Wedding Flowers

Sunday, 20 May 2007 | Tags: , ,

Bouquets, centrepieces, boutonnieres, aisle stands, and more. There are so many decisions surrounding your big day, not just what type of flowers, but where to put them and how they will be arranged. We find out the basics about choosing your wedding flowers.

The Basics

Start with a budget. Just like everything else in your wedding, setting a budget will help you plan out what types of flowers and arrangements to plan.

Find a florist. A great way to narrow down your choices is to ask for recommendations from friends. And it doesn’t just stop there. You need to interview each florist to make sure you feel comfortable with him or her, and the budget.

Colours. When deciding on a flower, consider the attire of your wedding party. This palette will set the groundwork, and then you can find a range of flowers to match.

Flowers. Consider the life cycle of your flower choices. Some don’t last very long once cut, while others can last up to two weeks or more:

  • Tulips: 5-6 days
  • Roses: up to 2 weeks
  • Carnations: up to 25 days
  • If you don’t care whether the flowers last beyond your wedding day, ask for ones that are at the end of their shelf life, which will help bring costs down.

Season. Many flowers are available year round and others only by season:

  • Seasonless: baby’s breath, bachelor button, orchid, lily of the valley, roses, stephanotis

  • Winter: silvers, red, white and greens are popular. Flowers available include calla lily, camellia, forget-me-not, holly, ivy, poinsettia, and orchid.

  • Spring: anemone, apple blossom, calla lily, daffodil, geranium, hyacinth, iris, lilac, tulip, violet. Tropical greenery including eucalyptus is also popular.

  • Summer: think bright, warm, citrus: aster, calla lily, daisy, dahlia, hydrangea, sweet pea, rose, peony.

  • Autumn: look at texture and colour: aster, chrysanthemum, dahlia, marigold, zinnia, grasses, berries, leaves, foliage, dried flowers.

Bouquets. Your bridesmaid’s bouquets should complement yours, but stand apart. Flowers usually tie into the dress colours. The Maid/Matron of Honour’s bouquet is also usually larger than the others. Don’t forget bouquets for mothers of the bride and groom, and also grandmothers. And boutonniere’s for fathers and grandfathers.

Finalize. Once you’ve made all of your flowery decisions, get it in writing so that no mistakes or omissions are made on your big day. Include details such as price, day and delivery time, as well as provisions if the flowers end up being unavailable during that time since you’ll be planning this a few months in advance.

Cost Considerations

While a full-service florist has lots of experience, a freelance or do-it-yourself approach can keep costs down. 

Full-service florist

  • Cost: around $3500-4000
  • Pros: no hassles or worry, which can be worth every penny. All details are written in a contract, from delivery to set-up, and even having flowers transported from the ceremony to the reception.
  • Cons: most expensive option. Be sure to have a contract in hand.

Freelance florist

  • Cost: around $1500-2000
  • Pros: the flare of professional service without the hefty price tag.
  • Cons: not full-service, may be difficult to find someone.


  • Cost: around $500
  • Pros: low cost, fun, can involve family and wedding party to create arrangements. Buy or borrow some “how to” books to get ideas.
  • Cons: adds to overall stress of the day (one more thing to worry about). May not look professional (but if your wedding is casual, it may be perfect.)



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