Today’s helpful guest post comes to us from Charlene McKinstry of Elizabeth Rose NI, based in Armagh, Northern Ireland! Enjoy:
Choosing wedding flowers is a huge part of your wedding day. You want the floral elements to combine with the theme or other elements of the day. You want flowers that look good against your dress and suitable for the suits. But sometimes you also want flowers that are a little unusual, a little away from the traditional roses, carnations or lilies. So for those ladies, here are some unusual choices to consider.
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If you are a fan of either cooking or growing your own, then why not incorporate this hobby by choosing herbs for your bouquet? Not only can they look stunning against white or cream dresses but they bring their own unique scent to the day. There is also a massive tradition in using herbs in a bouquet that dates back to Ancient Greece and Rome, where superstitions dictated that herbs were carried by brides.
Plants such as lavender, sage, rosemary and even a branch or two with olives hanging can make a stunning bouquet and is even better if you are having a natural or woodland theme to your wedding day.
Seasonal flowers are a great idea, regardless of the time of the year that you are getting married in. Not only does it look great, it can also mean you have a wider range of flowers available to you as florists will stock what is in season and could even be more cost effective.
Autumn bouquets often make use of a touch of deep shades such as burgundy peonies and dark green leaves such as ferns to bring out the seasonal colour. Rich oranges, reds and yellows are popular at this time of the year while berries can be used as these are available in nature at the time.
For winter weddings, whites and creams are popular along with icy blues and deep greens. Evergreen plants are a good way to bring in some greenery as these are naturally available and also have a bit of meaning – everlasting love and evergreen plants.
Summer weddings can be all about the colours of the sun – bright yellows and oranges, peaches and creams. Poppies are a great one for this kind of bouquet along with anemones. Greens can be of a lime or pale shade.
Spring flowers tend to be very fresh with spring bulbs such as daffodils, tulips and mimosas being idea flowers. Pair them with fresh greens and even some herbs to capture the lively spirit of the season. Another spring option is to include cotton plants in the bouquet for something really unusual.
If you aren’t a really flowery person and don’t like the smell of herbs, then succulents may be an ideal option. These slightly strange looking plants come from hot climates and are designed to live without much water. They also have unusual shapes to their leaves and often a variety of colours that mean they can be included in wedding flowers as well as making excellent table centres to continue the theme.
Charlene McKinstry is the owner of Elizabeth Rose NI who provide all sorts of flowers for all sorts of weddings. For more information about Elizabeth Rose NI, please visit their WeddingLovely Vendor Guide profile or head straight to their website.