Flower Power

Many Brides select floral bouquets and centerpieces based off what they’ve always envision for their big day. But the flowers they want may not be readily available. While it may be possible to have the flowers of your dreams, it may cost significantly more because your choice of flowers may not be in season. Here’s a guide on how to decide which flowers are right for you and which seasons they’re available.

1.     Consider your colors

Think about the colors you and your bridesmaids will wear. The safest color is white because it tends to go with most colors (pastels and bolder hues) really well. If you think white colored flowers are too safe for your nuptials, just avoid selecting colors that will clash with clothing choices and reception colors. Wedding experts note that it is standard to have up to five different shades within your wedding design.

2.     Be prepared to have two different colors if your wedding ceremony and reception are in a different place.

The main reason to use different colors at your ceremony and reception has everything to do with the colors that will work well within each venue. The colors that work best at the church or vineyard may not look good in the reception hall or outdoor space. Look at this as an opportunity to keep your wedding ceremony simple. Your wedding ceremony can be a simple black and white affair, so you can make your wedding reception the place where colors such as red, blue, and purple can create the mood of well wishes and celebration.

3.     Listen to Mother Nature

Go with the colors of the season! The changing seasons often provide excellent color inspiration for weddings. If you’re having a fall wedding, opt for bright orange, yellow, and brown flowers. If it’s a spring wedding your hoping for, there are tons of wonderful pastel options such as soft pinks and blues. The only season that’s not as inspiring is winter…destination wedding, anyone?

Once you decide what colors your flowers will be, consider the flowers below to create a wedding to remember:

Rose –

Available: Year-round

Colors: Red, white, yellow, pink, orange and purple

ANN’s Tip: Since this flower is extremely popular for most special occasions, it can be expensive despite it’s availability.

Orchid –

Available: Year-round

Colors: White, yellow, red, purple, and pink

ANN’s Tip: Orchids are always expensive, but they do last a long time. That means you don’t have to worry about your expensive floral pieces wilting before your eyes.

Daffodil –

Available: Spring and Winter

Colors: Yellow, white, and orange

ANN’s Tip: These would make for beautiful bouquets or even table arrangements. This flower tends to be expensive.

Hydrangea –

Available: Fall and Summer

Colors: Pink, blue, green, purple, and white

ANN’s Tip: This is another flower that would be lovely for table arrangements. Plus, they dry gracefully so they will be lovely well into the evening and warmer environments.

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