Add an extra flourish of fabulous to your wedding day by picking the perfect blooms for your celebration...
#1 Consider your venue.
How much floral adornment will your wedding venue require - and how does this match your budget?
#2 Avoid over-powering scents.
You might love the lingering aroma of lilies but will your guests adore it quite as much when they've been breathing it in all day long?
#3 Find out if any of your bridal party have pollen allergies.
Avoid any sneezes at the altar by checking if anyone suffers from hayfever - there are ways around this, so don't fret if someone says 'I do'!
#4 Know what's in-season when you get hitched.
There's little point in falling madly in love with the idea of a vibrant peony bouquet only to find that peonies a) aren't in-season on your wedding date b) will need to be shipped in from overseas and c) will end up costing you five times more than you wanted to spend.
#5 Book your florist in good time.
As with anything, the best get snapped up first - so make sure you find yours well in advance before your wedding day. Browse real weddings for inspiration, ask friends and family for recommendations and ask any potentials for examples of their work.
#6 Don't get hooked on a Pinterest-sourced dream.
Finding your fantasy bouquet of flowers online is all well and good - but do you know which blooms it's made up of, and who created it, and how much it cost? That's not to say your florist can't create it for you but be prepared to find a Plan B in case, just it's not a possibility.
#7 Decide if you want a theme to run through your florals...
...And if so, does this come with its own colourscheme?
#8 Set a budget and stick to it.
Know how much £££ you have to play with and stay within your limits. You don't need a huge budget to guarantee gorgeous blooms for your wedding; savvy spending and being flexible with your ideas will allow you to create a striking floral wonderland with very little fuss!
#9 Consider the secret meaning of your blooms.
Research the symbolism behind your wedding flowers: every bloom has a different meaning, after all! For example, anemones represent expectation, whilst hydrangeas are symbolic of understanding.
#10 Give some thought to what you'll do with them after your wedding day.
Such gorgeous blooms can't just be thrown out, surely? Consider your options: you could press your bouquet or preserve it, and you could donate your tablecentres to charity. Equally, you could give arrangements to members of your bridal party - the options are endless!