Last week, The Mansion in Voorhees, NJ had a bridal show. The Leigh Florist table was visited by many brides of different personalities and wedding visions. There were, however, many similarities between each of the brides we spoke to. Most of the brides are getting married next October or November which we expected from this group since it is advised that wedding preparations begin about a year in advance. (Don’t worry about picking flowers until seven or eight months before the wedding. Get big things out of the way such as the venue, guest list, and bridal gown/bridesmaid dresses first. Having the venue and dresses picked will help determine flowers and arrangements that will coordinate.)
The most popular colors were pink and purple followed by deep red/wine and orange. The colors, especially the red and orange, reflect on the autumn season. Some brides wanted to really emphasize the fall theme. One way to incorporate this idea is to use dried leaves as accents in their bouquets. Pumpkins can be hollowed out to be used as vases for floral center pieces and leaves, berries, gourds, apples, acorns and pumpkins can be used to decorate tables. For outdoor weddings, I’ve seen leaves used to distinguish the sides of the aisle leading up to the altar.
However, brides shouldn’t feel forced to use Autumn decorations or colors just because their wedding falls at this time. If they want to have a fall-inspired wedding that just hints at the season instead of using the obvious decorations, this can still be accomplished through other elements. Vickie’s Vintage blog offers color palettes (shown below) other than the usual red, gold, and orange that still have the Autumn feel. Lanterns with candles provide the warm, cozy ambiance that’s associated with fall and decorating with accents of twine, berries, branches and curly willow also gives a subtle fall feel.
Many of brides at the show asked us what flowers would be available for fall weddings. They seemed to be concerned that there wouldn’t be a huge selection now that we are approaching colder and harsher weather. However, this is certainly not the case. There are many flowers that blossom in the fall and choosing in-season flowers will help cut the cost of arrangements. Fall flowers include mums, lilies, roses, ranunculus, hydrangea, gerbera daisies, and orchids. These flowers come in many different shades particularly white, yellow, orange, and red which will really emphasize a fall-inspired wedding. Also, brides can feel free to punctuate bouquets and boutonnieres with berries and dried leaves if they so choose.
If you decide to get married in the fall and none of this floats your boat, that’s okay. Just come to your floral consultation prepared with a color scheme, fabric swatches if possible, and your imagination and we’ll help you design the wedding that’s perfect for you.
To schedule a consultation, follow this link: http://www.leighflorist.com/new-jersey-wedding-flowers/wedding-flowers-consultation/