How to Select Your Wedding Flowers | Guest Post: Courtney Inghram Events

Today, you have the special treat of hearing from my friend Courtney of Courtney Inghram Events. She specializes in floral design and every ounce of her work is filled with so much joy and creativity. Read on to hear her advice on selecting your wedding flowers!

Selecting specific flowers for your wedding arrangements can be a difficult choice. Depending on the season you are getting married in, the amount of flower options can be overwhelming, and most brides don’t have a vast knowledge of all the different options they have available to them! It’s important to remember that the availability, varieties, and colors of flowers are primarily dictated by Mother Nature, but your wedding florist will be able to educate you on which varieties are typically most consistent. Here are a few suggestions to get you started in choosing the types of flowers you would like for your wedding!

1. Select Flowers That Have a Sentimental Meaning
One idea to help you select particular flowers would be to choose a sentimental bloom that reminds you of someone special, or honor someone who may not be present on your wedding day with a pin or broach on your wedding bouquet! Selecting a flower that has a deeper meaning can create such a special moment on your wedding day, and it’s a unique way to add some value and meaning to your wedding flowers. If there is a scent of a certain type of flower that reminds you of someone special, make sure to talk to your florist about incorporating it into your wedding bouquet!

2. Select a Few “Must-Have” Flowers and Splurge
Another way to select your wedding flowers is to choose a few “must-have” flowers, and then have your wedding florist suggest some other ideas to supplement yours! Frequently, brides come to me and don’t know what season peonies or magnolias are in bloom, and they end up getting their heart set on peony bouquets for all 12 bridesmaids in September (almost impossible and very expensive). Instead, just using peonies for a small portion of a bridal bouquet will make that more special for the bride and allow for some additional room in the flower budget. For example, I was married in Virginia at the end of June, so peonies are almost out of season; I splurged on having them in my bouquet, and then ended up doing something smaller for the bridesmaids! Talking with your florist will definitely help you decide where you can splurge on your “must-have” flowers!

3. Select Seasonal/Local Blooms
Selecting flowers in season is always something I recommend to my brides - the quality of seasonal blooms is always so much better than an out-of-season flower, and they are almost always more price-friendly! Using local blooms is also amazing, because the quality is incredible, they are much more readily available, and here in Virginia, we have lots of great options, depending on seasons! However, if you choose to primarily select your flowers in this way, it’s important to know which flowers will be in season on your wedding date. If you live for spring flowers like sweet peas and peonies, plan your wedding for May, not November.

Using some of the ideas I shared will definitely help you select the perfect flowers for your wedding day! Choosing your wedding flowers and planning that part of your wedding is supposed to be FUN - so enjoy this time!

Thank you SO MUCH, Courtney! You are so adorable and talented! I love getting "meat and potatoes" advice from other vendors. Flowers are such an important element in any wedding day. No matter your budget or theme, you can make the most of your floral design by working with a talented florist like Courtney. Check her out on Facebook or Instagram to see some of her latest work!

Let's Talk Bouquets

While wedding cake is my favorite detail (to both eat and discuss!), you can't ignore the beauty of a perfect bouquet. When she's walking down the aisle, holding her bright, colorful bundle, that's elegance right there. The way the dress, veil, and bouquet all go together...ah, just lovely.

I thought I'd take a moment to celebrate the diversity of the modern day bridal bouquet. Before we get there, how about taking a little walk down memory lane with one of my all time favorite bouquets. Princess Di's bouquet was cascading, to say the very least!

Princess Diana wedding bouquet

Dani showed me her bouquet the day before her wedding. She was concerned it was too large, but really, it just had a lot of pizazz! In this picture, it is the perfect color, perfect shape, perfect size!

Regan's bouquet and other wedding flowers were made by her best friend's mom. I remember being completely blown away when I saw them for the first time. All of them, especially Regan's, had such movement to them. While I can't tell you all of these flowers are called, I can tell you that eucalyptus because a favorite of mine on this day.

Photo:  Daytona May Photography  Bouquet: Debbie Klink

Photo: Daytona May Photography
Bouquet: Debbie Klink

Daytona May Photography | wedding bouquet

Katie's bouquet was the perfect ray of sunshine on the rainiest of days. Sunflowers remind me of her so much because she didn't stop smiling. Sunflowers are the happiest of flowers and I think they are a good choice anytime, anywhere.

Had to throw in the bouquet I made for our Beatrix Potter Styled Shoot. Since I had a hard time finding a florist, a last minute decision sent me to Norfolk Wholesale to shop. (I didn't hate it!) Being that I went shopping on a Saturday, they were wiped clean of all the flowers I thought I would buy. Fortunately, I was feeling extra creative the day I made it....I may be dabbling in a bit of floral-work in the future! ;)

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Photo:  Crystal Belcher Photography  Bouquet: Me

Photo: Crystal Belcher Photography
Bouquet: Me

This one holds a special place in my heart. Daytona made this for the very first shoot we did together. I was stressing over not having a florist, but being her experience, observant self, she had photographed many dozens of bouquets. She knew what looked good. I love how wild and free it was. Absolute perfection.

Daytona May Photography | wedding bouquet
Photo AND bouquet by  Daytona May Photography

Photo AND bouquet by Daytona May Photography

The best part about bouquets is that each one is different. Every girl has her own taste, and every floral designer has her own specific style.

Sometimes it's nice to stop and stare at the flowers. :)