BLOOMING BASICS: Planning Flowers for Your Big Day

Karen Bussen, Celebrity Wedding Planner & Author
BLOOMING BASICS: Planning Flowers for Your Big Day

Venue—check. Catering—check. Band and photographer—check-check. Once you’ve got your key details down, it’s time for the fun stuff—flowers! From dahlias and daisies to lilies and lilacs, deciding which flower best fits your décor and budget can be challenging. Here are few of my top tips on how to weed through the many flower choices and plan accordingly for your Big Day.

Know what you need. Make a checklist before talking to prospective florists. Note the major things you know you need—number of bouquets, table centerpieces, and décor for the ceremony for starters. When you get together with potential designers, bring photos of flowers you like (and even a few of those you don’t like). Ask plenty of questions to make sure you’re on the same page. If you need help with what to ask, check out my Simple Stunning Wedding Organizer, which has a whole list of questions to discuss with your florist, plus notes pages and pockets to keep photos.

Focus your floral priorities. What kind of mood do you want to create? Write down adjectives that describe your vision—classic and romantic? Modern and minimal? Exotic and spicy? Then decide which floral elements will be most important to you. I suggest under-decorating your ceremony and cocktail hour—keep them simple and stunning and save your big bang for the reception where you’ll spend the most time.

Look at your location. Ask your venue manager to show you photos of your party spaces with different types of décor. This will help you envision what looks best. Choose blossoms that enhance your chosen setting. If you’ll celebrate in a formal space, the flowers should feel a bit more formal, whereas on a farm or in a more funky space, you can be a bit more whimsical.

Be on the lookout for another blog dedicated to flowers, which will post over the next couple of weeks!

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