When we imagine getting hitched, some of us think of a traditional white wedding dress, some of us think of a stunning red dress, some of us think of a hot pants outfit. But most of us imagine that when we’re walking down the aisle, we’ll be holding flowers. On some level, this makes sense. Most wedding traditions are reasonably new. But flowers have been tied to weddings since more or less the dawn of time. Of course, for most of history, having flowers at your wedding meant… picking some flowers. And these days having flowers at your wedding means figuring out florists fees, or getting comfortable with thorn strippers and floral sheers.
With so many shades, textures, styles and designs, fine wedding flowers add natural beauty and a unique dash of creativity to the arrangements. The bridal bouquet is perhaps the first and most important choice, and many modern brides agree that choosing from a selection of wedding bouquets online makes things easier.
You will probably purchase more flowers from your florist for your wedding than for any other occasion in your life. The florist you select will play a major role in setting the tone for your big day. Besides your bridal bouquet, traditionally you'll need—at a minimum—bouquets for your attendants, boutonnieres for your groom, groomsmen and fathers; corsages for your mothers; flowers to decorate the ceremony site, and centerpieces for the reception tables. To make sure all of these blooms are beautiful and within your budget, picking the right florist—and knowing how to work with her—is crucial.
It’s easy to think that you have to hire a florist (or floral designer) to take care of all your wedding flowers, or go totally DIY. Fact check: you don’t. And using a professional for some of your flowers while DYing the rest can be a great middle ground. If you’re only looking to hire out some of your wedding flowers, you might need to do a little extra research when hiring a florist. A lot of higher end floral design studios have price minimums, and will only take on full weddings. However, with a little research, you can often find a florist that will take on a smaller number of projects (though delivery might not be included).
To select a wedding florist, your guru of blooms, begin by asking for recommendations from recently married friends and from wedding professionals. Your contacts at both ceremony and reception sites probably have florists they've worked with repeatedly and can recommend. This is helpful because it means the florist is already familiar with the site—but be sure to follow up with your own research and reference checks.