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7 Tips to Choosing Your Bouquet

Do your homework

You don’t need to know exactly what you want when you first meet with your florist, but you do need to know some things like your colour scheme, overall wedding style and have chosen your gown and the Bridesmaid’s dresses. This way we can offer specific suggestions and recommendations to compliment your wedding theme.  We also ask for material swatches or paint sample cards from a hardware store we can colour match bouquet ribbons and flower tones to the closest shades and offer alternatives.

Your consultation is also the time to show your florist the style of bouquets and flowers that you like the most. It doesn’t matter if you don’t know what flowers are in the bouquets or whether they are available, it’s more to give your florist an idea of your style.

Keep in mind that unfortunately some internet images of flowers are edited, and unfortunately are not reflective of natural colours.

Also be aware of seasonal restrictions, as the bloom that you wish for may not be in season or perform in a tropical climate.

Be realistic about your budget

We are happy to work with you to accommodate your budget, but please be realistic with your expectations.   Premium flowers such as peonies, David Austin roses, phalaenopsis orchids and other imported blooms unfortunately come with a premium price, so if your budget is restricted be open to using seasonal flowers.


Trust your florist

While we’re all for creating your own style, your florist will suggest guidelines to follow depending on the style of your gown. If your gown is full and very detailed, your floral designer would always suggest going for a natural stem posy style bouquet, nothing with too many cascading pieces as this may detract from the detail of your gown.

Your florist is the professional so listen to them and trust them to fulfil your vision for your special day!

Don’t be afraid to break with tradition…

It is your special day!!!! Make it personal and consider stepping outside the tradition of ‘rose dome’ bouquets. Seasonal flowers, berries, foliage and textured filler flowers create stunning bouquets that give a more relaxed contemporary feel.

Don’t forget about the special people in your life with options of wrist corsages, hair flowers and even floral handbag corsages.

The bride always comes first…

When it comes to flowers, we all know the bride is really the main event. We recommend keeping this in mind whilst budgeting for bouquets. A bride’s bouquet is the one that will be seen and photographed the most, so don’t hold back here if you are on a budget.  Include less floral content in your bridesmaids’ bouquets so that you can afford your dream bouquet.

You should also decide on the colour or theme of your own bouquet and then work out how to carry it through to your bridesmaid’s and decor as opposed to the other way around.

White, Ivory and Cream are not the same colour…

We recommend you provide your florist with a swatch of the colour of your gown and leave the rest in their very capable hands.

But if you want to get your colours sorted, white is the pure paper white colour. The next shade is ivory, which is less white with a buttery undertone and then cream is a shade of white but with a light warm hue of honey.

Simply beautiful…

Whether you are planning to get married in a chapel, a luxury resort, a private estate or a beach, fresh flowers can frame and enhance the event. Be as lavish or as simple as you desire! When selecting flowers for your ceremony venue, please remember that these arrangements will be the first ones that your guests will see, and as such will have the most visual impact! To continue the impact these can be relocated back to your reception.

Don’t forget the final touches…

If you thought it was as simple as choosing some flowers and whacking a ribbon around the stems, think again. There are countless ways you can personalise your bouquet. Think of ideas about how you would like to decorate your bouquet, with fabric from your gown or from your Mum’s embellishment to theme detail on your gown. Another idea is to add a family heirloom or memoir like a brooch or locket to tick off your ‘something old’ or ‘something borrowed’ tied with a fine soft ‘something blue’ ribbon.