There are no hard rules when deciding on wedding flower design, in saying that I would like to share some tips and some questions that you should ask yourself to make things a little easier.
First of all, I feel it is important to put aside any outside pressure you may feel from trends, family, friends, florists, whoever, as we all know when it comes to weddings some people want to give you their opinion, but remember, this is your and your partners special day.
Some useful questions to ask yourself before you get started:
- What is your budget?
- Considering your budget would you DIY your flowers or have a florist arrange them?
- What can you achieve on your budget? i.e bridal party flowers, buttonholes and corsages for the parents and grandparents, table centres, ceremony flowers, reception flowers.
- What was your favourite flower growing up?
- What was it about the flower you liked?
- Does thinking of this bring up any emotions of nostalgia, joy, love good times etc?
- If so is this something you would like to include?
- Is there a flower that resonates with you and your partner, maybe the first flower he or she gave you?
In addition to the above, ask yourself some thought-provoking questions around wedding flower design. Keeping a visual diary like Pinterest boards, Insta etc are so helpful. Personally, I like a hands-on scrapbook for drawing, cutting bits of fabric and ribbon I love, colour combos, dresses, flowers, from mags etc and placing all together on one page can tie the look you are after in so nicely and being tactile is so good for your soul.
Colour is just so beautiful and such an important consideration for wedding flower design. I love working with subtle hues that tie in together or using colour to add impact by using a complementary colour scheme like blue and yellows or a soft contrast like burgundy and peach. Monochromatic is very on-trend at the moment. It is taking one colour and adding a tint tone, shade or darker and or lighter tone of that same colour. For example, pink as the main colour and adding a very soft pink, a dusky pink, a dark pink in with the whites and foliage. Having different hues adds depth and interest.
I suggest thinking about colour (including whites) as a way to express the feel and look you are going for. A few questions to ask yourself… Are you wanting to add impact? Or soften? Evoke romance? Simplicity? Classic? Bold? Do you want the flowers to blend in tone on tone with your dress, or do you want a contrast?
A few shapes to consider are rustic, round, front-facing, cascading, crescent and single stem to name a few. (please check out our shapes blog for more detail)
Consider your budget. If you have a limited budget having an incredible single stem-like a protea, peony, sunflower etc with a hint of foliage and a beautiful ribbon or lace tied around the top that dangles down is stunning on its own. From a design point of view, it adds impact as there is only one and it becomes a focal point.
Scale and proportion, consider matching size of the bouquet to height and size of the people in your bridal party, having a huge bouquet that drowns out the bride and her dress is not ideal.
Consider using texture in your bouquet if your dress is all one fabric and quite simple as texture creates intricacy and adds an element of design that is interesting to the eye. It helps with unity (a feeling of oneness, in the design it brings everything together). Also, consider your theme and venue, e.g. at a woodlands wedding, you may like to tie in with the theme by having rustic foliage in your bouquet. A few textures you may find interesting to play with: soft, shiny, smooth, furry, spiky, woody, rough, matt.
Narrowing it down…
Once you have gathered all the flower pictures/examples you like I encourage you to pick out your favourite 10, then break it down to 5, then break it down again to 3. What is it about the top three that you really love, maybe one is the shape, one the flower type and the other the texture and colours. Or maybe they are so similar you can work your Inspo off all three. Personally I work off no more than 3 for my brides. Ideally 1-2.