Flower arrangements at a wedding can elevate even the simplest space. Whether your Outer Banks wedding will be surfside casual or Sanderling spectacular, your flowers will certainly be of the utmost importance.
Some prefer designs that lean toward more romantic and less designed, with a larger focus on individual flowers as opposed to mixing and matching. Others are all about the mix. Finding the perfect inspiration for wedding flowers can and should be fun, but choosing and coordinating your stems can be a bit overwhelming. There are some easy-to-follow guidelines that are sure to keep you smiling through the process.
Questions to ask
- Are you decorating a chapel and reception hall?
- Is your ceremony going to be on the beach, on uneven sand and dune lines?
- Will there be a chuppah, arbor, or canopy that needs to be constructed as well
- Are you suiting out the entire bridal party with bouquets, corsages, or
Picture yourself walking through a glorious garden with every flower at its peak. Which flowers would you choose for your wedding? Beach brides continue to embrace their love of the great outdoors and its calming beauty through flowers that are both stylish and ecofriendly.
Flowy, cascading bouquets are ever popular, as are garlands for arbors, canopies or other structures. The vintage country look remains a popular trend, with nature taking front and center stage. Arrangements with texture, alongside mix and matched palettes, are the big thing looking forward. A blend of soft pinks and peaches is beautiful and romantic, or a mix of moody, dark colors can offer a level of sophistication to your all-over color trend.
Minimalism is on the rise. Inspired by a recent, high profile royal wedding, petite bouquets are once again gaining ground. In 2020, expect to see elegant, understated bouquet styles in classic silhouettes, often designed with a single type of flower or a few pretty varieties.
The push toward sustainability continues with many couples opting for locally grown and in-season flowers. Some are incorporating longer lasting plants like succulents, topiaries, and even trees into their wedding décor. Indeed, incorporating green foliage and plants is a great way to add texture to your flower arrangements, and also good for adding fullness to any flower centerpiece. Beautiful colors, interesting textures and unique shapes – greenery, alone or accented with a few blooms – can create exquisite arrangements with major impact. A bouquet might incorporate subdued shades that are infused with bolder colors to create a dreamy, romantic arrangement.
There is one flower that remains very much on trend: the lily of the valley. With its bell-shape florets that dangle gracefully from a thin stem, the tiny flowers produce a fresh, perfumed scent. In Norse mythology, the flower is linked to Ostara, the goddess of springtime, and while most plentiful during this season, it remains available most of the year (but can be expensive when not in season). Also known as Convallaria, the lily of the valley symbolizes trustworthiness and is sometimes called “the ladder to heaven.”
So many fabulous flowers from which to choose!
While thumbing through bridal magazines, remember this: flower colors are rarely exact and often look different in person than they did in a magazine or online. Therefore, don’t be tempted to make selections solely based on how flowers look on the page. Let a professional florist help you understand the undertones of different varieties; for example, red ranunculus has orange undertones that stand out when paired with cool colors.
When interviewing potential florists, show them a photograph of your wedding attire and perhaps a swatch of fabric for the bridesmaids’ dresses, along with any pictures from magazines that have captured your imagination. Your florist will guide your selections so that the flowers you choose will be in season when the big day rolls around. He or she will be more than happy to work with you to convert your vision into a stunning and affordable reality. But be open-minded. Let’s say you have your heart set on white tulips for a July wedding or lily of the valley in August – be flexible when your florist tells you that the flowers you love simply are not in season then. There are many flowers available year-round, like roses, hydrangeas, carnations, callas, and orchids, just to name a few.
You want your wedding flowers to be beautiful – and so will your florist. Here are a few tips for making that happen.
The very first thing to discuss with your florist is going to be the budget. A good florist won’t try to up sell beyond what you can afford – they truly want to work with you to create your vision within the limits of your pocketbook. If you are on a tight budget, focus on your bouquet and make your attendants’ arrangements smaller and simpler – and therefore less expensive.
Pick one thing you love – a certain color, a special photo, a swatch of antique lace, or a cherished brooch that belonged to your great-grandmother – to give you and your florist a starting point.
Then, find a florist you really love
When you have that initial meeting with a florist, enjoy yourself! You want your florist to be as excited as you are about finding the perfect flower arrangements for your wedding day.
Where wedding flowers are concerned, it can be hard to know where to begin. Your florist will have ideas about design and color, but don’t be shy about asking other vendors, photographers, banquet managers, hair stylists and wedding gown salespeople about weddings they have seen with memorable flowers.
Whether you are following new trends or staying true to tradition, use the months ahead to attend wedding shows, do some online research and interview florists. Have fun planning the flowers that will set the tone for your personal, special day. ♥
Top feature photo by Sarah D’Ambra Photography