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Seasonal Wedding Flowers Ideas For
Thinking about your wedding decor, probably one of the first pieces that come to mind are the wedding flowers. You can use flowers in a major way at your wedding or just have them used in bouquets - the extent to which flowers are used depends on the formality of your wedding, and how important flowers are to your overall vision for your wedding.
What’s the best way to choose the type of flowers for your wedding? First, you’ll want to consider the colors you had in mind for your wedding décor. Many flowers come in various shades, but for some colors (like blue) your choices are more limited. So, if your wedding colors are already chosen, deciding on your wedding flowers will be easier. But, if you haven’t decided on your wedding colors, flowers can be an excellent inspiration.
Also, consider wedding flowers by the season of your wedding date. If you are getting married in November, the wedding flowers that are in season will be very different from the wedding flowers that are in season in May.
Below is a quick list of popular seasonal wedding flowers and the times of the year when they are in season:
Spring Wedding Flowers
Bluebell, Camellia, Daffodil, Forget Me Not, Foxglove, Gardenia,
Iris, Jasmine, Lilac, Pansy, Rose, Tulip
Summer Wedding Flowers
Gardenia, Hydrangea, Lily, Peony, Sunflower, Rose, Daisy, Wax Flower, Honeysuckle, Bougainvillea, Bouvardis, Delphinium, Fuchsia
Fall Wedding Flowers
Hydrangea, Orchid, Sunflower, Ivy, Eucalyptus, Gladiolus, Zinnia,
Winter Wedding Flowers
Anemone, Hyacinth, Jasmine, Orchid, Tulip, Violet, Amaryllis, Calla
Once you have in mind the type of seasonal wedding flowers and floral arrangements you like, the next step is to choose a wedding florist. When you’ve met with your wedding florist and you begin talking about your wedding flowers, here are some tips to keep in mind:
Get it all in Writing
When you find your wedding florist, you will need to sign a contract for the wedding flowers and any other services rendered. The contract should be itemized for each piece of the wedding flowers. There should be a detailed charge for each bouquet, boutonniere and centerpiece. The contract also should specify any particular types of flowers that are to be included in your wedding flower arrangements. In addition, the contract should state when and where the flowers will be delivered, who will set them up and any costs associated with delivery and setup.
Talk about Costs
Nobody really likes to talk about money, but when it comes to your wedding budget, you must be upfront with what you can and can’t afford. When you choose your wedding florist, you will want to be frank about your wedding budget and how much money you’ve allocated to wedding flowers. Listen to your florist’s ideas, but also be able to set limits when she suggests something that may be more than you can afford. A good wedding florist will be able to work with your budget and may have creative ideas for achieving the look you want while also cutting some costs.
Think Outside the Flower Garden
When it comes to your wedding décor, you don’t have to stick with traditional floral arrangements. You can often save money and add something unique to your wedding arrangements by filling in some space with other natural items. Mix it up by using an unconventional but lovely addition to your wedding flowers like citrus fruits, apples, pinecones, shells or feathers. Placed with your wedding flowers, these items add something unexpected, and the combination of different textures and shapes can be very pleasing to the eye.
Be Realistic with Your Wedding Flower Choices
Keep in mind that most wedding flower arrangements that you see in bridal magazines are very expensive and probably beyond the budget of most brides. So, be realistic when you envision your wedding flowers. The big bouquet on the cover of the top bridal magazine may be beautiful, but it also is likely to cost over a thousand dollars.
Get answers from your wedding florist about the amount of flowers in your arrangements and the actual size of the arrangements; you’ll have a better picture of your real wedding flowers and you’ll be much happier with the final product.