LDS Wedding Flowers

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Flowers play a huge role in any wedding, regardless of the size of the wedding or the wedding theme. Combining the right kind of flowers into the bridal bouquets can turn them into a masterpiece, and topping a wedding cake with the correct blooms of fresh flowers transforms it into the focal point of the room. Even when flowers aren’t front and center, they are forming a beautiful backdrop for the entire wedding day. Flowers also tie together the visual elements of a wedding reception into a unified whole. Since wedding flowers are so important, they deserve a generous amount of a bride’s time and attention during the wedding planning process.

Wedding flowers will be a main element of the wedding pictures, as the LDS bride and all her bridesmaids will be carrying bouquets and the groom and groomsmen will be wearing boutonnieres. They will adorn the wedding reception site, and let’s not forget the all-important bouquet toss at the end of the night. Brides might want to make a checklist of bouquets and arrangements that they’ll need to order for the special day. So, remember, while choosing a wedding florist to ask lots questions of each one while taking into account some of the information below.

Importance of Wedding Flowers

Wedding flowers are a visual representation of the wedding theme, so they must be chosen carefully. In order to pick the right types of wedding flowers for her special day, a bride needs to sit down and decide four important things:

  • The wedding season
  • The type of ceremony and reception
  • The wedding color scheme
  • The wedding flower budget
Yellow Seasonal Flowers for an LDS Wedding
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Wedding Flowers by Season

For now, the date only needs to be an approximation. The season in which the ceremony is held will determine what types of flowers are appropriate for your LDS wedding.

Spring and summer wedding flowers often have bright hues, warm colors, or pastels. Multicolor bouquets, as well as bouquets made up of many small blooms, are more often seen in summer and spring wedding flowers. 

Fall and winter weddings generally look best with larger blooms and deeper colors. Monochromatic bouquets, as well as those with stark contrasts, make a dramatic statement and often appear in the colder months of the year. You may even want to look closer at flowers for each month of the year or find out about flowers and their meanings. Every month has its own special flowers that represent it and most flowers have special meanings and this may help you get more ideas.

Wedding Flowers by Ceremony Type

Wedding receptions and ceremonies come in all different kinds of types and themes and no flower is right for every one of them. A bride doesn’t have to figure out every detail before she’s ready to think about flowers, but she does need to know generally what kind of ceremony and reception she is going to have. Will the wedding reception be held indoors or outdoors? What is the wedding theme? Will it be casual or formal? These questions will guide her in selecting the right wedding flowers. A light bouquet of daisies and wildflowers tied with a pastel ribbon, for example, would be a perfect complement to a casual, outdoor summer wedding. But the same bouquet would seem far too flimsy and insubstantial for a decadent formal ceremony on a winter evening.

Wedding Flower Themes by Wedding Color

Every wedding must have a clear color scheme. Honing in on a wedding color scheme will make it easier to select the bridesmaid’s dresses, a cake, and other elements of the décor, including the wedding flowers. The wedding colors should be echoed in the flowers. If you aren’t sure what colors to select for your wedding or how to match colors, then study a color wheel to see the relationships of different colors to each other. Using a wedding color wheel can help you to identify colors that look good with each other, even if you don’t have a “natural” eye for complementary, analogous, or triad colors.

Analogous LDS Wedding Flowers
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If you still don’t know where to start when choosing flower colors, consider the color meanings of wedding flowers. Colors convey meanings and that may help you to choose special flowers that say what you want them to say for your wedding. Once you’ve given plenty of thought to color, you can select the actual varieties of flowers that you’ll be ordering for the big day.

LDS Bride, Mormon Bride with Wedding Flowers
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Tips for Buying Wedding Flowers on a Budget

If you’re working with a wedding budget, which almost all brides are, a florist can be your best friend in planning your wedding. A qualified florist can recommend less expensive substitutions for bouquets and arrangements, tell you which flowers are in season when you want them, give advice about wholesale flowers, and quickly give you realistic cost estimates. With a florist’s help and a willingness to be flexible, it’s possible to save money on wedding flowers and still get beautiful results.

But remember, though most wedding florists genuinely care about your happiness and want to see you have a spectacular wedding day, remember that they are also running their floral shop to make a profit. So if you walk in and announce that you have X amount to spend, a florist will probably try to steer you toward flowers and arrangements near the upper threshold of your budget.

Silk Wedding Flower Options

You can also consult with your florist about silk flowers. Silk flowers used to be more popular than they are now, but they are still chosen from time to time. Fresh flowers have a bright and vibrant appearance that silk closely replicates but doesn’t quite match, and they also have a lovely fragrance that silk obviously does not. But when the bride, groom, or a member of the wedding party has severe allergies, finds silk much more economical, or really wants to be able to save the wedding bouquet for a memento, silk flowers might be the right option.

Your wedding flowers will fulfill many purposes throughout your wedding day. With the enormous visual impact of flowers on a wedding a bride will definitely want to pay careful attention to the flowers and the florist they select. A single theme repeated through flowers provides a segue from one part of the wedding day to the next, leaving guests with the feeling that the entire day was a complete event. It can be exhausting to plan such an overwhelming facet of the wedding, but the rewards of a well-planned and well-executed floral landscape for your big day is immeasurable.

♥ Jenny Evans

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