|Blooming Beautiful - More Tips on Flowers at your wedding|
Whatever time of year you decide to marry, keeping things fairly seasonal has its advantages. While anything too over the top may come across as gimmicky, for example lots of pumpkins in an October wedding, a few seasonal flowers and table decorations are classy, fitting, and often very much in keeping with the style of dress and colour themes you have chosen. Seasonal herbs can make an excellent addition, providing colour and scent to make for really unusual bouquets. Look out for thyme or rosemary which can make luscious alternatives to more traditional foliage.
Of course, some brides buck the trends, but a spring wedding with the bridesmaids in shades of fresh spring green would look sensational with table decorations of delicate narcissi and bold, beautiful daffodils. Or perhaps a bouquet with clouds of Lilacs, which bloom for a short period during the spring and come in hues of purples and blues with a beautiful scent. Lily of the Valley is another spring bloomer, and its delicate white blossoms are a symbol of purity and modesty.
If you prefer something slightly more robust, anemones’ seem very much like spring flowers, but have bold, vivid petals and would make for a much brighter, statement piece, as well as a vibrantly beautiful table centre pieces. They do last throughout the season, so make a fitting choice for almost every month. Available in rich tones of reds, fuchsias’ and purples, they make a great cluster or feature boom.
Summer colours tend to become bolder still. The classic English rose is a good, traditional option, offering a delicious scent and a real variety of stunning colours. A good one for an English country garden style wedding, roses are versatile, working beautifully in bouquets of all shapes and sizes as well as table decorations and even to co-ordinate your cake.
Calla Lillies are becoming a more popular option, with long, clean lines and a purity of form; these are available in a waxy white, with shades varying through pink and purple to inky black, and look stunning in striking, modern bouquets.
Sunflowers can be a bit unwieldy for the bridal bouquet, but their vivid yellows and burnt orange tones can be perfect for a summer wedding room set, perhaps on the table in slim vases or even tied into seat backs.
As autumn approaches, sunflowers are still a seasonal option, and could be combined with deeply coloured dahlias in rich wine reds and purples to hit an autumnal note. Jewel like gerberas are a popular autumn choice, offering a variety of colours, and large, striking blooms, although smaller varieties are now more readily available, offering the colour without necessarily the size if you would prefer something bold but not quite so large. For something really different, Google “succulent bridal flowers” – these exotics are perfect for the bride who doesn’t want anything too ‘girlie’, and are a great complement to autumnal colour themes.
Many autumnal herbs and flowers carry through to winter, so anemones and gerberas are still topical, and if you are planning a Christmas themed wedding, work wonderfully well with red and green colour ways. Ranunculus are also available in similar colours, similar to tightly bunched roses, and make gorgeous button holes as well as looking great in bouquets and table settings. For something paler; perhaps whites, greens or soft, buttery yellows, cymbidium orchids with their waxy, exotic petals and long stems create a look of fragility and femininity, despite being hardy cut flowers.
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