How to choose flowers for your wedding day – 8 steps

01/07/2021 by

Flowers bring colour, life and aroma to a wedding. Flowers are what make a wedding beautiful, different and distinct from other weddings.


1. Choose your wedding gown or know the style and colour of your gown.


2. Choose your bridesmaids dresses or know the style and colour of the dresses.


3. Consider your colour scheme. The colours chosen can complement the bridal gown, the wedding theme and the clothing of the rest of the bridal party.

The colours chosen can also be a contrast (purple dresses with orange and yellow flowers). Your reception flowers do not have to be the same as the wedding bouquets, consider what the flowers have to contend with in the room, marque or outdoor area. 


4. Consider if you would like to have a theme like modern, vintage or classic. This can often be decided once the bridal gown has been chosen.


5. Do you have a favourite flower or foliage you would like to include in your wedding flowers?


6. Look through bridal magazines and books marking the pages ,with not only the flowers that you like but the styles of bouquets you like too. If you don’t really have an idea of the types of flowers you’d like to have, simply looking at the beautifully photographed flowers can be a lovely way to start getting an idea of what you like.


7. Know the exact date of you wedding, this helps the florist determine and guide you to what flowers will be in season.


After completion of theses steps it’s time to find a florist.


8. Make an appointment for a consultation 6 months prior to your wedding date with a wedding flower florist/specialist.

It’s a good idea to take along as much information about your special day with you to your consultation. This helps the florist with getting to know your personality and style which helps create your wedding flower requirements.


The information to take along can include the following:

* A picture of your bridal gown and the bridesmaids or swatches of the fabric

* Pictures from a magazine of flowers or styles you like.

* A list of the amount of bouquets, buttonholes and corsages you require including parents or siblings you may like to include.

* Requirements for ceremony flowers

* Number of tables you plan to have at the reception.


A creative florist will be able to provide you with flower combinations that will work with your themes and colours. You should be able to see photos of the previous wedding flower work they have done.

Generally once your consultation is finished the florist will take your details and get back to you with a wedding flower quote via email.


You can expect a good florist to provide you with helpful advice, so be prepared to ask plenty of questions.


Sarah Donnelly, Wedding Flowers By Sarah