Choosing Your Flowers

1) Establish a Vision

Have a general idea about your taste. Are you a true minimalist? Or are you looking to do an uber-romantic style wedding? Create a file of Pinterest ideas or magazine tear-outs of the ideas you find. That will give me a clear idea of your loves and love-nots. And don’t forget shots from friends’ weddings. Maybe you flipped over the centerpieces, but hated the bouquets.

2) Consider Your Site Specifics

This is a biggie. Think of your reception site as a blank canvas on which we will create your masterpiece. Is there bright red wallpaper? Is it a botanical garden that won’t need much floral accent? Are you starting with a clean, empty space that will need lots of work?

3) Create a Colorful Concept

Before you start thinking about flowers, decide what your bridesmaids and groomsmen are wearing. You won’t know what flowers to pick if you don’t know what colors will work. First tackle the attire, then choose your ideal color palette and make a list of your favorite flowers, and then we will work with you to create your unique flower scheme.

4) Make the Flowers Work

At this point, you should have already picked out or know the style of your bridal gown, seeing as that will dictate what kind of bouquet you should carry. In making our suggestions, a bride’s gown is a big factor — how ornate it is, whether it’s white or cream, if it’s classic or contemporary, and so on. We think of the bride and gown as the centerpiece of the day, so this will give you a good idea of where you’re going with the wedding style.

5) Map Out Your Wedding Style

Your style is different than your vision. Are you looking to carry a very dramatic, long bunch of flowers or a tight posy of blooms instead? How about the other people in your wedding party: Should Mom wear a corsage or carry a nosegay? Should the bridesmaids carry a single stem or a full bouquet? Style will also affect price accordingly, as well as the choice of flowers that will or won’t work in the type of bouquet you’re eyeing.

6) Size it Up

How many guests are you planning to have at your wedding? That number will determine how many tables and, consequently, how many centerpieces you’ll require. How many attendants will you have to outfit with flowers: groomsmen, bridesmaids, flower girls? This will dramatically impact the price.