So you’ve started wedding planning and have probably ventured on to Pinterest a few hundred times and are wondering, “How do I pick my bouquet?” The first question should be: what is my budget? This is a VERY important question as many are unaware the cost of flowers. Even if it is a sliding scale or a “no more than” number, you need to have this in your mind before you start. Second, what do I want it made of? There are so many options these days: fresh flowers, realistic silk and latex flowers, dried and preserved flowers, paper flowers, brooches, fruit or veggies, succulents, you need to decide on your medium. Also, don’t be afraid to mix and match different mediums for you and your bridal party to get the combination you love. Third, you need to consider your color palate. Not all flowers (if you’re going with live) come in all colors, but many can be dyed or painted to achieve your desired look. Fourth, bouquets come in all shapes and sizes, and you’ll need to decide what yours will be. Are you a bride who likes something small and dainty? Or would you prefer something large and over the top? Do you like a round bouquet or would you rather have flowers cascading from it? There is no right or wrong answer, but you need to have considered this to help your florist bring your dreams to life.
Fifth, if using flowers, you need to know what flowers you love or dislike, and that not all flowers are created equal. Some flowers (such as a hydrangea) will take up more space and therefore be more cost effective, but they are finicky when out of water and need to stay hydrated to not start to wilt. Some flowers, like peonies, are a classic bridal flower that most brides love, but they don’t grow in all seasons and can be hard to get at certain times of the year (and are also quite pricey). Flowers that are always affordable, hearty, and in season include: roses, daisies, baby’s breath, alstroemerias, and carnations.
Lastly, talk to a florist or floral designer. You can look online forever about the guesstimates of how much flowers cost, what arrangements may or may not be more, but the best thing to do is actually talk to a florist or floral designer. Don’t be afraid to contact more than one as there may be differences in prices. Generally, a florist will have a shop where you can visit them and see things they have in stock, while a floral designer often works from their home and doesn’t have a shop open to the public. However, many times that means the floral designer doesn’t have the overhead of a building and needing to keep a constant supply of flowers on hand, and they only focus on weddings and events and therefore won’t be working on other small projects instead of your wedding. There are advantages and disadvantages to both so don’t be afraid to talk to both sides, get quotes, and most importantly find the one who you feel most comfortable with. And most importantly, HAVE FUN! You only get to plan your wedding once so enjoy it!
Marlissa Cunningham is a certified floral designer and owner of MarliPaige Floral Designs, an independent floral event and wedding design studio located in Douglasville, GA. To date she has been in business for two and a half years and has done 60+ weddings and events in the greater Atlanta and North Georgia area. For more information or to get a free quote for your wedding or event visit MarliPaigeFloral.com.