Seasonal Tips for a Blossoming Bride
by Erin Elizabeth Waters
Because you have so many alluring options, one of the trickiest aspects of wedding planning is often putting together your floral arrangements. And of course, the types and combinations of flowers you choose truly depend on the season during which you plan to be married. Certain colors and species are more appropriate for the different seasonal vibes that fluctuate from one month to the next. With so many choices to make, here are some helpful hints to jumpstart your decisions to guarantee a fabulously floral ceremony—no matter what the season is.
Winter Bridal Blooms
If you are planning on getting married during those New England winter months, chances are you might just land a white wedding in the backdrop of a white, winter wonderland. While snow-white is the conventional color for this time of year, you may also wish to incorporate deeper, edgier shades to create a more dramatic yet elegant feel at your ceremony. Traditionally, flowers are imported from Holland and other regions of the globe rather than obtained locally due to climatic conditions. One way to really showcase the season on your wedding day is to add a pop of color to mainly white floral displays—trying adding red amaryllis or deep purple hydrangea to cream-colored orchids, ginger, or pure white tropical flowers. Another idea that is under-considered for this time of year is incorporating fully grown trees or topiaries that frame your path as you walk down the aisle. To guarantee elegance via sheer simplicity, draw upon the inspiration of Kate Middleton’s wedding, which included eight English field maple trees.
When the snow melts away and the leaves slowly begin to return, there is nothing more lovely than a blossoming bride. Spring is the season to embrace all things fresh and youthful, so this is the time to showcase the softer tones. We all know that the light and airy pastels of parrot tulips, daffodils, lilacs, and lilies are go-to’s for this time of year, but you can also offset too much muted color with flower branches of sharper tones, like lime green fujis, or hot pink hyacinths. To attain a more whimsical feel, create a balance of bold and beautiful with pale and pretty by including shades of ranunculus amidst bouquets of budding branches. One way to maximize color during this season while still incorporating your classic white roses and baby’s breath is by using vibrantly colored vases or vessels to gather your flowers. The contrast of white flowers with a pop of color at the base will keep your reception romantic and chic while simultaneously creating a fun and vibrant effect.
Many people think vivid colors for a vivacious season—everything is in full bloom, the sun is beaming, and the weather is warm and full of life. For a stunning summer soiree, bring the radiance of the season straight into your floral décor by mixing up a variety of vibrant colors. Golden sunflowers, pink peonies, yellow yarrow, orange snapdragons, and red dahlias have traditionally been considered as lovely contrasts to a classically white wedding gown. For a unique alternative to sunflowers, try pairing the more rustic rudbeckia with bee balm and veronica.
However, sometimes restricting your color palette and letting simplicity speak for itself is a beautiful way to approach your wedding flowers. Bouquets of lily-of-the-valley, jasmine, or lavender work wonders during the spring and summer seasons. If you wish to create an elegant countryside effect, use small, live potted plants as part of your table decorations, and then give them out as wedding favors at the end of the day.
Fall-time Favorite Florets
As the fall weather becomes crisp and cool and leaves begin changing from hues of golden yellow to deep scarlet, the New England area is the ideal locale for a gorgeous autumn wedding. One thing to keep in mind about your autumn color pallet is that while it’s a good idea to include the deeper shades of cooler seasons, off-setting those golds, magentas, and auburn tones with lighter shades of white and pastels captures the radiance of a traditional wedding gown. For an unconventional flair, try including both varieties of white and purple ornamental kale in your décor to integrate both warm and cool tones. To really embrace the orange hues of an earlier autumn ceremony, include the tangerine tones of butterfly weed and pair them with the aureolin-yellow shades of sedum. Hypericum berries, rose hips, dahlias, and sunflowers are also all excellent choices for your autumn arrangements. And don’t be afraid to take full advantage of autumn and use pumpkins and gourds as a part of your floral planning, as they can be a lovely touch to your wedding during this time of year.