Say It With Flowers

By Amy Winter

December 21, 2007 6 min read

SAY IT WITH FLOWERS

Bold and bright color choices make a splash

By Amy Winter

Copley News Service

Flowers allow brides to incorporate a personal touch that will make their wedding day unique, whether it is with color or style. The design of the bouquets and arrangements can set the mood of a wedding.

Kacey Weiss chose the color green in honor of her parents' wedding on St. Patrick's Day. Her arrangements and bouquets displayed a rustic look with less traditional flowers. Using green cymbidium orchids with an accent of chocolate brown monkey tails, Weiss had a trendy yet personal arrangement of flowers for her July wedding in Santa Barbara, Calif.

Erin Blair Kluzak, a florist based in San Diego, helps brides take their colors and find corresponding flowers.

"Flowers aren't something most people know about," says Kluzak.

Most flowers are available throughout the year. Julie Mulligan, floral and lifestyle expert for 1-800-Flowers, lists roses, calla lilies and hydrangeas as popular year-round blooms. Tulips, orchids and Gerber daises also seem to populate current weddings.

Brettan Bablove, a writer/editor with Wedding Solutions, says the Mediterranean climate of dry summers and cool winters allow San Diego to produce a variety of flowers. San Diego is the No. 1 horticulture county in the United States due to its mild winters and steady weather. The most common flowers (though not as available during fall and winter) are roses, sunflowers, lilies, gerbera, aster, hydrangea, tulips, daffodils and lilacs.

"San Diego has one of the world's largest concentrations of commercial flower growers," says Bablove. "Thus, pretty much any variety of cut flower you desire will be available in the area."

Fall's stronger hues continue to be popular. Mulligan lists mango calla lilies, sunflowers, antique green hydrangeas and red-orange roses as some boldly colored flowers. Chocolate cosmos are popular due to the true brown blooms. Since autumn honors the season of harvest, Cori Russell, editor director of elegala.com, recommends including fruits, vegetables and twigs in flower arrangements. Branches, leaves, acorns, pears or cranberries can create more of a rustic atmosphere. Fill a glass bowl with fruits and vegetables for a centerpiece.

Amy Finley, group editor of LoveToKnow Weddings, says traditional fall colors as well as new color blends are making a statement. Traditional colors include plum, deep blue, emerald, navy, cranberry and forest green. Nontraditional colors that have hit the aisle are light chocolates, saffrons and grays.

"Pink and chocolate as a color combination is another trend that has proven a favorite and is appropriate for a fall wedding," says Finley. "The juxtaposition of these colors offers a fresh appeal that can be carried out in either a formal or informal wedding."

Metallic colors like gold and silver can accent red or brown for fall and add to white for winter weddings, according to Russell. Consider trying bright citrus colors, such as lime, fuchsia or orange.

Winter weddings are rare compared to other seasons. They are usually indoors and tend to be more sophisticated. Monochromatic with white-on-white allows brides to play on the snow and ice theme. Other common winter colors are red, burgundy, silver and forest green, according to LoveToKnow Weddings. Red and white roses, snowball mums, daisies, poinsettias, gardenias and magnolia are popular blooms. Holly leaves, berries, pine cones, or evergreen branches can bring some winter cheer to the arrangements or bouquets.

"Take elements of the season and incorporate them with details," says Mulligan.

A recent wedding trend is going green. Not a wedding in all green, but "green" for helping the environment. The wedding party could decorate with organically grown flowers, cluster plants for guests to take home and give out seeds as guest gifts, according to Mulligan. Bablove suggests a natural pine cone collection for a centerpiece at Christmas or shells to go along with a summer theme. Submerged flower centerpieces seem to be gaining popularity. Anchored roses, orchids or other blooms remain underwater in a clear glass vase. Kluzak says floating flowers and/or candles are also common. Clusters of vases are a modern, trendy look for tables. Group an odd number of different sized vases. If you are in favor of low table arrangements, Bablove recommends using large blooms like chrysanthemums.

When it comes to bridal bouquets, colorful is in and white is out. Kluzak rarely prepares all-white bouquets for weddings compared to bright bouquet flowers. Most brides prefer hand-tied bouquets versus cascading ones for a less traditional look.

Flowers can put a damper on your funds, but florists are willing to work with a bride's budget. For a better deal, buy vases and candles instead of leaving the duty up to the florist, says Kluzak. Some florists even rent vases to brides. Pick in-season flowers that are more available; off-season blooms are pricey and hard to find. Bablove suggests brides use silk flowers in arrangements. Opt for simple wedding bouquets. Finley says brides can save money on additional blooms and be trendy with a few elegant bright-colored flowers. If you want a large bouquet, pick all the same type of flower for less expense. Choose to use plants instead of flowers. Reuse the ceremony flower arrangements for the reception.

Mulligan feels there are more flower options for brides and grooms today. "Take a little time to put a new twist on it," says Mulligan.

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