Four Expert Tips for Choosing The Perfect Wedding Flowers

Even the smallest details of a wedding affect what flower a couple should choose. These florists are here to help you decide.

The flowers you choose are present throughout every step of your wedding day. From walking down the aisle to tossing the bouquet, they’re never far from sight. But picking the perfect flower combination and arrangement is not as simple as it may seem. We asked a few local florists for their best advice for picking the perfect flower for your day.

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Let your personality do the deciding

The first step in choosing flowers is often a consultation with your florist. Patti Harding, owner and designer at Muetzel’s Florist & Gift Shoppe in McKees Rocks, prefers to spend her first meeting with a couple talking about anything but flowers. Instead, she uses the conversation to survey their personalities.

“[Their personality] makes me either go formal or lets me be freestyle. It gives me what their style is immediately,” says Harding.

During the consultation, Harding asks her clients what they do for a living, what kind of car they drive, how they decorate their home and what their families are like. Her favorite question is about the wedding gown, which she says “screams” their personality to her.

Once she has a feel for what bride likes, she suggests flowers and arrangements she thinks will fit her personal style.

“You can learn a lot in the first 10 minutes,” says Harding. “It’s funny how your personality runs your life.”

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Keep the season in mind

Although Jim Ebbert, owner of Flowershow Studio downtown, encourages clients to come to appointments with ideas about what kinds of flowers they are drawn to, he cautions against picking a flower that is out of season. Not only will an out-of-season flower cost more, it will also look worse than a flower that is in season.

“People think that because they’re paying more, they’re getting better flowers,” says Ebbert. “You can still get a flower [out-of-season], but it’s not always that great.”

Ebbert recommends making that a focal point of your discussion with the florist before making your final decision.

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Plan (very far) ahead

Flowers may seem like they should be the last thing on the to-do list before the wedding, but they should be much closer to the top.

Since florists set up flowers in both the ceremony and reception venue, it can be extremely difficult for them to do more than one wedding in one day, and usually they don’t. So plan ahead and make sure you’ve got one booked, experts advise.

“I want you to lock that date in so I don’t take another bride,” Harding says. “You have this date. You have me that day.”

Ebbert suggests calling at least six months in advance, if not a whole year. He says to ignore the magazines that tell you three months is enough time. Even if a florist can still book you, last-minute planning can mean stress that the flowers may not come in on time.

Remember that even the tablecloths affect what looks best

When a couple is picking their venue, they may consider their flowers will look within the structure and look of the building. They probably don’t usually think about the linens. According to Michael Jacobs, owner of Blooms Florist in the Strip District, even the tablecloths should be considered when making a decision.

The coverings may seem inconsequential, but Jacobs stresses their importance when choosing centerpieces. For example, if using a white industrial linen, Jacobs suggests picking a low arrangement and complementing it with candles to mask the “industrial feel.”

As a solution, Jacobs works with his clients to pick and order linens as well as flowers.


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