Wedding flowers are important for creating the perfect atmosphere for the biggest event of the bride and groom’s life. As a result, they are often carefully chosen, down to the smallest of details. Of course, there are many decorative options, meant to reflect all different sensibilities. You will have to take the theme of the wedding as well as the season into account as you make your selection.
Wedding flowers make up the bouquets and floral arrangements that provide some of the most distinct, long-lasting visuals from a wedding. The best flowers for you will depend on a variety of factors: colors you like, your cultural values, as well as the season. Some wedding planners skip fresh, natural flowers in favor of sink and tissue flowers or even dried flowers. Others choose to have only fresh flowers available. Again this is largely a personal preference, though there are some practical benefits to tissue or dried flowers.
It is helpful to keep the season of your wedding in mind as well as you plan for it. Many people choose to plan their wedding months ahead of the actual date, and the available flowers might be different in those two times of year. Of course, with greenhouse technology, it is usually possible to get almost any kind of flower, any time of year, especially if money is not a factor. However, some people feel that seasonal flowers give the wedding a more organic feel.
For spring weddings, there are many flowers suitable for centerpieces of bouquets. These include roses, tulips, daffodils, some lilies, as well as the general spring greenery that will be available—especially if you are planning to have an outdoor wedding. You can choose to arrange these flowers formally to create a distinct look, or you can spread them about more casually. If you are working with a good florist, he or she should be able to provide you with a plethora of good suggestions without taking over your own vision and dream.
In summer, typically more wildflowers are used in weddings. These include dahlias, chrysanthemums, daisies and more. Some orchids and lilies are also available in the summertime. Some of the most traditional wedding flowers, dendrobium orchids and calla lilies, are pure white and bloom only during the summer.
Often in the fall, wedding designers choose to reflect the season by focusing on fall color, as well as late-blooming flowers such as zinnias and marigolds. Fall colors can also be integrated into other aspects of the wedding to make a distinctive, seasonal and memorable theme.
Winter weddings pose many particular challenges. In many parts of the world, a winter wedding rules out the possibility of holding the ceremony outdoors. However, that doesn’t mean there aren’t any winter flowers available. Beautiful winter flowers include the poinsettia as well as some berries and holly. It’s also worth pointing out again that greenhouses grow different kinds of flowers year-round, so even if your favorite flower isn’t in season for your wedding and you really want it there, you should be able to accomplish this.
Whatever choices you make, it’s a good idea to consult more than one florist and run some ideas past him or her. Don’t hesitate to combine your vision with the florist’s expertise to create an atmosphere you will remember for the rest of your life.