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How to Choose Flowers for a Spring Wedding
Spring is a beautiful time for a wedding since many lovely flowers are in season. Seasonal flowers are usually the most affordable and come in a variety of styles and colors. If spring flowers aren't giving you the results you want, there are many year-round options to try as well.
When picking flowers for a spring wedding, look for varieties that are in season. For indoor weddings, use light colored and pastel flowers like lilacs and lilies. For outdoor weddings, pick daisies to give everything a rustic, backyard feel. To add elegance, put magnolia flowers in the aisle bouquet and tulips in the table vases.For tips on picking off-season flowers like roses, keep reading!
Selecting Seasonal Flowers
Opt for pastel and light colored flowers for a subtle color scheme.Many spring flowers come in light, pastel shades that can blend in with a variety of color schemes. If you prefer a somewhat subtle color scheme using light pastels, there are many options.
- Lilacs, sweet peas, and peonies all come in light shades of pink and purple. They can easily add to a pastel color scheme.
- If you need something in neutral shades of white and ivory, go for calla lilies, french tulips, lilies of the valley, and queen anne's lace.
Go for daisies for a backyard vibe.For a rustic, at-home feel, daisies can be a great option. Daisies are seasonal in spring, so they'll be more affordable. Varieties like gerbera daisies can add bold colors like reds and yellows.
- If you're going for a cowboy theme, have daisies planted in pairs of cowboy boots for centerpieces and decorations at the wedding or reception.
Carry a magnolia down the aisle.If you're looking for something to carry down the aisle, magnolias are very large flowers that can be used in place of a bouquet. If you want to shake up the bouquet tradition, carry a single magnolia. Magnolias come in shades of white, so they can match perfectly with a white suit or dress.
- A single magnolia can be embellished with something like a ribbon.
Use spring flowers to add something blue.If you need something blue for your big day, there are many options. Blue flowers can be great if that's one of your wedding colors. The following spring flowers come in shades of blue:
- Hydrangeas come in a purple-blue shade that could blend in with other blue flowers.
Go for tulips for a streamlined effect.If you prefer a neat, streamlined effect for your wedding day, purchase tulips. Tulips tend to have a very neat look and can be stacked in vases for centerpieces at tables during the reception.
- Tulips come in a variety of shades, so they can work for a variety of color schemes. You can get tulips in shades like white, yellow, orange, pale pink, dark pink, red, and purple.
Supplementing with Non-Seasonal Flowers
Add extra color with roses.Roses are in season year-round and come in bolder colors. If you want to add a bright red or pink to your wedding flowers, order some roses. In addition to adding bolder colors, roses are a classic and romantic choice for wedding flowers.
Look for year-round flowers.Seasonal flowers are more affordable, but there's no need to limit your spring wedding to strictly spring flowers. Talk to your florist about year-round options to diversify your wedding flowers a bit. The following are a few examples of flowers available year-round:
Pick year-round stems to fill out bouquets.Bouquets often benefit from having decorative stems inserted to fill them out and add more texture and variety. Many stems are available year-round. To fill out bouquets, try some of the following stem options:
- Wax flower
- Montecasino aster
Making Practical Considerations
Look at your venue first.Before settling on flowers, make a visit to your wedding venue. Not all types of flowers will go well with the color scheme and atmosphere of your venue, so it's a good idea to account for this when selecting flowers.
- If you're marrying in a church with lots of reds and oranges, flowers in soft shades like pinks, whites, and creams may not blend in with the scenery. Instead, choose flowers of richer colors.
- Think about the spacing of the venue. Large, ornate flowers may be overwhelming in a venue that's already heavily decorated, for example.
- If you're working with a professional wedding planner, ask them to visit the venue with you and give you advice on which flowers would work.
Show consideration to guests with allergies.Certain spring flowers produce a lot of pollen. Pollen can irritate guests that have allergies. Sunflowers and chrysanthemums, for example, can generate a lot of pollen. While you can still use these flowers for your wedding, use them in smaller amounts to avoid triggering allergic reactions.
- If you know guests are coming that have chronic allergies, you may want to ask a florist for recommendations for low-pollen flowers that tend not to irritate allergies.
Have more than one option.Weddings are sometimes unpredictable. Your chosen florist may run out of a particular option or the flowers may not look like you expected. Do not plan your wedding with your heart set on a single flower. Write down a variety of options before talking things over with a florist or wedding planner. When planning a wedding, it's always a good idea to have a backup plan.
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