2018 Floral Trends

We polled our community of florists to find out what the experts think will be the biggest trends of 2018 and which trends our florists think will stay back in 2017 (so last year). We also asked YOU to see what you think about floral trends in 2018.

Ultra Violet

As the Pantone Color of the year, Ultra Violet is going to be all the rage when it comes to wedding flowers. With couples opting for more color in general, the majority of our florists picked Ultra Violet as the biggest trend of 2018.

Bloomerent florist Bride and Blossom shared with us, “The beauty of ultra violet is that it pairs so well with many different color palettes, from a monochromatic palette of ultra violet, fuchsia, lavender, pink and burgundy, to a muted palette of lilac, violet, dusty rose, mauve and hints of olive and pale green.”

Photos: Once Upon a Time a Wedding, I take You, Happy WeddJennifer Pinder, Domino

Photo: Bride & Blossom

Photo: Flowers by Stem

Photo: @weddingtidbits

Photo: Nuria Cienfuegos Photography

Photo: Jennifer Pinder

Dutch Masters Inspired Arrangements

Couples have been requesting more deconstructed arrangements in the past few years and the current trend is remarkably similar to the old Dutch Masters paintings. The combination of fruit and greenery paired with fewer, but larger, blooms draws upon the artistic nature of this period.

San Francisco Bloomerent florist Rust and Flourish adds, “I love the Dutch Masters floral trend picking up! We are exposed to so many unique materials to use for these beautifully large statement centerpieces with intense movement and bold colors.”

Photo: @Tulipinadesign & Jean Joseph-Xavier Bidauld

Photo: Larkspur Botanicals

Photo: Wild Floral Design

Photo: Petunia Bergamot

Photo: Rust & Flourish

Unique Floral Installations

The trend started with flower walls but in the past year has been consistently elevated. In 2018, we can expect to see amazing ceremony pieces, incredible hanging arrangements and floating floral pieces over dance floors.

Photo: Style Me Pretty, Pinterest

Photo: Faye + Renee

Photo: Bride & Blossom

Photo: Aaron Delesie

Photo: M+ J Photography

 

Which Trends are Out in 2018?

Our florists were unified in their opinions. The decor and floral trends that are over in 2018 are messy greenery runners made primarily of eucalyptus. Some also noted that baby’s breath and mason jars as vases will not be trending this year.

 

How did you Rate 2018 Trends?

Wedding Flowers: Cost per Season

Knowing which flowers are in season when you get married is important to know as it will significantly impact what your total bill will be. Below we’ve listed many of the most popular wedding flowers and when they’re in season for the best pricing.

Alstroemeria (also known as Peruvian Lily) is available year-round but most plentiful in June-September.

 

Amaryllis can be accessed year-round but is most available November-April.

 

Anemone are in season November-May. They are available out of season at a higher price point.

 

Baby’s breath is available year-round and is a cost effective option.

 

Bouvardia is available year-round.

 

Calla Lily’s are available year-round but most plentiful November-May.

 

Camellia is available October-April. They are available out of season at a higher price point.

 

Carnations are available year-round and are a cost effective option.

 

Casablanca Lily is the most expensive Lily and available year-round.

 

Chrysanthemum is available year-round and most plentiful August-October.

 

Spider Chrysanthemum is cheaper than traditional Chrysanthemum and most plentiful August-October.

 

Button Chrysanthemum is the cheapest of the variety and most plentiful August-October.

 

Craspedia is available year-round.

 

Daffodil (also known as Narcissus) is available November-April. They are available out of season at a higher price point.

 

Standard Dahlia’s are available late June-October. They are available out of season at a higher price point.

 

Dinnerplate Dahlia’s are significantly larger than the standard version. They are available late June-October. They are available out of season at a higher price point.

 

Daisies are available year-round and are a cost effective option.

 

Delphinium is available year-round and most plentiful in June-October. They are available out of season at a higher price point.

 

Dusty Miller is available year-round.

 

Eucalyptus is available year-round.

 

Freesia is available year-round and has the most colorful variety June-August.

 

Fern is available year-round.

 

Garden Roses are available year-round.

 

Gardenia is available year-round and most plentiful when they grow outside April-August.

 

Small Gerbera Daisies are available year-round.

 

Large Gerbera Daisies are available year-round.

 

Hyacinth (also known as Muscari) is available November-May. They are available out of season at a higher price point.

 

Hydrangeas are available year-round and most plentiful July-November.

 

Iris is available year-round and most plentiful April-August. They are available out of season at a higher price point.

 

Larkspur is a variety of Delphinium. They are available year-round and most plentiful in June-October. They are available out of season at a higher price point.

 

Lilies (or a Lily variation) are available year-round.

Lily of the Valley peaks for a short period of time in May. It is available in April and June or throughout the year for a significantly higher price.

Lisianthus is available year-round.

Myrtle is available year-round.

Dendrobium Orchids are available year-round and are the cheapest Orchid option.

Cymbidium Orchids are available year-round and are the most expensive Orchid option.

Ornithogalum (also known as Start of Bethlehem) is available year-round.

Peonies are plentiful in late May-June. They are available out of season at a higher price point.

Phlox is available June-November.

Poppies are most plentiful April-August. They are available out of season at a higher price point.

Protea is available year-round.

Queen Anne’s Lace is available April-September. They are available out of season at a higher price point.

 

Ranunculus is in season November-April. They are available out of season at a higher price point.

 

Roses are available year-round.

 

David Austin Roses are available year-round and are the most expensive Roses.

 

Ruscus is available year-round.

 

Salal (also known as Lemon Leaf) is available year-round.

 

Snapdragons are most plentiful June-August but can be accessed year-round for a higher price.

 

Spray Roses are available year-round.

 

Stephanotis is available year-round.

 

Succulents are available year-round.

 

Sunflowers are available August-October. They are available out of season at a higher price point.

 

Sweet Pea is available November-June. They are available out of season at a higher price point.

 

Tuberose is available June-September.

 

Tulips have many different varieties and are most plentiful November-May. They are available out of season at a higher price point.

 

Veronica is available year-round.

If you have any additional flowers you would like added to the list, let us know!

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What Should my Wedding Flowers Cost?

You typically choose your florist based on their expertise and your comfort level with their past work, reviews and demeanor. It’s important to understand what wedding flowers cost beyond paying for the flowers themselves, which we’ve outlined for your below.

What Am I Paying Florists For?
For starters, florists are responsible for sourcing and ordering your flowers before any prep can begin. Florists source their flowers from nearby wholesalers, local farms or overseas. They are then responsible for picking the flowers up or coordinating a delivery, sifting through them to ensure each flower purchased is in great shape upon arrival, and more. Once they’ve received your flowers and inspect them for quality, it’s time to start arranging. Creating the flowers for your wedding typically begins at least 1-2 days before the actual day, from bouquets to arrangements and ceremony decor. This takes time, focus and expertise. After arranging your flowers and keeping them cool so that they stay fresh, they’re then tasked with delivering the flowers to your venue and setting them up exactly how you had planned.

Florists love what they do and deserve to be paid for their hard work, help and labor. When you hire your caterer, for example, you trust them to source, purchase and cook all of the food for your wedding so your guests are happy. They are being paid for all of the food they purchase along with the time it takes to cook it all. You’re doing the same thing here with flowers. If you want quality blooms, you should invest in a quality florist. That does not mean you have to spend thousands of dollars on your flowers – quality florists offer their services at most price points. That’s one of the many reasons why we’ve hand-picked and vetted every florist in our community for you ahead of time! Each florist in our community offers different price points to meet every budget and they are all high-quality, top-rated florists.

Tips For Saving on Flowers:

  1. Trust the experts. Talk to your florist about which flowers you love, which you don’t love, and what your overall vision is. Once you discuss your budget, let your florist steer you towards flowers that will bring your vision to life while staying within your budget. If you want Peonies in January but don’t have the budget for it, Ranunculus is a great alternative.
  2. Consider high/low centerpieces. Mix it up by alternating high centerpieces with low centerpieces on different tables throughout your reception. You can cluster low centerpieces next to each other with few flowers in them to create a romantic and elegant feel while staying within budget.
  3. Reuse, reuse, reuse! Sharing your flowers with Bloomerent is a great option for reusing all of your centerpieces after-the-fact. To reuse flowers during your wedding, ask one of your bridesmaids to collect the rest of your girls’ bouquets and use them to decorate your sweetheart table before entering the reception. This is a great way to make the most of their bouquets while also decorating your table beautifully.
  4. Bridesmaids = flowers. The more bridesmaids you have, the more bouquets you’ll need to buy. On average, bridesmaids bouquet can cost around $75-120, but remember, this varies by location, which flowers are being used, and how many flowers are being used. The same goes for groomsmen with boutonnieres, but fortunately for the men, these are more budget-friendly if you choose a local flower.
  5. Book your wedding during peak flower season. Figure out when your favorite flowers are in season and book your wedding for that time to guarantee the best prices.
  6. Don’t book your wedding around flower-filled holidays. Mother’s Day and Valentine’s Day are two occasions where floral prices are inflated and this will affect your floral budget as well.

*All photos by Leda of Stolen Glimpses with Bloomerent Florist Larkspur Botanicals

 

How to Figure out your Wedding Flower Budget

When it comes to wedding planning, one of the first things we’re told to do is set a budget. While there’s no right or wrong answer around what your wedding flower budget should be, we’re here to help you figure out what to spend and what to expect. We break down what factors into how much your flowers will cost so that you know exactly what to budget for your wedding flowers. 

Photo Courtesy of Bride & Blossom

First, answer these questions to help you understand what to budget for based on your needs:

  1. What are the most important things for you to have at your wedding? Are flowers on, or at the top of, the list?
  2. How many people are you inviting and how many do you expect to attend?
  3. Where is your wedding? Is it one of the more expensive areas to be married? 
  4. How many people are in your bridal party? Include anyone who would need flowers.
  5. Do you have any flowers that are must-haves for your wedding? If so, which flowers? 
  6. Are you flexible around aesthetic or do you have a specific vision you want brought to life?
  7. What is your overall wedding budget?
  8. Are you planning to decorate any or all parts of your ceremony? (e.g. arbor, chuppah, aisle, seating)
  9. Are you planning to decorate your reception space beyond having centerpieces on every table?

Once you answer these questions, you’ll have a general idea of what flowers you want and how many, roughly, you’ll need. This means you’re almost ready to start speaking to florists! Next, let us explain how your floral price is determined so you know what to expect.


Photo Courtesy of Blossom Floral


What Determines How Much My Wedding Flowers Will Cost?

  • Wedding Location – Where you get married plays a role in the cost of your flowers as price varies by location. It may be more expensive to fly flowers to your location if they aren’t in season or grown locally. Many flowers are flown into the U.S. from South America and Europe, meaning you’re paying a premium to have your flowers sourced and shipped from overseas.   
  • Type of Flowers Wanted – If you have flowers you know that you must have, check to see when they’re in season and how much they cost versus when they aren’t. You can also ask your florist these questions directly for a clear answer, price, and alternative floral options that are in your budget. 
  • Month You’re Getting Married – When you get married is important because many flowers are seasonal. Many popular wedding flowers are grown year-round, like Roses and Hydrangea, while other popular flowers have a small window where they are considered seasonal, easy to source and cost less, like Peonies or Calla Lily. 
  • Size of Arrangements and Amount of Flowers – Tall centerpieces cost the most due to the larger vases and flowers required. Garlands are often mistaken to be budget-friendly, but they are typically considered to be a more expensive option (and charged per foot) because they include a lot of greenery, including eucalyptus which is considered high-end, along with other flowers of your choice. Mixing high and low is a great way to save while still having the best of both worlds. Low, romantic centerpieces are also trending this wedding season and a great way to save money and create a space for your guests to easily see and speak to one another at the table.
  • Labor – Like most things in life, you get what you pay for is also true when it comes to choosing your florist. That’s one of the big reasons why we’ve hand-picked a community of florists for customers. Each florist is different whether it’s their time in business, experience, pricing, style and more. That said, all of our florists are top-rated and always worth what you’re paying for.

Now that you have a better idea of what you’re looking for and what to expect around costs given the above factors, it’s time to get to the last step and discuss your floral budget in numbers.

Photo Courtesy of Allure Florals

How Much Should I Budget For My Wedding Flowers?
It’s recommended that you budget 10-15% of your overall wedding spend on flowers. This does not mean that you can’t have beautiful flowers if you budget less – it’s all about preference and the above factors. If flowers are one of the most important investments in your wedding and premium flowers are a must, you can expect to pay more and likely go beyond the recommended allocation for flowers. If you’re more interested in less flowers consisting of what’s in season when and where you’re getting married, you can allocate a smaller percentage than what’s recommended while still having exactly what you want. This is not a one size fits all number – there is no set price. Consider how many arrangements, bouquets and ceremony flowers you’ll need, as these will cost the most, and mention this number to your florist when you speak to them. Ultimately, your florist will be able to help you figure out the best flowers for your budget, or lack thereof, and help bring your vision to life. The more prepared you are for your first florist meeting, the more you can expect to get out of it in return.

Photo Courtesy of Flour LA

Finally, we’ve put together a sample contract for a mid-sized NYC/NJ wedding for context:

How Sharing Works: Transitioning From the First to the Second Event

Sharing, sharing, sharing. We’ve based our entire company around it, but what does it look like to share centerpieces between two events? We’re here to give you a behind the scenes look into how sharing flowers from one event to the next happens. 

Once a customer goes to our site, he or she plugs in their event location and date and they are given the option to find a florist in their area or opt into available flowers. As an Event A, the customer decides which Bloomerent florist(s) they want to work with and are connected to them directly. They meet with them for a consultation as usual and once they’ve decided they want to book them as their florist, Bloomerent works directly with the florist to list their flowers in our database.

So, you booked your florist and chose your flowers. Now what? Sit back and relax. We, Bloomerent, will list your flowers on our site for another customer (Event B) to opt into. After a match is made through our platform, our florists take the reigns. It is really important to Bloomerent that the traditional florist/customer relationship is not disturbed and that both customers (Event A and Event B) work one-on-one with the same florist.

By opting into these centerpieces, Event B agrees to use the general color scheme and floral selection of Event A’s selection. However, this doesn’t mean you can’t make any changes! Our florists are happy to add a pop of color or a different kind of flower to any repurposed flowers, just make sure you speak to them about it when you’re opting in.

“I do love giving that second chance to arrangements where they can be completely different form the first arrangement I recently did an event where they wanted to incorporate navy blue into a red and plum palette, and it just made those jewel tones pop even more. Put it in a different vase, and add some special blooms, and they’re brand new again.”

— Lydia Andrien, owner of Wyld

The day of Event A’s wedding or event, our florist drops off and sets up all flowers at his or her venue. After the event, at a previously specified time, your florist returns and picks up the arrangements.

“Flowers have a long vase life, and it’s especially rewarding when you give them the opportunity to open up at each stage of their life. Of course the most beautiful stage is the big finale, when they get that chance to breathe their last breathe. You’ll see the new floral design is really starting to showcase that ebb and flow. When the blooms get to show off their full potential is when the arrangement looks its best.”

— Lydia Andrien, owner of Wyld
NEW YORK, NY – AUGUST 29: A general view of atmosphere at ‘The Light Between Oceans’ New York party at Spyglass Rooftop at the Archer Hotel on August 29, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Stewart/Getty Images for Natalie Zfat, Inc)

You’ll see from the picture above that the flowers look just as beautiful and new for a second event. Why? Because they are! Flowers have a lifespan of 3-14 days so sharing them between two events will mean your flowers never look wilted or tired.

When to Book Your Wedding Florist

“When should I book my florist?” is one of the most common questions our customers ask us. There’s no right answer to this question but we’re big believers in the sooner, the better. As a rule of thumb, we’ve seen that 5-6 months out is the absolute latest time to book your florist; however, some find themselves booking 3 months out. We’re going to make an argument for our philosophy: the sooner, the better.

Like any good vendor, great or popular florists are in demand and booked way in advance. Depending on the season or date, florists could even be booked up to two years in advance. Further, finding a florist you like takes some time. You will typically want to do some research and read reviews, talk to references, meet with a few different florists and finally, receive a quote. After all of that effort, if you like your florist, you should book to ensure they will remain available for your wedding. Remember: if you book with a Bloomerent florist, we’ve already done all of that research for you ahead of time.

It’s important to note that when you decide to book the florist you love, you’re not expected to know exactly what your final product will look like (nor do you need to commit to the absolute final cost at that moment). When you confirm a florist they will ask that you send a deposit which is a percentage of your total. To get to your total you will need to have an approximate number of centerpieces, types of flowers and additional arrangements; however, you can always add on or remove specific items later. The remainder of the total is typically due the weekend of your wedding. Again, your payment dates will vary by florist.

When you’re meeting with your florist you may also want them to research different options for vessels or flowers. Are they shipping them from overseas? Do you want local flowers? Is the vase rented? Do you want the florist to source new vases? This can take the florist time which is why we recommend that you start the process for finding your florist sooner than later.

Finally, if you’re using Bloomerent as an “Event A”, you’ll want to choose your flowers as early as possible. Once you book your florist and decide on your centerpieces, we can list them for someone to opt into. The sooner you finalize the above, the sooner we can confirm your match and your savings for sharing. As an “Event B”, if you see flowers you love on our site, you should reserve them as soon as possible to ensure they’re not taken before for your wedding.

Florists are considered one of the “big vendors” to book immediately when you start planning. Book your florist early and check that box off your list.

Need great florist recommendations? Fill out this form to get connected with a local Bloomerent florist. 

How to Prepare for Your First Meeting With a Florist

Preparing for your first florist meeting can be daunting. With so many options out there, where do you begin? We asked Bloomerent florists in our community to share some of their tips in order to make sure your first meeting is a breeze.

1. Research your Florist

When you’re first connected to a florist, we suggest heading straight to Google to start your research. Check out their website, click through their Instagram and finally, read some reviews to make sure they come highly recommended by past customers. Bonus: if you’re meeting with a Bloomerent florist, we already did all of the above work for you.

“When searching for the perfect florist for your wedding day, I highly suggest a phone call first. Ask about their experience and request referrals or ask them to direct you to a website where you can read recent reviews. Also, request to see their portfolio online or have them send photos of their work via email or Dropbox!”
— Sarah Parlos, owner of One Fine Day

Before investing your time and theirs in a meeting, you want to make sure that you like their work and think they can accurately capture your vision.

2. Know your Budget & Location

Having an idea of what you want to spend on your wedding flowers and where you want to get married is important. Every florist we spoke to mentioned that walking in with a floral budget will ensure that everyone is on the same page and the quote you receive will be fair. Typically, flowers account for 10-15% of your overall budget. Creating beautiful centerpieces starts with sourcing flowers (whether they’re locally sourced or flown across the ocean), long hours spent creating the arrangements and then additional labor to deliver and set them up, among other things.

“Ask how pricing works. I’m one of the few florists that will break out labor from the materials cost and show the amount of hours it takes to create the wedding flowers. When brides can see the math, the total cost can make more sense to them. If you see a bouquet for $250 because the florist is factoring in the labor with a higher markup, it can seem like a rip off. But it takes an hour to create the bouquet, on top of sourcing the flowers, prepping them, etc.”
— Carly Cylinder, owner of Flour LA, NYC and Dallas

Where you get married can also drastically impact your bottom line. If you’re getting married in Manhattan versus upstate New York, the prices of flowers will vary. Delivery cost can also add up. If you’re looking to keep the cost of your flowers down, consider booking a florist that is local to your venue. Finally, depending on your venue, you may have to use their preferred florist. It’s best to ask the venue about this requirement before signing a venue or florist contract so there are no surprises later.

3. Spend Time on Pinterest

We’re aware that not everyone spends as much time on Pinterest as we do, but before your first meeting with a florist you should have a few ideas about what kind of flowers you want, from type of flowers to color scheme and beyond. Do you want tall centerpieces or low? How about a mix of both? This goes back to budget as certain flowers are only available during specific months and are more expensive when they’re not in season. If budget is a big concern, ask your florist what’s in season or local in your wedding month.

“Ask where they source their flowers. Do you aim to source seasonally? If you florist is shipping flowers from Holland even though they are blooming locally, not only are the costs of shipping wasteful and higher, but the carbon footprint is unnecessarily large. Sourcing locally and seasonally is best for budget and environmental practices.”
— Lindsey Neff, owner of Larkspur Botanicals

4. Number and Placement of Flowers
We’re back to the B word: budget. It’s so important to have a ballpark budget for all things wedding so that you’re making the most of your meetings. Talk to your venue about what your ceremony and reception will look like so that you have an idea of where you want flowers to be placed throughout your wedding. Do you want centerpieces on the cocktail hour tables? Do you want a huppah or canopy for the ceremony?

“It’s nice to ask about ‘special people’ involved in your big day and if you want them to have a mini boutonniere, carry a single stem, wear a flower cuff or bracelet, tuck a bloom in their hair, etc. Some folks may not be featured prominently in your bridal party or announced in the reception but it’s a nice way to recognize them.”
— Carly Ragosta, owner of BloomBar

5. Are You Sharing Your Flowers?
Whether you’re on a budget or able to splurge, sharing your flowers saves you money and reduces floral waste – all without sacrificing quality. If you’re working with a Bloomerent florist, you always have the option to share your flowers at any point before your big day (we do urge you to decide sooner than later, however, so we can find you a match). If you’re the first event, “Event A”, you pick your centerpieces with your florist and they will pick up your shared centerpieces after your event to refresh overnight. As the second event, “Event B”, you will opt into another events centerpieces and work with the same florist for all additional floral needs. Both events save money for going green!

“Lastly, asking what details should be ready for the first meeting is a great question! Especially if you haven’t met with any other florists yet and don’t know what to expect. It’ll help everything go as smoothly as possible for both the florist and customer”
— Rachel Gordon, owner of Taproot Flowers

Have a question? Want to connect with a florist? Email us or let us know below!
*All florists featured in this blog are Bloomerent florists

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Wedding Centerpiece Ideas for Your Special Day

Choosing the right flowers for your wedding day can certainly be a daunting task. From so many unique blooms to choose from, how does one decide which flowers to include in a wedding centerpiece? 

That’s why FTD created these 7 wedding centerpiece ideas, with mood boards that are inspired by different color palettes. Whether your favorite flowers are classics like roses and peonies, or exotic blooms like protea or even air plants, these unique wedding centerpieces are sure to inspire your wedding decor. We’ve also included a helpful list of flowers included within each centerpiece so that you can easily recreate them! 

Bold and Bright Wedding Centerpiece

This summer brights wedding centerpiece steals the show, adding a welcome pop of color to the white tablescape. Foster’s Flower Shop strategically incorporates pinks, oranges, yellows, greens, and purples, to beautifully showcase the colors of the season.

The centerpiece was perfectly captured by Tina Jay Photography, and is made up of hydrangea, garden roses, ginestra, anemone, ranunculus, tulips, clematis, and dahlia.

  • Ranunculus – Ranunculus are popular for their bright blooms and delicate, layered petals. They do best in hardiness zones 8 to 10, and bloom in the summer. They’re great for adding texture to a bouquet or centerpiece, though they only last about a week as cut flowers.
  • Tulips – Tulips are popular because of their unique shape and wide variety of colors, from bright reds and yellows to nearly black purples. They bloom from spring into early summer. Red tulips are great for weddings because they symbolize true love.
  • Clematis – The Jackman clematis is the most popular type in North America. The flowers grow on a vine and bloom in mid to late summer. These purple blossoms do best in hardiness zones 4 to 8, and can grow in full sun to partial shade.
  • Hydrangeas – Hydrangeas are great statement flowers because of their voluminous, round clusters of blooms. They bloom from summer into fall in shades of white, pink, purple, and blue. For some species, the color is determined by the pH of the soil.
  • Garden roses – There are two types of garden roses — Modern Garden Roses and Old Garden Roses. Modern Garden Roses are the most common. They bloom continuously and have a long vase life, making them good for centerpieces.
  • Ginestra – Ginestra are great accent flowers, because of their many tiny buds attached to a long stem. They are known for their strong, sweet fragrance and typically come in shades of pink, purple, yellow, and white.
  • Anemone – There are many species of anemone, which are also known as windflowers. The fall blooming varieties are taller with cup-shaped blossoms, while the spring blooming varieties grow lower to the ground. They grow in a variety of colors including pink, red, purple, and white.

Chic and Effortless Wedding Centerpiece

This beautiful whites and succulents centerpiece came together nicely to grace the tables of a gorgeous outdoor spring wedding. The wide-lipped vase allows the lush flowers to showcase their natural volume and texture, creating a cylindrical centerpiece that mimics the the shape of the most prominent flowers — dahlias, lisianthus, and roses.

The collaboration between photographer The Big Affair, event planner LVL Weddings, and floral designerFlorals by Jenny really helped this wedding centerpiece compliment and enhance the clean tablescape. This centerpiece consists of English roses, succulents, dahlias, lisianthus, dusty miller, passion fruit vine, snow on the mountain, and eucalyptus.

  • English Roses – English roses, also known as David Austin roses, are famous for their pleasant fragrance, repeat flowering capability, and wide range of colors. Their flowers have a cupped shape and many petals. They grow best in hardiness zones 5 through 10.
  • Succulents – Succulents are available year-round, but are an especially good addition to warm weather weddings because they can stand heat well and won’t wilt. Their soft greens, blues, and greys are great accents to light-colored centerpieces like the one above.
  • Dahlias – Dahlias can be used to add texture to a bouquet because of their many small, rounded petals. These flowers bloom in mid-summer, and will continue to bloom into the fall until the weather gets cold.
  • Lisianthus – Lisianthus flowers are great for centerpieces because of their long lifespan as cut flowers — many can last in a vase for two to three weeks. Their loose, ruffled petals are a welcome contrast to more structured flowers like dahlias.
  • Dusty Miller – Dusty miller can grow year-round in hardiness zones 7-10. It produces yellow flowers during the summer, though people are often most interested in its lacey, silvery foliage, which is commonly used in bouquets and centerpieces.
  • Passion Fruit Vine – The passion fruit vine is a unique addition to the centerpiece above. It grows best in subtropical environments, and produces aromatic purple or yellow fruits. The vines grow quickly and should be guided along a fence or trestle.
  • Eucalyptus – Eucalyptus’ long stems and many leaves are a great way to add depth to your centerpiece. The trees grow quickly, and are hardy and adaptive. Most species are evergreen, making them a good filler for bouquets and centerpieces year-round.

Wild and Rustic Wedding Centerpiece

This rustic wedding used the deep purple and pink centerpieces to play up the natural brown tones of the table and gold accents of the glassware. The vases in varying heights gave the table some variation, while still keeping a consistent aesthetic. Each centerpiece was designed with care by Marie Floral Stylist and photographed by Gaile Deoso of Wanderlust Creatives.

The centerpieces consist of carnations, spray roses, kale flower, eucalyptus, statice, veronicas, dianthus, and amaranthus.

  • Carnations – Carnations are great flowers for centerpieces because of their long life as cut flowers, usually two to three weeks, and their vast color assortment. Red and pink carnations symbolize love and admiration, making them fitting for a wedding.
  • Spray Roses – Spray roses usually have smaller blooms than typical roses, making them a good accent flower for centerpieces. Because they grow from small stems attached to one large stem, they’re often used for boutonnieres and corsages as well.
  • Kale Flower – Ornamental kale plants, which are not edible, are grown for the vivid color of their ruffled leaves. For optimal color, they must be grown in cool weather and kept well watered. They grow best in spring or fall in hardiness zones 2-11.
  • Statice – Statice are used on both fresh and dried floral arrangements. They begin blooming in summer, and bloom into fall. Statice are relatively easy to grow because they are hardy plants that are drought tolerant and deer resistant.
  • Veronicas – Veronicas are known for their narrow, spiky shape. They have a long bloom time — six to eight weeks — and bloom throughout the summer. They’re also known as speedwell, and known for their vivid blues and purples.
  • Green Trick Dianthus – Green trick dianthus is a unique flower that has a fuzzy, globe-like appearance. It was bred in Japan, and is relatively new to the cut flower market, but works well in bouquets and centerpieces because of its long vase life.
  • Cascading Amaranthus – Amaranthus is known for its elegant appearance and vibrant color, which remains even when the plant is dried. It does best in warm weather and is drought tolerant.

Soft and Elegant Wedding Centerpiece

This pink and white centerpiece adds a soft touch of color to the white tablescape. The low, wooden box allows the flowers to come to life, while subtly complementing the curly willow branches.

This beautiful wedding was put together by Couture Events. The centerpiece was arranged by Stephanie Grace Design and captured by One Love Photography. It consists of hydrangeas, roses, curly willow, and snow on the mountain.

  • Snow on the Mountain – Snow on the mountain is known for its showy leaves, which have white accents. The leaves are often used as fillers in centerpieces because of their unique appearance. This plant grows best in hardiness zones 3 through 9.
  • Curly Willow – Curly willow, or corkscrew willow, is known for its curling branches, which are available year-round. These trees grow best in hardiness zones 4 through 8, and produce beautiful buds in the spring.

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Image Sources

Carnation CC Image courtesy of Aftabbanoori on Wikimedia Commons

Top 5 Most Popular Wedding Flowers

Top wedding flowers vary by season but these blooms are popular year-round.

 Photo by Emma Cleary Photography

1.    Roses. Everyone knows a rose when they see one – they are the quintessential wedding flower. Roses are known to be a symbol of love (#TheBachelor, anyone?) and they’re classic and romantic feel never goes out of style. Roses can be found in many colors and they are available year-round, making them one of the most sought after and budget-friendly blooms.

Photo by Nicorah Floral

2.    Hydrangea. Hydrangeas can make any arrangement or bouquet look full and beautiful with just a few stems. Available in several shades of pink, blue, purple, white and more, hydrangeas are one of the most common wedding flowers.

Photo by Earthnowexpo

3.    Calla Lily. There are two versions of this pretty flower: long-stemmed version, ideal for tall arrangements and bouquets, or the short-stemmed variety which is a great option for boutonnieres.

4.    Tulips. Tulips are a stunning, year-round option for wedding flowers. One of the many reasons that tulips are popular is that they come in variety of colors: pastels, neutrals and vibrant shades. Bonus: they’re budget-friendly.

Photo by The Peony Patch

5.    Peonies and Ranunculus. Ok, so these are two different types of flowers, but if roses and peonies had a baby – it would be ranunculus. Peonies are full, fluffy and soft-hued flowers that are stunning in full bloom. There are different types of ranunculus and many beautiful shades, buttercup being the most popular variety. They are equally beautiful and a more budget-friendly alternative to peonies and roses.

 

TIPS FOR CHOOSING YOUR BRIDESMAIDS

Choosing your bridesmaids can be a daunting task. You have to choose between your family, SO’s family, best friends from home, best friends from college, best friends’ best friends that you became best friends with, and on. It’s likely that you have a good idea of who you want standing up there with you but don’t want to offend anyone. Choosing your wedding party is a big decision and it’s important to base it off of who will be there for you and help make your wedding day seamless.

We put together a few tips to help you out.

1.    Choose your responsible besties. These are the ladies who will help you plan (and plan without you), give you a shoulder to cry on, and more. You don’t want to worry about your flaky BFF… flaking.

2.    Include your sisters. These are your built-in besties and guaranteed to be part of your life forever. If your husband or wife has sisters, include them too. If you have a complicated family dynamic, just make sure you think it through before making your final decision.

3.    Finances. It’s no secret that weddings are expensive whether you’re planning them or attending. Think about how much you’re expecting them to be financially responsible for and be upfront about it before asking.

4.    Don’t feel obligated to ask someone who asked you. If you lost touch with a friend who had you in their bridal party years ago or you simply have people you’re closer to, don’t feel bad about not returning the favor. That’s not what it’s about.

5.    No selfish friends. You don’t want to add any stress to your plate so it’s important to make sure you’re not asking anyone who will complain or make it about them.

6.    How many people are attending your wedding? If you’re having a 50-person wedding, it’s best to keep your wedding party small so it doesn’t look overbearing. If you’re having a bigger wedding, then the number of ‘maids you have is your call. There are no rules.

7.    Think about other roles. You don’t have to be a bridesmaid to be a VIP in the wedding; there are other tasks you can “assign”. Remember, you can invite anyone you’d like to your bridal shower and bachelorette party – wedding party or not.

8.    Choose who YOU want. This is the one that matters the most. When you’re looking back at your wedding pictures and videos, you don’t want to regret who was up there with you. People might be offended, in silence, and those who make it known should let that be a reminder that you made the right choice (see tip #5).