Wedding Flowers

  • From Spring to Winter: Wedding Flowers by Seasons

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    No matter what time of year you choose for your wedding date, there are perfect blooms for your special day. From your wedding bouquet to arrangements lining the aisle to beautiful centerpieces, you’ll want to find the perfect flowers for your wedding day.

    Here are the best weddings flowers by season:

    Wedding Flowers for Spring

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    Spring is one of the most popular seasons for weddings, since the weather is neither too hot nor too cold for an outdoor ceremony. An added bonus to a spring ceremony is the array of flowers in bloom.

    • Peonies are at their best in the springtime. Their softness, texture, and wide array of pastel shades make them an ideal choice for a romantic spring affair.

    • Roses are available in so many colors, it’d be a challenge to not find a flower to match your color scheme.

    • If you want a flower with texture and oomph, consider the purple climbing sweet pea as a beautiful accent bloom.

    • Lilacs are historically associated with childhood, first love, and romance so they will thematically suit your special day to a tee.

    • If you’re looking for something a bit brighter and edgier, ranunculus are perfect a pop of color.

    • Tulips practically scream spring, and they’re available in everything from pale pink to bright yellow and orange.

    • Then there are gerbera daisies—one of the cheeriest and sunniest flowers of all. Like tulips and roses, they also come in a wide variety of colors—not to mention, they evoke sunshine and happiness.

    • On a budget or want something simple? Hydrangeas and calla lilies are elegant, affordable options. Both are stalwarts in spring gardens so they’ll fit your seasonal choices perfectly.

    • If you want to kick up the simple elegance a notch, magnolias, one of the most famous spring blooms; look gorgeous as stand-alone pieces in a bridal bouquet or lining an aisle.

    For the spring, popular flower shades include pink, purple, and white. Pastels are the best (and most available) choice for a spring wedding, reflecting the softer hues and temperatures of the season.

    Many spring weddings are often outdoor affairs, but depending on average temperatures where you live, you might want to opt for the heartier blooms like roses, tulips, and daisies as opposed to more fragile flowers such as peonies and magnolias. Capture the spring-like sensation of blooming wildflowers, romance, and more with the light hues and romantic tones of seasonal spring flowers.

    Wedding Flowers for Summer

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    Summer is all about long days and warm nights. Celebrate the season of your nuptials with blooms that are vibrant. Summer is the perfect time to opt for hand-picked blooms or wildflowers, since they are in such abundance at this time of year. In fact, more flowers are in bloom on the summer solstice than at any other point in the year, so the sky's the limit!

    • Wildflowers are the perfect way to opt for lighter hues if you’re not into the brighter blooms in season—choose peaches and cream garden roses, honeysuckle, and hyacinth for a wildly alluring summer bouquet.

    • Oriental lilies bloom in late summer and make for a contemporary, modern look for your bouquet..

    • Agapanthus are a beautiful blue choice for your bouquet—what’s more their name means “love flower” so they’re a perfect wedding pick.

    • If you need a scented accent that evokes the romance of your pairing, consider adding some lavender to your bouquet. The summer herb will add a splash of purple to any arrangement and the aroma is sure to be pleasing to all. You can even go a step further and have dried lavender surrounding your centerpieces or sprinkled down the aisle.

    • For a striking centerpiece consider delphiniums with their long floral spikes. They come in every conceivable shade of blue, as well as varying shades of white and pink.

    • Hydrangeas are still in season, but they are more fragile so be wary of using them in particularly hot climates or at a heavily outdoorsy wedding in the woods or at the beach.

    • Want something both striking and utterly eye-catching in color? Gladiolus or snapdragons are a favorite summer choice for their long, dramatic stems and their wide array of bright colors including magentas, purples, pinks, hot oranges and more.

    • Sunflowers are the epitome of the summer season, with their direct correlation to the sun. They suggest long, warm afternoons and happy, carefree days.

    Flowers can also be used to connect to your wedding theme, not just the season. Many summer weddings are tropical or have a beach theme. If you have a beautiful ocean view, make an archway of flowers, palm branches, and more to evoke a sunny, sandy feeling that compliments your breathtaking vista. If you want a heavy seashore vibe in your decorating scheme, adorn your bouquet and centerpieces with seashells and blue-green accents to pick up the hints of the waves. For a truly tropical feel, consider lush island leaves like areca palm, elephant ear, papyrus, and winding passion flower vine.

    Wedding Flowers for Fall

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    Many might worry that the fall is not an ideal time for wedding flowers—after all, we associate fall with the death of plants and the changing of the leaves. But never fear there are plenty of autumnal blooms to make for a perfect seasonal wedding. First off, you may want to consider selecting the colors of the season in your arrangements. Opt for browns, oranges, yellows, deep reds and more, colors we associate with fall leaves and the harvest.

    • Dahlias are a stunning fall bloom and commonly occur in shades of red, yellow, burgundy, and orange.

    • Chrysanthemums come in nearly every shade if you’re hoping to find a color scheme outside of golds, reds, and browns.

    • If you want more of a purple feel than the rustic shades of autumn, purple alstroemeria are a gorgeous fall bloom to shake up your arrangements with.

    • Thistle is a perfect accent bloom with its deep shades of purple. Similarly, eucalyptus leaves and branches are a perfect accent piece.

    • Don’t forget that roses are a perfect option year-round, so whether you want shades of pink and white or more on-point options of orange and yellow, you can’t go wrong with roses in your wedding flowers. Plus, they are a sturdier flower and will withstand any sudden drops in temperature should your wedding be outdoors.

    Fall weddings often have a rustic feel, and it’s easy to find blooms that reflect that. If you really want to double down on the fall theme, you can take it a step further and accent your arrangements with large colorful leaves, acorns, wheat, dried greenery, crab apples and more.

    Wedding Flowers for Winter

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    Finally, there is the winter wedding. Whether you’re having a cozy indoor fete or an outdoor wedding in a snowy landscape, there are still plenty of beautiful options available to you in the dead of winter. Whether you’re having a holiday wedding and want the greenery of the season mixed with red blooms, such as roses, or you want a more wintry affair, studded with silvers, blues, and whites, you can find the ideal flower for your winter celebration. Don’t feel you have to opt for a stark white feel either -- even if you want a wintry white color scheme, there are blooms in shades of antique white, ivory, and cream that will provide a lusher array of color.

    • If you want the look of peonies, which are not in season in the winter, try garden roses. They’re available year-round in a wide array of colors and they have a similar ruffled look as a peony.

    • You might think it’s difficult to find blooms that are in season in winter, but there are many flowers that bloom during these months, including anemones, ranunculus, and early blooming tulips.

    • Calla lilies begin to bloom in late winter so if you want something more streamlined and elegant, they are a lovely option.

    • Gardenias, with their lush scent and white blooms, are a beautiful and sensual winter choice.

    • Amaryllis is a lovely red bloom that suggests the festive holidays of the winter season.

    • Carnations are available in nearly any color, so don’t feel compelled to stick to white, blue, red, and silver color schemes.

    Of course there are typical seasonal accents like pine branches, white tipped pine cones, mistletoe, and holly leaves, but if you want something less on the nose consider silver dollar eucalyptus, seeded eucalyptus, sage green lamb’s ear, blue-gray juniper boughs and silvery dusty miller. There are also pussy willow branches, with their soft, furry buds, they look like kitten pawprints. All of these add a frosty effect that reflects the winter season.

    No matter the season, there’s a perfect wedding flower for you! From the bouquets, to the boutennairs, to the centerpieces, every element of your wedding flowers should reflect how you envision your special day.

  • DIY Wedding Bouquet for Winter Weddings

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    So you’re having a winter wedding and you’ve chosen to create a DIY wedding bouquet. You might think this limits your options because far fewer flowers bloom in the winter, naturally narrowing your selection. However, thanks to the magic of greenhouses and modern floral techniques, you can get a hold of just about anything you want at any time of year if you’re willing to pay for it.

    Here are some tips for making your very own winter wedding bouquet.

    Choosing the Right Flowers For Your DIY Wedding Bouquet

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    Seasonal Arrangements and Accents

    Whether you just love the snow or the season holds special meaning for you and your future spouse or you’re obsessed with the holidays, you’ve chosen a winter wedding for a reason. So, naturally, you’ll want your arrangement to echo the love you have for winter.

    Color is key in the process. If you want to echo the colder, crisper temperatures of the winter in your bouquet, aim for an arrangement that features shades of emerald green, snowy white, icy blue, and deep burgundy. Jewel tones are always a great choice for winter arrangements, as well as deep, rich colors and icy blues/whites. Unless you’re specifically aiming for a holiday-themed wedding, try to select colors that convey your winter inspiration without specifically reading as holiday (so, for instance, don’t pair a lot of red and green together).

    White is often the most common color palette during winter, but you don’t have to go with stark colors—select blooms that have an “antique” white hue or branch out into creams, ivories, and pale blush shades. Silver and white can be an elegant way to combine the icy tones of winter in a bouquet. Silver leaves and ribbon can make the perfect accent for a collection of white blues if you want something that is the ultimate in wintry tones.

    If you want to add some wintry touches without going full winter wonderland, considering opting for winter themed accents that enhance whatever blooms you’ve selected. These could include evergreen sprigs, berries, acorns, dried cotton, and more. Pussy willow branches are another great wintry options, as well as white tipped pinecones, mistletoe, marabou feathers, blue-gray juniper boughs, and sage green lamb’s ear. There are so many ways to transform a generic bouquet into a winter wonderland with just a few well-placed accents.

    Whether you’re having a formal affair that calls for red and white roses or a more rustic gathering that is the perfect environment for some icy blue blooms and evergreen sprigs, there’s a winter bouquet perfect for your affair.

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    In Season Blooms

    Of course, you may prefer to stick with wedding flowers that are in season around the time of your wedding. Generally, it’s a cheaper option as they will be easier to get and not require transportation over long distances. Amaryllis, anemone, camellias, casablanca lilies, forget-me-nots, french tulips, gardenias, holly, jasmine, orchids, mini gerberas, narcissus paper whites, poinsettias, and roses are all seasonal flowers that are lovely choices for a winter wedding.

    Some, like poinsettias and red roses, are more indicative of the holiday season, while others come in a wide range of colors that allow you to match your design scheme no matter what you’ve selected. Many of these blooms naturally occur in shades of red and white, which are some of the most popular colors for winter weddings due to their evoking the frosty temperatures and the deep warmth of the holiday season.

    You may also want to add stems for accents and there are numerous filler stems that grow year-round and are perfect for your winter bouquet. Queen Anne’s Lace, waxflower, montecasino aster, statis, and hypericum are just a few of the options available to you. They come in everything from white to purple to yellow to pink, so there are a lot of choices, whether you’re opting for more traditional wintry shades or something off the beaten path.

    Prepping For Your DIY Wedding Bouquet For Winter

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    Cost

    Most likely you’ve chosen to DIY your bouquet to save yourself some money. But you still should have a budget in mind for the types of flowers you’re selecting. Generally, the average cost of a bride’s bouquet from a florist is around $150. So, try to make sure you’re spending around that much or less if the purpose of doing a DIY bouquet is to save money.

    Prices will certainly vary depending on the particular blooms you select. For instance, carnations are significantly cheaper than roses or peonies. Keep the price range in mind when you’re designing your bouquet and deciding what type of flowers you might want. Additionally, you can help keep prices down by using a lot of cheaper accent pieces and reducing the total number of flowers in the overall bouquet.

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    Tips for DIY Wedding Bouquets

    If you’re going to DIY your wedding bouquet, there’s a lot of things you can do to prevent yourself major stress down the line. First off, plan your designs in extensive detail before you ever begin—know exactly what you want, what types of flowers you’ll be using, etc. so you can determine how to arrange it. Ideally, you would find a tutorial for the bouquet you’re most interested in making, but if nothing else you should watch a bunch of tutorials and make some practice bouquets to be sure you’re ready to make the centerpiece for your big day.

    If this is the first time you’ve ever arranged a bouquet for a special occasion, keep your expectations don’t realistic. Don’t choose a heavily ornate design off of Pinterest and expect to be able to recreate it. Keep it simple—use only one or two types of flowers in the design and pick something you feel confident you can construct after viewing tutorials. You will also want to pick sturdy, hardy flowers,  that way you won’t have to worry about damaging fragile blooms while assembling the arrangement. Lastly, be sure you have all the floral tools you need on hand before you begin, this includes ribbon, floral tape, floral scissors, floral foam, and floral wire. It’s better to have something you don’t end up using than to panic when your bouquet isn’t coming together the way you want it to.

    When it comes to building your bouquet, you should plan to do it the day before the wedding and allow a minimum of an hour to complete the project. Keep the flowers in water in a cool, shady place. Under no circumstances should you refrigerate the bouquet—your personal fridge is a different temperature from floral fridges and could dry out/kill the flowers. On the day of your wedding, put a trusted friend in charge of transporting the bouquet and making sure it gets there in one piece. You have enough to worry about already!

  • The Etiquette for Sending Flowers: Do's and Don'ts

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    There are many reasons to send flowers -- to make a romantic statement to the one you love, to wish someone a happy birthday, as get well wishes, or to commemorate a person who has died. But each of these situations has its own etiquette -- a set of recommended do’s and don’ts to make sure your thoughtful present doesn’t accidentally send the wrong message or offend someone’s sensibilities.

    There are many things that impact proper flower giving etiquette -- from location, to relationship, to occasion. Here are some tips for proper etiquette for a variety of occasions for which you might send flowers.

    Sending Sympathy Flowers

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    One of the most popular reasons to send flowers is for sympathy or to commemorate a lost loved one. However, keep in mind that this can often be a very difficult type for people, so you will want to be extremely thoughtful in your approach to sending flowers and ensure you are employing proper etiquette.

    Generally, flowers are sent to a funeral home so they can be displayed at a viewing or memorial service. Find out what the plans are for the service before sending -- many people may not want an onslaught of flowers at their home when they are already overwhelmed. The funeral home often handles this and ensures that all gifts are received and displayed. Keep in mind, however, that many people wish to have donations made in their name to a charity in lieu of flowers -- find out if this is what the family has requested and adhere to their wishes. You may think you’re being thoughtful, but there’s nothing more rude than explicitly ignoring the request of the deceased and their family. Additionally, though most Christian denominations display flowers at memorial services, there are plenty of religions (or non-religious families) that do not, so pay attention and make sure you’re not going against the dictates of their faith.

    Lastly, be considerate in the blooms you select -- traditionally, flowers sent in sympathy are meant to celebrate the life of the person who has passed so pick something lovely and uplifting. White is the most traditional color and lilies are always a stunning choice. Avoid anything too silly or lighthearted like balloons, stuffed animals, etc.

    Sending Get Well Soon Flowers

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    It’s natural to want to send a friend or loved one a cheery bouquet to brighten their day when they’re ill. When they’re bed-ridden or can’t leave the house having a brightly colored bouquet nearby can be a very comforting thing. However, keep in mind that due to allergies, risk of infection, etc. many hospitals do not permit the display of flowers. You should always check on the hospital policy before bringing or sending flowers. Generally, it is safest to wait until the person is in the privacy of their own home to send anything along.

    Sending Romantic Flowers

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    We can’t think of a better reason to send flowers than to tell someone you love them, whether it’s for a holiday like Valentine’s Day or just because. Red roses are always a classic when it comes to expressing your romantic feelings, but the best choice is to go with your special someone’s favorite flowers. It will show them that you care and pay attention to even the smallest detail. If they like blooms that are especially rare or difficult to get, it will be a huge romantic gesture for you to send that.

    If you intend to send flowers as a romantic gesture, it’s best to send them to a private location like your loved one’s home. Sending them to a public place like an office might make your partner the subject of unwanted gossip and attention. If your point is to make a flashy public gesture, be sure it’s something your special someone is ok with in advance. If you’ve been married for a long time or your relationship is well-known to each other’s coworkers, it’s slightly less problematic, but still be sure it’s something they would respond well to.

    Sending Birthday or Holiday Flowers

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    If you want to send flowers to celebrate someone’s birthday, the birth of a child, or any other holiday (Halloween, Thanksgiving, Mother’s Day, Easter, etc.), there’s a lot of things to take into consideration. First, be considerate and aware of the message you want to send -- if they’re a dear friend, but not someone you’re romantically involved with, don’t send red roses or any other traditionally romantic flowers. And as noted above, it’s best to send them to a private location and not their place of work.

    Whether you’re sending flowers for a birthday, a new baby, or a more widely celebrated holiday, the best practice is to pick something thematically appropriate. If it’s someone’s birthday, send them a cheery arrangement of their favorite blooms in their favorite colors -- whether that’s a spray of pink tulips or a multi-colored assortment of gerbera daisies with a balloon. For a new baby, send something warm and cute to celebrate this new life. Depending on the parents and their stance on gender norms, send a blue or pink bouquet for their new baby boy or girl. If you want to be sure not to offend, send something in a gender neutral palette of green, yellow, or orange, etc.

    The other holidays are far more specific -- choose an arrangement that speaks to the holiday, whether it’s through appropriate colors (red and green for Christmas, green for St. Patrick’s Day, black and orange for Halloween) or through an arrangement that suggests the holiday (a basket for Easter, a cornucopia for Thanksgiving). Your thoughtfulness and taste in design will not go unnoticed.

    Sending Promotion or Work Event Flowers

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    There are plenty of reasons to send a coworker flowers -- congratulating them on a promotion, celebrating Bosses’ Day, or just saying thank you for their extra input on a project. But this is probably the trickiest area when it comes to flower sending etiquette. You should be incredibly cautious about what you send, lest someone perceive the flowers as evidence of romantic interest (or worse, a sign of favoritism or harassment). In this case, it’s likely best to send a fruit basket or a less flashy plant than a bouquet of flowers to avoid any confusion about your intentions.

    If you follow all of these helpful do’s and don’ts, you’ll soon be considered one of the most thoughtful people around for the beautiful and tasteful flower arrangements you gift to friends and family.

  • You'll love your wedding flowers because I love my kitchen.

    I am a florist who believes you should love your wedding flowers. As a wedding consultant and designer, I meet with brides nearly every day to talk about flowers for their weddings. I love what I do and along with our nearly 60 years in business to back me up, I can say we are pretty darn great at what we do.

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    And here’s the thing: I know it’s not about me. It’s not my wedding. It’s the BRIDE’S wedding. Ok, its really the couple’s wedding, but you know what I mean. Just like my kitchen wasn’t the kitchen designer’s kitchen.

    Stay with me here. Kitchens? Wedding flowers? What? Words of wisdom will follow shortly--pinky swear.

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    Years ago, I was planning a kitchen remodel. Every designer tried to convince me to put a cook top on the island. I didn’t want a cook top on the island. “But that’s the trend” they said. “Surely then, you will want to put your sink in the island—that’s really hot right now.” I didn’t want the sink in the island either. What a boring client I was. It was important to me that our kitchen fit our style, not necessarily what the trends said our kitchen should look like. And guess what? I took their advice on lots of things, stuck to my guns on the island, and 14 years later I still love my kitchen.

    When brides ask me “What do you think I should do?” Or after a bride shows me 20 inspiration photos that are very clearly the look they are going for, yet still asks “Do you think something else would be better?” It is very easy for me to follow up with this very truthful statement: My goal is that you love your wedding flowers. That means on your wedding day your wedding flowers will take your breath away. And 20 years from now when you open your wedding album and see pictures of your wedding flowers, your breath is taken away by them for a second time.

    You see, as a designer, I feel trends should be strictly for inspiration—something that might give a fresh twist to our products. Trends should not be the reason you make a design decision. Get what speaks to you. Ask for the elements that will make you happy--that will make love your wedding flowers, now, and in 20 years….even if the hippest designers say “that is sooooo last year.”

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    Now certainly, if I think the bride is on a crash course to what could be truly awful, I will not hesitate in offering a few tweaks or suggestions. I'll discuss that in a future blog post.

    I know I’m happy every time I put a pan on my traditionally located stove and then move it to the traditionally located sink under the window overlooking the back yard. My kitchen island is just the way I wanted it: a long uninterrupted expanse. Well, except for the gigantic pile of mail, and the cereal box my husband doesn’t put back, and the garlic powder from last night’s dinner…And I still love it.

    I want nothing more than for you to love your wedding flowers—pinky swear.

    Written by Leslie Kremp, wedding consultant at Kremp Florist

    Want to meet and talk about your dream wedding flowers, or swap kitchen island stories? Give us a call to arrange for a free consultation. 215-657-6700

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