What you choose to wear at your wedding will help determine the colour of flowers and shape of bouquet that will suit it best. For example, if your dress is quite intricate and has a lot of detail, it would be a shame to hide it behind a giant cascading bouquet. Likewise, you also want to consider what colour your bridesmaids and/or groomsmen will be wearing. We recommend you bring photos of what you and your wedding party will be wearing with you to your consultation, so that we can take this into consideration when designing your bouquet.
It is important to consider your venue when planning out your wedding flowers. Is it a casual or formal setting? A rustic, unstructured bouquet might look fantastic at a barn wedding, but a bit out of place in a formal, upscale hotel. Is your wedding taking place indoors or outdoors? Some flowers, such as peonies and dahlias, will wilt very quickly outside in the summer heat. The more we know about your venue the better, so that we can help you choose flowers that will last.
Finally, check what’s in season on your wedding date. Some flowers, such as lilies and roses, are available pretty much year-round, although price and colour options will fluctuate. Other popular wedding flowers such as peonies, dahlias, and hydrangea are limited to when they are in season. You can download a list of when different flowers are typically in season in New Zealand here.
Rounded in shape and easily held in one hand. Ideal if you have a dress with a lot of detail you would like to show off.
Made with long-stemmed flowers in a range of colours and sizes for a whimsical ‘fresh from the garden’ look.
Intentionally asymmetrical with a very loose, organic shape. Best suited to rustic or bohemian style weddings.
A waterfall of flowers or foliage creates an elegant tapered effect at the bottom of the bouquet.
Our gallery page contains a showcase of some of our past wedding work. If you’re still not sure on the colour or style of flowers you want for your wedding, this is a great place to get some inspiration.
Our Wedding Flowers Guide lists the different types of floral arrangements people typically have at weddings. It also includes the starting price for each item, so you can get an idea of the minimum you can expect to pay.
Another way to get an idea of what style of flowers you like is by looking at other people’s weddings on social media. Pinterest is ideal for this, as it allows you to save posts to a board so you can refer back to them later.
Keep in mind, however, that the flowers used in these professional photo shoots are often expensive premium blooms. The pictures can be heavily edited, so in real life the colours of the blooms may be entirely different. Large displays or installations are very labour intensive, which will also drive costs up.
It’s also important to consider the source of any information you find. Flowers are going to have different prices and availability here in NZ than what they might overseas. A perfect example is gypsophila (baby’s breath), we see this pop up in American wedding blogs all the time – it’s pretty, it’s widely available, and it’s cheap! But this is just not the case in NZ. Gypsophila is not so common here, so on the rare occasion it does appear on the auction floor, it carries a very hefty price tag. We often won’t commit to gypsophila, as its availability is just too unpredictable.