What is your personal style?
Are you a classic, bohemian, beach or glamorous bride?
Give your florist photos of your wedding dress, swatches of bridal party attire to match colors, the age of the flower girl to help determine what she can carry, photos of the tuxedos, and the color of the attire that will be worn by the mothers of the bride and groom.
Figure out a color scheme, which can range from monochromatic to varied and subtle whites to vibrant colors. If you’re stuck, choose hues that complement—not contrast with—the color of your bridesmaid dresses.
Choose seasonal hues
Rich ambers, oranges and reds complement fall weddings, while silver, gold and cranberry suit winter affairs perfectly. Pale pink, blue and green work well for spring weddings, and rich beach colors or citrus hues work well for summer soirees.
Match the mood
Choose blooms that match the formality of your wedding. Daisies work perfectly for a casual outdoor wedding, while lush roses give a formal tone.
If you’ve found a florist who understands your style and can replicate arrangements that match your vision, trust him or her to know what will work best.
Don’t choose flowers that will overwhelm your figure. Petite brides should pick smaller arrangements, while taller women can carry more robust bouquets.
Consider honoring your mother or grandmother by carrying the same blooms she did on her wedding day.
Go beyond the traditional bouquet by choosing embellishments such as gemstones, feathers, fruits and vegetables.
If you’re getting married in a hot climate or small space, choose less-fragrant flowers such as asters, dahlias and many orchids. Avoid tuberose, freesia and gardenias.