Wedding flowers and inspiration

Magazines, books and websites are a great source of inspiration when it comes to seeing wonderful photographs of flowers and finding listings of local suppliers. Tear out magazine pages that inspire you and keep them in a handy folder – as well as helping you find your florist, they may help you  decide upon flowers and styles. It’s equally important and helpful to a florist if you know what flowers and colours you don’t like - so bear that in mind too!

Findong a wedding florist

Perhaps the best way of finding a wedding florist is to ask for recommendations. Your venue may work regularly with local florists, photographers, wedding cake designers and other suppliers, who might also be able to recommend florists they have worked with. Equally, keep your eye out for any floral designs that catch your eye in the run up to your wedding. If you see something you love at another wedding, or perhaps even in a restaurant or hotel, now’s the time to be nosy and to ask who the florist is.

Meeting your wedding florist

When you’ve found one or two florists, arrange to an appointment for a consultation. A good florist should be able to show you examples of their work, and to suggest initial ideas that work within your budget. It’s important that you get on well with all your wedding suppliers. Chances are you’re going to have numerous conversations with them so it’s crucial that you can talk well through your ideas and feel happy about them being involved in your wedding day.


While a good florist should take your ideas in to consideration, they’re also likely to make other suggestions. This is the point to stand back and listen to the expert – chances are they know more  about flowers than you do! If you’ve got your heart set on having lily of the valley in all arrangements, and a budget of £700, it’s not going to happen. Let the florist suggest an alternative flower that will work equally well, and fit in to your wedding budget.


In order to help a florist understand exactly what you’re looking for, and to create appropriate designs for your wedding, take along plenty of information to inspire them. Photographs of flowers and arrangements you like the look of are ideal, as well as fabric swatches from the bridesmaid dresses,  and photos of the venue. They will all help to build up a picture of your wedding style. Ask whether your florist has worked at your chosen venue before and, if not, whether they plan to pay a visit to see exactly how the arrangements will work.