Wedding Flower Alternatives

Alternatives to Wedding Flowers

Wedding days don’t necessarily need to be filled with cut blooms by the boatload! These days, the traditional role of wedding flowers has been usurped by those things that are near and dear to the bride and groom’s hearts. Many couples are choosing features for centerpieces, bouquets and reception décor that have nothing to do with florals!

Centerpieces

Wedding table centerpieces are often flowers because they add visual interest and a sense of symmetry to an otherwise empty space. Fill that open space with something meaningful and lovely instead! Cake stands are great for adding height and can be topped with candles, books, framed photos, mementos or even something seasonally relevant, like dyed eggs, pine cones or sparkling branches.

Bouquets

Brides and bridesmaids alike usually carry bouquets, but they don’t have to be made of real flowers! You’ve seen ideas all over Pinterest for ways to make your bridal bouquet unique. Consider doing the same for each of your bridesmaids. Perhaps a quirky or mismatched look for the bridesmaid’s bouquets of fabric flowers, or a whimsical brooch bouquet. If you’re feeling crafty there are plenty of tutorials, but there are many places to buy them as well to save time!

Flower Girl

The role of a flower girl is a thoughtful way to include the little girl (or girls) you love in your wedding. Flower petals, however, can be expensive and impractical. If you’ve got the time and inclination, this easy tutorial for making fabric confetti is perfect to give her something to toss before you come down the aisle!

Groom’s Boutonniere

Finally, the men have a way to express their personalities as well! Usually, the gentleman wears one bloom on his lapel, but there are a ton of ideas for non-floral boutonnieres this year. You could even do something daring like incorporating LEDs into the boutonnieres, but it’s up to you how creative and unique you’d like to be.

AS you can see from the above examples, there are plenty of fun ways to do away with the traditional and expensive flowers on your wedding day. By doing something completely outside of the norm and finding fun alternatives to wedding flowers throughout your ceremony and reception, you can create lasting memories that you and your guests will cherish for many years to come.

Floral Centerpieces

Floral Centerpieces for Every Season

Flowers can be a large part of a couples wedding budget, especially when ordering flowers that are rare or out of season. Peonies can be more expensive than using roses in some cases! So what are the best flowers for a floral centerpiece and what are some options based on the season you may be holding your wedding in? We’ve got a break down of seasons and with it, the flowers that will suit centerpiece arrangements the best while saving couples some money.

Spring Floral Centerpieces

Spring weddings are incredibly popular and offer many choices as far as flowers go for centerpieces. You can make a simple but beautiful centerpiece statement using sunflowers, which are in season in the spring time. Add a long vase with water to support the sunflower and tie it with a complimentary ribbon color for simplicity with a pop of color. For a larger centerpiece, tulips, which are also in season, are available in an array of colors and look fantastic when they’re paired with greenery.

Summer Floral Centerpieces

If you want something different than peonies for your summer wedding, you are in luck. Many flowers are in bloom in the summer time, but here are a couple you might not have thought about. Daffodils add a pop of yellow to centerpieces and look beautiful in bouquets as well. Magnolias are stunning white flowers that, when added to greenery make for the perfect centerpiece. Adorn with some crystals for a more vintage look, or add some color with a simple gerbera. Alternately, if you want a bright centerpiece with many different colors, consider zinnias. These flowers look beautiful in pairs in small vases, or as a part of a larger, cascading centerpiece.

Fall Floral Centerpieces

Fall allows florists to get a little bit more creative with their centerpieces and what they include. A flower that often goes unnoticed is the brilliant amaranthus, which is a seasonal fall flower. Paired with greenery or other complimentary colors to its beautiful bright red, this large flower makes for a fantastic centerpiece. Sometimes paired with white roses or even various fruits, the amaranthus flower is the perfect statement piece. If you want something a little more stylish and sleek, snapdragons are also in season in the fall and winter and look great accented in a simple vase by some greenery and a complimentary colored ribbon on the vase.

Winter Floral Centerpieces

Don’t think there are any good flowers in season in the wintertime? Think again! With greenhouses all over, there is always something available for everyone. While some couples decide to embrace the winter theme and will make centerpieces with pinecones and pine ferns, others choose to brighten up their winter reception with a stunning array of bright gerberas. Calla lilies are also widely available in the winter time and come in an array of natural and dyed colors. Its elegant trumpet shape can be played up by using additional flowers, or kept the center of attention by using some simple greenery. Lay this arrangement on a small pedestal with white crystals dangling from it to mimic ice, and add a tea light or two to warm up the arrangement.