Weddings can be stressful! Whether that’s buying the dress, getting the cake or searching through a great range of rings to find the perfect one, they take a lot of time to plan. When it comes to weddings, there is one constant that can be relied upon: flowers. Flowers have been an essential part of a wedding day for centuries, and the vast majority of modern brides will look to continue this tradition on their own big day.
Choosing the right flowers to complement your wedding seems, on the surface at least, to be a simple task. You choose flowers that you like, you place an order with a florist for the arrangements of your choosing, and your job is complete… isn’t it?
Not necessarily. If you really want to get the most from the floral displays featured on your big day, then you might want to keep the following wedding-flower-related points in mind…
#1 – Consider the color scheme
When considering the flowers you love, it’s easy to forget about the overall color scheme of your wedding. As you focus on how much you love the look of forget-me-nots, you forget that their charming pale blue color really isn’t going to sync well with your red and gold color scheme.
It’s therefore vital you decide on the color scheme for your wedding before you go looking for florals. When you have the color scheme in mind, you can just focus on the flowers that fit naturally into that scheme. The photo above is an excellent example of flower colors that have been chosen to slot effortlessly into the existing color scheme, and the overall impact of this careful consideration creates a truly beautiful and cohesive finished effect.
#2 – Think beyond the bouquet
Of course, the bouquet is an essential consideration for the floral displays at your wedding. However, the bouquet is not the only part of your wedding that can be enhanced by extra thought regarding the flowers. It’s worth considering:
- Buttonholes to be worn by the groom, best man, and groomsmen. These buttonholes should, at least in part, coordinate with the bouquet.
- Bouquets to be held by the bridesmaids. Some brides choose to opt for smaller versions of their own bouquets; others are happy for bridesmaids to go without. It’s entirely up to you, but if you do choose to supply your wedding party with flowers, they should at least complement the bridal bouquet.
- Decorative loose petals that can help create a romantic feel. Of course, rose petals are the traditional choice here, but… well… aren’t rose petals a little passé? Everyone uses loose rose petals, so it might be worth considering a different flower to add a twist of uniqueness onto your day; Hawaiian loose orchid blooms are a wonderful choice for outdoor weddings in the spring and summertime, while seasonal flowers can complement fall and winter weddings better than the conventional rose petals.
- Floral displays to be used on furniture— for example, to be used on the top table or as centerpieces during the reception. For these large display pieces, it’s often preferable to opt for faux flowers, especially if you’re looking for ways to keep the costs of your day down.
If you think of all the above areas when planning the flowers for your big day, you can be confident you have everything covered.
#3 – Consider the meanings of the flowers you use
Many of us know, somewhere in the recesses of our minds, that flowers have long been used to communicate certain messages, hidden meanings, and extra layers of sentimentality. When choosing the flowers that will take pride of place in your wedding, considering the meaning of the flowers you use can give the celebration an extra dimension that is rich with significance.
For example, you could use beautiful primroses, pictured above, as part of your wedding; these beautiful, colorful flowers have long been used to symbolize “eternal love”, which is fitting for a wedding! There are plenty of other flowers with romantic, wedding-appropriate symbology, and it’s well worth reading up on these when selecting the blooms for your bouquet.
A word of warning: it’s important to be thorough with your research. Here’s why: red carnations symbolize “passion” and “deep love”, but yellow carnations symbolize “disappointment” and “rejection”— not exactly sentiments you want to confuse when assembling your bouquet! As a result of this, it’s important to focus on both the flower and the color when looking for meaningful choices.
#4 – Don’t forget the additional extras and greenery
Of course, the key to getting any wedding floral arrangements right is to include aspects outside of the dominant flowers. Bouquets, buttonholes, and table decorations have to include elements of additional adornments. Baby’s breath, for example, is a popular choice., and is particularly suitable for a wedding given its meaning!
Many people wonder why they need extra flowers, stalks, greenery, and additional filler in their floral arrangements. If you’re wondering this yourself, then the answer is actually very simple: you need them. Floral arrangements need to have a certain “bulk” to them to look at their best. If you were to try and provide this bulk with your main flowers, you would have to buy hundreds and hundreds of flowers— and this would cost a small fortune.
This is where the extras — such as less expensive flowers, stalks, leaves, and greenery — can save the day. These extras provide the bulk that you need to ensure the display is as attractive as possible, but for a far lower cost than just choosing to feature more of your main flower. If you’d prefer to only feature your main flowers then that is, of course, completely fine; just be prepared for the fact your flowers will be more costly as a result.
The flowers are an important part of your wedding day, so it’s well worth taking the time to ensure that you get the arrangements, usage, and flower selection correct. If you keep the above points in mind when choosing your wedding flowers, you can be confident that you’ll have the most perfect, meaningful flower display when you say “I do”. Have a wonderful wedding!