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How to Choose Flowers for a Destination Wedding

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Spring is officially here, and for many brides that means a wedding is not far behind. If you’re planning a spring wedding (and statistics tell us many of you are!) you are no doubt looking for flowers to add that perfect finishing touch to your special day. But with so many gorgeous options, it can be difficult to narrow the choices down and pick THE ONE. Plus, by the time you get to flowers you’ve likely already made so many decisions that if you don’t already have a clear vision of what you want it can be overwhelming. For all of our spring brides who need a little help with their bouquets, here are some tips on choosing flowers for your spring wedding!


Option 1: Choosing Flowers by Color
This one is a no-brainer and probably the easiest method. You likely have an overall color scheme for your wedding, so you can opt to choose flowers that either compliment or contrast with that scheme. Going with all white and light tones in your décor? Why not have your bouquet be the pop of color and go for something bold! Or, are your wedding colors big and bright? Calm things down by having a simple and stunning monochromatic bouquet in a pale color. Here are some of our favorite options in various color families to give you some ideas.

Brights (Yellow, Hot Pink/Fuchsia, Orange, Coral)




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Lights (Light Pink, Blush, White, Ivory)




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Deeps (Purples, Blues, Reds)




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Option 2: Choosing Flowers by What’s in Season/Available at Your Resort
So here’s where things get tricky. You may have your eye on a beautiful calla lily bouquet, but depending on when and where you are getting married, that bouquet may cost an arm and a leg. If you’re not picky and are more concerned with having a bouquet rather than what it’s composed of, you can opt to choose local flowers. We think going with the flow and using flowers that are native to where you’re getting married lends a unique touch to a destination wedding! Here are some options for flowers in some of the most popular BDW wedding destinations.

Mexico:
The national flower is the Dahlia, which is a beautiful flower and would make a lovely addition to any bouquet. Other popular spring flowers, like calla lilies, gardenias, orchids and tulips are also available, but you may end up paying more for those options. Check out this thread on Mexico flower availability for more.

Jamaica:
Jamaica’s national flower is the lignum vitae. It’s a striking shade of purple, but not really bouquet friendly as the blooms are on the small side. You can easily find hibiscus and orchids in Jamaica, as well as many other tropical flowers. You can thank the British for that—when they colonized the island in the 1600s, they planted lush botanical gardens with a variety of flower species from all over the world.

Dominican Republic:
The Dominican Republic is home to thousands of varieties of tropical flowers: orchids, hibiscus, jasmine and bougainvillea among them. Brides who are fans of these varieties should be pleased to know they are easily available year-round.

Cuba:
As with Jamaica and the Dominican Republic, tropical flowers such as orchids, hibiscus and bougainvillea are easily found in Cuba.

Costa Rica:
Any Costa Rica brides who love orchids are in luck! The national flower in Costa Rica is the Guaria Morada, a variety of orchid, and overall the country features over thirteen hundred species of orchids! Other popular and easily found flowers in Costa Rica include: white lilies, roses, snapdragons, sunflowers, carnations and tulips.

Hawaii:
The Hawaiian islands are host to a wide variety of beautiful tropical flowers. And because of the tropical climate, flowers bloom year-round making it relatively easy to find something in bloom, even in winter. This site helpfully lists all of the amazing Hawaiian flower options, organized by color for easy planning/browsing!



Option 3: Choosing Flowers by Your Wedding Style/Theme:
A third option is to choose flowers based on your overall wedding style or theme. Some of our favorites include vintage/romantic, nautical, and of course tropical. Below are inspiration bouquets for each theme.

Vintage/romantic:




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Did we leave out a flower you love? We found this site, which lists flowers by season and includes info on which countries they are native to.

Not a fan of flowers? Check out these alternative options from fellow BDW brides!
DIY brooch bouquet #1
DIY brooch bouquet #2
DIY fabric flower bouquet
DIY seashell bouquet

Need more inspiration? Head here for bouquet inspiration pics, or share your own!


10 Comments

Great article Alexis! Super helpful for brides.
dreamweddings
Mar 27 2013 05:09 PM
I couldnt agree with you more onthese great tips.
These are all great, love the Lights (Light Pink, Blush, White, Ivory)
AnnetteandEd
Apr 02 2013 03:07 PM
I am trying to find out if tulips will hold up for a beach wedding in Florida in June?
nice
This is very great. I'm glad I joined this website
lastminbride
Sep 20 2013 06:00 PM
 Love it! Specially the national flower. I think that's such a nice touch to honor where you are getting married.
Wow! I'm so glad I found this. Will come back for sure!
I'm diggin bright green arrangements at the moment but these are all beautiful~
I think a mix of Bright and deep will be pretty!! Is anyone thinking of going outside of the box like doing clutches for their BM?




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