Choosing your Flowers
Choosing wedding flowers that fit your style and petals that match your color palette isn't always easy -- especially if you don't know a dahlia from a daisy.
Here's everything you need to know about the most popular wedding flowers (cost, season, meanings, and color choices), plus hundreds of photos of each
bloom in bouquets, centerpieces, and boutonnieres from real weddings
Not to put the pressure on, but flowers are kind of a big deal -- they can set the tone for your entire party. So before you make any quick decisions, take a
little time to explore what’s hot.
down the center of a
long dining table with
space in between each
for a clean look. You
may want to place them
close together for a
garden feel. For a
more open look, a
blanket of petals
running down the
center is also lovely.
Bring something blue
into the bouquet, be it
a lush bunch of blue
hydrangeas or just a
few hypericum berries
Indigo will match any
decor selected and can
be mixed in a veriety of
Mixing and matching
gave birth to the use of
Varied colors and
textures with a natural,
makes for a chic look
that brides are asking
for right now.
While it may be difficult
to get the shade
exactly the same when
using different types of
flowers, bouquets all in
the same color family
really are impressive.
These blooms come in
lots of color tones, but
it's the white ones with
black centers that are
becoming a top
bouquet choice for
Anemones are chic and
go with any gown style
or dress color.
These spring flowers
are the new classics
and look gorgeous
paired with anything.
Although they fall in the
higher price range,
peonies stand out
enough that you can
order just a couple and
mix them with other
Florida Bride Magazine asked top wedding florists
from around the State for the most common
Not seeing the big picture
"Couples tend to see the centerpieces and the table
setting but do not visualize the whole reception room with
their guests in it. For example, couples pay for a room with
a wonderful view of the ocean or scenic surrounding and
want tall, large centerpieces that will obstruct this view."
Not trusting your florist
"Communicate your vision, likes, dislikes, and
expectations but have a little flexibility and be comfortable
with substitution. We want to make your wedding
absolutely breathtaking. So relax, put trust in your vendors
and remember why you hired that amazing talent!"
Not reusing ceremony arrangements
"Aisle flowers can become centerpieces and altar pieces
can be moved to the buffet table. The ceremony usually
only lasts about half an hour -- it's a shame to see so
many flowers only being used for that amount of time
when they could easily be incorporated into the reception
Booking your florist last
"Couples should begin the process of booking vendors by
speaking to one vendor from each category before
booking anyone. This way they can get an idea of what
things cost and perhaps they could budget better."
Using only one color
"A lot of brides try to match the flowers to the bridesmaid
dresses. A bridesmaid in a lavender gown with lavender
flowers will make for very disappointing pictures. Flowers
are a great place to choose an accent color -- for example,
a lime green against a lavender gown will bring out the
best in both colors and make for fabulous photos."
Forgetting to budget for flowers
"Most brides find that flowers are an important part of their
day but forget to include them in the planning from the
start. When I have a budget and a theme, I am really able
to advise them better right from the beginning."
Creative Bouquets - Beach Florals
The sun-kissed hues and varied
shapes of spiky orange dahlias,
soft-pink garden roses, hanging
millet, and coral drops give this
bouquet a tropical feel.
Elephant ear leaves give a
seashore vibe to this mix of calla
lily and papier-mache blooms for
an arrangement that has a
decidedly island feel.
Dramatic chartreuse flowers and
spotlight in this explosion of
cymbidium orchids, gloriosa
lilies, leucodendron, and hosta
Lush leaves from the Caribbean,
such as galax, papyrus, and
areca palm, are combined to
create this tropical bouquet.
The intricate pink pattern on these
phalaenopsis orchids adds a
playful touch to this bouquet of
calla lilies, blushing brides,
nerines, and garden roses.
Lush white roses and velvet
millinery leaves make up this
traditional bouquet that is perfect
for a seaside or other casual affair.
It's easy to create this nonfloral
bouquet using petal-like shells in
various summery hues. Check
out how to create this bouquet at
our DIY page Click here...
This sunny bouquet includes
golden peonies, garden roses,
honeysuckle, ranunculus, and
This simple bouquet, composed
has a carefree look that's perfect
for a casual wedding
Flower Mistakes to Avoid
The Boutonniere can be custom designed to match the
Brides decor and compliment the overall feel and look
of any wedding celebration. Here are some of our
favorite picks for enhancing your grooms look.