After her dress, the selection of her wedding flowers is the most important decision a bride makes when planning her wedding day. Wedding flowers reflect and enhance the bride’s wedding theme and colors and set the mood for the wedding celebration -- romantic, joyful, cheerful, whimsical, traditional or flamboyant.
Roses and lilies, especially elegant Calla Lilies (Zantedeschia) continue to be the most popular wedding flowers. The other most popular 2011 wedding flowers are romantic Paeonia Peonies and Hydrangeas. Tulips and Lilies of the Valley will be popular spring wedding choices. Gardenias, Lilacs and Stephanotis will capture the hearts of summer brides. The versatility and wide color selection will make Orchids a good choice at any time of the year.
Wedding flowers are traditionally chosen to complement wedding colors, but this year’s trend is to select flowers that create a startling, but pleasing color contrast. For example, bright fuchsia Just Add Ice Phalaenopsis Orchids used with royal purple or lavender bridesmaid dresses or salmon roses against turquoise or lemon yellow Asiatic Lilies (Lilium) against mocha latte.
Ninety-five percent of 2011 brides are expected to choose hand-tied bouquets where gathered flower stems are wrapped with a wide satin ribbon. This year’s new twist is the use of colored flowers in traditionally white bridal bouquets. More brides will be carrying colored bouquets that match their bridesmaids’ dresses or adding a few colored flowers to a white bouquet. Another popular trend is the addition of special embellishments, either tucked among the flowers or decorating the banding ribbon. For elegant weddings, embellishments include jeweled pins, antique brooches, crystal picks and pearls. For weddings in natural settings, bouquets might feature shells, feathers or berries.