When you’re thinking about ordering flowers for your wedding, you might feel a little bit overwhelmed. Flowers add an important visual aspect to the wedding and whether you’re a bride or just a concerned helper, there’s a lot to consider. When thinking about flowers for the wedding, there are several things to think about and decide.

The first and most obvious concern is what color the flowers should be. The first thing you should think about is the color scheme of the wedding. While in some cases, this needs to take the entire wedding location into consideration, oftentimes your color scheme is determined by what the bride and bridesmaids are wearing. If the bride is wearing white, the bouquets are usually white as well, but this is no where near the hard and fast rule that it used to be. A white dress and a bouquet of startling red roses makes quite a wonderful visual, as does a cream dress that is paired with a bouquet of silver roses. Use your best judgment and find a color combination that suits you.

You also may wish to think about flowers that are in season, especially if you have a lot of displays to consider. For a summer wedding, you’ll find an extremely wide variety of flowers available to you, but what if you are getting married in winter or fall? For fall, consider dahlias and chrysanthemums, and if your wedding has an autumn theme, think about filling out your bouquet with colorful fall leaves. For winter, anemones, forget-me-nots and camellias are all in season, and the red berries and shiny green leaves holly look wonderful as backgrounds. During the springtime, look for sweet pea flowers and tulips to make up an enchanting bouquet.

If you have a superstitious bent, you may want to check out the Victorian Language of Flowers. According to the Victorians, all flowers stood for something and part of choosing what your bridal bouquet was deciding exactly what you wanted to convey. For instance, China roses stand for new love and might make an excellent addition to a bouquet, while you might want to be a bit more cautious about adding yellow roses, which is a sign of unfaithfulness to come!

When thinking about flowers, there are a lot of things that you should keep in mind, but remember that at the end of the day, they are meant to make the wedding lovelier. As long as they do that, that’s all that matters!