If you are soon to be married and need to begin the process of choosing your wedding flowers, here are a couple of things you should take into consideration before selecting them.

Artificial vs. Real

Before you start thinking about the quantity, style and colour of flowers you would like for your wedding, you will need to decide whether you should use real flowers or artificial ones.

Most people prefer the former, as in addition to looking beautiful, real flowers also have a wonderful natural scent. However, provided you opt for ones made from high-quality silk, artificial flowers can look just as striking, and there are certain circumstances in which they might be the more suitable option.

If for example, you, your partner or your bridesmaids have severe hayfever allergies which could be triggered by holding or standing close to a bouquet of real flowers, then it might be wiser to use artificial ones, so that the allergic individual does not spend the entire wedding sneezing and feeling congested. 

You could also use a combination of artificial and real; you might, for example, ask your florist to use real flowers for your own wedding bouquet and artificial ones for your bridesmaids' bouquets and for the tables, so that you can enjoy the beauty of a real bouquet but still spare your allergic guests the distress of a hayfever attack.   

The wedding venue

It is essential to consider the type of venue your wedding will be held in when selecting your wedding flowers and to select blooms which will blend in well with the environment in which they will be placed. If you fail to do this, the flowers you end up choosing could clash terribly with their surroundings and give the venue a garish, unattractive overall appearance.

For example, if your wedding will be held in a beautiful old rustic barn, then you might want to opt for a selection of wildflowers, such as bellflower and honeysuckle, as these would be perfectly in keeping with this style of venue.

Conversely, if you will be hosting your wedding in an upscale, sophisticated venue, such as an elegant country house, then a selection of more formal flowers (such as roses, peonies or lilies) would probably be more appropriate.

Likewise, if your wedding is to be held in a Japanese-themed garden, it might be best to use bouquets made up of flowers commonly found in Japan, such as camellias, violets and primroses.