Yena Lee

Today there is no shortage on wedding inspiration. From glossy magazines to wedding websites and social media, it’s easy to get swept away by a flood of floral inspirations for your wedding.

But as each bride’s wedding theme — and budget — is different, there is no one-size-fits-all flower.

Before getting buried in bouquet ideas, check out these tips to get specific inspirations for your wedding flowers.

Dream Within Your Budget

It’s best to secure your wedding date, venue and major vendors (photographer, catering, entertainment) before booking your florist — this way you’ll have a better idea of how much budget you have to work with and some insight into what type of ambience you want your flowers and décor to create for your wedding.

A good rule of thumb is that flowers will make up around 10 percent of your wedding budget, give or take. How far that budget goes, though, depends a great deal on the size and scope of your wedding. There are bouquets for the bride and bridesmaids, boutonnieres for the groom and groomsmen (plus flowers for special guests like parents and grandparents), for example, and a centerpiece for each table at the reception. The cost per each will vary on seasonality on intricacy, as each arrangement will be put together by hand. In 2012, the average amount spent on florists/décor was just under $2,000.

Look at photos and color swatches for inspiration.

Plan to meet potential florists about six to nine months out of your wedding date.

Once you have an idea of the approach, color palette and price-range you want, meet with a couple florists who seem like a good fit before making your choice.

Think Local

Most floral experts agree that using in-season (and, if possible, local) blooms is the way to go. Not only will they be more affordable, as they’re not traveling across the country (or further!), but they’ll be best suited to a wedding’s seasonal aesthetic.

Here are suitable flowers for each of three popular wedding styles:


If you have always dreamed of a formal-style wedding, use monochromatic flowers and minimal foliage.

Sculptural flowers like calla lilies and orchids are available in all seasons in a wide variety of colors from pure white to pastels and rich burgundy.


To achieve a lush, romantic wedding, full soft flowers like garden roses and hydrangea with hyacinth are perfect for a spring wedding. Peonies in the summer, dahlias in the fall, anemones and ranunculus in the winter.

Brides always crave peonies, but they can be pricey. Big-headed roses, such as an esperance pink rose, can be an affordable substitute.


With an organic, rustic theme that is on trend, colorful flowers with abundant seasonal foliage and special seasonal accents will be perfect selection. Consider pussy willow or flowering branches in spring, berried ivy and bittersweet in the fall, berries in the summer and pinecones and juniper in the winter.

Keep In Your Venue In Mind

The venue or ceremony location also is critical factor in deciding on the overall look of your décor, says Kass. If the ceremony is taking place in an ornately decorated church or temple there might not be a need for many flowers as there is already so much built-in elegance. Outdoor weddings can be enhanced with a beautiful floral arch or column arrangements that add rather than detract from the natural beauty.

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