Have you ever attended a wedding without flowers? It’s highly unlikely considering how flowers have always played a huge role in such events. To pick the best flowers for your wedding day, follow these tips:

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Determine your budget

Before you get too excited, do the sums. Some floral arrangements might not be realistic once you have budgeted for everything else, so it’s a good idea to know how much you have to spend on flowers before getting your hopes up. When you visit the florist, you can discuss the extent of your budget and work from there. It’s a good idea to keep some flowers on your “must-have” list and some on your “wish-list”, so that if you do have to pare down, the wish-list flowers can go first without depleting the flowers that you must have. Source: WikiHow

You need to show, not just tell

Images are way more telling than words. Bring your inspirations boards, a bridesmaid dress fabric swatch and a photograph of your wedding gown. This will cue your florist in on the look you’re after from the start. Keep in mind: Your florist will totally appreciate snapshots that reflect your style, but don’t expect exact replicas of what lives on your inspiration board. Floral designers are just that — artists with a vision and a desire to create something one of a kind for your wedding. Communicate what you like about the centerpiece or archway, but be open to modifications and substitutions, especially when it comes to actual flowers. Maybe you’re attracted to an arrangement because you like the loose, deconstructed vibe, or maybe you just like the colors. Source: TheKnot

Embrace your wedding season

Think about the types of flowers that are normally seen around the time of year when you’re getting married, for example, tulips and peonies in the spring, or dahlias and mums in the fall. There’s no rule that says you can only use flowers if they’re in season, but out-of-season blooms might be difficult for your florist to find and will generally mean a higher price tag for you in the end. Source: WeddingWire