Your Wedding Flowers - How To Choose Your Blooms
Whether you’re looking to completely transform your reception venue or add a finishing touch to your ceremony venue, the wedding flowers you select can make all the difference to the look and feel of your big day. At Orange Blossom, I have been helping brides and grooms find the perfect blooms to set off their wedding day décor and I am here to help you with this definitive guide to fabulous flowers.
The benefits of using flowers
Flowers are always an important part of wedding preparations, whether you are opting for an intimate celebration or something much bigger and bolder. It is easy to underestimate the impact that carefully curated florals can have across a ceremony and reception venue, with your selection creating cohesion and further enforcing the beauty of your chosen theme or style.
As well as creating an enviable look designed to be enjoyed first hand by guests and treasured for years to come through your wedding pictures, flowers can also set the mood for your special day with their fragrance and freshness shaping your wedding day’s entire atmosphere.
Choosing florals fit for your wedding day
There are literally thousands of flower types, from Allium and the creatively named Baby’s Breath to Freesia, Lilac, Spray Roses and Sweet Peas, a fact that can make picking flowers for your wedding day particularly difficult. Wedding flowers have a number of criteria to fulfil, and understanding their role can help you decide exactly which types will be best suited for your celebration.
Consider the five S’s when choosing your wedding flowers:
It is a good idea to start your search for the perfect wedding flowers by determining exactly which flowers are in season. August is peak time for tying the knot, and summer offers a number of seasonal flower types ripe for picking! Sunflowers, Alstroemeria, Freesia, Gerbera, Iris, Lilium Stargazer, Magnolia, Pussy Willow and Roses are just some that are in season during August. The winter months also offer an abundance of seasonal blooms, from the large trumpet shape of Amaryllis and striking finish of the Calla Lily to the beautifully scented Hyacinth and tiny clusters of Muscari.
The style and colour scheme of your wider wedding day can help you narrow down suitable floral options. The bridal gown for example creates a real centrepiece for any wedding, and the flowers you pick, from the bouquet and buttonholes to pew displays and venue entrance decorations, should be influenced by the gown itself. By focusing on the gown’s ornateness, colour and whether it is classic or contemporary in style you can decide on fitting florals that truly complement.
The language of flowers was particularly prominent in the Victorian era, however with hundreds of flower meanings that can help spread the message of your union and love further, even today, these meanings make certain flower types especially popular for weddings. Every flower has its own message, for example Lily Of The Valley symbolises forever love and for this reason was chosen for Kate Middleton’s bridal bouquet in 2011. For anyone wondering, it is no coincidence that Orange Blossom was named after a flower symbolising eternal love and marriage, a feeling I strongly believe every couple should celebrate on their wedding day!
In addition to this, the scent of a flower should be a consideration when choosing florals for your wedding day, and can in fact determine how your chosen flower types are used. Thanks to its light fragrance but powerful look, Delphinium is a popular choice for table arrangements, whilst Freesia offers a strong yet sweet scent making them ideal for bouquets and buttonholes.
How to position your floral picks
Flowers can be used throughout your wedding venue to make your ceremony and reception suitably stunning and complement the overall theme and style of your big day.
In churches and other ceremony venues, flowers can be used to mark out the aisle, decorate pews, create a show-stopping scene at the entrance and even brighten up otherwise unused alcoves. At the reception, single blooms and larger arrangements can be used on tables and floral place settings are often championed as a simple way of instantly adding character, charm and colour to reception décor. In both your ceremony and reception venues, using flowers wherever your eye settles in the room is the key to making florals work as part of your wedding day styling.
I of course couldn’t mention where wedding flowers should be used without highlighting the importance of bouquets, buttonholes and corsages. Buttonhole and corsage etiquette is still considered a minefield for many couples who want to take a traditional approach whilst keeping their wedding flowers within budget. It is customary for the groom and his groomsmen, including the father of the bride and father of the groom, to wear buttonholes, whilst corsages are generally reserved for the mother of the bride and the mother of the groom. The groom’s buttonhole tends to mirror the bride’s bouquet arrangement whilst the best man’s, ushers' and fathers' buttonholes reflect the bridesmaids' flowers.
The bridal bouquet is of course an important consideration, and your bouquet should be designed to complement your wedding gown with its style used to determine the shape and size of your bouquet. If your dress has a particularly ornate skirt, avoid opting for a trailing bouquet that will cover it. On the other hand, simpler gowns and those incorporating a long train often benefit from balance and a more dramatic floral arrangement.
Budgeting for your wedding flowers
Whether you have the budget to splurge or need to keep a tight rein on your finances, knowing how to get value for money when selecting wedding flowers is important.
Working with your florist is the first step to getting beautiful wedding flowers without breaking the bank. Your florist will be able to advise you on what flowers you can realistically opt for, and if your budget doesn’t allow you to bag your dream bloom, they are certain to be able to suggest an alternative. Seasonal and locally sourced flowers also tend to be more budget friendly than those imported from further afield, whilst re-using church arrangements at your reception venue can improve value for money further. Remember when choosing your flowers bigger doesn’t always mean better and intricately wired designs can often look dated in comparison with more simple hand-tied arrangements.
Whether you are looking for beautiful arrangements to complement your uber-romantic Gatsby-inspired wedding or want to reflect your minimalist style through simplified ceremony and reception venue décor, finding wedding flowers that work for you is an important piece of the puzzle.
Finding the inspiration you need is the first step to creating stunning floral arrangements that complement your wedding day beautifully, so why not start by viewing my flower boards on Pinterest?