Most girls and women dream of the day they will be married. Everything in their dream is perfect: the day, the dress, the husband, and most of all, the flowers. Wedding flowers bring a gaiety, a festive atmosphere, as well as creating a lush background for pictures. But which ones should be chosen for that special day?
There are a few flowers that will need to be ordered regardless of what species they might be, as they are traditional and most brides would feel the wedding incomplete without them.
-Boutonnieres for Groom and Groomsmen
-Flower girl bouquet
-Ring Bearer boutonniere
Any flower arrangement beyond these necessary ones will add richness to the day. But did you know that it is vitally important to book the florist of your choosing as soon as you can? Many florists, depending on quality and popularity, or booked nearly a year in advance. The flowers themselves will need to be ordered just a few months before the big day, but make sure to shop around for the florist that meets your needs and style.
Wedding Flowers: Alternatives
For some brides, there is no reason at all to leave her favorite flower out of the wedding ceremony. But sometimes, certain situations require a level of creative thinking to provide the ceremony with flower alternatives due to things such as allergies and out-of-season favorites.
Silk flowers are a beautiful alternative to the real thing, and these days, most people won’t recognize the difference. Silk flowers are, believe it or not, ideal for an outdoor wedding, as they don’t require consistent watering due to the direct heat of the sun. They remain full and beautiful and the bride can choose whichever flowers she likes, even if they are not in season.
Another flower alternative are various other organic materials. Branches, roots, berries from the outdoors can be brought inside to make elegant centerpieces. Fruits, vegetables, cornucopias make natural and colorful centerpieces as well. Greenery like ivy or pine boughs can set a specific mood without being overly fragrant (for those with fragrance issues) and root the ceremony in a woodsy, earthy setting.
Wedding Flowers: Most Popular
A flower’s popularity depends largely on the season. Most flowers can be imported for large sums of money when they are out of season, but why go that route when there are so many lovely flowers to choose from regardless of the time of year. Whether your wedding is planned in the spring, summer, fall or winter, there are multitudes of flowers and colors.
Spring flowers include Bells of Ireland, Boronia, Daffodils, Delphinium, Lilacs, Narcissus, Peony, Casa Blanca Lily, Anemone, Sweetpea, Tulip, Waxflower, Ranunculus, and Star Gazer Lily. The colors of these flowers range from white to deep purple, so it’s easy to find a selection that meets your wedding palate.
Summer wedding flowers are Freesia, Larkspur, Iris, the Asiatic and oriental Lily, Snapdragons, Queen Anne’s Lace, Hydrangea, Forget me not, Asters, English Lavender, Chrysanthemum, Gerber Daisy, Sunflower, Zinnias and still more.
Regardless of the season, choose flowers for your wedding that suit your style, personality and theme of your ceremony.