Organising Your Wedding Flowers
A wedding without flowers would be like a birthday party with no cake, which is why most couples invest a good deal of time, energy and money in planning the floral decoration for their big day. Here’s how to make sure that your wedding is roses, roses all the way.
1. Inspiration: Like booking a venue, buying the dress and inviting your guests, you should begin to plan your flowers as far in advance as possible. If you’re feeling super organised then consider starting a wedding flower scrap book with your partner, taking inspiration from magazines, local florists and the internet. It’s also worth checking out your venue before going ahead with a flower order, just to make sure that there are no clashing colours.
2. Choose a florist: Make sure you use a well-established, reputable florist who you can trust to deliver your order on time and in great condition. A larger company such as Interflora will be able to offer a wide range of bouquets based on your tastes and needs – and you can order over the internet, which takes the hassle out of the whole process.
3. Set a budget: You might have visions of an aisle strewn with rose petals and a reception room adorned with flowers – but are these realistic? Make sure that you discuss with your partner how much you want to spend and set a budget limit before placing an order.
4. Make your order: Between three and six months before your big day you should aim to confirm your order with your florist. If you change your plans at any point after this then make sure you let them know – and it’s worth holding a final meeting with them a month or so before your wedding to run through the details of your order. Remember to supply them with a current phone number, the delivery address of the venue and the best time for delivery.
5. Delegate: On the day, many couples choose to appoint a trusted friend or relation to be responsible for their wedding flowers. You don’t want to be thinking about nosegays and bouquets when you’re about to say ‘I do’, after all. Make sure your flower organiser attends the final meeting with the florist and knows all the relevant details or the order, leaving you free to enjoy your big day.