Creative Wedding Co talks to Emma from Martha and the Meadow for her top tips on finding your perfect wedding flowers. Here’s her words of wisdom and top 5 tips!
Many brides can find the entire task of choosing their wedding flowers totally daunting. Flowers and their seasons can sound like a foreign language to many and with the endless choice of colour, texture, shape and size – where do you even begin?
As an experienced wedding florist and one who is a true romantic and loves nothing more than designing bespoke flowers for engaged couples – I thought I would give you a little bit of advice when wanting to choose your wedding florist.
Choosing your wedding flowers:
Go with your Gut.
It does not sound very romantic, but like anything go with your gut feeling. I remember when I got married there were people giving you ideas, Mothers’ recommending this and that and all in all it can became quite overwhelming.
Searching the internet can be a daunting matter when searching for wedding flowers. I recommend using the more curated Wedding Directories that you find out there – they highlight the best of the rest in an area. The florists listed are usually dedicated to just weddings or experts in their field, so its always a good place to start.
You should just love their work! It is no different than finding that dress or the perfect venue. If flowers are important to you and your wedding day, then you should really adore their style, their website and the general feel of their brand.
It is not like florists expect everyone who gets engaged to automatically have an understanding of flowers and their seasons. But asking your florist what is seasonal at the time of your wedding will undoubtedly benefit the look of your bouquet and wedding flowers.
For example if you have fallen in love with a peaony bouquet and you are getting married in late September, then we are already off on a bad foot. Peonies are in peak season and available from Mid May to early July if weather permits, so you may ask what to do? This is where using a florist’s knowledge and expertise will come in. If you want statement Autumnal blooms then I would be recommend looking at Dahlias, single bloom chrysanths or even Hydrangeas, accentuated with berries and autumnal foliage and all that the season has to offer.
Going seasonal will allow you to really capture that ‘moment in time’ and encompass the time of year you have decided to get married in.
It will also enable the florist to have a wider choice of stems and materials to use, as well as being a little more cost effective.
Break the Taboo. Talk Budgets!
Budgets are a big part of any wedding, though are usually not openly spoken about. I always feel that it is best to be open about how much of the budget has been allocated for your wedding flowers. From there on in, you and your fl;orist can really build something beautiful and work around what will work for you and your venue within your budget allowance.
You will find that more and more florists now a days will give a price guide or some indication to their costs on their website. Allowing potential brides to choose a florist that sits within their remit on style and cost, which makes it a lot easier for both parties.
As much as I love talking about flowers, lace and ribbon trim in our bridal consultations – it is also important to talk about the details with your florist. What are the T&C’s – how much is the deposit and when is the final payment required. Talk about delivery on the day, make sure that the florist has relevant contact details and that one of the bridal party will check the flowers before the florist leaves.
If you are hiring Vases and other props check out what the terms of hire are ? All of this should be stated by the florist at the time of quoting – but it’s always worth just double checking.
Be Flexible with your ideas!
With Pinterest, Instagram, magazines and photos of beautiful weddings and styled shoots everywhere – it is easy to fall in love with ideas that may just not suit the season, budget or venue! So how to get around this!
I suggest that before my brides come for a consultation, that they have a look around, search the internet and enjoy the process of pulling ideas together. I then ask them to send me through a tiny snippet of what they are thinking of for their venue and general styling ideas so I can do my own bit of research for our consultation.
From there we sit, drink tea, probably eat cake and talk and work through the process together. I like get to know all my brides so I can design flowers to suit them and their wedding day.
I like to think that florists can offer up ideas and show brides flowers that they might not have thought of; introduce a complimentary shade of colour, a style of bouquet and so on. I remember when I worked with my wedding florist (a dear colleague today). I put my complete trust in her, her skill and ideas. I will never forget when she turned round and suggested coloured linen for the tables! Everyone just goes white don’t they? That one suggestion just turned our marquee from something, well rather safe into something luxurious and really made a statement! We chose a caramel stone colour which with the Autumnal colours used tied the entire day and look together.
So all in all I would say work with your florist, let it be an organic process to create a really beautiful setting and flowers for your wedding.
Emma’s tips for choosing and working with your florist
As well as the above there are a few little hints I would give anyone when choosing your florist.. here they are.
- I would never recommend just walking into a florist shop and wanting a consultation. If you are choosing a high street florist then always call before and make an appointment. They may be too busy to see you and you may just have wasted your own time.
- I would always suggest you take a picture of your dress or at least discuss it with the florist. I feel a good florist should ask, though I know many don’t. In my eyes the wedding bouquet needs to be designed with the dress in mind – you are trying to create a beautiful harmony of the both for visual impact.
- Be careful when considering DIY wedding flowers. There is a skill when choosing and designing table centres and bouquets. It comes more naturally to some. However, I would always just consider this point – we have all done DIY, craft projects, baking or something similar in our lives where we have hoped it would look like it did in the pictures and are so very disappointed when it doesn’t. You really do not want that feeling the day before your wedding…
- Be thoughtful with the flowers you choose for the day – I always say think i
mpact! People sometimes forget that flowers can really change the atmosphere of a venue or setting. Sometimes it’s better to go for 1 or 2 bigger things and make a statement than trying to play it safe with lots of small ones in a number of locations.
- Enjoy the process – that is one of the things I always think is so important. That is why I like to make sure our brides, couples and Mums feel special at our Wedding Consultations. The lead up to your wedding should be a joy and I always feel that your suppliers who ever they may be should make you feel like you are the only one they are working for.