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Spring Blooms: Choosing Your Wedding Flowers

Friday 1st September 2017
As the cool winds of winter come to a close we gladly welcome the Spring weather and all the floral delights that ensue. From peonies to lilac, some of the most coveted blooms come into season during the Spring months, bringing a smile to the faces of plenty of brides out there. We spoke with Jacki Brown of Melbourne florist, Flowers Vasette, to find out more about what flowers, colour palettes, and trends we can expect to see during the Springtime.
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Florals are delicate in nature and require a level of care and expertise, which is why it’s important to secure an excellent florist as one of the first steps in planning your wedding. Your chosen wedding date will reflect the flowers that are available to feature in the bouquets and arrangements. Whilst it’s possible to order in particular flowers from overseas, staying local ensures that the whole process is a less expensive and easier to manage.

“It’s so much nicer to have things that you know haven’t traveled too far.”

It’s no surprise that some of the most popular Spring flowers are those that are in season for the shortest period of time. The Peony is a timeless favourite that shows its face for just several weeks, from early November through to December. Ironically, the Peony is one of the most popular choices for bridal bouquets so it’s not uncommon for brides to book their date around the flowers. “I would say 90% of brides would love to have Peonies, but they’ve really got to pick their timing so carefully.” During these weeks, the Peony is available in a range of colours, from pastel pinks to white and maroon, and are a worthy feature for bouquets and decor arrangements. Another seasonal favourite is Lilac, which has a beautiful perfume, colour, and shape – it’s just dreamy all around. A favourite for Jacki and the team at Flowers Vasette, Lilac blooms in October and is great for capturing a whimsical and ethereal look, particularly because of its soft shape and colour.

Festive Palettes

Spring is a time when bright colours come out to play, awakening a vibrant sense of celebration. Brides planning for their wedding in Spring are going for more bold and festive colour palettes, for a look that’s almost “party inspired,” as Jacki puts it. Of course, the classic mix of white and green makes an appearance no matter the season, but if there’s something we can expect to see more of during the Spring months – it’s colour. And there’s plenty of tones of choose from.

Soft apricots and pinks are staple Spring choices with subtle and feminine qualities that complement almost any gown. Ranunculus, Tulips, and Roses are common flower choices for this colour palette and have a complementary look and shape. The Phalaenopsis Orchid is another seasonal option that blooms in neutral hues like soft pink and white. Immediately recognisable by its unique shape, this stunning orchid is loved not only for its colour but also its textural qualities that add dimension.

For a more exuberant pop of colour, bright pinks and reds create a festive atmosphere that’s loud and fun. You can channel this colour palette by opting for Peonies, Rhododendrons and textural flowers like Sweet pea, Stock, and Snapdragon. Consider contrasting this bold colour choice with natural greenery and delicate white flowers like Lily Of The Valley, Baby’s Breath, and Queen Anne’s Lace. These lattice-like flowers will also help to achieve a more organic aesthetic, something that Jacki reveals is becoming increasingly popular for bridal bouquets. “A lot of brides these days want something more relaxed and garden-like.” Brides are also experimenting with deep and moody tones, from raspberry hues to mauve and rich purples. The bright colour variations of Anemones reflect this elegant colour palette and pair well with classics like Ranunculus, Roses, and Peppercorn Berries for a pop of texture.

Brainstorming Your Blooms

Spring births a myriad of fragrant and colourful flowers. When creating your mood board of inspiration, it’s important to identify what flowers you are drawn to and why you like them. This will allow your florist to understand your vision, aligning it with the flowers in season at the time of your wedding. Certain flowers have a short blooming season and will usually only be available locally for several weeks, so it’s important to consider this timing in the initial stages of planning. Let your florist know exactly what you’re looking for –  the flowers that you just have to have, and those that you’re happy to substitute for something equally as beautiful. Naturally, open communication is essential. “It’s a really important relationship to have, to walk out of the first appointment knowing that you trust the person you’ve chosen.”

Express any considerations or questions that you might have. If there are any guests or members of the bridal party with notable allergies, be sure to let your florist know. Mosts florists will automatically avoid certain flowers with allergenic pollen or fragrance, but it’s always a good idea to communicate these factors in your initial appointments.

Floral styling welcomes the opportunity to express your unique aesthetic. Mood boards are great, but if you find yourself a little stuck for inspiration, Jacki recommends thinking about the colours you’re naturally drawn to that may already have a place in your everyday life. “What colours do you love? What do you wear? What lipsticks would you go for?” she says. “Go with that!” This is a great way to ensure that you feel comfortable and confident in your choices so that you can relax and enjoy the process.

Check out the Flowers Vasette Instagram page @flowersvasette, or pop into their store on Brunswick Street, Fitzroy for some more heavenly inspiration.

Spring Checklist:

  • Agapanthus
  • Allium
  • Arum Lily
  • Amaryllis Lily
  • Anemone
  • Azalea
  • Bird Of Paradise
  • Boronia
  • Blue Bell
  • Blossoms
  • Blushing Bride
  • Calceolaria
  • Calla Lily
  • Cantebury Bell
  • Campunala
  • Chrysanthemum
  • Cordifolium
  • Cosmos
  • Cyclamen
  • Dahlia
  • Freesia
  • Geraldton Wax
  • Gloxinia
  • Godetia
  • Gypsy
  • Helleborus
  • Hypericum
  • Larkspur
  • Lilac
  • Lily Of The Valley
  • Matricaria
  • Peony Rose
  • Phalaenopsis Orchid
  • Potentilla
  • Queen Anne’s Lace
  • Ranunculas
  • Rhododendron
  • Rice Flower
  • Snapdragon
  • Solidaster
  • Stock
  • Sweet Pea
  • Sweet William
  • Tulip
  • Wall Flower
  • Water Lily
Friday 1st September 2017