CHOOSING FALL ARRANGEMENTS
The fall season lends its self to vibrant colors. When selecting fall wedding flowers consider the colors of: Yellow, Gold, Bronze, Orange, Red, Dark Pink, Burgundy, Rust, Brown, Purple, Egg Plant, Green and Tan. Although the types of wedding flowers are usually chosen by the bride, the color palette of the flowers are often determined by the color of the bridesmaids' dresses.
Remember that out of season flowers increase prices significantly.
Here are a few fall flowers to consider:
ROSES (Rosa) - Many people tend to think of roses as either traditional red or delicate pink. However, the colors of roses range from gold to chocolate. Brides may want to consider the radiant rose colors that include golden apricot, tomato-red, deep yellow, red-orange, tangerine, dark burgundy, coral-orange, burnt- orange, or chocolate brown. These striking shades make beautiful wedding bouquets, floral decorations, and arrangements.
DAISIES (Gerbera) - There are a number of varieties from a single petal to a double petal. The bright colors and varying sizes of this flower make for beautiful bouquets and eye-catching arrangements.
SLIPPER ORCHIDS (Paphiopedilum spp.) - This fall flower's colors of brownish red, green and yellow can set the seasonal tone.
CALLA LILY (Zantedeschia) - The "green goddess" has deep green leaves and generous blooms. This is a sophisticated flower that often stands on its own. Not only do calla lilies come in the traditional white, but they also come in the rich and beautiful shades of cream, yellow, burgundy, and bronze.
GLORIOSA LILIES (Gloriosa rothschildeana) - A glorious bloom that makes a bold statement. The strikingly curved petals in lustrous red will certainly turn heads.
ORIENTAL LILIES (Lilium Oriental) - Versatility is the key. Colors include white, cream, yellow and burgundy. One of the most famous hybrids is Stargazer, which has a white background with reddish/pink markings and dotted throat.
HYDRANGEAS (Hydrangea quercifolia) - The late blooming Oak Leaf Hydrangea gets its name from the shape of its large leaves. These beautiful leaves often turn colors of brilliant yellow, orange, red, and burgundy.
SUNFLOWERS (Helianthus annuus) - When you think of autumn, picture the Sunrise Sunflower. The medium short deep double yellow petals and dark center make an excellent choice for use as cut flowers that have a long vase and arrangement life.
CHRYSANTHEMUMS (Chrysanthemum indicum, Chrysanthemum x morifolium) - The word chrysanthemum is taken from the Greek, chysos (gold) and anthos (flower). This fall flower is generally found in the following forms: button, daisy, decorative and spider (or quill). The size, color, height and time of bloom make it one of the most popular fall flowers for bouquets and arrangements.
BABY'S BREATH ( Gypsophila paniculata) - This is the delicate name for the "work horse" of arrangements. Colors range from white to pink to blushed purple. Baby's breath can be coupled with flowers and greenery to create fullness and depth or stand-alone in an interesting container, or elegant vase.