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Wedding Flowers 101

Have you ever stopped and asked yourself why flowers are so popularly used at weddings? They are as common as the white dress. For centuries, flowers have been used in bridal bouquets, as centerpieces on the tables, and to decorate the church and reception halls. The beauty in their colours, shapes, and textures, as well as their fragrance and what they represent make them the perfect accompaniment to every style of wedding. Whether you consider yourself an authority on flowers, an admirer, or completely clueless – you can pull off a fabulous floral design for your wedding.

First, you need to know what type of flowers you want to use on your special day. Often people don’t have a favourite flower until they get engaged and have to begin planning their wedding. Most brides and grooms have never had to think about what flowers say about their style, personality or what they might be communicating. To help, here is a list of popular wedding flowers by season (for meanings please see here):

Spring

  • Amaryllis
  • Chrysanthemums
  • Lilac
  • Apple Blossom
  • Daffodil
  • Lily
  • Azalea
  • Daisy
  • Orchid
  • Bluebell
  • Freesia
  • Camellia
  • Primrose
  • Carnation
  • Heather
  • Rhododendron
  • Cherry Blossom
  • Honeysuckle
  • Clematis
  • Iris
  • Tulip
  • Crocus
  • Jasmine
  • Dogwood
  • Hyacinth

Summer

  • Aster
  • Marigold
  • Azalea
  • Orchid
  • Carnation
  • Heather
  • Peony
  • Cornflower
  • Iris
  • Rose
  • Chrysanthemum
  • Jasmine
  • Rhododendron
  • Delphinium
  • Larkspur
  • Daisy
  • Sweet Pea
  • Freesia
  • Lily-of-the-Valley
  • Fuchsia
  • Lupine
  • Tiger Lily
  • Gardenia

Autumn

  • Chrysanthemum
  • Daisy
  • Hydrangea
  • Morning Glory
  • Dahlia
  • Iris
  • Orchid
  • Freesia
  • Lily
  • Rose
  • Sunflower

Winter

  • Carnation
  • Rose
  • Chrysanthemum
  • Holly Berries
  • Freesia
  • Iris
  • Snowdrop
  • Forsythia
  • Lily Winter
  • Jasmine
  • Orchid
  • Amaryllis
  • Amazon Lily
  • Calla Lily
  • Camellia
  • Geranium
  • Hyacinth

Other preliminary decisions to make include: the colour, the shape, the quantity, and the budget.

Choosing a colour can be a difficult decision. Even if you have a colour scheme selected it is still sometimes tough to narrow down how you want to accent that scheme. Things to consider are: whether you want the flowers to draw attention or be the focal point, if you want them to blend with the overall style, or if you want them to complement the other elements of the décor.

When thinking about shape you need to consider height, primarily. A low centerpiece is going to allow guests to see around one another and across from one another at the table rather than a tall centerpiece, which will block their view. For bouquets, popular shapes include round, cascade, and hand-tied. Round bouquets and nosegays are common, and create a more formal tone, while cascading bouquets are dramatic and romantic, hand-tied ones are more natural and traditional.

Try to figure out how many of each type of arrangement you will need (i.e., thirteen tables means thirteen centerpieces). Consider centerpieces, bridesmaids’ bouquets, pew flowers, standing arrangements, hanging arrangements, boutonnieres, and corsages, plus whatever else you have in mind. Talking with an expert is always a good idea – they have the experience in creating such items, so they are a good person to bounce ideas off of. (If you call BunchesDirect you are eligible to receive a free consultation and quote based on what you want for your wedding).

Lastly is figuring out your budget (and this might be the most important element too). Once your budget is established you can determine how lavish your arrangements can be and where you might need to cut some corners.

Your flowers will set the tone for the look of your wedding – be it opulent, simple, dramatic, or understated. Flower decisions are important for your wedding, so the more you research and learn, the more you will be able to create the exact tone you want at your wedding.

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