Pick of the Crop

How to Pick the Best Flowers for Your Wedding

Flowers convey your personal style and create an ambiance that will make your day unique and unforgettable.

If flowers are the "language of love," then a bride can never have too many blossoms at her nuptials.

There are no rules about the color and type of wedding flowers you may use. Many gorgeous weddings featured brightly hued, dramatic bouquets and table arrangements. Some brides are adept at arranging flowers and working with florists. Others can't tell a daffodil from a dahlia.

Whatever your familiarity with flowers, here's how to start from square one in deciding what to feature on your Big Day:

Think beyond white

What's the style, theme, and color palette you have chosen for your wedding? There are flowers out there that can capture that your vibe completely, whether it is formal or informal, rustic or sophisticated affair.

A picture is worth a thousand words

Gather inspiration from flower books, wedding books, bridal magazines and the Internet. Clip magazine photos that show floral styles, colors, and arrangements you like (and dislike). Don't limit yourself to bridal books either. A picture of a beautiful room in a decorating magazine might trigger ideas for your reception setting.

Doing your homework in advance will give your vendors the direction they need and eliminate many potential problems by creating a visual presentation to back up your discussions.

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