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How to pick the right flowers for your wedding

Written by Sophia Young Content Studio exclusively for Velvet Bordeaux Events

Flowers are not just another decor addition to include on your wedding day. Without them, your wedding photos will feel blank and lackluster to look at. The wrong choice of flower type or color can instantly shift the mood of your special moment. It is both an artistic expression and an extension of your wedding theme. Just imagine all the different floral variations to choose from. Without a concise guide to follow, you might end up taking forever to make a decision.

There are 7 important factors to consider when choosing the most appropriate flower for your wedding theme and venue.

1. Budget If you want to make your dream wedding come true, you’ve got to be able to afford it. Choosing the suitable blossoms for your bouquet, entourage, and reception costs money. A good way to save on your wedding flowers is to search for reviews and recommendations for local florists online. Thank the universe for technology, you can now ask for helpful suggestions and honest, experience-based reviews to gauge the people you want to hire on your wedding day.

You can also ask the florist to send you photos of their sample work. If they have a website or a social media page, that will also save you time and effort to narrow your search.

2. Wedding Theme Your theme tells a story. Are you having a rustic wedding or are you recreating a romantic garden? It is crucial to let your florist know about the theme you want to follow for your special day. The color choices, reception, and aesthetic must merge beautifully with the flower arrangements.

A vintage wedding bouquet should be adorned with classic blossoms like carnations and sweet Williams. Thinking about a rustic wedding bouquet and decor? The main detail you need to focus on is to associate flowers and plants that exude ‘freshly picked’, such as ivories, succulents, wildflowers, and ferns. You can also add trailing foliage to nail that countryside feel.

3. Symbolisms Every flower has a particular meaning, emotion, or representation associated with it. Consider the message or combination of ideas created by your floral combination.

White carnations represent pure love, while its pink counterpart conveys gratefulness. Asters symbolize love and daintiness and red chrysanthemums mean ‘I love you. Daffodils represent new beginnings, while dandelions portray happiness and faithfulness. If you want to associate success and wealth with your married life, add poppies to your bouquet. Look deeper into the different meanings of each blossom, so you can find one that best represents your love and dreams for the future as husband and wife.

4. Wedding Venue The venue plays an integral role in picking the right flowers. Say, if you are going to have an outdoor wedding, then it would be best to choose flowers that thrive on exposure to daylight for a prolonged period. Meanwhile, indoor wedding venues will surely need flowers that will not wilt without sunlight. Aside from sun exposure, it will also depend on the season or climate on your day of matrimony. Otherwise, you might pick one that is not yet in season or blooms that cannot withstand extremely hot or cold weather.

Some heat-resistant flowers for outdoor or summer weddings include jasmines, dahlias, orchids, peonies, thistles, and garden roses. For indoor venues, try hydrangeas, cyclamen, hibiscus, kalanchoe, and African violets. Getting married in the winter? Your best flower choices would be carnations, amaryllis, gardenias, sweet peas, carnations, and anemones. For a fall wedding, play with colorful leaves, warm-colored blossoms, and ranunculus to exude the crisp, cozy, and enchanting autumn atmosphere.

Couples who want their marriage to take place during the spring will have tons more floral options to choose from, and depending on how prepared and clear you are with what you want, you can use the season to your advantage.

5. Silk Flowers Add silk flowers to the mix. Using artificial flowers in your flower arrangement may seem a bit off at first, but in truth, it is quite a practical choice. You don’t have to go full-on artificial when adorning your bridal bouquet and reception if you are not 100% sold to the idea of an artificial floral detail. You can add it with fresh flowers to retain that natural and organic feel. The advantage to using silk flowers is you can tailor them to mimic flowers that are not in season on the day of your wedding. Moreover, you won’t have to worry about wilting, petals falling off, or bugs swarming to your bouquet during the ceremony and the reception.

6. Devil in the Details Sometimes, things can get lost in translation without an elaborate sample to express the ideas you have in mind. The same idea holds for describing your wedding theme to your wedding planner or florist. Don’t just rely on photos alone. Try to get samples of your choice of fabric and color combinations. Add specific details that depict the color, texture, and style that you want.

Leave no detail undiscussed. You need to provide inspiration and think carefully about how you want everything to look from beginning to end. Providing your florist or planner with a vague idea as to your desired aesthetic could lead to misunderstandings or leave you disappointed. Don’t be afraid to create an inspiration board for your wedding flowers (and also your wedding theme as a whole). Wedding event professionals prefer working with a client who knows what they want because it also makes their work easier and more manageable.

7. Wedding Planner Hiring a wedding planner to coordinate everything, including the venue, decorations, catering, flower arrangements, and wedding attire is a smart choice. Their expertise and connections will benefit you greatly. A wedding planner will also help you envision your wedding day better by offering excellent alternatives that are still aligned with your budget.

Indeed, a matrimonial union will not be complete without the timeless beauty of flower arrangements to capture your beautiful journey with your happily ever after.


Sophia Young recently quit a non-writing job to finally be able to tell stories and paint the world through her words. She loves talking about fashion and weddings and travel, but she can also easily kick ass with a thousand-word article about the latest marketing and business trends, finance-related topics, and can probably even whip up a nice heart-warming article about family life. She can totally go from fashion guru to your friendly neighborhood cat lady with mean budgeting skills and home tips real quick.



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