It’s All About the Flowers
Blog update from Linens by the Sea industry expert, Tina Smyth who is always
happy to share her wealth of knowledge about events.
I’ve been doing some continuing education as I feel we can never know enough about what our industry has to offer and we all know that in the Special Events Industry, changes happen on a daily basis. One of the courses had some interesting facts about how flowers, smells and colors all work to make your event personalized and branded for your affair. Here are some interesting facts about what colors and flowers mean and how they can affect your next special occasion.
Shown above: Our Satin Lilac Tablecloths
Here is a list of what flowers represent from The Society of American Florists:
What month are you getting married? Below is a flower selection according to month:
- January Carnation
- February Ins violet
- March Daffodil
- April Daisy Peonies
- May Lilly, Lilly of the Valley
- June Rose
- July Delphinium
- August Dahlia Gladiolus
- September Aster, Forget me Knot
- December Holly, Poinsettia, Narcissus
When creating your event, using flowers for your theme can contrast or complement your color scheme. For example, flamboyant lilies would provide a dramatic backdrop at an edgy new venue, or blush rose would evoke a soft and romantic feel, or you can use white and yellow daisies for a spring garden setting.
White is color in its purest form, representing innocence, wholeness and perfection. It is the blank canvas waiting to be written upon, opening the way for the creation of anything the mind can imagine. Using a lot of white amongst your wedding colors will create a mood of peace and comfort.
Ivory is a softer version of white with a small touch of cream and brown in it. Traditionally it was regarded as tainted white, but this view is considered old fashioned and not relevant in the contemporary world. Today it is a modern color often used for wedding dresses because it is flattering to most skin tones.
Choosing a Red themed wedding, from a color psychology perspective, creates passion, energy and excitement. Red will create a warm and stimulating mood at your wedding with high energy and lots of action. The deeper the red, the more subdued the energy and the more sophisticated it is. Burgundy, which is red with some black or dark purple in it, is controlled passion and energy. Maroon, which is red with blue in it, is a more conservative color involving thoughtful action and passion.
Orange is an uplifting, optimistic, positive and motivational color which exudes warmth and happiness. Orange in your wedding colors will create a friendly and social mood with lots of chatting amongst the guests, laughter, fun and enthusiasm. Paler versions of orange, such as peach and apricot, are softer and gentler in their energy, stimulating conversation yet putting people at ease. Dark versions of orange can suggest selfishness and over-confidence.
Yellow is illuminating and uplifting, relating to the mind and the intellect. Yellow in your wedding colors will create a warm, welcoming, cheerful and happy mood which will lift up the spirits of your guests. Dark yellow relates to the cynic and the complainer. Lighter yellows, increase our sensitivity to criticism. Others, such as citrine, can imply fickleness and relates to the serial relationship hopper.
Green is a color of rebirth, renewal and growth and it balances the emotions. Green in your wedding colors will create a calming and restful mood with enough warmth to encourage a feeling of unity and togetherness among the guests.
Blue is conservative and reserved. It is a safe and non-threatening color, loved by most people throughout the world. Blue for your wedding color will create a relaxing and peaceful mood for your wedding in which everyone will feel contented and happy. The darker the blue, the more conservative, serious and professional it is and the more masculine it becomes.
Navy blueis a great alternative to black – softer and more traditional. It looks great with white, ivory, and champagne. Add pink in the bouquets, or lime green or soft yellow.
Pale Blue:Pale blue is a color of freedom and creativity. It inspires tranquility.
Sky Blue:This is a non-threatening color loved by most people all over the world. It is the color of the healer and indicates a helpful and selfless nature.
Azure Blue:This is a color of contentment that inspires ambition and determination to achieve.
Dark Blue:Dark blue is conservative and responsible but it can be pessimistic and hypocritical times. It is the color of the non-emotional worrier.
Indigo, a combination of deep blue and violet, inspires a sense of fairness and justice, along with deep sincerity. Indigo among your wedding colors will create a dignified mood with a degree of tradition being an important part of the wedding ceremony.
Purple is an introspective color. It stimulates the imagination and inspires high ideals. Choosing purple as your wedding color will create a mood of individuality, mystery and fantasy. The darker shades of purple were linked with nobility in the past and imply sensuality and individuality. The lighter shades are more romantic and feminine, and a perfect choice for your wedding colors.
Lavender: With a slightly bluishtinge, lavender is sensitive, fragile, feminine and nostalgic.
Lilac:This color has a slightly pinkish hue to it. It is immature and superficial, inspiring glamour, romance and vanity.
Amethyst:This is the color of the evolved soul.
Plum:Plum is a reddish purple. It can appear old-fashioned, but it is honorable and linked to family traditions.
Deep Purple:Dark purple is related to nobility and higher spiritual attainment. A powerful color, it can also indicate arrogance and ruthlessness.
Silver has a feminine energy; it is related to the moon and the ebb and flow of the tides - it is fluid, emotional, sensitive and mysterious, soothing, calming and purifying. Silver among your wedding colors will create a mood of elegance and femininity.
I hope you find this small tidbit of information as helpful to you as it has been to me. Have fun planning your next event!