Vintage Wedding Flowers | in style and on budget

February 16

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To me, it’s no mystery that the delicately wrapped, loose garden style bouquet has gained momentum. It’s beauty is multi-dimensional, it’s overrun by lush texture and is layered to perfection. In design, that’s a home run!

Many brides approach their flowers simply like this…
I like X flower (most frequently, the single most expensive flower per head, like roses, peonies, orchids etc.) These are my colors X + X. Bring them all together for my bouquet and divide them amongst my bridesmaids

While I’m not saying “blah” to this method, I can say there’s much more freedom when it comes to Vintage Inspired Flowers. You most certainly must think about your likes and color palette, however, try shifting your focus when approaching the matter of petals.


Achieving Vintage Petal Perfection, in Style & on Budget

My first tip, is to always to go with whats in season. If you have your heart set on a certain flower, like peonies, that are only available a few weeks of the year, think about adding a few single, high quality silk versions to your arrangements or bouquets. You’d be surprised how well a professional can include them, without your even realizing.

Secondly, allow your florist creative freedom to select what’s best available. Be flexible with specific flower types: Give her a style and color scheme, along with a few inspiration pictures and let her soar from there! By “giving her the reins”, the florist can select what’s on-hand, in season and possibly on sale/ clearance at the auction. You’ll usually get far more, bigger and more beautiful arrangements, than if you’re strict and specific with your needs.

And Remember: a reputable florist is extremely talented. Our minds are limited to what we can create. However, given the opportunity, most florists will blow your mind with their talent and creativity!

Try selecting an assortment of garden flowers, while adding a few stems of the more traditional, like peonies roses and orchids. Also consider flowers with both depth and size, like hydrangea, as it takes less of them, to achieve the style and drama you’re looking for.

Remember your feel: For a whimsically eclectic wedding play with something unique like succulents, ranunculus and craspedia. However, a bouquet of vibrant wildflowers would also be fitting. For a soft and romantic feeling, consider alchemilla, lavender, hellebore and hydrangeas, which will perfectly match vintage pitchers, planters, old glass and retro, charity-shop finds!

Don’t forget to accentuate and finish the arrangements with fabulous vintage accessories. Consider things like burlap, lace and brooches and display in retro settings. Things like mason jars, old fashioned milk bottles and antique tins can add character and meaning easily.

My last piece of advice is to think about clustering in-expensive flowers (or what florist would consider fillers), like baby’s breath, in large bunches, to create drama and presence for little cost. This approach can be powerful if executed properly and displayed in airy spaces, like your ceremony, reception space and venue entrance.


Allow me to introduce you to the “Martha Flower Guide.” 

It was my best friend, when planning my wedding and includes an easy reference to flowers by color and look, which you can be readily brought to your next florist appointment. It’s available in Martha’s Wedding Book and in her magazine occasionally, however, I happened to find a scanned copy online thanks to the Savvy Bride.  Bonus! 

1.) Chamomile 2.) Stock 3.) Chrysanthemum, ‘Rebonnet’ 4.) Cosmos 5.) Lily ‘Casablanca’ 6.) Stephanotis 7.) Gerbera daisy, ‘Lourdes’ 8.) Lisianthus, ‘Double White’ 9.) Ranunculus 10.) Lilac 11.) Cymbidium orchid 12.) Anemone 13.) Baby’s breath 14.) Carnation 15.) Hyacinth 16.) Paperwhites 17.) Eucharis lily 18.) Calla lily 19.) Marguerite daisy
20.) Peony, ‘Duchesse’ 21.) Freesia, ‘Ballerina’ 22.) Rose, ‘Akito’ 23.) Dahlia 24.) Chrysanthemum 25.) Iris, ‘Casablanca’ 26.) Hydrangea 27.) Mini calla lily 28.) Delphinium, ‘White Centurion’ 29.) Cattleya orchid 30.) Gardenia 31.) Lily-of-the-valley 32.) Dendrobium orchid, ‘Big White’ 33.) Tulip, ‘Casablanca’ 34.) Sweet Pea 35.) Tuberose 36.) Amaryllis ‘Mont Blanc’ 37.) Rose, ‘Vendela’ 38.) Snapdragon
1.) Asiatic lily, ‘Justice’ 2.) Dahlia 3.) Mimosa 4.) Carnation 5.) Snapdragon 6.) Santini chrysanthemum, ‘Regan Sunny’ 7.) Stock 8.) Alstroemeria, ‘Yellow King’ 9.) Sunflower 10.) Daffodil 11.) Freesia, ‘Grace 12.) Zinnia 13.) Ranunculus 14.) Tulip, ‘Monte Carlo’ 15.) Tulip, ‘Winterberg’ 16.) Gerbera daisy, ‘Luna’ 17.) Cymbidium orchid 18.) Iris, ‘Golden Beauty’ 19.) Rose, ‘Alsmeer Gold’ 20.) Calla lily, ‘Best Gold’
1.) Spray rose, ‘Macarena’ 2.) Gerbera daisy, ‘Darling’ 3.) Gerbera daisy, ‘Optima’ 4.) Stock 5.) Calla lily, ‘Mango’ 6.) Poppy, ‘Happy’ 7.) Poppy, ‘Simona’ 8.) Rose, ‘Versilla’ 9.) Rose, ‘Orange Unique’ 10.) Tulip, ‘Anthony Eden’ 11.) Tulip, ‘Apricot Beauty’ 12.) Asiatic lily, ‘Elite’ 13.) Santini chrysanthemum, ‘Reagan Orange’ 14.) Ranunculus 15.) Dahlia 16.) Dahlia 17.) Carnation 18.) Carnation 19.) Gladiolus
1.) Mini calla lily, ‘Schwarzwalder’ 2.) Orchid, ‘James Storie’ 3.) Mini gerbera daisy, ‘Salsa’ 4.) Anemone, ‘Mona Lisa Red’ 5.) Rose, ‘Black Magic’ 6.) Rose, ‘Grand Prix’ 7.) Rose, ‘Black Beauty’ 8.) Zinnia 9.) Cockscomb 10.) Ranunculus 11.) Ranunculus 12.) Gloriosa lily 13.) Spray rose, ‘Tamango’ 14.) Peony, ‘Red Charm’ 15.) Dahlia 16.) Dahlia 17.) Santini chrysanthemum, ‘Tigerrag’ 18.) Carnation 19.) Amaryllis, ‘Red Lion’ 20.) Astillbe 21.) Tulip, ‘lle de France’
1.) Spider chrysanthemum, ‘Shamrock’ 2.) Zinnia 3.) Santini chrysanthemum, ‘Kermit’ 4.) Lady’s mantle 5.) Hydrangea 6.) Buplerum 7.) Tulip, ‘Weber’s Parrot’ 8.) Rose, ‘Emerald’ 9.) Viburnum, ‘Snowball’ 10.) Dendrobium orchid, ‘Fatima’ 11.) Bells of Ireland 12.) Cymbidium orchid 13.) Calla lily, ‘Green Goddess’
1.) Lilac, ‘Sensation’ 2.) Lisianthus, ‘Polestar Purple’ 3.) Santini chrysanthemum, ‘Le Mans’ 4.) Delphinium, ‘Volkerfrieden’ 5.) Delphinum, Belladonna, ‘Cliveden Beauty’ 6.) Delphinium, ‘Harlequin’ 7.) Delphinium, Belladonna, ‘Christel’ 8.) Hydrangea 9.) Hydrangea 10.) Hyacinth, ‘Atlantic’ 11.) Hyacinth, ‘Delft Blue’ 12.) Hyacinth, ‘Eliza’ 13.) Sweet Pea 14.) Tweedia 15.) Anemone, ‘Galil Blauw’ 16.) Scabiosa 17.) Lavender 18.) Rose, ‘blue Curiosa’ 19.) Rose, ‘Allure’ 20.) Tulip, ‘Dreaming Maid’ 21.) French tulip, ‘St. Tropez’ 22.) Stock 23.) Iris, ‘Hildegaard’ 24.) Freesia, ‘Skylight’ 25.) Vanda orchid 26.) Muscari 27.) Spider chrysanthemum
1.) Peony, ‘Dr. Alexander Fleming’ 2.) Peony, ‘Baroness Schroeder’ 3.) Astillbe, ‘Europa’ 4.) Cherry Blossom, ‘Kwanzan’ 5.) Zinnia 6.) Spray rose, ‘Evelien’ 7.) Cockscomb, ‘Persimmon Chief’ 8.) Cymbidium orchid 9.) Cattleya orchid 10.) Gerbera daisy, ‘Rafaelia’ 11.) Dendrobium orchid, ‘Pompador’ 12.) Tulip, ‘Angelique’ 13.) Tulip, ‘Toronto’ 14.) Carnation 15.) Ranunculus 16.) Nerine


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About Kailey-Michelle

Grace clinger. Marriage lover. Moment savourer. Passionate Creator. Seeking to inspire this generation as a Professional Wedding Planner, Speaker, Writer and Business Coach, to focus on what matters most in life and leave a legacy of love and service.
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  1. Love these tips. Such a helpful post!