Wedding Flowers play an integral part in any wedding, used for both decoration and for tradition. Wedding Flowers - Wedding Ceremony Flowers and Wedding Reception Flowers - set the mood and tone for the day.
Flowers used in a wedding can range from natural Cut Flowers, artificial flowers like porcelain bridal flowers, to handmade flowers with Swarovski crystals, and silk flowers.
Wedding Flowers can also be made into keepsakes that live a lifetime.
Traditional Wedding Flowers
In early Roman Weddings, Brides carried herbs under their veils to ensure fertility and fidelity and ward off evil spirits. In Weddings in ancient Greece, the Ivy was used to represent enduring love.
Different customs have adopted different conventions in the use of flowers in weddings. Jazz musicians lead a procession to the reception from the church in Louisiana, followed by the bridesmaids twirling umbrellas decorated with flowers. In England, the bride and the wedding party walked to the church together.
A young girl leads the procession scattering blossoms along the road so the Brides path through life would always be happy and filled with flowers.
A symbol of spring and renewed life, Peonies come in many colors and varieties, used as Centerpieces as well as Pew and Chair Decorations.
Luxuriant, long-petalled Orchids are exotic and fragrant, and an excellent choice for Wedding Bouquets as well as corsages for the bridal couple's mothers.
Lotus represents four virtues in the Buddhist religion as well as being the cornerstone of Asian flower culture.Modern Wedding Flower Trends
Fashion trends also dictate the choice of Wedding Flowers. Convention has taken a backseat to individuality, in the choice of Wedding Flowers. Bridesmaids' bouquets do not necessarily match the bridal bouquet, the boutonnieres and centerpieces.
Colorful arrays in contrast to the traditional white are also in style. Lavenders and plums are en vogue. Rather than the traditional romantic Wedding Flower Arrangements, bold and powerful settings, modern, Zen and even monochromatic designs with only one flower or color are in trend.
Flowers used in Weddings are generally in bouquets for Brides and Bridesmaids, Pomanders, Corsages, Headdresses, thank you bouquets, and cake decorations. For the Groom, Best Man, Groomsmen, Mothers, Grandmothers, and all those in between Flower Corsages, Boutonnieres and Buttonholes (also known as flowers to wear) are ideal.
Flowers are also an indispensable part of decor in Church and Venue displays, pew ends, tabletops, long and low displays. It is also appropriate to present a corsage to those who help out in the wedding.
For a Springtime Wedding, the most popular flowers are those that symbolize new beginnings, in rich colors, with full, textured blooms: Peonies, Hydrangea, Lilac, Viuburnum, Tulips, Roses, Cymbidium Orchids, Ranunculas
For a Summertime Wedding, its the Roses that are in full bloom at summertime. With so many beautiful varieties, different roses can be combined for a stunning arrangement: Garden Roses, Ecuadorian Roses, Tea Roses, Spray Rose, or locally grown roses.
Beyond the most established uses for Wedding Flowers in room and table decor and corsages, flowers of all varieties are used to enhance the special day in many non-traditional ways. For example:
- Welcome flower gifts for out-of-town guests and members of the bridal parties.
- Thank you flower gifts for those people who make the bride and groom's day special.
- Rehearsal dinner and wedding brunch decor.
- Decorations for the wedding transportation.
- Floating arrangements for ponds or pools.
- Accessories for the bride's hair, in some cases replacing the more traditional veil.
Availability of Wedding Flowers in Different Seasons
These days, availability of any flower is not a big problem since flowers are being imported from the places of availability to those of non-availability (since seasons vary across different parts of the globe).
But, one has to pay huge amounts to be able to do so. But broadly, the following flowers are available in USA during respective months of different seasons mentioned underneath.
- Wedding flowers available all year-round: Baby's Breath, Bachelor's Button, Calla lilies, Carnations, Delphiniums, Gardenias, Heather, Lily of the valley, Orchids, Proteas, Roses, Scabiosas, etc.
- Wedding flowers available in Spring: Anemones, Bells of Ireland, Boronia, Casablanca Lily, Daffodils, Delphiniums, Hyacinths, Lilacs, Narcissi, Peonies, Ranunculi, Stargazer Lilies, Sweet peas, Tulips, Waxflowers, etc.
- Wedding flowers available in Summer : Alstroemerias, Bells of Ireland, Chrysanthemums, English lavenders, Forget me nots, Freesia, Gerbera daisies, Hydrangeas, Irises, Larkspurs, Liatrises, Lilies (Asiatic and Oriental), Lisianthus, Matsumoto Asters, Monte Casino Asters, Queen Anne's Laces, Snapdragons, Solidastors, Statices, Stephanotis, Stock flowers, Sunflowers, Tuberoses, Yarrows, Zinnias, etc.
- Wedding flowers available in Fall: Asters, Chrysanthemums, Dahlias, Marigolds, Sttices, Zinnias, etc.
- Wedding flowers available in Winter : Amaryllis, Anemones, Bells of Ireland, Camellias, Casablanca lilies, Cosmos, Daffodils, Forget me nots, Hollies, Jasmines, Narcissus, Poinsettias, Ranunculus, Stargazer lilies, Stars of Bethlehem, Sweet peas, Tulips, Wax flowers, etc.