Most people I know are counting down the final month of Winter. It seems that after an incredibly looong Summer, we skipped Autumn altogether and had an extra long and extra cold Winter.
Spring is one of the prettiest times of the year. The gardens are in bloom, fruit trees are beginning to sprout, trees are showing all the signs of fresh growth with light green tips at their tops.
Spring also marks one of the busiest periods for weddings as the temperatures are more moderate, there is less rain and of course, there is an abundance of gorgeous flowers.
Like anything popular, if you fancy booking your wedding during peak season, you need to get in early.
Saturday is still the most popular day for weddings, with some venues offering more competitive pricing for Friday and Sunday events.
Have you considered having a Friday wedding and in turn giving your friends and family a long weekend?
Things to think about before conceptualising your wedding flowers:
- have you set your venue and the date
- what coloured elements have you finalised
- do any of the pieces you have bought/hired/chosen have a clear style or period elements that will dictate the overall aesthetic
- what kind of textures are present
- do you prefer a complementary or contrasting colour palette
Venues in peak wedding season (September to March) are often booked approximately 12 months in advance. When you start planning a wedding approximately 12 months in advance, it gives you the opportunity to pay close attention to the temperature, and the surroundings at your venue. Are the grounds lush and green? Are there any large trees that will provide a fabulous backdrop for photos? Are they dramatic and moody as the branches are bare? Or are they pretty and in bloom?
Take the opportunity to look at what is available in the florist shop at the time of year. It is perhaps a little early to make a final decision on what flowers you want a whole year out, however being able to see what is seasonally available and start noticing what you are attracted to is invaluable.
Spring blooms include scented garden roses, stunning lilac, sweetly scented Daphne, Lily of the Valley, Peonies, roses, lisianthus, rhododendron, Calla lilies, Ranunculus, Queen Anne’s Lace, Iris, Tuberose.
I know I have said it before, but by choosing flowers that are naturally available at the time of year that you get married, you are able to transport yourself back in time every time you see or smell them.
Your colour scheme is going to dictate what flowers will or will not work from you. The basis of your colour scheme will be the gowns you choose for yourself (bride) and your bridesmaids. The bridesmaids gowns and the accessories you choose for the gentlemen often has more weight than the bridal gown as they are often fairly neutral in colour.
Once you have purchased your bridal gown and bridesmaids dresses, it is much clearer what styling will tie it all together and what colours will complement.
While trying to work out what kind of look you are attracted to, Pinterest is a fabulous search engine. You can create a variety of mood boards that you can come back to and reconsider as your vision becomes clearer.
Wedding colour consultations are in depth, personalised meetings, and for that reason you want to make sure you make the most of your time. Being clear on the aesthetic you want to create allows your florist to recommend different ways to achieve that.
Feature Image: Everence Photography