Top Tips: Coordinating Wedding Party Flowers

Brides planning your wedding party’s flowers around your bridal bouquet can be easy.  Don’t get overwhelmed with too many choices when deciding on bridesmaids’ bouquets, boutonnieres and corsages.

If you’ve settled on your wedding flowers and bouquet style your work is half way done.  Coordinating the rest of the wedding party’s flower arrangements will be based off the decisions you’ve made for your bridal bouquet.

Wedding colors  + Wedding flowers + Bridal bouquet style =

A Good Start in Coordinating Your Bridal Party Flowers

The bride’s bouquet is going to be more elaborate, typically consisting of two- three types of flowers and color choices.  That gives you more options to break down flower arrangements into smaller bridesmaid bouquets, boutonnieres and corsages.

The bridal party flowers are going to be an extension of your more elaborate bridal bouquet.  They are meant to accent and complement the main focal piece carried by the bride who should be the center of attention on her wedding day!

Lets take a look at two different bridal bouquets and their coordinating bridesmaid bouquet and boutonniere:

Hot Pink and Black Wedding Flowers; adamandkavya.tumblr.com; etsy.com; wildorchidcustomfloraldesigns.com

Hot Pink and Black Wedding Flowers; adamandkavya.tumblr.com; etsy.com; wildorchidcustomfloraldesigns.com

Hot Pink and Black

The hot pink and black bridal bouquet is composed of three types and colors of flowers with some dramatic black feather and rhinestone accents.  It gives us a great start to break down flowers into smaller and simpler arrangements.

The bridesmaid bouquet borrows one type of flower from the larger bouquet.  A simple hand-tied gerbera daisy bouquet captures the same style with black ribbon accents and touches of rhinestones.  The boutonniere pulls all three color choices together with a simple flower combination.

Three different arrangements that work together by coordinating flowers and colors.

Rose Peony Pink White Peach Wedding Flowers; weddingchicks.com

Rose Peony Pink White Peach Wedding Flowers; weddingchicks.com

Pink, White and Peach

The peony and rose bouquet in pink and white is a fresh, full arrangement perfect for a spring or rustic wedding.  The bridesmaid bouquet is a smaller, fun version of the larger bouquet.  It uses the same peony stems and mixes in a new peach color in roses accented by baby’s breath.  The boutonnieres keep it traditional and simple with white rose buds and baby’s breath.

These arrangements work with slight variations in colors and flowers but the underlying style remains the same to create  beautiful, fresh wedding flower arrangements.

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3 Purple Wedding Color Combinations

Purple Pink Rose Hydrangea Gerbera Dasiy Bouquet $10.99

Purple Pink Rose Hydrangea Gerbera Dasiy Bouquet $10.99

Last week we defined color in the Wedding Planning: What is Color? post.  A basic understanding of how color is defined and how colors work together can be quite helpful when planning your wedding colors.

Color is a key element to consider not just when planning your wedding flowers but also when planning your whole wedding look.  Color will set the tone and mood for your special event and specific color combinations can help you get just the right look.

I am going to demonstrate the power of color with one of my favorite hues, purple.  Purple is a popular wedding color choice among brides, in part because it is traditionally seen as a feminine hue but also due to it’s versatility.

Purple is a secondary color created by mixing two primary colors, red and blue.  Red is  a warm color, blue is a cool color.  Purple can sway either way, hence it’s versatility. Combining more red to make purple, like a bright fuchsia, will lean more towards traits of warm colors.  While a combination with more blue, like a deep lavender, will hold more characteristics of cool colors.

Now we know what makes up the color purple, next how does purple interact with other colors?

Purple Pink Rose Hydrangea Gerbera Dasiy Bouquet $10.99

Purple Pink Rose Hydrangea Gerbera Dasiy Bouquet $10.99

Pink, Purple Palette

Combine a vibrant purple with a pink hue for a truly romantic and feminine wedding color palette.  Our rose, hydrangea, gerbera daisy faux flower bouquet creates a brilliant color spectrum that runs between purples and pinks.

Paired with a warm hue pink, purple acts on more of it’s warm color characteristics.  This palette is bright, saturated with hues that grab your attention.

Purple Grey Calla Lily Bouquet $21.49

Purple Grey Calla Lily Bouquet $21.49

Grey, Purple Palette

Paired with a cool, neutral grey hue purple can be quite sophisticated.  Purple acts on more of it’s cool characteristics in this palette colors are calm, mellow and well defined.

This sophisticated palette is ideal for a chic, modern wedding pair with metallics for a touch of glam.  The calla lily pre-made bouquet is the perfect flower choice with rich, exotic, lush faux flowers.

Purple Orange Yellow Bright Bouquet, dahlia, sunflower, cosmos

Purple Orange Yellow Bright Bouquet, dahlia, sunflower, cosmos

Orange, Yellow, Purple Palette

Orange, yellow and purple are complementary colors.  As we mentioned last week complementary colors are opposite of each other on the color wheel.  These colors paired together are bold and pop at first sight.

These colors are fun and playful in the bright rustic afloral bouquet with orange dahlias, yellow sunflowers and purple cosmos.  The perfect pop of bold color and gorgeous flowers for a vibrant spring or summer wedding

As you can see from our 3 purple color palettes one color can take on a lot of different looks.  With a little information about how color works you can get just the right color palette for your wedding day.

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Wedding Planning: What is Color?

Picking wedding flowers and wedding colors are two huge decisions that often go hand in hand.  When trying to plan wedding colors where do you even begin?  You may have a favorite color you’d like to incorporate into wedding flower arrangements, you could start there.  But how do you coordinate additional colors into decor and arrangements?

Needless to say there are a lot of questions when it comes to picking your wedding palette.  A basic understanding of color theory and how colors work together can help immensely when choosing wedding colors.

Color Wheel Flowers, photo credit: hgtv.com

Color Wheel Flowers, photo credit: hgtv.com

The Basics

Color Theory 101, the color wheel.  The color wheel is a tool to organize colors and it is designed to show you the relationship between colors.

  • Primary Colors- Red, Blue, Yellow. The three colors all other colors are created from.
  • Secondary Colors- Green, Orange, Purple.  Mix 2 primary colors to create one of the three secondary colors.
  • Complementary Colors- Colors that are opposite on the color wheel.  These colors like blue and orange are bold together and tend to pop, grab attention.
  • Analogous Colors- Colors that run next to each other on the color wheel.  These colors blend well, harmoniously together like yellow, yellow-orange, orange.
Warm & Cool Wedding Colors, photo credits: weddingchicks.com; etsy.com

Warm & Cool Wedding Colors, photo credits: weddingchicks.com; etsy.com

Setting the Mood with Colors

Colors have many characteristics to describe them.  Warm, cool and neutral are another characteristic to classify hues.  These are important classifications and traits to pay attention to when deciding on wedding colors.

  • Warm Colors- reds, yellows, oranges, pinks.  They are vivid and tend to energize.
  • Cool Colors- blues, greens, purples.  Cool hues are soothing, calm and tend to recede.
  • Neutrals- whites, creams, beiges are versatile and work well with any color as an accent to bring out the other color’s traits.

Expanding Your Vocabulary

Color is a powerful element that will ultimately set the mood and scene of your event.  Understanding what defines color and how they work together will help you determine what type of hues will best fit what you’re looking for.  Here are a few more color terms that can be useful in locating just the right color for your wedding flowers and decor.

  • Tint- is the lightening of one color, by adding white.
  • Shade- is the darkening of one color, by adding black.
  • Tone- is the darkening of one color, by adding gray.
  • Monochromatic- the use of one color in your palette, can be used by incorporating tints, shades or tones of a particular color.

Looking for more color inspiration don’t forget to check out afloral.com on pinterest for the latest color boards.  Or email mindy[at]afloral.com for her to create you a custom wedding flower inspiration board based on your color and wedding flower choices!

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DIY Wedding Flower Centerpieces

Today we’re going to talk about how to use some inexpensive products to create DIY flower arrangements.  Plastic floral containers and floral foam or styrofoam forms can be the foundation for a great DIY flower arrangement.  Both items are cheap, under $2 a piece, but they can establish form and give support and structure to your flower stems.

Design bowls are available in many shapes and sizes.  They are used by professionals and DIYers alike to create low floral centerpieces perfect for reception and bridal party tables.

Lets look at how to use the plastic double design bowl in green, measuring 10.5″ long and 4″ wide, styrofoam block and assorted silk flowers to create a reception table centerpiece.

  1. Depending on the size of your styrofoam or floral foam block trim it to fit the design bowl.  Secure with several dabs of adhesive or hot glue.
  2. Trim assorted silk flower stems to about 3 1/2″- 4″ long. (foam and container are about 3″ deep)
  3. Begin placing stems in foam, start with the main type of flower then add secondary flowers, finishing with filler flowers and greenery.  Tip: arrange floral stems at varying heights to add depth to the arrangement.
White Hydrangea and Orchid Pillar Centerpiece

White Hydrangea and Orchid Pillar Centerpiece; photo credit: amsis photography via wedluxe.com

Just as the inexpensive, basic design bowl gave us structure and the shape to create a low floral arrangement this next product gives us the flexibility to take on height.  The round floral container for pillars is the perfect foundation for a tall flower arrangement.

Lets look at how to create a tall white hydrangea and orchid centerpiece using a round floral container for pillars, styrofoam half ball and hydrangea and orchid silk flowers.

  1. Secure the styrofoam half ball to the container using adhesive or hot glue.
  2. Trim hydrangea flower stems to about 2″, the styrofoam ball is 1 7/8″ tall.
  3. Arrange hydrangea stems around the styrofoam covering all surfaces.
  4. Orchid stems may need to be trimmed slightly, measure how far they lay off the arrangement.  Insert orchid stems in deep, around the arrangement.
  5. Lastly, place the finished flower arrangement on the round floral container onto the vase or pillar to complete the centerpiece.  Tip: Using tall arrangements make sure they are weighted or secured at the base so not to easily tip over once on the table. 

With a few tips and the right products to use as the foundation for your DIY flower arrangements you’ll get the perfect look for your wedding day. Shop afloral silk wedding flowers and floral supplies.

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Re-purpose, Re-use and Enjoy Your Wedding Flowers

Boy, or should I say Bride, have you earned the right to enjoy your wedding flowers.  All of the preparation, planning and coordinating for your flower arrangements has taken months to get everything just right.

Choosing your wedding flowers isn’t as simple as picking a flower type and color.  Brides take into account their wedding theme, style, colors and a lot of other factors all to create the perfect arrangements for your special day.  But what happens to your flowers after your wedding day?

There are several creative ways to re-use, re-purpose and continue to enjoy your wedding flowers long after you say “I do”.  Using silk wedding flowers can give couples even more options to hold on to wedding flowers as keepsakes.

Re-purpose Wedding Flowers Keepsakes

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Re-purpose. Are you looking to preserve some of your mementos from your wedding day?  You can find some great creative DIY wedding keepsake display ideas using shadow boxes online.  Preserve your dried real flowers or silk flowers along with your wedding invitation, menus and photographs.

Not interested in displaying your full wedding flower bouquet as a keepsake?  Another idea is to disassemble your bouquet and other flower arrangements to create a beautiful, unique piece of art arranging the blooms in a shadow box display.

A hot trend on pinterest right now has been preserving simple items that have a big significance in clear glass Christmas ornaments.  Available at many craft stores, fill ornaments with flowers from your wedding day and decorate the outside with your nuptials date.

Gifts or favors.  Consider giving wedding flower arrangements as a gift or favors to family members, bridal party members or guests.  Arrangements will serve as a nice thank you for those who helped share your wedding day.  And if you’ve used silk flowers the arrangements are something they can keep for years to come.

Re-use Wedding Decorations in Home Decor

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Re-use. With many of the popular wedding themes out there right now like Vintage, Rustic and Country it would be easy to re-purpose wedding flowers and decorations into home decor.  Here are a few home decor inspiration photos via pinterest:

  • Popular in Rustic and Country weddings metal planters can be re-used in home and garden decor.  Bhg.com uses painted and monogrammed planters as chic front porch arrangement.
  • Vases are great home decor items that can be re-used in a variety of ways.  Large clear vases from centerpieces and candy buffets are a beautiful way to display everyday items like fruit or Christmas bulbs during the holidays.
  • Many hot wedding trends are as equally popular in home decor.  Wooden planters, birch containers and milk glass can make an easy transition from wedding to everyday decor.

The possibilities are endless.  Find your own creative ways to re-purpose, re-use and continue to enjoy your wedding flowers and wedding decorations.

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