Nothing quite lifts the atmosphere of a wedding than beautiful displays of flowers, and having stunning wedding flower arrangements filling your venue will certainly add a punch to your wedding photographs.
At the very least, you will more than likely look at having a pretty bridal bouquet, as well as smaller bouquets for your bridesmaids and buttonholes for the groom, best man and other male family members. But before you can decide on your choice of flowers, you first need to find a reputable local florists with plenty of experience of providing for weddings.
Meet the Florist
It is quite normal for a couple to meet with at least three florists to look through their photo albums at examples of different styles, colour combinations and complexity of designs before deciding upon one for their own wedding.
You may already have a budget in mind for your wedding flowers, so bear this in mind while talking with the florists so you don’t get carried away with romantic descriptions of bouquets and flower sprays. Florists are talented and artistic people, so make good use of their free advice when settling on the style and choice of flowers for your big day.
What your florist will need to know
Before you can work out the finer points of what flowers you want for your wedding, your florist will need to know your budget. On average, a couple will usually set aside between 3 to 4% of their wedding budget to go towards flowers. A good florist will be able to work within your budget, and can offer great suggestions about flower choices to save you money, like using more greenery in bouquets, or flowers that are in full-bloom for a fuller display and to reduce the overall number of stems in an arrangement.
They will also want to know the number of people that will need a buttonhole, and how many bridesmaids wanting a bouquet, and if you are planning to give flowers to grandparents or mother-in-laws.
Your chosen style will also be an important factor for your florist. Make sure you already have in mind the style of wedding you plan to have, and if you can bring along a mood board or a file with ideas that will help your florist get a feel for the sort of flowers that will enhance your atmosphere. You could collect clippings from wedding magazines or download images from the internet, use fabric swatches of your bridesmaid dresses, a photograph of your wedding dress and a sample of your wedding stationery to exemplify the kind of style, colour scheme and flowers you are interested in.
Once you have settled on a particular florist, make sure you get a guarantee from them when you sign your contact and leave your deposit that your flowers will arrive perfectly fresh and on time, and also establish what they do in an emergency when substitutions need to be made. Unfortunately, accidents do happen, so it is better to be prepared for every eventuality.
Recommended Essex Wedding Florists:
The Flower Mill http://www.theflowermillessex.co.uk/
Specialising in wedding flowers, The Flower Mill is a floral design company based in Wickford Essex. They will work closely with you, to design beautiful flowers to compliment your special day offering a one to one bespoke service. Karen, a fully trained florist who works from her design studio, will create your wedding flowers and personally loves everything floral from vintage style blooms to minimally tied Calla Lilies.
The Flower Mill have worked in most venues in and around Essex including Blake Hall of which they are a recommended supplier, Channels Golf & Country Club, Stock Brook Country Club, Friern Manor, plus many others.
Blossom Florists http://www.essex-bridal-flowers.co.uk/
Blossom Florists give the same care and attention whether you are having a small wedding comprising just a Bridal bouquet and a couple of button holes through to larger weddings including decorating your venue. You can browse the online store for ideas or to buy online, or book a consultation to discuss your bespoke needs. Free delivery is offered within their Essex delivery area and includes set up if you are buying table arrangements.