Find the Best Flower for Your Wedding Color Palette
Depending on the colors you choose for your wedding, you'll want to find the right complement to those hues for your floral arrangements—be they bouquets, boutonnieres, or centerpieces. Floral designer Darci Greenwood of Greenwood Events, based in Whitefish, Montana, weighs in on which flowers work best for your wedding day theme.
Purple – Clematis
Clematis—which come in a "true royal purple" hue, Greenwood says, have large shapes that'll "really highlight the use of the color." She warns that these blooms can be a bit fussy in the heat, however, so it's best to use them at a cooler time of year.
Peach/Apricot – Amaryllis
These bold blooms can also be soft and romantic and are a favorite of Greenwood's. The flower, which she says is fairly easy to find year-round, "will have as many as four actual large blooms," giving a bride "a big bang for her buck."
Cream/White – Garden Rose
A ceremony blanketed in white hues deserves an elegant floral staple—like the garden rose, which is "truly classic," Greenwood says. Garden rose blooms also have "large petal count and beautiful shape," she adds.
Red – Ranunculus
Perfect for any red-hued palette, ranunculus is a go-to for its rust- to bright holiday-colored options. "They are always a reliable friend and hold up beautifully," Greenwood says. If you're sourcing them on your own, Greenwood adds that these blooms are "showiest when they are of full age."
Blush/Light Pink – Café au lait Dahlias
Greenwood says dahlias are popular choices for brides with this soft pastel palette. The blooms are "large and showy, but can be a fickle flower," she says. When she picks them, she usually tries to source locally. Floral designers are known to call dahlias the "popsicle" flower, as they can sometimes "melt," Greenwood says, but adds that, "when they want to cooperate, there is nothing more beautiful."
Blue – Tweedia
You'll never go wrong with tweedia if you need "something blue," to round out your color palette. Tweedia is "more of an accent flower," Greenwood admits, yet it "somehow always finds a way to be a showstopper in any arrangement."
Yellow – Sunflower
"While not generally considered a wedding flower, [sunflowers] work beautifully to complete a casual affair," Greenwood says, adding that these blooms are "happy and fun." And, if you're foraging your own florals for your big day, these are "easy to obtain and grow," she says.
Gold/Brown/Caramel – "Combo" Rose
This rose, which can give off a dual-color effect, is what Greenwood defines as the "perfect color of neutral." When paired successfully, Greenwood says the combo rose "could be played off as caramel, tan and even a gold-tone."
Light Green – Pee gee Hydrangea
A twist on the classic elegant floral, pee gee hydrangeas have a "good, neutral tone with bright highlights that can be designed successfully with many other colors," Greenwood says. She adds that hydrangeas are "generally a good value and perfect for large statement pieces, such as arbors and floor pieces."
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