When it comes to wedding flowers and decorations, the best way to pulling off a look that works really lies in the planning. Since there are no rules when it comes to wedding flowers, it really is all about what the couple, well mainly the bride, wants and can afford. If you're willing to research the most outrageous floral images can be made to fit practically into any budget.

From your own floral arrangements to using silk floral arrangements that can be rented for your special day, planning your wedding flowers can be lots of fun. Involving your bridal party will help generate ideas you might not have thought about and besides, helping the bride is one of their responsibilities so why not? But forget about the groom, though. The most he'll probably care about is that you stick within the amount that has been budgeted.

Begin planning your wedding flowers well in advance of your wedding date. Six to 12 months in advance is the best time to begin preparation. Most brides want the wedding flowers to complement the overall color scheme and wedding theme, so you will want to keep your floral choice in mind when making decisions about the wedding attire. Bridal books and magazines are full of pictures of bouquets so that's a good place to go for ideas. Also think about the types of flowers that will be in season at the time of your wedding. Flowers that are in season will be readily available and will help to keep the cost down.

Remember, besides boutonnières and bouquets for the wedding party, you can also make flowers and decorations part of the wedding ceremony and wedding reception. Areas to consider when planning decorations for the ceremony are bows for the pews as well as alter arrangements. For the reception you may need arrangements for the head table, the cake and gift tables, as well as centerpieces for the guest tables. These will definitely add to your costs, but they're also areas where you can really get creative.

To keep cost down use the bridal bouquet as part of the decorations for the head table, the gift table or the cake table. Most of the times, once the formal photographs are over, most carry their bouquets around very little. Using less expensive balloons or candles as centerpieces is another way to reduce cost. Making your own pew bows can be fun and a cost saver even if you are not good at crafts. Reducing the number of flowers in your arrangements will also lower the cost on your arrangements. Using greenery, baby's breath and tulle as fillers can reduce the number of flowers you use in your arrangements which in turn will cut your floral cost.

As you can see, it really is all in the planning. Once you've got the wedding flowers and décor figured out, you just need to find a florist capable of making your ideas into reality. It's important to select a florist early on because there's a limit to how much even the best florist can handcraft. Go over the contract with a fine-toothed comb before signing to make sure everything is clearly specified along with delivery details. Remember to record the deposit amount and delineate the payment schedule.