‘And you will keep me safe. And you will keep me close. And rain will make the flowers grow’
Victor Hugo, Les Miserable.
Every wedding needs flowers, but what kind of flower is up to you. With a dream arrangement in mind, let me ask you a quick but fundamental question – do you know when that flower is in season? With your wedding date in mind, get to know the top five choices of wedding blooms or glance through a seasonal flower guide before setting your heart on a particular bloom.
- Roses are considered a symbol of beauty and love. Three main types used extensively as wedding florals – Hybrid tea roses (the classic, uniformly shaped commercial roses generally seen at your local florist), spray roses (a rose with five to ten small heads on each stem to create that “natural, garden-grown” look) and garden roses (old-fashioned varieties with bushy, open heads and delicious scents). Roses are generally in bloom throughout the year depending on the climate and month of planting.
- Tulips represent ‘consuming love’ and ‘happy years’ and are often used in events that will shine with a little pop of colour. Available during most of the year, the three styles of tulips can vary in price but blend in arrangements stylishly with the ability to look both classic and playful.
- Calla Lillies have two commonly known types that make them wedding favourites – a large-headed variety with a long, smooth stem suitable for tall, modern arrangements, and a miniature version ideal for small arrangements and boutonnieres. The ivory shade is the most popular, lending itself to any style of reception.
- Lily of the Valley is known for its intoxicating smell and dainty bulbs, making it a perfect choice for a wedding. This bloom can be sourced all year round but is most plentiful and at it’s best in Spring, looking amazing as it blooms at events all over the country.
- Hydrangeas with their full, floral heads are scentless, but their delicate beauty is often looked upon to fill a bouquet or create a voluminous table setting at your ceremony. Available in white and shades of green, pink, burgundy and blue, this bloom is perfect for delicate posies and any event with a touch of vintage glamour.
Your seasonal flower guide
Hydrangeas, Lotus Flowers, Kangaroo Paw, Phaleanopsis Orchids, Alliums, Anthuriums, Bouvardias, Carnations, Chrysanthemums, Freesias, Gladioli, Jasmine, Poppies, Gerberas, Zinnias, Water Lilies, Queen Anne’s Lace, Delphiniums
Ivy, Gardenias, Slipper Orchids, Dahlias, Magnolias, Arum Lilies, Gloriosas, Tulips, Lisianthus, Chrysanthemum, David Austin Roses, Garden Roses, Iris, Carnation, Glass House Rose, Silver Suede, Cornflowers, Calla Lilies
Camellias, Hyacinth, Iris, Oriental Lillies, Singapore Orchids, Glass House Roses, Anemones, Ranunculus, Jonquils, Anthuriums, Camellias, Carnations, Sweet Peas, Daphnes, Star of Bethlehems, Freesias, Gardenia, Gladioli, Hyacinth, Iris, Magnolias, Poppies, Lavender
Cymbidium Orchids, Anemone, Blossoms, Freesias, Lily of the Valley, Gardenias, Cherry Blossom, Peonies, Orchids, David Austin Roses, Lisianthus, Blushing Brides, Lily of the Valley, Peonies, Stephanotis, Hydrangeas, Gladiolus, Bouvardias, Delphinium, Iris
Available all year round
Baby’s Breath, Lisianthus, Alstroemeria, Phalaenopsis Orchids, Silver Suede, Carnations, Roses, Sweet William, King Proteas
As flowers play more than one role at a wedding ceremony, it is essential to visualise (and budget) how your favourite bloom will work throughout the event. The bride’s flowers continue through to the bridal party, starting with bridesmaid bouquets and the groom and groomsman lapel, they create centrepieces on tables and wrap arbours during the ceremony. Does the bloom create a bold statement, or does it hang subtly? Is your space modern or does it have a little old school charm? Think about all areas of the ceremony – foyer, table centres, bathrooms, registry and bar, your flowers can add that level of detail and continuity that makes a great wedding an amazing one.
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