The summer garden wedding will never lose popularity, but how many guests breathe a sigh of relief when they open your wedding invitation and picture themselves enjoying a crisp fall day at your ceremony, rather than a blistering July afternoon? There are plenty of vibrant seasonal flowers to choose from in September, October, and November, and mild autumn temperatures are very cut flower-friendly.
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Fruit Adds Flair
Roses and ranunculus blossoms are lavishly used in this autumnal wedding reception arrangement, but the addition of pears is a distinctive fall accent. Florists can use picks to insert other ornamental fall fruits in your arrangements, including apples and bright orange persimmons.
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Think outside the box when selecting fall flowers for your bridal bouquet; you needn't limit yourself to sunflowers and chrysanthemums. The red coral-like celosia blooms and tropical spidery protea flowers lend fabulous textures to this bridal bouquet, while still keeping with the fall color theme.
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Chrysanthemum flowers are decidedly modern when arranged in color groupings for a wedding reception. An inexpensive twist on this idea is to place small live chrysanthemum plants on the tables, which can then be given away as favors or planted in the newlywed couple's garden to kickstart their landscape.
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Has orange ever looked more brilliant than in this tonal bride's bouquet? Most brides have heard of orange roses and orange calla lilies, but how about the fuzzy orange blooms of Carthamus tinctorius 'Zanzibar?' This Latin name is a mouthful for the saffron thistle, which is an edible plant that happens to produce wonderful flowers for the cut flower trade. You may have seen "safflower oil" as an ingredient in some baked goods, and the leaves and shoots are edible as well. The flowers can also produce a food-safe dye. Brides looking for food-friendly floral cake toppers may add saffron thistle to the list, as long as the plants were grown without chemicals.Continue to 5 of 17 below.
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Pretty Native Plants
Don't overlook the potential of home-grown garden flowers and found wildflowers as ways to extend your wedding floral budget. Flowers like these goldenrod blooms, coneflowers, and sedum blooms are not only easy to grow fall bloomers, but also boast a long vase life.
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Gold and burgundy blossoms look smart in an October bridal bouquet. Large sunflower blooms are the feature in the arrangement, while a double form of black-eyed Susan flowers (possibly the stunning 'Goldilocks' hybrid) adds additional gold tones. To achieve a similar look with the dark red roses, ask for the 'Black Baccara' hybrid tea rose or the 'Scarlett O'Hara' sweetheart rose.
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An arrangement this grand deserves center stage at your wedding reception. Lilies, roses, and crocosmia flowers burst from the center of this urn, while persimmons, grapes, and kumquats cascade over the sides. A red tassel of amaranth contributes to artistic asymmetry, mirrored by a taffeta swag. Finally, stems of bull rushes and purple smoke bush complement the arrangement with amethyst and brown tones.
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Creamy yellow roses are carried throughout this reception as both floral arrangement features and table scatter material. The festive bright orange seed pods of the Chinese lantern plant (Physalis alkekengi) are positioned among large rose hips and sprigs of hypericum berries to complete the look.Continue to 9 of 17 below.
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The availability of seasonal fall flowers like these sunflowers and dahlias means brides won't have to pay extra for her flowering favorites in September, October, and November. Other fall wedding flowers in season include gladioli, zinnias, and marigolds.
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Could You Love Cabbage?
Burgundy dahlias and nearly black scabiosa blossoms stand out against a pop of green, and why not let a few small ornamental cabbages provide that green foil? Ornamental cabbage and ornamental kale is available in green, pink, purple, and white tones, and is in season from early fall through winter.
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Burgundy and Orange Centerpiece
The velvety texture of burgundy roses and complementary dahlias begs to be touched. The two sprays of orange blooms add more than just a color contrast; these are freesia blooms, which are one of the most fragrant cut flowers available. Freesias also captivate in shades of white, purple, yellow, and pink if you desire.
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A rustic wedding demands flowers that aren't too fussy, and this casual bouquet delivers. Moody mauve hydrangea blossoms seem to color shift in different lighting, one minute exhibiting a pink glow, the next an earthy brown. Creamy roses and hypericum berries look lovely when carried by any bride who wears an ivory wedding gown.Continue to 13 of 17 below.
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Artichokes and Dahlias
In another example of just how well edibles pair up with flowers, artichokes lend interest to a deep red dahlia centerpiece. Whole mini eggplants and ornamental peppers also liven up the floral menu, whether used in bouquets or centerpieces.
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Brown Is Trending for Fall
Rich cocoa bridesmaid's dresses paired with informal fall bouquets look elegant and earthy. Bridesmaid's bouquets don't have to be matchy-matchy; these arrangements feature hydrangeas and orange roses with sprigs of green and gold filler flowers. You can incorporate more brown into a floral arrangement with ribbon and burlap accents.
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If fall in your climate is defined by drab foliage and grey skies, liven up the palette with cheerful arrangements that feature lively gold Gerbera daisies, orange calla lilies, and orange Asiatic lilies. These flower varieties are widely available, and are long lasting as cut flowers.
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The cornucopia is an iconic image for Thanksgiving and harvest season, so consider this as a floral feature in your October or November wedding. Keep in mind that a cornucopia arrangement has one side of interest, so it works best on a sideboard where it can face the guests, rather than on a round table.Continue to 17 of 17 below.
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Fresh flowers used as wedding cake toppers are a feast for the eyes. Use common sense, and avoid flowers that are toxic or those that were grown with chemical pesticides. Your florist can work with your baker to make sure that the flowers and cake get along by using floral picks to keep sap from contacting frosting. Some edible flowers that are cake-friendly include pansies, violets, roses, marigolds, and day lilies.