How to Choose the Perfect Wedding Flowers to Suit Your Dress

When it comes to planning your wedding, flowers are likely to be very high on your list. They bring a sense of cohesion to your wedding, and fill the air with perfume to enhance the whole atmosphere of your special day. The Victorians believed that flowers were the language of love and, as such, your bridal bouquet represents the ultimate romantic statement.

However, our modern interpretation of wedding flowers can incorporate anything from a traditional bouquet to an exotic work of art. With so much to think about, many brides can feel rather overwhelmed when faced with selecting their perfect flowers. And unless you have a very particular favourite flower that you wish to include in your wedding bouquet, the choice of blooms can seem endless.

While there are many considerations to take into account when putting together your perfect wedding flowers, a good florist will be able to talk you through the process step by step, from the wedding bouquet itself to bridesmaids’ bouquets and posies, buttonholes and reception flowers. These choices will be based on your colour scheme, your personal preferences, whether the wedding is formal or informal, the venue and your budget. But did you know that your choice of wedding gown should also be a major consideration when choosing your bouquet?

If you’re about to plan your marriage nuptials, here’s a rundown on how to choose the right wedding flowers to suit your dress.

Decide on your wedding gown before you choose your flowers

Of course, it makes sense to decide on your wedding dress before you choose your flowers, as this will inspire and inform the design, the shapes and the colours of your floral designs. By taking into account the colour palette and the style of gowns that will be worn by you and your bridesmaids, you’ll have a much better idea of the kind of flower arrangements that will complement your theme. While each wedding is unique and you can, in reality, choose any style of floral arrangements you like, by bearing in mind some simple recommendations you’ll create a much more cohesive and stylish theme for your wedding.

Bouquets to suit the style and shape of your wedding dress

Before choosing your flowers, think about the size and shape of your dress. Simple tips such as not choosing trailing bouquets if the main feature of your dress is on the skirt are often forgotten as you’re carried along on a wave of excitement over all the beautiful flowers at your disposal. Also remember to ensure that your waist (the narrowest part of your body) is not obscured by your choice of bouquet. While styles and fashions for wedding bouquets come and go, the most important consideration is to make sure that the flowers you choose work with your dress, but don’t drown your figure or hide the intricate details or styling.

Ball gowns and large skirted dresses

The general rule is the bigger the dress, the bigger the bouquet. If you’ve chosen to wear a romantic ball gown, you don’t want your flowers to get lost in a sea of fabric.

Round posies and teardrop shaped bouquets work best with puffed out ball gown style dresses. If your dress is full skirted and supported by hoops, an elegant vintage style posy is the perfect accompaniment, as it replicates the line of your dress while accentuating the oval design.

Slimline dresses

If you’ve chosen a dress with a slim silhouette, then a sheath-style bouquet, small posy, or simply a hand-tied bunch of flowers with long stems will complement this style perfectly. Cascading trail bouquets also work very well with this style of dress, and will give the illusion that you are taller, as the flowers draw the eye down from the bodice.

If you prefer a minimalist look then you should choose a modern design with a long construction, or if you prefer drama, an oversized wedding bouquet would look stunning against an understated gown.

Highly embellished dresses

For those of you who have always dreamed of getting married in an intricate, highly-embellished dress studded with sequins, pearls and embroidery, you may want to consider keeping your flowers simple and stylish and let your dress do all the talking. Here, single colour bouquets come into their own, providing a effortless but elegant accent without detracting from your beautiful dress.

The colour of your dress palette

Many brides opt to get married in colours other than traditional white, so the colour of your dress – whether it’s white, ivory, cream or indeed any other colour – will have an impact on your choice of flowers. There are many different shades of white, but a good florist will be able to recommend the right type of bloom that will work with your bridal gown and your bridesmaids’ dresses too. It’s always advisable to take swatches with you to the florist if you have them, and if you have any spare material from your dresses your florist may be able to use them as wraps for the stems of your bouquet.

It’s also important to keep in mind the colour of your bridesmaids’ dresses, as you will not want your flowers to clash with their dresses.

How to Choose the Right Flowers for Any Occasion

Gifting flowers is the ideal choice for many, no matter what the occasion is or whether it’s for a friend, lover, relative, or colleague. Like so many other things in life, the preference for flowers is personal, which can make choosing the right bouquet for someone a little difficult. On top of that, you have to consider the fact that many flowers are seasonal and available only at certain times of year. So if you need assistance choosing a bouquet for a special someone or occasion, the hints and tips in this article should help you select the perfect arrangement every time.

 

Consider personality traits

A person’s character traits can really reflect in many ways the sort of flowers that will knock their socks off. If they’re more of a traditional person who likes classic and timeless things, roses are always a good choice. For your second half, red roses signify endless love, while yellow roses represent friendship and vitality.

For more ‘out there’ personality types, an arrangement full of different colours and flower types is best. You want something that’s bursting with life, just like them! Artistic individuals love unusual and intriguing arrangements, so choose something with succulents or even orchids, which have a striking resemblance to living structures.

When buying for earthy, natural types, a bouquet that incorporates a lot of natural greenery and foliage is a must. Native are another good choice in this instance.

Also consider whether if they like wearing a lot of one particular colour. Is their bag, phone cover, and favourite shoes a certain colour? This can be a great indicator of what colours they like the most, which can help you choose flowers in a similar shade.

 

The occasion

One huge consideration when choosing flowers is the occasion. Here we’ll run through some of the flowers that are traditionally used for particular occasions.

 

Anniversary

While we know there are specific gifts for each year of a wedding anniversary, there are also flowers for each anniversary as well! While red and pink roses are always a fantastic choice for an anniversary as they represent passion and love, you can also choose to go for the flowers that correlate with each anniversary:

  • 5 years – Daisy
  • 10 years – Daffodil
  • 15 years – Rose
  • 20 years – Aster
  • 25 years – Iris

 

Birthday

In the same way that there are birthstones, there are also flowers for each birth month.

  • January – Carnation
  • February – Violet
  • March – Daffodil
  • April – Daisy
  • May – Lily
  • June – Rose
  • July – Larkspur
  • August – Gladiolus
  • September – Aster
  • October – Marigold
  • November – Chrysanthemum
  • December – Poinsettia

Get well soon

If someone you care about is sick in hospital or at home, flowers are a wonderful way of saying, ‘I’m thinking of you, get well soon’.

  • Flowers for hospital – If you are sending flowers to a hospital it is best to make sure you send something that isn’t fragrant. Tulips and Irises are a great choice.
  • Flowers for home – Sending someone flowers to their home? A flowering plant is a great choice as greenery represents health and well-being. Marigolds are also a wonderful choice as they signify resilience.

Thank you

Want to thank someone with flowers? While their favourite flower would be a first choice, if you aren’t sure, then carnations, lilies, and daisies are great flowers to thank someone.

Christmas

Flowers make a wonderful gift at Christmas. The traditional flowers perfect for gifting at this time of year include the Red Poinsettia, Amaryllis and Paperwhites.

Mother’s Day

Flowers are an exceptional gift on mother’s day. For mother’s day flowers she’ll never forget, opt for one of these:

  • Pink carnations – These represent love and gratitude
  • Red carnations – These signify admiration
  • Gerbera daisies – The flowers that represent cheerfulness.

Sympathy

Sympathy flowers are often a nice thought when someone you know has lost a person dear to them. These flowers are not the same as funeral flowers, but are instead sent to the home of those who are grieving a loss. Roses, daisies, and lilies are all good choices.

 

Different types of arrangements

Flowers come in so many different types of arrangements. The main thing to consider here when buying someone flowers is whether you should buy a traditional bouquet that they will put in a vase, a boxed arrangement, or an arrangement that comes in a vase. If you are buying for a work colleague who will be having their flowers delivered at work, it’s best to get something they can easily take home, such as a boxed arrangement where the flowers sit firmly in an oasis so they stay fresh and in place. This is also an ideal option when buying for someone in hospital.

Of course, if you know someone well enough to know their favourite blooms, regardless of whether they are your spouse, friend, aunt, or colleague, buying them a bunch of their favourite flowers on just about any occasion is ultimately the best way to go. If you put time and thought into purchasing flowers you think they will like, this will also show, and the receiver will not only enjoy their fresh smelling bouquet but also the sentiment behind them. If you are in doubt, the above tips will ensure you’ll purchase a bouquet that will surely surprise and make them feel wonderful!

The Meaning of Roses

There is no doubt that roses are a prime gift for that someone special in your life. Roses are so popular because they have so many different meanings, spanning from full friendship to passionate romance. The type of rose you give to that special someone has incredible significance.

The Best Time for Flowers

There are few times when it is a bad idea to send flowers to somebody you care about. Birthdays, anniversaries, and other holidays provide the perfect opportunity to show somebody how much you care about them. Of course, it is also a great idea to send flowers throughout the year as a surprise. This demonstrates that you do not need a special reason to share your feelings with that person you adore.

The Number of Roses

You may be surprised to learn that the number of flowers you send can have a big impact on the meaning of your delivery. It is important to pay close attention to how many roses you have delivered to your significant other or friend, as it may have implications for the relationship.

For instance, sending just one rose indicates that you fell in love with this person at first sight. No matter the color of the rose, it symbolizes that you are dedicated to this person.

Sending two roses, especially in red, indicates that you are deeply in love with this person, and three roses explicitly says, “I love you.” In fact, sending five, six, or seven roses each have the same meaning as well.

Sending nine roses implies that you want to be with this other person as long as you both shall live, but 10 roses says, “I think you’re pretty.”

And then, of course, you have one dozen roses. Sending 12 roses to that special someone implies a romantic relationship that you expect to be long-lasting. For this reason, 12 roses is the standard for many couples.

Send 15 roses to tell somebody that you are sorry, and send 24 to tell your significant other that he or she is always on your mind.

The Colors of Roses

Roses also have different meanings based on their colors. For instance, red roses are famously symbolic of passionate, romantic love. On the other hand, yellow roses tend to indicate friendship. Pink roses are also friendly, but they can also be romantic or used to show a family member that you care.

Roses Represent Relationship Stages

No matter what color or how many roses you choose to send, flowers send a clear message about the state of your relationship. This makes it important that you pay close attention to the type of bouquet you select.

 

Sending roses can send a huge message in your relationship. You certainly want each occasion of sending flowers to be a memorable one. We hope to create an awe-inspiring bouquet that your significant other will love every single time you order.