Your wedding is one of the most important days of your life. You want everything to be perfect: your dress, your hair, the venue, even the seating arrangements have taken hours of planning and thought. Adding beautiful wedding flowers to the ensemble is important as well – if they are done right, the wedding flowers the bride carries down the aisle will be as memorable as the food served at the reception.
So how do you make sure your wedding flowers accent your wedding dress properly while reflecting the bride’s essence?
Planning your wedding flowers
With planning it can be done. We customize each of our bouquets to fit the bride, taking a wide range of variables into account.
Why are wedding flowers important? Not only are they the perfect adornment to a wedding dress and a wonderful accent to a woman’s beauty on her special day, there is a euphoria that wedding flowers create when seen and smelled that is hypnotic.
Have you ever wondered why smelling wedding flowers makes you smile? Even when they aren’t yours, we are drawn to a bouquet of flowers, wanting to smell them.
Psychological effects of wedding flowers
Flowers impact us in other ways too. Seeing a picture of wild flowers in a meadow can reduce stress and make you feel more at ease. Seeing the bright splashes of color can reduce your feelings of anger. Why?
Rutgers University has conducted research concluded that it isn’t just a fluke; flowers actually help emotional health. Ask any person who cultivates a garden and they’ll tell you the same.
It was determined that wedding flowers have an immediate impact on happiness; flowers help people make intimate connections, and; flowers have a long-term positive effect on moods. Flowers can incite a varied range of emotions.
Floral arrangements convey sentiments like love, attraction, sympathy, congratulations, and hopefulness. Smelling fresh wedding flowers gives you feelings of euphoria. Those feelings linger long after the moment is over.
If you never thought that a bride’s floral arrangement could be so important and so powerful, you certainly do now!
Creating the perfect bouquet is done with a little bit of forethought and we can help you through the process so that your wedding bouquet is an accurate reflection of the bride. Here are some things to think about when putting together the perfect wedding bouquet…
What does the bride like?
Are there certain colors or a specific bloom that calls to you? Think about your personality (are you quirky, free-spirited, or traditional) and keep that in mind as you search for the perfect blooms. Your theme may also dictate the wedding flowers you choose. Do you want a wild flower look or a perfectly round, tidy hand tied bouquet?
When are you getting married?
World wide growing conditions plus the time of year that your ceremony will be held greatly affects flower availability. Flowers are ordered from all over the world and drought conditions or flowers purchased out of season make you floral budget more costly.
Warm weather provides an abundance of blooms, however here are some cold weather flowers that do well added into bouquets:
Mums (Chrysanthemums) and Dahlia’s
Mums and Dahlia’s are a fantastic way to provide color and texture in your fall wedding bouquets. These plants have many varieties. Whether reds, oranges, yellows, or pinks – there’s a mum out there that will bring texture and depth to the look of your bouquet.
Lemon Queen Sunflower
This perennial sunflower is stunning. Its delicate looking petals make you think of spring warmth and are the perfect fit for a vibrant country bridal bouquet.
This seemingly delicate flower is as hearty as they come. Their long stems and white petals do well in cut bouquets. Add some interesting vines and green berries and you have an award winning look.
Specialty wedding flowers such as “peony like” roses (David Austin), the funky cosmo, anemones and gloriosa orchid blooms bring a new dimension to your bouquet. Add succulents, green berries, rosemary herbs, or even edible sugar coated lemon sliced soft jelly candy for an award winning look. Your bouquet is unique, personal and the possibilities are endless.
Where are you getting married?
In a church? In a park? On the beach? On a rooftop? Where you get married should be factored into the type of flowers you choose. If you are getting married on the beach, roses are nice but what about a collection of tropical flowers like Anthuriums and Heliconia that withstand the hot beach sun.
These tropical flowers make a bold statement and are stunning against a white wedding dress. For a rooftop wedding you can opt for a total green bouquet and accent the décor with various variegated vines.
What are the bridesmaids wearing?
A color coordinated wedding party is aesthetically pleasing, but that doesn’t mean your wedding flowers have to be the exact colors to match the dresses.
A complementary palate is in order and using a color gradient is a great way to balance out the look. Or break the mold and make every dress a different color with a matching bouquet.
Do you have any specific requirements?
Wedding flowers are a reflection of the event and of the couple themselves, but the wedding bouquet is a special tribute to the bride.
There are times when close family members cannot be at the wedding physically. We offer the bride an opportunity to include deceased family in their very special day by building an item of theirs into the bouquet.
We have incorporated everything from Olympic medals to a grandfathers cuff link to a brooch into the bouquet so that the beloved family member is brought into part of the ceremony.
Planning your wedding is an intricate process. We can help you work through your floral arrangements and remove wedding day stress while adding beauty and spirit at the same time.