Congratulations to the brides-to-be on their engagements! The winter holidays are a wonderful time to get engaged. According to the Condé Nast Bridal Group, Christmas is the No. 1 day for marriage proposals, followed by Valentine’s Day and then New Year’s Day. How perfect! Friends and family are already gathered together. Add in the joy of an engagement, and you are set to celebrate with the people who matter the most.

A proposal is one way (quite possibly the best way) to chase away the winter blues. Once the engagement is announced, the bride and groom can use the cold, dark days to nestle indoors and begin planning the perfect wedding day.

Planning?! Where do you even begin? Flowers, of course. Your wedding day will be the most fabulous, flower-filled day of your life.

There are two things that need to be done before the planning:

1.   Tell the VIPs. Let all the relatives and important people know your happy news.  Make a phone call to each and every one. (A text message does not count.) You don’t want anyone to be forgotten and find out your happy news from Facebook. An engagement needs a personal announcement to all the important people in your life. Then, you can go on to blogging, tweeting and posting to your heart’s content.

2.  Enjoy the moment. Don’t get so excited about the wedding that you miss the fun of “being engaged.” This is a special time and the two of you are the center of attention. Revel in it. There will be plenty of time to focus on the details later. An impromptu ring showing party with your closest friends is in order. It can be a quick visit to the coffee shop, a last-minute stop at happy hour, or a simple drop-in night at home. Just be sure to include a flower or two or three. It is amazing how even the simplest bud vase can make an event special.  What’s your favorite flower?  Get one in your favorite color — this may be the start of your wedding floral plan.

Flower Planning

Now you’re ready for the fun part — flowers.  Ask yourself: What is your favorite bloom? What is your favorite color? What is your personal style?

Conduct a simple Internet search for “wedding flowers.”  Filter it to “images” and scroll through a plethora of pictures to whet your floral appetite. Visit the Flower Factor Flickr Gallery’s Wedding set and the wedding boards at pinterest.com/aboutflowers.

As you find pictures of what you like, pin them to your Pinterest wedding boards. Don’t have a Pinterest account? Join Pinterest now. You will wonder how you ever lived without it.

Are you a hopeless romantic?  You’ll love roses and violets with velvety dusty miller and lambs ear in a Victorian Tussie-Mussie.

Do you like bold, unique and trendy?  Orchids with a handmade wire orb and succulent accents may be just the look you desire.

Is rustic and natural your style?  Add berries and pods with garden roses for a chic bouquet.

Curate your Pinterest boards and outline your personal style. As you narrow your focus, create a master board with your final wedding style fully crafted in a pictorial storyboard. With this in hand, you are ready to meet with your favorite neighborhood florist.

Your florist will be your greatest resource as you plan all the pieces necessary for a wonderful wedding. The professional wedding florist knows all the insider details and is happy to share that information. Who is the best photographer? Whose cake tastes the best and which is prettiest?  Where do you find a chuppa? Which venue will allow a doggie ring bearer? Ask your florist. They’ve been there, done that and know how to direct and guide you through the planning of your big event.

To help, following is a list of flower options to get you started. Check it off and make sure your wedding day is the perfect flower paradise you have always dreamed of.

Flowers for the Bride and Groom. You first. This is your special day.

You’ll want a bouquet; he’ll need a boutonniere.  How about something to wear at your reception?  A floral necklace is a wonderful way to accessorize your reception attire.

Flowers for the VIPs. Maid of honor, bridesmaids, groomsmen, flower girls, ring bearer, parents and grandparents.  Sit down and make a list so no one is forgotten.

Flowers for the ceremony. Canopy, candelabra, large arrangements, garlands, aisle treatments.

Flowers for the reception. Centerpieces, head table decor, candles, place markers, chair decor.

Flowers for the honeymoon suite. Candles and flowers to greet you on your first night as a married couple.

For a bride to be, there are many choices to be made. Who will be invited, where will you marry, music, photos, video, cake, and food … everything must be decided. At times, it can be a bit overwhelming. Breathe deeply and keep a flower by your side. A little flower therapy will help get you through the chaos of wedding day preparations.

What flowers are you considering for your big day?