Whether you already have a definite idea regarding your wedding flowers, or you’re baffled as to where to start, choosing between hundreds of thousands of flower varieties might be a little overwhelming. Here are some basics to help you better communicate your vision to your florist or help you navigate through floral options. If picking flower colors, bouquet styles and sizes isn’t for you, we recommend showing your florist some inspiration pictures and leaving the rest in their hands! A trusty florist will dazzle you with the result and rid you of any pre-planning stress.
Let mother nature be your guide. The secret is to first pick your wedding date, then start thinking about colors. For example, a wedding in the spring might call for lighter prinks and greenery shades. A wedding in the fall or winter will be open for a deeper palette, perhaps burgundy.Then, limit your colour palette to one or two shades. For example, a blush palette, or a white and burgundy palette. Unsure of what color combinations to use? Neighbors on the color wheel are a good place to start. For example, peach tones which spill into yellow. If you’re looking for something more upbeat, let yourself indulge in opposites; for example, yellow with burgundy, splashes of blue in blush arrangements, etc. The great beauty about flowers is that as long as you don’t overwhelm the viewer, it’s hard to go wrong!
- Colors for Décor Ideas
- White and ivory
- Black and white
- Pink and cream
- Purple and pink
- Blue and pink
- White and green
- Gold and silver
Very close in hand with color, comes theme. If you’d like your wedding flowers to compliment your theme, try defining a theme first. Try looking to the venue, the time of year, and of course, your own personal style for inspiration. For example, a grand hall or ballroom wedding has a more classic, elegant style, where you might want your flowers to be tighter packed with less foliage exposed. In the case of a ranch wedding, a more rustic, garden style might be preferred – more foliage, with looser, nature-inspired arrangements.
- A ballroom, grand hall, or estate. Jewel tones, metallics with classic florals.
- A loft or gallery space; minimalist décor, perhaps greenery only or bud vases of deconstructed bouquets.
- Outdoors, a castle or a garden. Think lace, pastels, and warm candlelight.
- Ranch, winery; lean towards nature-inspired décor and seasonal color palettes.
- An estate, winery, or estate with an old world charm. Think muted colors, antiques, whimsical accents.
Often overlooked, but equally, if not more, important. Think everything from scent to availability. For example, eucalyptus garlands are very fragrant, and guests might find them interfering with the experience of the food and wine (also freesias, lilies, lilacs, star of Bethlehem and gardenias).Local, seasonal flowers should be your mainstay. First, you’re ensured durability and freshness – your delicate blooms will be absolved from freight stress (for example, some roses travel as far as Ecuador or Colombia to be here) and are more likely to survive local temperatures. However, if you’re having an outdoor wedding during August, be mindful of delicate flowers that might not survive a scorching afternoon (gardenias, lilies of the valley, tulips, dahlias etc.). Secondly, aside from being more sustainable for both your event and the environment, in-season flowers are more affordable. Talk to your florist to find out what’s blooming in your region and let them guide you based on your vision!Picking your flowers is the fun part! Let us take care of the rest. Say hello for a custom quote or free consultation.