One of the biggest days of your life is approaching and you naturally want everything to look just right. Flowers are an important part of a wedding ceremony from the general decorations to the boutonniere and the bride’s bouquet. The visual impact and the aroma can go a long way towards making the event special and memorable for all who attend. In some cultures, the bride and groom exchange garlands that act as an acceptance of the relationship between the two families about to be joined.
For overall continuity, the flowers will need to be the same for the bridesmaids, best men and the couple and if there are special guests among the attendants, they may receive a blossom as well. The first consideration should be budget; how much do you have to work with? Obviously if you’re in the realm of television show brides this won’t be a challenge (at least not to you personally, the lucky person with the credit card might be spending a few sleepless nights over it). For the rest of us you need to look at where you’re located for ideas. Are you in a climate with traditionally four seasons or fewer that are overall conducive to flower growth and variety? You’ll have an advantage of being able to get flowers of many varieties without the extra costs of importing. If you happen to be in a naturally beautiful location like the tropics or Hawaii, you’re in good luck for access to all of the native flora that can be used to great effect. Now for everyone else that doesn’t live on the set for Hawaii Five-O, there are still many options you can make use of. Many couples choose to get married in the Spring or Summer but what about Fall? You have colour choices such as yellows, dark reds and burgundies to plan the theme and appearance around.
Popular choices for Fall bouquets include orange carnations, teddy bear sunflowers, dark orange Asiatic lilies, mums and the traditional rose. Another advantage is prices can be lower due to the ‘off-season’ vs. the traditional Spring/Summer times. Should you feel particularly daring or different, October weddings can give you yet another color palette to work with. Remember to purchase your flowers in season to keep costs down. Particular options you’ll have include Daylilies, Globe Thistle, Chinese Lanterns, Aster and Chrysanthemums – although you should avoid those if you have any traditional Italian guests attending as Chrysanthemums are associated with funerals.
One suggestion is when you go to choose your flower colours, bring a swatch of the dress fabric to find a good match for the color. Some flowers you can consider for this theme would include Iris, Larkspur, Phlox, Gardenia, Amaryllis, roses & Carnations.
Depending on whether you’re using a wedding planner or the entire event will be DIY, you should have a good florist to work with that can suggest the best blooms for the season and produce arrangements that will complement the event for the bride and groom. If possible talk to 2-3 florists to get an idea of what options and prices ranges are available. It’s best to start planning about 7 months before and make sure you have a signed contract to protect both parties.
Using variety or traditional themes are just some of the many options you can use when planning your wedding and using the incredible variety of colors and kinds of flowers around the country for your wedding day.