When I meet with a bride the first thing we talk about is color! You may think it would be the style of the flowers or the price of the flowers, but I’m always thinking color first, unless of course you like paint. :>)
When planning a wedding with flowers, nature limits us in a few ways. The first is color, certain flowers only come in certain colors. Not all flowers come in ALL colors. Another thing that is very limiting is the seasons. Not all flowers grow all year long. Now this may sound like something you already know, but when it comes to planning a wedding, it seems like we tend to forget that these two limitations can create huge issues for brides and their floral designers.
I thought that I would give you a few examples of how to think about flowers when planning your wedding. Hopefully it will simplify the process for you. One less stress thing to figure out during your wedding planning is a great thing!
So here is an example of spring flowers, orange calla lilies,red and yellow freesia, orange and yellow ranunculus. Now at first glance you might look at this color palette in orange and yellow and think of a fall colored bouquet. Not so! This is most definitely a spring bouquet, and it would be difficult to duplicate in the fall, because these flowers bloom in the late winter and early spring. You would most likely find these flowers from late December until February as a general rule. Now to make it even more confusing, freesia is available in the summer, but callas are limited in the late hot summer months. See what I mean about easy to get confused! :>)
So here is another example of a color palette, hot pink, red, and lime green. Now when I think about the season for this bouquet, it’s pretty much a year round availability when it comes to varieties. Calla lilies pretty much year round except during a few hot months of the year, but we can usually get them somewhere in the world. Red roses are usually always available, but strange things can happen, like freezing weather last year, took out a number of small farms in South America, which can cause a bit of a shortage at certain times of the year. Nerine lilies are pretty much available, but you have to plan ahead with them. The lime green cymbidium orchids, are usually available somewhere in the world as well.
Here’s another great example of a spring bouquet. I know at first glance you think hydrangea and roses, so you think year round, just soft summer color. But the tricky thing in this bouquet is that it has white lilac, which adds amazing texture, and that is a spring flower with a very short season. The fabulous thing about working with your floral designer is that if they are a professional, they can customize the bouquet to fit you season. It does require you to be flexible, but I could do this bouquet in the summer with the white hydrangea, the pink roses, the pink callas, the white roses. It could pretty much be a year round bouquet, except that white hydrangea in the late summer is kind of ugly. It gets limp with big individual blossoms.
As you can see it can get complex, even for the professional, but I think it is much easier to work off of a color palette rather than specific flowers. After all you are picking a color for dresses, you are picking color for the the decor, so why not pick the color for the flowers that goes with the dresses, and then let you florist help you wade through the wide world of commercial flower production and what is available in the world~ where and when! I almost sound like a Dr Seuss Book don’t I? :>)