Not really a dilemma per se. Just my overall lack of knowledge regarding all things floral. Prior to beginning the wedding planning process, I basically knew what a rose looked like, and what a daisy looked like, but not much else.
Thanks to Ellie’s recommendation, I found a very kind (and very patient!) florist who was willing to sit with me for an hour while I poured through book after book of wedding flowers, learning about colors, types and so on. Thankfully my future mother-in-law, who keeps a fantastic garden at her home, also accompanied me and was helpful in explaining even more about flowers.
I had a rough color scheme in mind, and was able to solidify it more so by looking at what was available and making decisions that way. I wrote down all the types of flowers that I had identified for my bouquet so that I could find pictures online and create a collage in Picasa. The more and more I look at this collage, the easier it becomes to visualize what my flowers will actually look like:
The bridesmaid bouquets will be similar, but with less purple and more green/white (since their dresses will be purple.) Centerpieces will involve the same flowers but also add a bit more burgundy and rusty colors due to the color scheme of the inside rooms.
Overall the experience in selecting the wedding flowers wasn’t as painful as I had feared. And I’m very excited to see how everything will turn out!