When only the best is good enough

Sarah at Wild Ideas shares with us her top tips on choosing your wedding flowers.

1) Try to choose your wedding dress before your flowers

When you meet your florist for a consultation, remember to bring a picture of your dress. The design of your bouquet is completely dependent on the style, shape and detail of your dress. We think the key to bouquet design is that it should fit you, have the right style and feel for your gown whether that be country, shabby chic, or simple elegance.

Shower, hand tied or over the arm ? Do not opt for a trailing bouquet if the feature detail of your dress is on the skirt, but if you have a long train or bustle at the back of your dress you might want to balance the look with a more dramatic bouquet this design can also be elegant and slimming. A hand tied can be soft and textured or sharp and clean. Try not to hide your nipped in waist so make sure the bouquet is narrow enough to not obscure it or will be held in such a way this wont be an issue. Consider how you will hold your bouquet and make sure you will be comfortable all day

3) Find out what flowers are in season on your wedding day

Some flowers just aren’t available at certain times of the year (or are very expensive or weak) so make sure you take this into consideration when choosing which flowers to incorporate into your bouquet. Also in the height of summer some blooms are vulnerable to wilting in some designs.

Colour is key, particularly with whites, ivories and creams. There are so many different shades, we can recommend the right type of bloom to work well with the exact colour of your dress, and to compliment your bridesmaid’s dresses. Remember to show us swatches if you have them.

5) Make it personal

We can incorporate flowers that might have a personal meaning to either you or another family member. If you have a family heirloom such as an antique brooch, a lace hanky, locket or something else to work into your something old, new, borrowed and blue, we can add it into the binding of the stems.

6) How to hold your bouquet

When you are nervous and hold your bouquet for the first time, most brides tend to hold their bouquet with two hands and carry it quite high which immediately lifts the shoulders up. This tends not to make a great picture, particularly if you are wearing a strapless dress.If you can remember,do the “Hello!” pose and lengthen your arm to hold your bouquet below your hip.That way you can see the silhouette of your dress and you will relax and open your shoulders, improving your posture and creating the best shot.