The genteel realm of wedding flowers is not immune to fashion fads. Runway colors repeat in bouquets and silhouettes shift from minimalist to luxe, too. “Flowers follow fashion,” notes Marion Marshall of Absolutely Blooming. A clothing designer by trade, Marion’s arrangements often have an edgier, more European style. Absolutely Blooming’s striking arrangements are personalized to each bride. Greenery is a powerful element, not just filler. Roses may be submerged in tabletop glass bowls. Just as she thoughtfully creates arrangements to play against the artists’ work at a gallery opening, she finds new nuptial presentations and unusual blooms instead of “just showing up with some flowers.” A brown satin ribbon on a bridesmaid dress, for example, may call for a chocolate-hued lily.
Texans generally favor rather traditional weddings, but local florists gain inspiration from the latest trends. At North Texas Floral, brides have been favoring seasonal blooms, hand-held bouquets, and monochromatic schemes. Classic meets contemporary with a spring-summer mix of rich purple and soft and dark pink peonies, alliums, freesia, and heather. The combination is fresh, fragrant, and fashionable.
It’s the bride’s day, however. Whatever you prefer trumps any trend. A great florist will gently guide you through the dizzying array. Whether it’s a single boutonniere or every pew festooned, choose the bloom whose color, scent, and symbolism conjure a smile.
The Language of Flowers
Bouquets and boutonnieres are more than bright accessories. Many flowers have long symbolized secrets of the heart. A long engagement, for example, may be played tribute with asters for “charm and patience.” An older couple may choose irises for “hope and wisdom.” The modern bride may desire the “sophistication and beauty” of calla lilies. Those aching for the honeymoon may opt for “seductive” orchids or “perfect lover” tulips.
Even the klutziest flower girl looks cute. There are, however, a few options to strewing petals down the aisle. Festive floral wands or scepters that the girls wave princess-style are simply adorable. Pomanders are gaining popularity, too. A ball of flowers is beribboned and looped around the flower girl’s wrist.
Though weddings vary widely in extravagance, earmark approximately 8% of the budget for flowers. Meet with your floral designer early in order to get the most from your money – at least four to six months in advance, possibly a year. The designer will be able to help you choose seasonal blooms that won’t have to travel far.
Scent & Sensibility
Aroma is the most powerful sense for evoking memory. Use fragrant wedding flowers to set the ambiance. Choose blooms that echo notes of the bride’s perfume, or perhaps tropical blossoms that hearken an island honeymoon. Introduce sentimental sprigs whose scent reminds the bride and groom of childhood gardens: honeysuckle, wild roses, lavender, or rosemary.