutonniere in the shirt pocket of a tuxedo. The bride and mother usually always wear a corsage.

What type of flowers do I need?

Tulips, orchids, roses, and hydrangeas work well for the wedding reception. Tulips are a great value and are easily arranged. Orchids are expensive but glamorous. Roses are elegant and timeless. Hydrangeas are unique and beautiful. There are many more options to go with for the wedding bouquet or the bridesmaid’s bouquets. They can be either traditionally white or just a single flower bundle.

Should I incorporate my birth month flower in the overall floral decoration?

Many brides choose to do so. If you don’t know your birth month flower, here’s the list:

  • January – Carnation, Snowdrop
  • February – Violet, Primrose
  • March – Jonquil, Daffodil
  • April – Sweet Pea, Daisy
  • May – Lily, Hawthorne
  • June – Rose, Honeysuckle
  • July – Larkspur, Water Lily
  • August – Popp, Gladiolus
  • September – Aster, Morning Glory
  • October – Calendula, Cosmos
  • November – Chrysanthemum
  • December – Narcissus, Holly

What colour scheme should I consider?

You can opt for what is available and in season. White and pastel colours are chosen most often because of their pure and feminine touch. Vibrant colours on the other hand may complement the rest of the colour theme. Adding a personal touch to your bouquet will add to its uniqueness. You could incorporate a natural object or jewelry into your floral displays.

What if the wedding ceremony is held outdoors?

In this case, you might not need any flowers at all. You could decorate the wedding stage, but that will require significantly fewer flowers compared to an indoor wedding.

Should I consider silk flowers?

If you are planning the wedding ceremony in a church or chapel and if you are on a tight budget, you can use silk flowers for the ceremony. Such are sometimes provided by the church or chapel themselves.

Should I have a vision?

A consistent vision of the whole event will help you choose the flowers to complement it. You may choose a foreign theme, vintage glamour, modernity, romanticism, etc. A vision often revolves around the dress so make sure the flowers you choose are part of it. Try not to include too many colours that could overpower your theme.

Is it possible to have the bouquet preserved?

Yes, it is. Freeze drying your bouquet will keep it as a memento from that special day. Ask your supplier for more information.

How should I order the flowers?

Ordering the flowers online is the fastest and most convenient option. You can see a great variety of bouquets and arrangements. You can also order your own individually designed bouquets. Visiting the local florist shop is another place where you can buy wedding flowers.

Should I hire a florist?

Talking to a florist is best before you make any final decisions. When you are at a florist shop, you can see many of the flowers and arrangements right there. This can make choosing your flowers easier. When working directly with a florist, make sure you trust him/her to look after all the details to ensure perfect results. A professional florist would require one or two month’s notice. It’s important to book in advance because some freelance florists only take a certain number of bookings per week and may not be available for your wedding day.

Often, florists have a portfolio you can see and get an idea about their work. Furthermore, freelance florists often specialize in a specific facet of floristry. Thus they have the potential to be more creative about your wedding. One should visit at least three florists before choosing the right one. A good florist would listen to your ideas and try to incorporate them in the floral decorations. You should take a florist’s services into account when setting up your budget.

Additional Tips To Consider

You should consider whether your chosen flowers will show up well against the dresses and venue decorations, as well as in photographs. If you would prefer flowers that are not in season, you would have to pay extra to have them imported but should remember they may not last long in the summer heat and humidity. In hot weather, artificial flowers may be a better option. Consider too that some flowers are likely to wilt fast if they are held for a long time without water.

Don’t forget to order the flowers in advance, especially for large amounts. Moreover, think of people who can help setting up the floral decorations. You may ask your wedding planner for help but this will come at a cost. Deliveries cost between $25 to $50 depending on the distance from the city.

The importance of flowers for creating an unforgettable wedding day should not be underestimated. Be confident in choosing something memorable for you and your partner. Experiment! Your wedding flowers are as unique as the bond you and your companion vow in on this special day.