Here is the bride, all dressed in…pollen? One would certainly hope not after shelling out thousands of dollars for flower arrangements and intricate bouquets for the big day. But not all flowers are suitable for weddings.
Although many happy couples go into planning with a very specific vision, it’s important to trust the experts (i.e. your wedding planner and florist) and understand that there are limits. what you can incorporate into your overall design. A bouquet of periwinkle-hued hydrangeas can look lovely (unless you are madonna), but they may not be in season or you may not have the proper vases to keep them alive and hydrated.
“Trusting your florist to select the best combination of flowers that matches your aesthetic and palette is key,” advises Becky De Oliveira, owner and creative director of Toronto’s Blush and bloom. “Working with perishable products is so hard, so let the pros handle it. You’ll get the best and most seasonal designs when the pros are in charge!”
If you’re about to dive headfirst into the flower-picking process, check out De Oliveira’s top tips for working with a florist and selecting options, as well as her short list of flowers to avoid due to their nature. delicate and their demanding list. conditions.
Trust your florist
Before making an appointment with a flower expert, be aware of the process and remember that Mother Nature may not always be on your side. “When I work with clients, I ask them to choose one palette for the entire wedding first,” says De Oliveira. “After that, I ask that everything be left to me in terms of the varieties used. This way I can better select what works in the aesthetic direction, as well as the budget we discussed. She adds, “The more confidence I have, the better the process for everyone.”
Questions for your florist
Although floral arrangements are a totally personal decision, your florist should consider a few questions before focusing on your favorites.
- Do they wear perfume? Nothing beats the scent of a fresh flower, but *lots* of fresh flowers can overwhelm a space and wash away other wonderful scents like food, candles, and even bridal perfume. It can also trigger allergic reactions in odor-sensitive customers.
- Do they do well in different kinds of temperatures? A breath of fresh indoor air can be a death sentence for some petals, while other plants can’t withstand a sunny outdoor setup. Make sure you have confirmed the venue before making any final decisions about ordering flowers.
- Are these flowers for bouquets or displays? There’s a bit more flexibility when inserting flowers into a bouquet (you can cushion them with other varieties and they only have their big moment for less than an hour), but many plants will require frequent, even constant hydration. Vases can completely change a design vision, especially if they’re oversized, so keep that in mind if you’re going for larger, more exaggerated arrangements.
The 3 enemies of flowers
While “anything is possible” with the right watering containers (and budget!), there are three types of flowers that most newlyweds should avoid.
- Lilac: “I usually avoid them in bouquets because they wilt easily.”
- Hydrangeas: “Imported hydrangeas require 24/7 hydration. This is not possible unless they are constantly in the water.
- Lilies: “Most varieties have pollen that can stain and an overpowering scent.”
Of course, exceptions can always be made, but De Oliveira reminds customers that they are ultimately responsible if flowers fail to meet their expectations. “Even after my ‘why avoid’ explanations, we can see how to go about using them in certain areas if they’re sentimental,” she says. “But the customer must agree to the terms.”
The last petal
Nothing enhances a wedding space more than bold cascading arrangements or classic centerpieces. But keep in mind that these are living, breathing things that require meticulous care and attention to maintain their quality and vibrancy.
“Flowers are both seasonal and perishable and anything can happen to affect them,” De Oliveira recalls. “But experienced florists and designers know how best to handle these situations. Trusting the process, even though it can be stressful at times, is so important.