by Kim Green
Kim is the owner and creator of all things beautiful at Lush Occasions
Spring is here! Although I think we may have missed Spring and skipped straight into Summer this year. And with the weather warming up, we’ve moved swiftly into wedding season. There are so many things to consider when choosing your flowers and the arrangements you want to be made up for your big day.
Flowers and herbs have traditionally been used in weddings as far back as the ancient Greeks when flowers were used to make a crown for the bride to wear and were considered gifts of nature. The bridesmaids would make poesies for each guest to wear as a symbol of thanks. Bridal bouquets and wreaths were also originally made of herbs and bulbs of garlic. Different herbs held different meanings and it was believed that herbs and garlic had magical powers to ward off any evil spirits that may plague the couple in the future.
Here are some tips and things to consider when choosing your flowers for your wedding…
- Colour palettes certainly go in and out of fashion but there are some beautiful new trends currently taking the wedding industry by storm. Paint company Pantone’s ‘Colour of the Year’ for 2017 was Greenery. The colour is a zesty yellow-green which is very often seen in foliage. According to the company Greenery is ‘symbolic of new beginnings’ and is a shade that ‘evokes the first days of spring when nature’s greens revive, restore and renew’.
- This has most definitely influenced the wedding industry as we are seeing more and more brides using foliage rather than flowers. The greenery that is leading the trend this season is the uber modern and gorgeous Delicious Monster leaf.
- When choosing your flowers always try to choose one that is in season. This will help you with your budget as imported flowers that aren’t in season in South Africa cost up to four times the normal price and since they’ve come from overseas they don’t always last. Which brings me to Peonies! They are featured in every single overseas bridal magazine and are the most popular go-to flower for brides. Peonies are known as the flower of riches and honour. With their full bloom, they embody romance and prosperity and are seen as an omen of good fortune and a happy marriage. But they’re not going to be regarded as a very good omen for the future when they’ve wilted and died from the sweltering South African summer heat.
- Find flowers that are hardy and will last a two-day setup, especially at an extremely hot African wedding. Hydrangeas are absolutely beautiful but as a florist, it’s a nightmare trying to keep them alive and we have to buy so many extra stems as a backup because they wilt and die so easily. So be smart about your choice. Flowers that are currently in season are arum lilies, blushing brides, proteas, stocks, wax, freesias & sweet peas, roses, and tulips (but hurry, not for much longer).
- Always have a backup choice and don’t get too hung up on one specific varietal. With the unpredictability of farming sometimes we simply cannot get exactly what you want. If you have a backup you will be safeguarded from being bitterly disappointed and it makes the life of your florist a whole lot easier.
- Be bold with your floral choices. So many brides stick to a default pastel colour palette. Your bridesmaids, flowers and all your décor don’t need to match. There are so many exquisite colours and flowers to choose from. Browse Pinterest and be bold!!
But my best advice is to select flowers that resonate with you and your partner and enjoy the journey of creating a beautiful start to your life together!
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