BLOOMING BASICS: Choosing Flowers for Your Big Day

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

Beautiful flowers add magic and romance to your wedding celebration, so choose them carefully to reflect your color palette, your personal style, and your budget. For me, flowers are a passion, and I’m excited to share some of my favorite tips to help your big day blossom into everything you’re imagining.

Shop smart. After deciding on your mood and overall décor, compare at least two written proposals from recommended florists, and check references. Seasonal flowers are often less expensive, so ask your florist to help you with what’s best at your time of year, or what substitutions can be made to help save money.
Also, find ways to get double duty out of your floral décor. I made these sweet dahlia escort card bud vases which had three uses—cards attached to the stems told guests which table to sit at, then when the guests carried the bud vases to their tables, the “arrangement” became the centerpiece. At the end of the night, everyone took their bud vase home as a pretty guest favor.

Photo by William Geddes from Simple Stunning Wedding Flowers.

Let your floral choices blossom everywhere. Add a floral motif to your invitations—did you know the David’s Bridal site has a whole section of invitations with floral and botanical themes? I love this beautiful budding design.

Let your bridesmaids bloom. Choose bouquets that complement your ladies’ style and dresses. I love the new trend of creating a slightly different bouquet for each bridesmaid—it makes each girl look and feel special.

Have your dream bouquet! No matter your budget, you, The Bride, should carry your favorite flowers. And here’s a little tidbit of floral history. Your groom’s lapel flower is called a boutonniere. Tradition says that he should wear a blossom as if plucked from your bouquet. Isn’t that sweet?

photo by William Geddes, from Simple Stunning Weddings

The key to beautiful wedding flowers is equal parts inspiration and organization. Use the tips here and I promise you’ll watch your wedding vision bloom before your very eyes!

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