With so many choices...how does a bride choose the perfect flower decor?
Choose a floral designer that is courteous, pleasant and knowledgeable - make sure it is someone you can work with easily!
If you have a wedding planner - ask them for suggestions and referrals for florists they use.
Think about your colors and theme - but also be open to the florist's ideas. Remember they are "creative people" and can take a lot of stress away from the decision making process!
Pick flowers that will be in season on your wedding day
Keep in mind the type of wedding being planned and choose your floral decor around that theme, is it casual or formal, simple or lavish?
The style of your dress, your wedding colors and even your height, also play a role on the choice of the flowers that will fit the occasion.
There are various styles of bouquets which your florist and/or wedding planner can help you choose. These include round, trailer, sheaf, crescent and cascade styles.
And of course...the bride's bouquet should be the most spectacular bouquet in the wedding party, while the bridesmaid bouquets are traditionally a similar style yet smaller.
For a chic, contemporary touch - have each bridesmaid carry a different color bouquet!
Various colors are used in today's weddings for the bridal party - soft pastels to vibrant colors (think pale pink vs. hot pink) Choose the colors that fit you best!
Mothers of the bride and groom, Grandmothers and sometimes Aunts traditionally wear corsages. Know ahead of time the color of their dresses so they do not clash with the corsage! Safe choices are pale colors, white or ivory.
Typically the groom and groomsmen wear a boutonniere - this is a single flower of the same type as used in the bride's bouquet (yes, even a man can sport a pink flower!)
For an added touch of glamour, choose accents such as tiny pearls, organza or satin ribbon, bows, streamers, or baby's breath.
For a traditional touch - ask your mother and/or grandmother what flowers they had in their bouquets - than incorporate that into your bouquet.
Most importantly...your flowers are a reflection of you, your tastes and personality!
Photo courtesy of Anna Kilbridge Photography