How to Pick the Most Fragrant Types of Flowers for Your Bridal Bouquet September 19, 2018 06:22
When it comes to planning a wedding, most people focus on making sure the decor looks perfect - selecting the right music, and choosing the best menu options for the reception. But, what often gets overlooked is filling the ceremony with the perfect fragrance.
A wedding is a full sensory event. And picking the types of flowers that will fill your day with storytelling aroma is an important part to include.
But how do you go about choosing the right fragrance? And which perfumed blooms are the best ones to use in your bouquet?
Let's look at the best way to pick the most fragrant flowers for your bridal bouquet and all throughout your special day.
Know What Tone You Want to Set
Scent is closely tied with memory. So you want to pick a fragrance that will set the tone and tell the story you want people to remember.
Do you want it to center around your personal favorite scent? Or have it tie in with the season, such as spring or Christmas? What about centering it around a theme?
Whatever you choose, make sure it reflects the setting and memory you want your special day to be about.
Here are some popular general themes you can incorporate into your bridal bouquet.
For the traditionalist at heart, your wedding is all about romance. And nothing says romance quite like roses.
Roses offer a sweet aroma. But with the variety of roses to choose from, there are also a variety of scents that are slightly different. Some can smell as sweet as candy, while others are more on the soft side.
Your florist will know which way to guide you in picking out the perfect rose fragrance.
If you need something to calm your nerves or want a more laid back feeling to your day, choose a flower that has a soothing effect.
Lavender is a perfect choice for this. Whether it's used dried or fresh, it will smell and look great no matter how you use it.
A calming fragrance will have the opposite effect on your brain than caffeine. This helps you to relax and keep you calm throughout the ceremony.
Or maybe you want your wedding to be a more upbeat affair. If that's the case, you want to choose something that will inject some rejuvenating energy into the air!
Eucalyptus is a good choice for this. Its fragrance is known to be fresh and induce some pep in your step.
If you want to keep the feel of your wedding delicate and feminine, you want a flower that has a soft, romantic scent. It should also look dainty in your bouquet which should be petite and not overwhelming.
You'll want a flower like Lilly of the Valley. This bloom has a short stem and is perfect for the smaller bouquet or as an accent.
And the smell is as delicate and feminine as the flower itself.
If you like the unexpected, choose a flower that has a unique scent to it.
For example, stocks have a sweet scent, but also add a bit of spice to the mix. They can inject an unexpected personality into any wedding atmosphere.
They also have great color and add volume to your bridal bouquet.
Think Outside the Floral Box
Flowers don't have to be the only fragrant part of your bouquet. For even more variety, look toward other options to add a unique smelling twist to your arrangement.
Do you have a favorite herb? Using something like mint can add an unexpected bit of zest to your bouquet.
Or maybe earthy scents are more your thing. Geranium leaves, for example, not only brings an earthy amora with it, it also gives a contrast of color and texture.
Keep Your Budget in Mind
Fragrant flowers don't have to be expensive. You can stick to your budget and still fill your wedding with your favorite scent. Perfumed blooms come in every price range.
For tight budgets, freesia, lavender, and hyacinth are great choices.
If there's a bit more wiggle room, Lily of the Valley, lilac, sweet pea, and tuberose are great middle range blooms.
And if you set your flower budget at the higher end, you can choose from flowers such as peonies, gardenia, patience garden roses, and magnolia.
Mix It Properly
Combining different scents is a great way to customize your fragrance and ensure you get the exact feel you want.
However, remember that not all fragrances will play nicely together. You want to make sure you choose flowers that will complement one another, not be in conflict. The last thing you want to create is an overpowering arrangement.
To know which combinations work best together, talk to your florist. They will be able to give you suggestions on the best types of flowers and fragrances to mix and match.
An example would be mint and hyacinth. Or garden roses and jasmine. These combinations work perfectly with each other and won't overpower your walk down the aisle.
Use Them in the Right Places
Your bouquet is a great spot to place fragrant flowers. Not only will you get to enjoy it as you walk down the aisle, so will everyone you pass.
But it's not the only place to use fragrance.
Consider having a wreath or arrangement near the entrance, greeting guests as they arrive. Place flowers in the seating area for your guests to enjoy throughout the ceremony. Or anywhere you want your story told through fragrance.
Just make sure your flowers are in an open area and it's not too much or overpowering. Some flowers pack a more potent scent than others. Your florist can help you decide on the right amount and flower for your particular space.
And leave the fragrant flowers off of the dinner tables at the reception. You don't want their scent to compete with the food.
Choosing the Right Types of Flowers to Add Fragrance to Your Wedding Can Make All the Difference
Your wedding is about you, your partner, and your story together. And telling that story through the types of flowers you pick, and their fragrance, will ensure your story is remembered by all those who share in your special day.
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