The Ultimate Guide to Selecting the Best Wedding Floral Services

Planning your wedding revolves around making all sorts of decisions. From colors and themes to venues and that daunting guest list, it can seem like an endless list from the day you get engaged to the final sip of champagne at your reception. Luckily, when it comes to making decisions about your wedding flowers, the experts at Marco Island Florist are here to make each decision easier and more enjoyable. We have even created the ultimate guide to choosing the ideal services you might need for your big day. Before confirming your plans and packages with your florist, take a moment to consider your wedding style, the size of your guest list, your timeline, and of course, your budget. Then, you can evaluate whether a DIY, a la carte, or full-service design is suitable for you and your partner.

Types of Wedding Flowers

To select the ideal floral services for your wedding, you must fully understand the different kinds of arrangements and bouquets you might need for your day.

The bride's bouquet and the groom's boutonniere of delicate rose flowers tied with pink ribbons lie on the glass table in the hotel room.

Personal Flowers

Personal flowers are made for the people in your wedding and other loved ones you want to recognize on your big day. From hand-tied bouquets and boutonnieres to corsages and floral crowns, it is always a good idea to make room in your budget for personal flowers, as they will be included in most of your wedding photos.

Arch for the wedding ceremony, decorated with white and pink flowers. Wedding day.

Ceremony Flowers

Enhance your wedding ceremony with dreamy blooms like aisle markers, floral arches, arbor swags, and large altar arrangements. Ceremony flowers set the tone for the rest of your celebrations and are often the first décor wedding guests admire even before you walk down the aisle.

Luxury wedding table decoration. Special event table set up. Fresh flower decoration.

Reception Centerpieces

Moving into cocktail hour and the wedding reception, centerpieces are another essential floral item. From small arrangements on cocktail tables to large and inviting arrangements on guest tables and either a head table or sweetheart table, no wedding feels complete without alluring centerpieces.

the wedding ceremony in the open air of fresh flowers, with candles. gentle and beautiful wedding decor for newlyweds.

Flower Installations and Special Décor

Other showstopping flower designs you can choose for your wedding are flower installations, floral walls, hanging arrangements, and more creative and out-of-the-box pieces that your florist will help you imagine and bring to life. These types of floral elements are sure to wow wedding guests and make a statement.

Types of Wedding Flower Services

Florist at work: how to make box with flowers, step by step, tutorial. Proposal or wedding gift idea.

DIY Wedding Flowers

DIY, or do-it-yourself, wedding flowers are the most cost-effective way to dress your wedding in beautiful blooms. Once you gather your supplies, you create and set up your own personal flowers, ceremony arrangements, centerpieces, and more that will reflect your vision. Choose a DIY flower package if you have simple wedding flower ideas, are hosting a small or micro wedding, want to keep your wedding flower cost at a minimum, enjoy having the freedom to design and create, and are planning your wedding in less than six months.

Flower table decorations for holidays and wedding dinner. Table set for holiday, event, party or wedding reception in outdoor restaurant.

A La Carte Wedding Flowers

A La Carte wedding flowers are a popular path for brides and grooms since you pick and choose only the flowers and décor that are most important. This package or service allows you to work with a professional florist without committing to an extensive wedding design. Select a la carte if you are having a medium size wedding, are looking for flexibility, want to control or customize your budget, need the essentials plus a little extra, have time to set up your flowers, and are planning your wedding within a year to six months in advance.

Luxury decorated with flowers roses and orchids celebration hall in palace

Full-Service Wedding Design

Full-service wedding designs take all the pressure off you as a bride or groom. With a full-service package, your florist will design and create the wedding of your dreams without you needing to lift a finger leading up to your wedding or the day of. In addition to personal, ceremony, and reception flowers, full-service designs include rentals and décor like candles, lanterns or cylinder vases, linens, chairs, or flower installations, depending on your style, theme, and ideas. A full-service wedding design is right for you if you are having a large wedding, want all the bells and whistles on top of the basics and essentials, want your florist and designer to guide you every step of the way, prefer your florist to deliver, set up, and breakdown your flowers and décor, and are planning your wedding at least one year in advance.

Boutonniere on the groom's jacket

Wedding Flower Costs to Keep in Mind

You probably already have a good idea of which route you want to take for your wedding flowers. However, before committing to a package or service, consult your budget and ask your florist some critical questions. While the flowers will cost one thing, the services you choose, in addition to each bloom, will help determine the overall price for your wedding. Some packages may already have built-in service fees, such as labor, design, and set-up fees, while others may not. Before sending in a deposit, check if your package deal includes all the services you need or is simply charging stem by stem or arrangement by arrangement.

Wedding arch at the restaurant. Round flower arch. Trend in the wedding banquet room is a white arch decorated with flowers and greens, in the background white cloth.

Wedding Flower Timeline

Timing is a significant factor that will lead you to the ideal type of floral service for your wedding. The more time you have to work with a florist, the better. Having at least one year before your wedding date will open the door to more options and services you can take advantage of. Check out the timeline below to see how far in advance you need to order your wedding flowers.

  • Planning and Consultations – One year to nine months
  • Putting Down a Deposit – Nine to six months
  • Choosing Flowers – Nine to six months
  • Ordering Flowers – Six months
  • Creating and Arranging – Week of
  • Setting Up at the Venue – One day or day of

We know that planning a wedding isn’t a piece of cake, but the experts here at Marco Island Florist strive to make your wedding planning process as fun, easy, and stress-free as possible. If you are still unsure which package or direction to go in, reach out to our wedding professionals for more insight, to discuss your personal needs, or to set up an event flowers consultation.