“Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine for the soul.” -Luther Burbank

Last time I posted, we talked about why and how I chose my flowers. Today I want to share with you how you, too, can chose your flowers. First, there are a few things you need to consider when choosing the “perfect” flowers for the big day.

  1. What are your wedding colors?
  2. What is your wedding theme?
  3. Do you want real flowers?
  4. Do you want flowers at all?
  5. Is anyone in your bridal party allergic to any certain flowers

I can think of more questions but these are the most important. First, the wedding colors and theme. You most likely don’t want your flowers to clash, it could throw the whole thing off. Instead pick either the same colors, similar shades, or complimentary colors. For example, our wedding colors were hot pink and royal blue with hints of light blue. Are flowers? The Maid of Honor’s bouquet was hot pink, the opposite color of her dress, while the bridesmaids’ bouquets were royal blue, also opposite color of their dresses. My bouquet was white, with one blue symbolizing something blue. On the tables for the reception, we had white flowers. The arch during the ceremony had white, hot pink, and royal blue flowers. The theme didn’t clash with our flowers at all, it was Disney themed but very subtle. However, it is possible to clash with the theme. Your floral designer, if you have one, will be able to help you there. If you are doing it on your own, like we did, then look at ideas online and even do a mock up for yourself. There’s ways to tie almost any flower in with any theme, you just have to be subtle sometimes…and very creative.

Real flowers versus fake flowers is a reoccurring argument that everyone will have an opinion on. I’ve had comments such as “If you don’t have real flowers, is it a real wedding” “If you have fake flowers, your whole wedding might as well be fake” and many more, horribly negative comments. Does any soon-to-be bride want to hear comments such as thins? No! You just need to figure out if you want real or fake, not what others want. If there are allergies, you may want to consider fake if you’re set on a certain flower. If you want the sweet smell of fresh flowers, use real ones or get a scented spray. If you want to keep your flowers and want them to look the same five years from now, fake would be the way to go. There’s also financial reasons that may dictate what you pick. If you have a tighter budget on floral, you may want to go with fake. Real flowers can be very pretty but can also coast way too much, especially when you tack the word “wedding” onto it.

There are other alternatives to flowers. You can do a brooch bouquet, they are very creative. Some do paper flowers out of their favorite books or songs, such as these Harry Potter page flowers. You can even use sea shells, I’ve seen it done and it’s stunning! Some don’t carry anything down the isle at all, even. You are the one who needs to decide what you want. You can be very unique in the ways you do non-floral bouquets.

Here are a few links I thought you might enjoy, as well as some of my flowers (added in May):

Questions To Ask Your Wedding Floral Designer

10 Questions to Ask Before Booking Your Florist

A-Z Flower Names (with pictures)

Unique bridal bouquets without flowers

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Thank you for reading. I hope this helped you get closer to picking your flowers, if any at all. Plese, share any tips you have for picking bridal flowers. Share your pictures below.

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