Flower advice for outdoor weddings
Outdoor weddings are wonderful during the summer months. Why spend several hours cooped up in a hall or restaurant when you can make the most of the warmer weather? There’s plenty of time to stay inside during the winter and rainy months. When decorating an outdoor wedding in the summer, it’s important to remember these important tips.
The first tip is to choose hardy flowers. Flowers that last long are an excellent choice whereas those that are known to wilt sooner rather than later, should be avoided. For example, sunflowers are known for being sun lovers which means that they will hold up really well under these circumstances. Tulips and other more fragile flowers should be avoided for table and ceremony décor. Of course, if you really want delicate flowers on display at your wedding, you can add them to your bridal bouquet instead. You will need to keep your bouquet in the shade as much as possible and have a vase on hand to keep them fresh until the bouquet toss. A water bottle can also come in handy if you want to spray your flowers to keep them extra crisp. Just make sure that you don’t spray them and them expose them to too much sun!
The colours you choose are also important. Pastels are great for spring while orange, yellow and green work well for autumn. A summer celebration calls for bright colours of every kind. Don’t be afraid of mixing colours to get that full summer effect! For example, you can create mixed bouquets that include bright shades of yellow, red, pink, and don’t forget to add a rich, green foliage to make it all “pop”.
Accents and accessories come in really handy for any bouquet of flowers. They help add diversity in terms of height, texture, and colour. Things like coloured feathers, perhaps a spray painted flower or two, or even LED lights in the vases will set your wedding décor apart from the rest! Choose one main type of accent or accessory and stick with it. You wouldn’t want to overdo it with too many accessories and too few flowers.
Finally, don’t forget to keep your flowers indoors for as long as possible! The longer you wait to expose them to the sun, the longer they will last. Keep them properly hydrated during the ceremony and reception. If possible, have one of your bridesmaids or a trusted friend check on them and spray with water at least once during the reception. Normally you would not add too much water to your vases but, in this case, you want to make sure that your flowers have more than enough to last for the duration of the wedding. So, fill the vases to at least the halfway mark to ensure that they don’t run out of water.