Floral enthusiasts know that spring is one of the best seasons to get married, as stunning blooms such as peonies, sweet peas, roses, and hyacinth are all in-season. While there’s no shortage of fresh, beautiful flowers with which to choose, it’s important to keep in mind that not all flowers are the same, and expert florists suggest that there are some seasonal varieties that don’t hold up well in a bouquet.
Tulips come in a beautiful array of vivid colors delicately resting on light green stems. Seemingly, they would make a stunning addition to a bridal bouquet. However, tulips don’t have a long vase life, therefore, they most likely won’t make it through the wedding day. Unfortunately, the elegant stems will fall and the flowers will wilt and lose their petals. It is such a shame because these flowers are incredibly beautiful and would make a stunning addition to any wedding bouquet.
Even though peonies may be one of the most desired wedding flower, experts generally don’t suggest using peonies in your bouquet. One expert points out that you will be putting down your bouquet frequently. Since peonies bruise quite easily and can be expensive most of the year, you wouldn’t want to see them damaged. If you would like to use peonies in your wedding floral arrangements, consider choosing sturdier flowers for your bouquet and splurging on peonies for your centerpieces.
Without water, the average lifespan of a hydrangea is just three hours. Because of this short lifespan, they are among the least desirable options for a wedding bouquet. The hydrangea boutonnieres and bouquets wouldn’t last long enough for the wedding festivities, however, they would look beautiful as centerpieces for the reception tables. In short, a hydrangea bouquet wouldn’t survive the various wedding day activities intact.
Lilac is a wonderful smelling spring flower, but they aren’t well-suited for bouquets because they don’t continue to open after harvest. They have woody stems that need a lot of water. Lilacs can become quite droopy very quickly in bouquets that are out of water most of the day.
Each color of the lilac flower symbolizes a certain characteristic. White lilacs represent purity and innocence, while purple lilacs symbolize spirituality. If the blooms edge more on the blue side of the color wheel, they symbolize happiness and tranquility. Lastly, magenta lilacs symbolize love and passion.
Brilliant daffodils are beautiful flowers on our lawns; however, according to experts, they shouldn’t be used as wedding flowers because they can be harmful to other florals. Accordingly, they release a toxic sap that kills other spring flowers such as tulips. This is especially true when daffodils are mixed in water with other blooms which makes them a poor choice for centerpieces as well.
The chrysanthemum is one of the easiest flowers to recognize. However, they produce so much pollen, they are among the worst types of flowers for people with allergies. If you use this flower in your wedding bouquet during an outside wedding, it may obviate the pollen issue, but an inside ceremony may cause coughing and sneezing which may make it difficult for the ceremony to be completely audible.
While poppies are quite beautiful and provide an excellent backdrop against a white wedding gown, experts say that the downside is that the pollen the poppies carry easily stains the wedding gown.
Hellebores is often associated with romance, elegance, and charm. However, this spring flower is temperamental and wilts quickly. It may be an wonderful seasonal choice to add to your centerpieces, but it may not be the right choice for the wedding bouquet.
Most agree that astilbe brings a stunning pop of color and texture to a wedding bouquet. However, the flower doesn’t hold up throughout the day making it a spring flower to avoid. Additionally, the bloom doesn’t do well out of water and can wilt without notice.