Every bride wants their wedding to be perfect, spending hours choosing a dress, a venue and food, but the flowers are important too. They are the biggest ornament at a wedding and they bring in a splash of colour, life and aroma. Here are some top tips to consider when choosing your wedding bouquet and flowers for your wedding. 1. Start by deciding on a budget Floral arrangements can vary so set yourself a budget and work around that. You can then figure out which flowers will work with your costs, and which ones won’t. You can still make your arrangements beautiful and spectacular without breaking the bank.

2. Get inspiration It’s hard to not feel overwhelmed when it comes to deciding on your wedding flowers as there is so much to choose from. Look for inspiration in magazines, books and also social sites such as Pinterest. There are tonnes of images of weddings or wedding inspired photos, and you can keep them all for future reference. Another good idea is to make a scrapbook of cuttings and images you’ve found so that you can start to pull together colours and themes. 3. Check the symbolism and the season Lots of flowers have different meanings and represent varying things. For example, Convallaria means sweetness and purity, Stephanotis means happiness and of course, Rose means love and passion. You don’t have to go for the classic flowers though, it’s good to be a bit different! Also, many flowers are in season at different times. Make sure you check which arrangements you can have depending on the time of year your wedding takes place. You are able to have flowers imported from elsewhere, but this usually costs quite a bit extra. 4. Colour coordination and consistency This goes without saying. Although colour choice is more of a personal preference, be sure to pick colours that match everything else. Florists are experienced and they know which colour combinations work – and which ones don’t. So it’s definitely worth bearing in mind the professionals advice. 5. Bridal bouquet Your bouquet is the most important flowers at the wedding so make sure you pick wisely. Take a photo of your wedding dress into a wedding florist and they are able to help get your bouquet to match. Flowers are held at waist level and this is the slimmest part of the body, so be sure to pick flowers that compliment your shape. 6. Remember all the little bits Don’t forget about the groom and his groomsmen. Their buttonholes still make a statement and are prominent features in your wedding, so make sure they all coordinate! Same goes for corsages for the Mother of the bride and any other key female guests. Don’t make the months leading up to your wedding stressful and consult these tips to assist you in designing your flower arrangements. After all, they are almost as important as the bride herself!