Ok, firstly, this is a big topic and I am NOT a florist but the points below may assist you when choosing your florist and wedding flowers and to get to grips with wedding flower basics.
Flowers can really make a wedding, the scent, the colour, the nostalgia, the opulence, the simplicity, they really give a wow factor to your special day. Your chosen florist will be able to advise you on flowers that are in season, what flowers go well together, what foliage will work and what arrangements will work best at your venue and for your style. I would always recommend getting on…you know what I’m going to say…pinterest, to gather images of what styles, flowers, colours and themes your really love.
You might want to think about the following:
Each florist differs so this is a tough area. The more foliage you use the less it will be. Out of season flowers will cost more as will opulent lavish designs that use more flowers and take more of the florist’s time to create.
Bouquet’s and buttonholes are a necessity but the above are really not, so be realistic. Most florists will itemise every element and you’ll be able to cancel an entry you do not require closer to the time, if budget is an issue.
If you have someone in your wedding party who’s pretty darn awesome at flower arranging and can get to a wholesale flower market, then by all means have a go. However, in general I would discourage you from providing your own flowers on the big day. Flower arranging is a skill, that’s why florist’s exist. They have trained to know how to put together arrangements in a aesthetically pleasing manner. They are also a fresh product and will need conditioning. You’ll be too busy getting ready and enjoying your morning – so in my opinion, if you are going to spend money, hire a florist! Your venue will be transformed and the place will look breathtaking!