Spring has officially sprung! Various flowers have awakened from their deep slumber and soon, everywhere you look there will be new blooms popping up all around you and new brides planning the happiest day of their lives.
Spring is wedding season and a big part of wedding planning is choosing the right flowers to fit the bride (and groom’s) vision. Flowers set the feel of the wedding and whether they are bright and bold or soft and subtle, the floral arrangements, bouquets and boutineers are an important part of any wedding. Luckily, brides do not have to look too far when trying to pick the right flowers.
“Ontario greenhouse growers produce a wide variety of flowers that are perfect for the big day,” says Dejan Kristan, Marketing Director for Pick Ontario. “Gerbera daisies, Viburnum, Peonies, Dahlias, Calla Lilies, Oriental Lilies, Freesias, Spray Roses, and Ranunculus. These are just some of the many flowers that brides can find in season to accompany both their colour scheme and theme.”
Here are Dejan’s top spring wedding picks:
– Gerbera daisies are widely grown in Ontario, and the sunny blooms are available in almost every colour making it a convenient choice regardless of your weddings colours.
– Viburnum or “Spring Snowballs” have a mass of tiny white blossoms that give it a look of fluffy round clouds, and add a delicate softness to arrangements.
– The large layered blooms of Peonies or Dahlias give arrangements a romantic vintage feel.
– Long Calla lily stems add a structural elegance to bouquets and arrangements. Tie several together for a bouquet with a modern look.
– Spray Roses offer the beauty and fragrance of roses, but on a charming miniature scale. Each branched stem has multiple blooms, which make excellent filler in large arrangements. Spray roses are also more likely to be grown here in Ontario, as opposed to its single long stem cousins which are often imported from South America.
– Ranunculus is so hot right now! A breakout hit from the Canada Blooms show, if you have browsed Instagram at all, you have almost certainly seen some beautiful ranunculus arrangements. A very trendy and beautiful flower, it will get noticed.
It is highly recommended for brides and grooms to choose locally grown flowers. By doing so, the longevity of the flowers is highly maximized and they can be enjoyed even after the day has passed. Local flowers also tend to have more fragrance than those imported, as their scent comes from natural chemicals that they release into the air. Imported flowers often lose these chemicals during their long transportation, so the shorter the trip the longer the scent of the flowers will last.
“Flowers are one of the most essential parts of any wedding and spring is the perfect time to experiment with vibrant colours and various types of blossoms,” adds Kristan. “I don’t think there is a better way to enhance the happiest day of your life than with fresh, locally grown flowers that smell like they’ve been picked that morning.”
Pick Ontario is a government funded initiative developed by Flowers Canada (Ontario) Ltd. to raise awareness, interest and demand for Ontario-grown cut flowers and potted plants. When you Pick Ontario, you are supporting the more than 200 greenhouse farmers who employ approximately 9,000 people in our province. The growers in Ontario work hard to produce quality flowers and use the latest trends in technology and growing techniques to ensure their products are delivered fresh to local retail establishments, daily.