While there are many (many, many, many) things that can make or break a wedding, flowers can surely be found at the top of the list. And they play a role of so many parts of the wedding: your hair, your bouquet, decorations where the ceremony takes place, decorations where the reception takes place, flowers for the table arrangements … which makes for a lot of potential stress.

Even though no one will notice if your flowers aren’t exactly what you wanted and not perfect in your eyes – hey, to most people, a rose is just a rose, by any other name – you will know. And that is what matters.

In the previous part of this article, we looked at where and when you’ll need flowers – in short, pretty much in every aspect of the day. Now that you know for what you’ll need flowers, let’s take a look at your options when it comes to flowers.

Note: Different flowers bloom in different seasons, which influences price and availability. It’s important to talk to your florist and make sure that your preferred flowers are available for your wedding. Should they not be in season, you need to know before you put your heart on something that might either not be available or be extremely expensive.

A big factor in your choice of flowers for your wedding will be your colour scheme. Here are some suggestions of flowers in your preferred colour:

Red

Roses, gerberas, umbellatum lilies, oriental lilies, anthuriums, carnations, proteas, gladioli, celosia, alstroemerias, lobster claw, chrysanthemums

Pink

Light pink: Roses, hydrangea, carnations, snap dragons, proteas, chrysanthemums, orchids, waxflowers, gereberas, tulips, lisianthius, peonies

Dark pink: Roses, hydrangea, chrysanthemums, peonies, orchids, carnations, tulips, protea, snap dragons, gerberas, gladioli, calla lilies

White

Roses, arum lilies, gerberas, daisies, baby’s breath (gypsophila), orchids, Casablanca lilies, lisianthius, St Joseph’s lilies, lace flowers, delphiniums, snap dragons, freesias, veronicas, chincherinchees, anthuriums, waxflowers

Yellow

Roses, sunflowers, daffodils, tulips, gerberas, frangipani, snap dragons, calla lilies, umbellatum lilies, gladioli, billy buttons, chrysanthemums, daisies, orchids

Blue/purple/lilac

Blue: Iris, hydrangea, orchids, delphiniums, veronicas, corn flowers

Purple: Sweet peas, orchids, calla lilies, gladioli, lavender, lisianthius, tulips, hydrangea, statice, larkspurs, ornamental cabbages

Lilac: Lavender, iris, sweet peas, roses, daisies, lisianthius, stocks, hydrangea, liatris

Green

Roses, hydrangea, orchids, anthuriums, proteas, chrysanthemums, carnations, ornamental cabbages and succulents like desert roses and small aloes.

Orange

Roses, gerbera, proteas (pincussions), strelitzias, orchids, calla lilies, umbellatum lilies, chrysanthemums, tulips, gladioli

Black

Bacca roses, orchids, zantedeschias, calla lilies

We hope this guide to which flowers are available in your chosen colours have been helpful.

Whereas table arrangements and centrepieces are right in front of your guests throughout the reception, your wedding bouquet is arguably the most important floral element of the day. In the last of these articles on how to pick wedding flowers that wow, we’ll look at picking the perfect bouquet for your big day.

UP A TONE EVENTS has the knowledge, experience and expertise to help you create the perfect wedding day. Our suppliers include the best florists in the business, who will make sure the flowers at your wedding are fabulous. From DJs and dance floors to lighting and live entertainment, contact us to make sure your big day is unforgettable!