2. List your requirements: Decide how many flower arrangements you need in total and where you need them. Typically you will need bouquets for the bride, bridesmaids and flower girls, the church (for Christian weddings); centerpieces at the reception, the seating area for the bride and groom at the reception; the car and other smaller requirements. Use a common theme across all your flower arrangements.
3. Set your Budget: Decide how much you can afford to spend on flowers and stick to it. Select your florist accordingly. Make sure you put everything you agreed on in writing.
4. Control your Budget: To keep your flower budget under control, choose flowers that are in season or locally grown. You can also replace flowers in centerpieces with fresh fruits and vegetables or mix them with candles. The use of greenery, foliage and branches can stretch your budget. This also adds a more creative element to traditional centerpieces, which you may want to break away from.
5. Delivery and Timing: Agree on the delivery schedule with the florist and inform the wedding venue. Make sure the flowers arrive fresh and are not put aside in the sun. Ask the florist or a friend to go around before the wedding reception to remove any damaged flowers or leaves.
6. Your Centerpieces: Make sure your guests at the wedding reception are able to see each other across the table; the centerpiece should either be above or below eye level. Don’t use flowers that are strongly scented as you or your guests just might spend the evening sneezing!
7. Your Bouquets: Your bouquet has to match your wedding and color scheme. Decide if you want a large bouquet with many different flowers and greenery, or a simple bouquet of one flower or maybe a group of the same flower? Normally the length of the bouquet is proportional to the length of your wedding gown or train. If you're keeping bouquets in vases of water to maintain freshness before you use them, don't forget to dry the stems thoroughly before you hold your bouquet.
8. Don’t throw away your flowers: Be environmentally conscious. If the centerpieces at your wedding don’t have to go back to the florist, offer them to a shelter, hospital or other institutions.