Planning a wedding can be a very stressful task, especially if you are expected to take into account everyone else’s expectations as well as your own! However, things can be made a little easier if you take a deep breath and think about what it is you really want from your wedding. At most weddings, flowers play a prominent role, and it can be easy to get carried away with themes, colours, and types of flowers you think you may want for the big day. With summer being known as wedding season, summer flowers are certain to play a huge feature at your nuptials. Make floral arrangements a lot less stressful with our guide to the do’s and don’ts for summer wedding flowers and relax knowing that with a little planning, your wedding will be blooming marvellous!
• Listen to your florist. If you have approached florists with your ideas, and they tell you that the flowers you want are particularly difficult to purchase at this time of year, or that they would not be appropriate for the displays you want – listen to them!
• Choose flowers that reflect your personality. If you want vibrant, yellow sunflowers instead of pastel pink roses, then go for it. This is your wedding and should be a reflection of yourself and your partner so don’t be afraid to inject your personality into the floral displays.
• Use flowers to dictate your colour scheme. The colour of your blooms can provide the colourful impact you require in a subtle way. Once you have decided on the hues of the flowers you want, the rest of your colour scheme and décor will follow.
• Consider having flowers delivered by post if you are on a budget. If you are the creative type or know people who would be willing to help you arrange your flowers for the big day, have your chosen blooms sent from an online flower shop. This is a fantastic way to save money and you can even arrange for same day flower delivery or next day flower delivery, so you have plenty of time to create the floral arrangements you desire.
• Get creative with your floral displays and think about having a wall of flowers behind the top table, or adorning archways and doorways with floral garlands that you can make yourself. Utilise the ceiling space and have flowers draping elegantly from above like pretty, natural chandeliers.
• Forget to keep your flowers hydrated. The summer heat can cause flowers to wilt quickly so ensure your flowers are kept in water or water-soaked green foam to make them last longer.
• Choose flowers that will visibly wilt when in the sun. Try to steer clear of wildflowers, lily of the valley, and gardenias as these delicate choices are certain to deteriorate quickly.
• Do it all yourself – enlist the help friends to scour flower shops, check flower delivery schedules, and to help turn the ordered flowers into beautiful table settings and arrangements so you and your partner aren’t left to do it all by yourselves.
• Go over the top – flowers are of course an important part of your wedding celebrations but there is no need to put flowers absolutely everywhere. Centre pieces, archways, a backdrop and of course buttonholes, bridesmaid flowers and the bridal bouquet should be all you need to create the perfect ambience for your summer wedding. When it comes to table centrepieces, opt for unobtrusive displays so guests’ views are not blocked, and people can socialise comfortably without having to dodge huge floral displays.
Whatever type of summer wedding you have planned, be it an outdoor woodland fairy-tale, or a sophisticated indoor event, flowers can add a fragrant and visual impact that will make your day even more memorable.