Whether your wedding will be coming up roses, daffodils, or something else, choosing wrong flowers for that blissful day can create a scene you’ll want to soon forget. But armed with a few basics about flowers, arrangements you choose will land you a bevy of compliments and queries.
When selecting your wedding flowers, single most important thing to keep in mind is that all flowers have distinct characteristics. Knowing what characteristics are of flowers you’ll be choosing can mean difference between crying because you’re exchanging vows with man of your dreams and tearing up thanks to an allergic reaction to pollen in some of those beautiful flowers in your wedding bouquet.
To avoid sniffles and sneezes at alter, know which blooms might cause you trouble. And ask each person in your wedding party which blooms they are allergic to before ordering bouquets. Topping list of highly allergenic blossoms are lilies and gardenias.
If you are planning a warm-weather wedding, be sure to stick with flowers that can withstand heat and high humidity. Delicate flowers, like hydrangeas, are likely to wilt and sag in warm weather. Choose hardier flowers, such as orchids, roses, or herbs.
The fragrance from flowers will be stronger during warm weather, therefore take this into consideration when making your selections. You will want your guests to feel as if they’ve just walked into a flower garden, not a perfume factory. When planning a summer wedding that will take place in a small, completely enclosed room, choose less-fragrant flowers such as orchids or asters. Freesia, tuberose, and gardenias should be avoided.
Want to take your guests’ breath away (figuratively speaking, that is)? Near entrance to reception area, be sure to have lovely floral centerpieces, or perhaps candles, at eye level. Stringing garlands, ribbons, or some other kind of delicate ornaments above windows or doorways will also add to effect.
Winter brides should consult a florist before settling on a particular arrangement. Below 42 degrees, some flowers may turn black. This doesn’t necessarily mean that those flowers must be excluded from your bouquet, but it does mean that they shouldn’t be taken along for an outdoor photo shoot.
Lilies will help you to put on a stunning show, but before you carry them next to your dress, be sure to have your florist remove stamens. Left intact, they’ll stain your dress with bright yellow pollen.