A few weeks ago, we covered a handful of ideas for flower arrangements that pair well with elopements.
The fact that elopements are commonly in outdoor or interesting locations provides some nuance to the process of selecting flowers. With that nuance, comes an opportunity to get creative and find flower arrangements that fit both your relationship and the unique nature of your ceremony.
In today’s post, we’ll discuss how to choose the perfect arrangement for an elopement and the different ideas to think about when making this decision.
Consider Your Setting
One of the first decisions to make when planning any kind of wedding is where the ceremony will be held. Your setting will dictate where you should stay, where you’ll be celebrating afterwards, and many other important details. In addition, the setting should play a big role in the type of flower arrangement you select.
We recommend choosing an arrangement that looks like a natural fit in your wedding’s location.
For example, If you’ve chosen a forest location, it can be fun to include mushrooms, ferns and other forest-floor greens in the arrangement. Parkside ceremony? Flowers with colors the match those of the park would be a fitting choice.
Beyond location, it’s also important to consider the weather if your ceremony is outdoors. Pending whether it’s humid and hot or breezy and cold, certain types of flowers hold up better than others in different conditions. Check weather forecasts for an idea of what to expect and chat with your florist about how your arrangement of choice will hold up in the weather.
The time of year can not only affect the longevity of your flower arrangement, but also the appropriate colors for your ceremony. Similar to the ceremony location, we recommend considering the time of year when selecting your arrangement and matching the flowers to the season.
For a fall ceremony, maroons and other deep colors can add a lot of character to your ceremony. Meanwhile, bright, cheerful colors would suit a spring wedding.
Know Your Preferences
As elopements generally have far fewer guests than traditional weddings, an opportunity is presented to really create an experience that’s unique to you and your partner’s relationship.
If one of you has a preference for a certain color, style, or smell of flower, make that a top priority when choosing your arrangement. If you’re not a fan of the way a certain type of flower smells or looks, then don’t feel pressured to include them!
No matter what your preference is, it can be helpful to find Pinterest Boards with certain arrangement styles to help you hone in on the type of flowers or plants you desire. Doing research can aid in communicating to a florist specifically what you’re seeking, which will help minimize misunderstandings.
Many brides don’t take into consideration a florist’s proximity to the ceremony location or hotel. Since elopements oftentimes don’t have a wedding coordinator that makes sure flowers arrive at the ceremony on time, it’s important to know if your florist delivers. If not, making those arrangements is crucial.
Sometimes an officiant or photographer can aid in coordinating or picking up flowers. If not, it may be easiest to choose a florist near your hotel or ceremony location so that you can swing by and pick up your arrangements on your way.
Even though there are a handful of considerations when choosing flowers for an elopement, the most important thing to remember is to have fun. Flowers add so much to ceremonies and picking an arrangement that matches your relationship and your ceremony can be a blast. Instead of stressing about the details, allow yourself to relax and enjoy this creative and rewarding experience.