I am at a complete loss as to what flowers to choose. I have looked at what ones will be in stock and which ones come in the colours I would need but how do you go about picking what type of flowers to use?
I found looking on Pinterest to be overwhelming in the extreme! I found out which flowers were in season for my wedding and chose a few main flowers I wanted (sunflowers and dahlias) and let the florist do the rest. I told my florist our wedding colours (decor and attire) and my budget and how many bouquets and boutonniers I wanted and off she went. She sent me the occasional question to ask if I was ok with certain types of flowers but otherwise she had free rein and I loved my bouquets!
I say look at the types of bouquets on pintrest for example and your wedding colour or flower colour preference. And bring the photos to a florist like others have suggested or/and if you have a favorite flower try to incorporate it. They can dye most flowers now a days or spray paint them. I have bought roses in a multitude of colours per individual rose.
That's fair. One thing I did was googled my flower colours and looked at the bouquets that showed up. Or on Pinterest. Then, when you find one you like, take it in to a florist to see if they can duplicate. Doesn't really help narrow it down right away but good for a visual.
Don't get too caught up on individual flowers. Start saving pictures of bouquets that you like and you'll start to notice common elements that you keep gravitating to. Some elements to consider are: Bouquet shape, size, type of foliage, abstract design or a clean symmetrical design. Do you prefer a variety of flower shapes and sizes or something uniform and clean looking (example: all roses). If you go to a florist armed with those elements in mind, along with inspirational pictures, you should be in good hands. Geeze, you'd think I was a florist. (Heh, I am).
For me, I'm not particular on the flowers, I just want the colours to match. My sister-in-law is doing our bouquets so I just told her orange and cream flowers that are in season (since they will be cheaper) and she can decide what looks best together. I know I want at least one lily and one glad included (after my grandmothers) but the whole bouquet doesn't need to be those flowers.
For me, there are some details that I'm just not worrying about. I figure if I don't have an idea off hand, it's probably not that important (for the most part!). Flowers was one of the things that fell in the category. So have signs and card box. I want to have them at the wedding, but I don't want to spend lots of time thinking about and deciding on it.
Try looking on pinterest for bouquets with the flower colours that you want and you might find a bouquet that you love and then you can go by the flowers that are in that bouquet. and if some of them aren't in season, ask your florist for some that are in season that looks similar in the same colours! that's what i did and i found the perfect bouquet, then i replaced a couple flowers that weren't the right colour in it.