A Guide to Wedding Flowers

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Choosing Your Florist And Wedding Flowers

Flowers have long been associated with weddings since the beginning of time for their beauty, fragrance or as a symbol of purity and fertility. Whether you decide to select flowers for their personal significance, fragrance, color, or theme, they will be the perfect touch to your wedding day. Most likely, the majority of your budget for decorating will go toward floral arrangements. Selecting a florist within your budget can be challenging so get plenty of estimated costs from a variety of flower shops and then select a florist who can accomodate your needs as well as your budget.

You might already know the type of flowers you want at your wedding. Maybe you want to consider the options available to you - and there are a lot as you will find out when you begin your search for your florist. Regardless, here are a few things to think about as your choosing your florist and your flowers for your wedding day.

Availability - Go with flowers that are in season, for freshness, the logic that flowers that are in season are more readily available, and cost savings. If you’re set on daisies for your wedding, plan your event during the six to eight weeks a year that daisies are available. Don’t forget to check the availability of other flowers with your florist that may have limited quantity or availability to narrow your optional wedding flowers selection. It’s true that in this day and age you can get almost anything you want, it’s also true that it will cost you.

Color - Pick a color, any color. Your florist can help you to coordinate your wedding flowers with your wedding colors and theme for an awesome effect. And don’t forget to add greenery, which will give a lush feel without breaking your budget.

Durability and Hardiness - Some flowers expire easier than others. Speak to your florist and try to stay away from those that are the quickest to wilt, especially in warm temperatures or direct sunlight. If you’re set on these types of fragile flowers for your wedding, use them sparingly where their beauty will not fade. Overall, select blooms with staying power, those that will outlast the last couple on the dance floor and still look good the following morning. (Depending on if you’ve decided to plan a morning brunch or weekend wedding). Let your florist be your guide.

Fragrance and Scent - Choosing wedding flowers that will add a sweet fragrance to your wedding day can be your greatest benefit yet can also be a liability if not thought out. Wild fragrant flowers like as gardenia, jasmine, or freesia, which are great for bouquets, are not the best choice for centerpieces at the dining tables. Their scents can be very overwhelming if used in small doses. Consider the advice from your florist. Keep in mind that some wedding guests could have allergic reactions to strongly scented flowers. In those cases, the lighter, more subtlety scented varieties will be a better choice.

Uniqueness - While traditionally classic wedding flowers are beautiful; consider incorporating other elements into the arrangements to give them your own personal style. It can be as simple as scattering feathers, or crystals, or as unique as an embroidered satin ribbon. Ask your florist for ideas since he or she should have more experience of wedding flower arrangements. Whatever you select, consider taking it a step further to make them uniquely your own.

Here’s a list of some wedding flowers and their meanings:

  • Apple blossoms - good fortune
  • Bluebells - constancy
  • Blue Violets - faithfulness
  • Carnations - distinctions
  • Forget-me-nots - true love
  • Gardenias - joy
  • Lilies - purity and innocence
  • Lilies of the valley - happiness
  • Orange blossoms - purity and fertility
  • Orchids - beauty
  • Roses - love
  • Stephanotis - marital harmony
  • Tulips - love and passion
  • White daisies - innocence