6. Be strict over buttonholes and corsages
Weddings cost enough without having to buy buttonholes and corsages for the whole family. Where possible I suggest to buy for the wedding party, so groom, best man, ushers, mums and dads and grandparents. Siblings also if they are not already included in the wedding party. If you have aunties and uncles asking about buttonholes simply provide them your florists contact details this means they can be in the same style as the wedding party, they will be delivered with the rest of the flowers but them pay for their own.
7. Use bigger arrangements
So often a bride’s vision may not match her budget. The best way to over come this is to opt for a few large arrangements that will really provide impact and have the wow factor than waste money on lots of smaller arrangements. For example opting for tall table arrangements provides far more decoration than low arrangements that can get lost on your table. With tall arrangements guests don’t just get the benefit from their table arrangements but they can also see all the other table’s flowers which makes it look like a lot more decoration than there actually is. Also statement pieces like archways, trees and pedestals can often be more cost effective than you think and using them in different places throughout the day again gives the impression of a lot more decoration than there may actually be.
8. Get quoted on your dream wedding
When you are getting your wedding flower quote always get a quote for your dream wedding flowers. So this means include every single thing you want including any extras that you might only go for if your budget can manage it. Firstly you may be surprised and your budget can stretch further than you first thought and secondly at least you know the “worst case scenario”, and by that I mean you have an accurate idea of how much it will all cost and you can make cut backs if needed as you have included non essential items in this quote.
9. If you don’t have to be don’t be too specific
Unless you know exactly what flowers you would like in every arrangement then don’t be too specific. This means that your florist can be more flexible working to your budget. For example if you are looking for a mixed flower bouquet but love roses by all means ask for roses to be included but then leave it up to florist to choose the rest of the flowers in the bouquet as they will know what will work well to achieve your look and what will work the best to keep your flowers on budget. Also if there is a flower you particularly don’t like it is always good to let the florist know from the beginning to make sure it is not included in any of your arrangements.
10. Have a clear idea of the style you want for your day
I really think flowers are nearly as important as your dress, hair and make up. Almost every photo of the bride, bridesmaid and groom will show the bouquets and buttonholes. Every photo of the ceremony and reception will probably have a glimpse of an arrangement or table flowers. With that in mind it is key to have a clear idea of what style/theme you want for your wedding day as the flowers really do tie all the elements of your styling together. There’s no point in having a woodland style wedding and then going for a modern bouquet of tropical blooms. Once you have an idea of the style of your day make sure you explain this to your florist so they can base your flowers around this. If you are struggling to work out what style you like using Pinterest can be a great way of collecting images you like and once you have a board made up you will soon see the kind of style/theme you are leaning towards.
1. Book Your Florist Early
Don’t worry if you don’t have a clue what you are looking for but it is very important that you book your florist early. It doesn’t matter if you don’t get back to them for another 6 months once you have more of an idea what you would like for your wedding flowers. As long as you are in their diary, firstly you have secured the florist of your choice but also if you are looking to hire anything for them vases, stands etc. you will be guaranteed first pick even if they have another wedding that day as long as you booked with them first.
2. Re-use Your Arrangements
This isn’t just a money saving tip it is also just a sensible thing to do. Why would you spend £100 on an arrangement for your ceremony, that at the most lasts 1 hour, then never use it again. I always recommend to re-use as much as possible from using table arrangements during the ceremony if it is feasible, moving big arrangements, trees etc. from your ceremony to your reception and decorating your top table with the bridal bouquets. If you are getting married in a church just make sure you inform the minister that you plan to remove the flowers so they can make plans to have flowers in place for their next service.
3. Trust Your Florist
It is so important to trust your florist as an expert in their field. Especially if they are solely a wedding florist this is what they are doing day in, day out. Any suggestions they make should be to get the most out of your wedding flowers and they will have tips and tricks to get the most out of your budget too. It is even better if your florist has decorated your venue before as not only will they have photos of previous work which will help with your own plans but they will know what works there and what doesn’t and should be able to guide you on this.
4. Get Magnets For Your Buttonholes
I would say magnets for your buttonholes and corsages are an absolute must! Not only are they so much easier to attach to your outfit but for the ladies you have the choice throughout the day to move it to your bag if you take your jacket off or don’t want it on your dress. Ladies if your outfit is particularly delicate the magnets won’t leave a mark like pins do and if you are worried that the corsage will be too heavy simply place the magnet and corsage each side of your bra strap so it’s extra secure. One thing I would recommend is to make sure your florist uses double magnets on all of the buttonholes and corsages (this means a magnet is attached to the flower and then you have another magnet to place under the material of your outfit) and you can guarantee your buttonhole and corsage will stay in place all day.
5. Remember The Flowers Are Yours
There’s nothing more upsetting than when I go to collect any hired items the day after a wedding and find the bride has had to leave all her lovely flowers behind. They are your flowers to do with as you wish, it might not always be possible but if you can't take all the flowers away with you yourself, encourage guests to help themselves. Another option would be to put them to a local home, hospice or church so other people can get the pleasure from them. If treated properly they should last a minimum of a week. Quite often venues have so many weddings that they do not need to reuse the flowers left behind from a wedding so they just get thrown away. More often than not you have paid a lot of money for your flowers so take charge of what will happen to them after the wedding.
Come back next week for Part 2 of my top tips for your wedding flowers!