7 Mistakes Brides Make When Choosing Their Wedding Flower Colors

May 9, 2017 by Linda DiProperzio
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Flowers are a crucial part of your wedding day décor, so you want the colors you choose to set the right mood for the event. With that in mind, bypass these seven mistakes to make sure your blooms look beyond beautiful.

Choosing clashing color combos.

“Purple and orange was a trend a few years back and I am so happy it is gone!” says Anastasia Stevenson, "The DIY Wedding Planner". “Bright and bold, clashing colors take the focus away from the bride and other decor in the pictures and isn't a great look overall.”

Choosing unnatural colors.

This is a common error with beach weddings, says Stevenson. “There are no turquoise or aqua flowers in nature. I strongly warn brides not to use dyed flowers, which can run and ruin your dress, stain your hands and everything else they drip on. Brides should be loose and flexible with their floral choices, and then they can find the most beautiful blooms available for them.”

Going crazy with color.

Sometimes, though, brides can go overboard in their floral color choices, says Julie Gladstone of Bride & Groom. “Stick to a central color scheme and throw in a few accents if they make sense.”

Ignoring the venue colors.

Take pictures of your venue and then imagine if your bright pink and orange flower choices will clash with their purple walls, suggests Stevenson. “If you are set on the wedding palette, then choose a venue with neutral walls and floors. Think of the whole design and plan accordingly.”

Being too strict.

Flowers are grown, not manufactured, reminds Chandin Geihsler of Studio 3 Floral Design. “Flowers may have yellow centers and tinges of blush on the petals. Obsessing about the right shade of pink may and not working with what nature offers can be stressful and create arrangements that look forced or fake. Your colors may be coral and navy, but mixing in touches of peach, hints of blush and a healthy amount of green creates a natural elegance that a strict color palette just can't accomplish.”

Sticking to a color palette.

This is the opposite of what we would recommend for other aspects - for bridesmaids dresses, invites and décor, it makes sense to stick to a palette, but not for florals, says Amanda Lankford of Amanda Jewel Floral + Design. “Your florals can still flow with the rest of your decor without being so matchy-matchy. Instead of following a strict color palette for florals, think in terms of color theory. For example, instead of a coral and cranberry palette, we recently designed a wedding using "shades of red" as the color theory. We brought in blushes, mauves and let nature take its course with foraged florals, berries and greenery. If you allow your florist to be inspired by what's in season and current trends, the result will be more than you could have dreamed of!”

Carrying a light bouquet.

You can use lighter flowers on centerpieces, but do not choose a light colored flower bouquet, says Alice Bil of studioEPIC photography. “Flowers that are light or match your dress will not show up as well in a photo. They will blend right into your dress and become ‘camouflaged.’ Try to choose brighter (darker) colored flowers.”





Linda DiProperzio is a weddings expert and freelance writer based in New York.

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