First of all, Congratulations on your upcoming wedding! I hope that these tips and suggestions will make planning your wedding flowers stress-free and flawless. The first step in planning your wedding flowers is to consult with your florist. This is best done in person, however if your wedding is a destination wedding this can be done over the phone. In preparation for the consultation you should know what colors will be featured in your wedding. Come prepared with any pictures you have seen that inspire you, color swatches (or websites or better yet, Pinterest that shows your color/style/inspiration for phone consultations, or send the links ahead of the consultation). Also bring a list of the personal flowers (bridal party, parents, grandparents, etc.) you are looking for, table count, linen colors ( if you have selected them already – we often will collaborate with the bride and their wedding planner in selecting linen colors or the linens themselves).
Wedding Flowers are completely customizable and the world is your palette. There is no rule saying you have to carry a big bouquet of red or white roses down the aisle. Maybe you are more of a lily lover and want to carry a simple bouquet of calla lilies. It’s your wedding and your choice. Having 2-3 inspirational pictures available for the consultation helps point your florist in the right direction. And keeping it open for their professional service in finding the freshest, most beautiful flowers the week of the wedding keeps things less stressful for you, too.
I love what Sharon McGukin, AAF, AIFD, PFCI, says: “If God doesn’t make a flower on that day, neither can I!’
Choosing flowers that you like and that compliment the color scheme and season of your wedding ensures that you and your fiancé are surrounded by pure beauty. With that said, we do live in Arizona and location, season, and temperature need to be taken into consideration when planning your wedding flowers. Different forms of treatment, choices about photography including whether outdoors, time of day, and many other factors come into play when addressing these issues. We want the bouquets and all the flowers to look fabulous through the whole day.
Make sure to share many pictures with your florist and ensure that those pictures are available to the whole team working on the wedding all the way through the process. Ask for a sample to be created, and ask about any costs associated with this (usually based on the scope of the design and whether it’s included in the package). Look at actual flowers as well as photos – some flowers tend to photograph better than others – and be clear about what you like and don’t like.
Call us at 480-603-7673 to set up your wedding flower consultation today.