A Rose By Any Other Name -- Perfect Wedding Flowers For The Big Day

Which wedding flowers are right for your wedding?

If there's one thing that every single wedding has, it's wedding flowers. Wedding flowers run the gambit -- from bouquets to boutonnieres, it can be an overwhelming process deciding which wedding flowers to have at your wedding.

I'm Patti the Perfect Party Planner and if there's one thing I know, it's wedding flowers. I love floral arrangements and the only thing I love more than floral arrangements is bouquets. If you've been fretting over the wedding flowers for your wedding, take a deep breath and relax.

I'm going to go over wedding flower basics with you so you'll be prepared to make the all decisions up ahead for your wedding flowers.

First Decision

The first decision you need to make is whether you're going to prepare the bridal bouquet and other wedding flowers yourself or if you're going to enlist the help of a pro. In my opinion, if you can at all afford it, hire a professional florist for the wedding.

Most florists will be able to work within any budget and letting them worry about the details of your wedding flowers will allow you time to manage other, more important aspects of the big day.

Look For Ideas

Once you have decided whether you're going to be hiring a professional to prepare your wedding flowers or whether you're going to go it alone, you need to decide what type of flowers you want and how you want your wedding flowers to look.

My advice is to buy as many bridal magazines as you can and look through the pictures. Clip out the wedding flowers that you like and glue them to a poster board, keeping in mind that the wedding flowers should coordinate with the wedding colors.

Once you have finished clipping and pasting, review the flowers you chose and pick out the ones that you like best.

Making a List, Checking It Twice

Now that you know what type of wedding flowers you want, it's time to sit down and make a list of every single wedding flower need. This means counting out how many boutonnieres you'll be needing, how many table arrangements, bridesmaids bouquets and of course, don't forget the bridal bouquet.

Go Shopping

Once your list is prepared, you'll either need to go shopping for the wedding flowers yourself or you'll need to hire a florist.

If you're preparing the wedding flowers yourself, wait until the day before the wedding to purchase the flowers or the petals may begin to wilt on the day of the wedding.

If you're going to be working with a professional florist, shop around. See who in your area is offering what and compare rates. Make sure they understand your wedding flower needs and that your personalities click. The last thing you want is to be working with someone you can't get along with on something as important as your wedding flowers.

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