Today we have a guest post by Green Parlour florists.  Who best to advise you ladies on choosing your wedding flowers than the pros themselves!!!  So without further ado......

Choosing the right flowers to reflect you and your wedding day can be mind blowing! First there is the style of bouquet, then you have to think about colours and on top of that flower names and what may be available at that time of year … and it goes without saying … cost! Flowers are so important for adding the finishing touches to your day, reflecting your style, colour theme and enhancing your dress.

So where do you start in this daunting flower world?


It sounds a little interior-design-meets-changing-rooms but mood boards are a great way of gathering all sorts of visual information to show your wedding florist (and other suppliers). Go traditional and get creative with your scissors and glue and grab all of those lovely wedding magazines you’ve been hoarding and start ripping them to shreds! Fill it with images of your dress, your inspiration; basically fill it with you, your personality! If you are a little more technology minded give some of the online sites a try, some allow you to create your own mood boards using some of their existing photos as well as uploading your own images and taking a look at other peoples boards of inspiration while you are there (

Visit lots of wedding blogs for some gorgeous wedding inspiration that is sure to get you drooling at all the wedding loveliness out there.

… and don’t forget to photocopy/print your creative hard work and give a copy to all your potential suppliers!


Budgets are always a difficult subject – how on earth with no knowledge of the cost of flowers are you meant to think of a figure to put in your budget? There is so much varying advise out there, it sounds pretty obvious but the more you spend, the more floral your decorations will become. We usually find the budget for the flowers should be between 5% – 10% of the total wedding budget but this is not prescriptive. It really depends on you!

The best advice we give is to be open with your budget, it allows you to get the most out of a consultation with any supplier and means that any ideas being discussed will be achievable for you!



This is one of the most exciting parts! We usually suggest putting by around 1 hour 30 minutes for your first consultation, giving us plenty of time to talk about your dress, the look and feel of your day and of course the mood boards we talked about earlier!

All of the pictures above are by Green Parlour.  If you are interested in booking them for your wedding you can contact them online here or you can call them on Tel: 0118 984 4000.

I hope this post has proved inspirational! x

(This is not a sponsored post)


  1. Great advice. Always consult floral magazines and books, and even setup time to speak to a florist to help you with your final wedding flower selection.

  2. There is an unlimited world of possibilities.Making your own flowers is a much cheaper alternative to a florist, and even if you're unsure of your bouquet-gathering skills, things like centrepieces and boutonnieres are simple enough to do on your own.