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Picking the Wedding Flowers
By Emily Capdevielle
Choosing the types of flowers that will be used for the wedding is another aspect that needs to be carefully planned out since not all types are in season throughout the year. Depending on the theme of the wedding, you may want to choose a certain type of flower over another if you want the décor to reflect more of a romantic or modern feel. Your budget may determine what type of flower and arrangement will be the most cost-effective as well. A particular type of flower may even be chosen for their meaning. Looking for flowers that are in season during the time of your wedding is key for not only availability purposes, but to stay within your budget.
Fall wedding colors typically tend to be in hues of orange, red, purple, yellow, brown or a rich red. Flowers that are in season during the fall include beautiful sunflowers, chrysanthemums (mums), dahlias, orange roses, marigolds, or orange ranunculus that all come in vibrant, fall colors. Depending on where you are planning on utilizing flowers, you may want to combine different elements such as autumn fruits, mini pumpkins or curly willow branches into the centerpieces to accentuate the fall season.
For a wedding ceremony in the spring, soft color palettes are very trendy such as light yellows, pinks, blues and greens. Flowers that are in season during the spring months include tulips, peonies, lily of the valley, daffodils and daisies that are all available in light pastel colors to complement the freshness of the spring season. Since spring refers to the idea of rebirth and rejuvenation, utilizing elements such as rich greenery and other plant life will make for great centerpiece ideas. A barn-themed wedding is another popular trend within this season, capitalizing on nature-related décor.
There is a wide selection of flowers that are available to you that will be in season during the summer months; however you may need to choose flowers that can withstand high temperatures. Hawaiian blooms including orchids, tiger lilies and roses will all survive under the hot, summer weather. Choosing big, vibrant flowers for your bouquets or centerpieces will look gorgeous in outdoor or indoor settings. You may also want to consider checking out a local florist that is near the ceremony or reception site so your bouquets will last longer.
Flowers for winter weddings definitely call for deep and vibrant colors including reds, deep purples and royal blues or even ivory to contrast against your bridesmaids’ dresses if they are of a vibrant color that already pops. Cymbidium orchids are beautiful and come in various colors even during the winter season. Roses and gerberas (gerber daisies) are also readily available during the winter months and come in a wide range of colors. To add more greenery to your bouquets or centerpieces, you have choices such as holly, red dogwood, ivy or pussy willow stems to accent the bridal bouquets.
If you would rather go with a flower that would be easily attainable and is in season all year round, flowers such as roses, orchids, lilies and gerberas are beautiful choices and come in many colors. These types of flowers also last for a very long time so you don’t have to worry about them wilting soon after the wedding. If you would like to be more creative, you can also opt to make paper flowers for the centerpieces or combine flowers with other materials for the bouquets to cut down on the budget for flowers. Once you locate a florist that you like, make sure they have the ability to create the arrangements you would want by providing them with photos of sample bouquets and photos of the venue. The sooner you book a florist, the better since the best ones get booked up fast especially if you are getting married during the peak wedding season. Check out our photo gallery for examples of centerpieces.