If you’re engaged and beginning to plan your wedding, you may already have a colour scheme in mind for your big day, but have no idea which flowers are available in those colours. So you spend hours looking at wedding magazines, searching the internet and scouring Pinterest for inspiration of how you would like your bouquet and wedding flowers to look and which flowers you would like to use. Then you hit gold, the perfect style, design, colour and flowers you want…. But then you find out they are not in season for your wedding day and now those dream flowers are not available and you’re back to square one. You now have your heart set on something that you can’t have, but fear not you don’t need to give up on that dream at all, that’s the beauty of Silk wedding flowers and bouquets. You can have everything you want and not be limited by seasonal constraints. Here at Vintage Silk we understand the many different reasons people pick silk over fresh and that’s why all the flowers we use are to the highest quality and used and arranged to look just like the real thing – definitely no foam here.
But for those of you who haven’t thought of a colour theme yet and are still searching for that perfect colour for your wedding and flowers, here is a little bit of food for thought. Below are a little list of colours and their meanings, I have also included the popular flowers in that colour. And remember those flowers are always available here at Vintage Silk, whatever the time of year.
Yellow – Friendship, hope, joy, happiness, new beginnings, and loyalty.
Traditionally, yellow ribbons were worn as a sign of hope as women waited for their men to come home from war. Today, yellow ribbons are still used to welcome homes loved ones.
Flowers: Daffodils, Roses, Sunflowers, Lilies, Gerberas, Chrysanthemums, Tulips, Gladiolus, Calla Lilies/ Zantedeschias, Snap Dragons, and Craspedia.
Beautiful Combinations: Royal blue or navy, purples or a combination of dark pinks, orange and green flowers for an exotic twist
Green – Not only the national colour of Ireland but the flowers symbolise nature, good fortune, new life and renewal as well as harmony and fertility.
Popular Green Flowers: Button Chrysanthemums, Roses, Carnations, Hydrangea, Cymbidium Orchids and Spider Chrysanthemums, Anthuriums, Kale (ornamental cabbage), Succulents
Colour Combinations: White and dark colours like purple, orange, yellow and cerise pink. A popular choice recently is for bouquets of green foliage for a simple and rustic look, perfect in a natural setting.
All the PINK shades – Pretty Pink flowers represent happiness, grace, love and romance, innocence and tenderness.
Pink Flowers: Peoneies, Roses, Gerberas, Chrysanthemums, Gladiolus, Hydrangea, Protea, Snap dragons, Calla lilies.
Pretty Combinations: If picking a tropical hot pink go for Orange, green, and yellows. Light or Pastel pinks look beautiful with white/ivory and lilac.
Red – The colour of love, passion and desire. They also represent confidence, beauty and strength, and courage. In different cultures red carries different meanings. In some cultures, red represents purity, joy, and celebration and is a traditional color worn by brides. In China, red is used for good luck and represents happiness and prosperity. In South Africa, red is the colour of mourning and in Russia red is associated with communism.
Flowers: Roses, peoneys, Alstroemeria, Oriental/ Umbellatum Lilies, Gladiolus, Lobster Claw, Anthuriums, Celosia (cockscomb).
Rich Combinations: Dark purple, and white. Mixed with green is a popular choice for a Christmas or winter wedding.
Orange – Made from blends of red and yellow, is a mixture of the energy associated with red and the happiness associated with yellow. Orange is associated with meanings of joy, warmth, enthusiasm, creativity, success, encouragement
Orange Flowers: Gerberas, Calla Lilies, Tulips, Umbellatum Lilies, Roses, Chrysanthemums, Gladioli, Strelitzias, Pincushions, Hipericum Berries.
Combinations: While orange is a common colour associated with summer and would be bright and sunny with Cerise or Hot Pink. It is also associated with the colour of autumn so is perfect with dark reds and foliage for an autumnal theme wedding.
White – Is a symbol of positivity, purity and innocence but also represents elegance, modesty, softness, and simple perfection.
White Flowers: Roses, Arum Lilies, Lace Flower, Baby’s Breath / Gypsophilla, Daisies, Gerberas, Phalaenopsis Orchids, Michaelmas Daisies / Aster, Casablanca Lilies, St Josephs, Anthuriums, Waxflower, Lisianthius, Snap Dragons, Veronicas, Stocks, Chincherinchees, Delphiniums, Freesias.
Combinations: White is the most common colour picked by brides and is the most versatile as it can be combined with any colours, whether light or dark.
Purple and Blue – Different hues of blue have different meanings. For example, dark blue can be seen as elegant, rich, sophisticated, intelligent, and trustworthy.
Royal blue can represent superiority and sincerity, and calming light blue can mean honesty and trustworthiness and sensitivity.
Combining the calm stability of blue and the fierce energy of red. The colour purple is often associated with royalty, admiration, devotion, luxury, and wisdom. Lavender and lighter shades on the other hand convey femininity, youth and beauty. Because purple is a rare occurring colour in nature and as a result is often seen as having sacred meaning. Lavender, orchid, lilac, and violet flowers are considered delicate and precious.
Purple Flowers: Lisianthus, peony Iris, Lavender, Michaelmas Daisy / Aster, Liatris, Stocks, Sweet Pea, Hydrangea, sweet pea, orchard
Blue Flowers: Iris, Delphiniums, Veronicas, Orchid, Hydrangea.
Cool Combinations: Different shades of purple, pink, green, turquoise and blue flowers to create vibrant arrangements. Pale blue and white is also a popular and elegant combination.