A Practical Guide to Wedding Flowers in the North East

by : Jenny Simpson

We have some tips that will ensure that you are wowed by your wedding day arrangements and your guests will remember how the church and wedding reception was decorated.

But what does the florist need to know?

Theme and Style of Wedding

What are the surroundings like (both for the wedding itself and the reception)? Is it formal or informal? Classic or modern? What will the bridal gown look like? What mood are you trying to create? These are all vital clues, which will help the florist design an appropriate style for you.

How much do you want to spend?

Obviously you can't be expected to have a precise budget ready prepared, but a realistic ballpark figure will help your florist suggest appropriate types, styles and quantities of flowers.

The Colour Scheme

Are there any colours which ought to be included or avoided? What colour are the bridesmaid's dresses? Or the groom's waistcoat? Or even the tablecloths at the reception? Swatches of material are ideal - failing that, a photograph or even a colour match from a DIY store will help.

Shapes and Sizes

What ages are the bridesmaids? How tall are they? Are there any other attendants to think about, (perhaps a page boy or matron of honour)


If the bride or bridesmaids are having flowers fixed in their hair, their hairstyle may affect how the flowers can be fixed and what style of head-dress will be appropriate.

The Wedding Venue

How large is it? What is the lighting like? If the wedding will be celebrated in a church, synagogue, mosque or temple, are there any particular customs or requirements which the florist should know about?

The Reception

How large is the room or marquee? Do you want table arrangements and if so, how many? What is the background like...what colour and what material? Do you want arrangements for the car? A local will be able to arrange all of this for you.

Bombard your florist with information

The more you know about your plans for the , the easier they'll find it to give you what you want. Pictures, photographs, sketches, colour guides...it all helps.

Make sure you leave plenty of time before the big day to see your ...four weeks is really the minimum. Even the biggest wedding florist can't manage many weddings on the same day and they are often booked up months in advance at busy times of year. You may also want an unusual type of flower, which will have to ordered especially for you.

Elvet Flowers is a wedding flowers specialist in North East England, Durham. For more information visit ?