Flowers are traditionally used in wedding for a variety of reasons. They are used as decorations for the church, ceremony space, cocktail hour, reception, but more importantly they are used to make the bride’s bouquet. You want to make sure that the bouquet you choose does not detract from your wedding gown, but compliment it. Bridesmaids also carry flowers, as do the flower girls. For the flower girls, this is their statement bridal accessory. So, choosing just the right flowers for your wedding is a very important decision.
Picking a florist is your first big decision. You want a florist who can deliver the flowers you want when you want them. You also want someone who has a great reputation and who is easy to talk to, who is flexible, and most of all, who is aware of your needs. Maybe a friend or family member had flowers you just adored at their wedding… if so, ask them how their experience was and you may just get lucky!
You want to choose your florist well in advance. The best florists in your area may be booked up to one year in advance, especially during the busy wedding seasons. So, their schedules can be packed. Even if you are unsure of the type of flowers you want, you need to find a florist who you are comfortable with early on in the wedding planning.
You may be thinking that you can do the flowers yourself, but it is not recommended. Many brides are great gardeners, but providing flowers for a wedding is a huge job which takes lots of time and effort. A professional florist with experience will be able to help you pick the types of flowers that will work best with your wedding. They will also arrange the flowers and know the exact delivery schedule so all the blooms are healthy for the big day.
If you have trouble tracking down a local florist, don’t panic. There are some great resources for you to utilize. The American Institute of Floral Designers (www.aifd.org) and the Society of American Florists (www.safnow.org) both have listings for florists across the nation. Both organizations require florists to register based on a set criteria that proves they have the skills and experience necessary to deliver good service, so any florist listed on those sites are known to be competent and professional.