An outdoor location undoubtedly provides a beautiful and scenic venue for your wedding ceremony. To enhance the ambience, you may choose to decorate with flowers. Below are some guidelines for choosing the proper flowers for your special day.
First, you want to ensure that the flowers you choose will withstand a variety of outdoor conditions. For instance, if your ceremony is taking place on a beach, you will want to select flowers that can endure the ocean breeze. Many tropical flowers have waxy petals, allowing them to survive windy conditions. Roses are popular at weddings because their waxy petals can endure the stresses of wind and sun. Other lasting flowers include dahlias, sunflowers, zinnias, and lilies. Spring blooming flowers, like bulbs and lilacs, will do well in cooler temperatures, so avoid them for Midsummer weddings.
If your ceremony takes place at a location with a spectacular view, you will not want to distract from the view with a great deal of floral decorations. Keep your flower arrangements simple so that guests can fully appreciate why you chose your breathtaking location.
If your outdoor wedding features a gazebo, you can suspend single blossoms from ribbons. Not only will you achieve a beautiful effect from just a few flowers, but gentle breezes will add movement to the flowers, making them sway like individual pendants.
For a couple hosting their wedding in their own backyard, handpicked flowers from your personal garden can complement this more casual atmosphere and add a personal touch. The bride can even create her bouquet out of handpicked flowers.
Couples can creatively express their love with flowers as well. For instance, they can use rose petals to spell out their initials, to create hearts, or other customized sayings.