“What a desolate place would be a world without flowers. It would be a face without a smile, a feast without a welcome. Are not flowers the stars of the earth? And are not our stars the flowers of heaven?” ~Clara Balfour
Deciding on flowers for your wedding can be a big decision. Using a theme, or color scheme can be very helpful when making these choices. This years’ trend of Celestial theme weddings has created a myriad of options for brides. Whether your choice of flower is based on loving a specific type of flower, sticking to your color palate, or simply playing off your theme, there are plenty of ways to find the flower arrangements of your dreams!
The first decision to make when selecting your flowers, is to decide if you will have the arrangements created by a florist, or if you will go the DIY route. If you are set on a particular type of flower, it is recommended to discuss this with your local florist. There may be special care instructions, or availability issues based on the time of year, and the sooner you are able to discover possible roadblocks, the easier it is to find solutions. Once those details have been figured out, it’s time to have some fun!
There are many options for flower designs when going with the Celestial theme. Making it easy to create the perfect look while working within the Romantic, Rustic, or Geek-Chic ambiance. Including broaches, Christmas ornaments, or other personal touches, can create an individualized feel. Other expansions on the Celestial theme can be used to give you an “over the moon”, or “out of this world” look, by using crescent moon shapes, or making planets by painting Styrofoam balls and incorporating them into the arrangements.
If you are looking for something low maintenance, a simple bouquet focusing on your color scheme may be the best option. This can be done in a few different ways. Having a florist help select flowers within your color scheme, while ensuring seasonally availability can be a great way to get started. However, if you are looking to keep your flower budget low, DIY arrangements are a great way to create a personalized look, while saving cash. An affordable way to find shapes specific to your theme, and to incorporate them into your arrangements, is to shop the after Christmas clearance sales. Using ornaments, such as glittery stars or spherical shapes, are an easy way to include the Celestial theme in your arrangements. Dying flowers is also a wonderful trick to keep costs low. It is as simple as purchasing white flowers and food coloring, trimming the stems at an angle, and submerging them in slightly warm water with 20-30 drops of the chosen color. Using fabric flowers is another option to prevent over-spending on flowers, with the bonus of having keep-sakes for years to come.
When deciding on flowers, don’t forget the rest of the wedding party! Traditionally, boutonnieres for the groom and groomsmen, bouquets for bridesmaids, and flowers for the flower girl, are the needed arrangements. Additionally, corsages for the mother of the bride and mother of the groom are also popular. Depending on the age of your flower girl, or your own personal style, you may want to have her carry a smaller version of the bridesmaid bouquets, instead of throwing petals as she walks down the aisle.
Although it is the classic style, not every bride wants flowers. Personal taste, or allergies, may sway a bride to take other options into consideration when it comes to what would traditionally be a floral arrangement. For evening, or night weddings, lanterns are a great alternative to flowers. They not only work as extra lighting, but are a great addition to the general atmosphere. Beads, crystals, and broaches can be used to create a unique bouquet for each member of the bridal party, while still using the same colors to keep within a specific theme. For Celestial weddings, alternative bouquets such as cut-outs of star or moon shapes are a great way to expand outside traditional arrangements. The most important thing to remember is that the arrangements should reflect your personal taste and style, while still incorporating the chosen theme.
Thanks for reading and happy wedding planning!