Choosing Flowers for your wedding or function
There are many important things to consider when deciding which flowers to choose, colour combination, type or variety, scent, shape, and the final presentation.
First thoughts are normally the colour of the flowers that you will choose for your wedding. The flowers you choose should compliment and tone in with the brides wedding dress, the grooms outfit, the table dressing and the wedding favours and the theme of the entire day.
Flower colours are grouped into seasons or actual colour groups on the visual palette.
Here are tips and guidelines to help you to make the decision about the flowers for your special day.
Seasonal symbolism of flowers
Winter flowers are usually "colder" in colour. White or cream are the traditional choices; from ivory to pale coffee cream. Other winter colours include silvery greys, and icicle blues. Winter flower posies are hard wearing blooms as they thrive in the cold.
Autumn flowers are warmer than winter, in keeping with the season. As you see the leaves on the trees turning and changing colour you can use the inspiration that they bring. Traditional autumn colours are those such as warming burgundies, claret reds, coppers, olive greens, and dark pinks.
Spring flowers are cool, but not as cool as the winter palette selection. Spring colours are fresh and vivid and bright. They include cool colours in hues of baby pink, rich double cream, soft lilac, pale sky blue, minty green, and soft silver tones. Spring flowers are usually delicate, by mixing and matching you can get lovely combinations of colour.
Summer flowers are the hottest of the bunch. In the summer everything is brighter and far more vivid. Hot summer colours are just that; hot and strong. Traditionally the flower colours of summer include balmy mid-purples, rich peaches, ice whites, baby yellows and pale blues. But they can also include deep magenta, scarlet, vivid yellows and reds. Summer flowers don't last as long as the other seasons because of the heat. Be careful that they don't wilt in the summer sun, keeping them cool and presenting not long before the actual occasion will help ensure that they retain their vigour and vibe.
Colours to choose from
It is critical to keep in mind the importance of selecting the correct colours for your wedding day. In order to achieve a desired effect it is necessary to select ‘base colours’, and to build the tonal palette from there. Important, everything should be coordinated; from the dresses to the flowers, cake, overall decor, etc.
You would already have an idea what your dream wedding colours would be as they hold a special meaning to you, or perhaps it is based around your or your spouse-to-bee's favourite colour. Aside from that, there are other aspects to consider.
Colours are symbolic of both seasons and emotions. The combination of the colours will create a certain mood or ambiance to your wedding day. Follow our guide below to work out how you can utilize this idea to really make your wedding day a joyous occasion to remember.
Wedding Seasonal colours
Cool colours in hues of baby pink, rich cream, soft lilac, pale sky blue, mint green, and soft silver tones.
Balmy mid-purples, rich peaches, ice whites, baby yellows and pale blues.
Warming burgundies such as claret red, copper, olive green, and dark pink.
Any frosty tone of cream or white from ivory to pale coffee cream. Other winter themed colours include silvery grey and icicle blues.
Obviously, there are so many different colours and tones that it would take forever to list absolutely every meaning.
Here are some examples of the more ‘traditional’ connotations of specific colours ...
Light Blue - healing, happiness, patience.
Dark blue- change.
Green- fertility, growth, money, envy.
Orange- energy, stimulation.
Pink- friendship, love.
Purple- healing, meditation, spiritualism.
Red- courage, passion, health, protection, strength.
Yellow- attraction, intellect, study.
White - protection, purification, peace.