What are my options for getting wedding flowers?
Selecting and ordering flowers for your wedding
You will find flowers in a lot of places during a wedding. First and foremost, there is, of course, the main bridal bouquet as well as the bridesmaids' bouquets (and groomsmen may wear boutonnieres). Then, flowers are used extensively as decorations during the ceremony (think ceremony site decorations, arbor decorations, flowers for the flower girl, decorations for the limo, etc.) and reception (reception decorations, table centerpieces, etc.) Some of these may already be included as part of the package you have negotiated with a particular vendor (limo service company will likely decorate the limo for you, your ceremony venue and your reception venue may already have some decorations, etc.) For the rest, depending on your budget and desires, there are a few options for you to consider.
Flowers for the wedding ceremony
To begin, the bridal bouquet and bridesmaids bouquets are probably the only "must-have" flower arrangements you will need at your wedding. That is, your guests would quickly notice if these were missing, while any other places where flowers are used in a wedding are really optional. Think of a wedding you attended over a year ago - can you recall the details of the flower decorations during the ceremony? Do you remember what the centerpiece was like, or if there even was one?
The truth of the matter is that unless the centerpieces (or other decorations) were something spectacular or very unusual, your guests are not going to notice or remember these, so it's up to you to decide how much budget to dedicate to flower arrangements and decorations (we at WeddingVenture.com keep hearing mixed emotions about the centerpieces - but most people seem to come to the opinion that they were not really necessary after the fact).
Regardless of what you decide, here are some sources of flowers for you to consider:
Order flowers from a florist.
This is definitely the most expensive option. A typical bridal bouquet would cost you $100-$250 on average, while the bridesmaids' bouquets usually range from $60 to $100. These costs will run up. The main advantage of having a florist, however, is that if you are very particular about the shade of the flowers (or the actual flowers) you want as part of your floral arrangement, the florist will offer you a wide variety of choices and help you pick out what you need.