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Date added: 19 Jan 2018 Top Tips for Choosing Your Wedding Flowers

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Choosing your wedding flowers can be one of the most exciting parts of planning your wedding (at least we think so)! But it can also be a tricky and sometimes stressful process; which is why we’ve written this blog to give you a few tips on where to start with choosing your wedding flowers.

We here at Colonnade Florist have helped so many beautiful couples make their dream weddings come true- from those who don’t know their Roses from their Tulips, to those who have planned their whole wedding on Pinterest already! Whichever couple you are, this guide will help to point you in the right direction for where to start with your planning!

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Don’t Rush Your Planning

For many of you that are planning a wedding and scouring Pinterest for ideas, choosing your florals can be one of the most exciting bits, and something you are keen to get booked in. However, your wedding flowers should be there to compliment all the different aspects of your special day; the venue, the bridesmaid dresses and the season. Coming in to discuss your flowers before you have settled those things first could lead to you needing to make a lot of stressful- and potentially pricey-changes later on.

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Do Your Homework

Before coming in for your wedding consultation, take some time to have a good think between you and your partner about what you like/what your style is. You don’t need to come in knowing all the exact details, but it does help if you are able to give us an idea of what your tastes are.

It’s also best, if you know that you want something very specific, to do some research on the availability and seasonality of that flower. Although peonies and sweet peas look beautiful in bridal flowers, if you are having a November wedding those flowers are not readily available. Although most flowers can be sourced year-round, choosing something out of season can potentially push you over your flower budget.

Sometimes its best to come in with several choices, as to avoid disappointment when you get here. Many flowers can be replaced with something similar to create the same effect- Instead of Peonies, perhaps blousy Roses? Instead of Sweet Peas perhaps Lizzyanthus or Delphinium? We are happy to talk you through your different options when you get here, but we hate to see a disappointed bride, so its best if you prepare yourself for this.

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Bring Examples

Particularly if you come to us with a clear image of what you want, please, please bring in examples! Show us as many pictures as you like, link with our Pinterest, even bring in scraps of fabric for us to see! If you know what you want, then it is so important that we do too. You will likely not see your flowers in the flesh until the morning of your wedding, when there is no time to make important changes, so it’s vital that we understand what’s in your head as clearly as you do.

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Know Your Budget

On average, a couple will spend approximately 10% of their entire wedding budget on flowers. Although to some this may seem like a high portion, if you consider that generally the more guests to need to feed and the more you spend on your venue, the more space there will be to decorate… then this seems like a reasonable estimation.

We are happy to help accommodate couples with any sized budget, but it is best if you have an idea of what you are willing to spend before you come in- and make this figure known to us upfront. The reason being, we don’t want to get your hopes up with images of flowers covering every inch of the venue, if this is simply not feasible for you. We know that talking about money can be uncomfortable, but its best that we know early on so that we can taylor-make your florals to suit your style and your pockets!

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Let Your Venue Influence You

Where you chose to have your wedding can be a huge deciding factor for the style of your florals. We are very familiar with all our local venues, so will be able to give you guidance on what suits where, but we are no stranger to couples wanting modern arrangements in a barn style venue.

Opt for arrangements which look like they belong; chic, sophisticated venues with large tables and grand windows may lend themselves to mirrored vases, floating candles and tall contemporary designs, but these would look out of place in a woodland setting. Whereas outdoor or countryside weddings would suit hanging vases and floral archways.

At the end of the day however, it is your wedding and your tastes- we cannot choose that for you!

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Lastly, Have Fun!

Planning your wedding shouldn’t be filled with anxiety or arguments, it should be an exciting and enjoyable time for both of you. Take a breather once in a while to appreciate being engaged and in love. And don’t stress over the tiny details- leave that part to us!

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Photography by:

Emily Brown Photography

Angela Windsor Photography

Tom Halliday Photography.

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Flowers By:

Colonnade Florist

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Featured Venues:

One Warwick Park, Tunbridge Wells

The Papermill, Hawkhurst

The Orangery, Maidstone

The Barn, Tunbridge Wells

The Spa Hotel, Tunbridge Wells

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