Just as a stunning piece of jewelry can really set off a wedding gown, beautiful blooms are like accessories for your big-day décor. With countless colors, textures and options for arranging, your florals also are an easy way to create the vibe for your event.
If you’re a fan of flowers, booking the shop or event designer who will create your arrangements may be at the top of your to-do timeline.
“But don’t hire the florist until after you’ve selected your venue and date, and secured your main vendors – band, catering, and photographer,” says Karen Bussen, author of the “Simple Stunning Wedding” series of books. “Then you’ll have a better sense of what your décor budget is and what kind of ambience you want to create.”
Six or seven months out should be a safe bet. Before meeting with vendors, peruse magazines, books and websites for ideas. Rachel Bowes, owner of Seattle-based Finch & Thistle Event Design, says that blogs are her primary source of wedding inspiration because there are so many, and they update daily.
Expect to pay out about 8 to 10 percent of your total budget for blooms. However, the actual number varies widely, depending on factors like your desired aesthetic, the type of flowers, and the size of the event.
While the over-the-top, romantic look still resonates with plenty of couples, more and more modern pairs are preferring a simple, clean and/or less formal aesthetic that’s still striking.
For example, instead of one large, elaborate centerpiece, Bowes suggests using lots of small-bud vases and bottles in varying heights and shapes.
“That way your florist can showcase a few amazing blooms, such as peonies, garden roses and orchids, to their full potential, and use less expensive flowers and foliage as accents in the majority of the vases.”