Choosing Your Wedding Flowers
There are so many to choose from. How are you choosing the flowers for your wedding? You can choose flowers for your wedding in so many ways. You can match the flowers to the color scheme of the wedding, this is done a lot. It is only natural to want your wedding flowers to match the bridesmaids and the rest of the party.
You might decide upon the flowers before you even know the wedding date.
This is rare but it does happen, especially to brides that have been
planning their weddings for years, or at least dreaming of it. If you
are unsure of the season you want to get married in but you want to
choose the flowers anyway you might want to consider thinking of using
only flowers which are available all year such as roses and carnations.
Most couples do not broach the subject of flowers until they are well into planning their wedding. At this time you know the season you want to get married in. Whereas many people do use flowers that are available in all seasons, sometimes people wish to highlight the time of year they are getting married in by using flowers only available during that time period. If you want to do this you might use sweet pea for a spring wedding, daisies for a summer date, calla lilies for a fall wedding or heather flowers for a winter walk down the aisle.
Some brides and grooms even choose to use the actual season they are getting married in as the wedding theme. For instance if you are getting married in the fall, you might want to plan you wedding decorations and theme around the autumn season, the colors and items traditionally thought of to represent the season. If you choose to do this you would most likely either choose colors that are typical to the season or only use flowers grown in that season.
Perhaps you want to have a traditional wedding and choose flowers that fall within the picture you have in your head. Traditional or romantic flowers at weddings tend to go towards color schemes of white, cream, blush and light pink.
Dont worry if traditional and romantic is not your thing, it really does not need to be anymore. All brides are unique. Feel free to use your wedding day as an opportunity to show your own style. If you dont want romantic flowers, dont have them. If your bridesmaids are dressed in hot colors such as orange or red, get flowers to match.
One of the most popular ways to choose the flowers is to base them around your wedding colors. So if you wedding colors are purple and white for instance you might only choose those colored flowers. In this example you might design the bouquets are arrangements around purple flowers such as lavender, hyacinth, bell flower, calla lilies, cosmos, lilac and purple pansies. For the white flowers you might use petunia, wisteria, roses, carnations, tulips, daisies, jasmine and daffodils. Of course this is just an example but you can see how knowing your wedding colors will help you design the floral choices you make.
There are so many ways to choose your wedding flowers from the colors you want, to the season, to how personal you want your wedding to be. If your husband to be has always sent you one kind of flower and it is personal to you, why not incorporate it into your wedding? There are so many different ways to be an individual when planning your wedding, dont forget that choosing your flowers is one of those ways!
Once you have an idea of the types of flowers you want to use, now you will need to decide how you will use them. There are many different ways that you can utilize flowers into the wedding. Here are a few of the ways you might choose:
Bridal Bouquet – One of the most common use of flowers is in the bridal bouquet. Usually the bridal bouquet is bigger and more elaborate than the other bouquets. It can be based on the wedding colors or you can keep it more traditional and choose a bouquet that is in the white or cream family.
Bridesmaids Bouquets – The bridesmaids also carry bouquets. Their bouquets are almost always smaller and they are usually matched to the wedding colors. They go well with the bridesmaid dresses without being a carbon copy of the color they are wearing. They could incorporate several shades of the main color or several colors.
Boutonnieres – The men in the wedding party as well as close family members will wear a flower on their suit coat which will match the main wedding color.
Corsages – The close female family members who are not in the wedding party will usually wear a corsage. These people would include mother, mother in law, grandmothers, godmothers and could also include sisters, aunts or even cousins depending on how close they are to the couple.
Flower Arrangements – Usually there will be some kind of flower arrangements at both the ceremony site and the reception site. At the ceremony they are usually placed at or near the alter, near the entrance ways and in the corners of the room. Many times the same arrangements are reused in the reception site.
Centerpieces – Some people choose to use flowers in the centerpieces at the reception where others go without. This is a personal decision on just how much a person likes flowers and how much they are willing to spend as the florist bill can add up real quick. When used in centerpieces they are usually used in some sort of vase whether it is a traditional crystal vase or something more fun like a metal vase painted in the wedding colors.
Flower Petals – Besides whole flowers, many people also purchase flower petals. There are many possible uses for flower petals. Some include to scatter down the aisle either before the wedding or during if you have a flower girl, an alternative to rice and bubbles to toss at the new bride and groom, or to artfully scatter on main tables at the reception such as the cake table or the gift table.
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