Tropical Wedding Flowers – 10 Tropical Flowers to Make Your Wedding a Stunning Success

If you are a bride wanting a destination venue and if unorthodox is not a word you have difficulty in pronouncing, than tropical wedding flowers could resonate nicely with you indeed.

Brightly colored, strangely shaped and sometimes accompanied with an intoxicating fragrance, tropical wedding flowers are anything but ordinary. Sometimes described as hotter than fire, sharper than steel and wetter than water, these exotic flowers are wonderfully unique and serve as a constant reminder of how wonderfully different our world is.

In our ever increasingly frenetic and frantic lives where instant gratification is the benchmark and real time the expectation, with reciprocal deadly and disproportionate stress levels, sometimes to be surrounded by something as different and as visually remarkable as tropical wedding flowers can be remarkably therapeutic for a bridal couple and their guests.

It goes without saying that if carefully selected and skillfully designed, tropical wedding flowers can be exceptionally effective in accentuating your wedding and have the potential to remain a talking point for years to come.

Generally available all year round, these flowers in many instances can be sourced directly from the growers, even when planning a wedding that does not typically fall into an exotic destination category.

With improved technology and seamless global supply chains, tropical wedding flowers these days are simply a credit card away and very often come with detailed instructions on cut flower care, with special emphasis on the particular tropical wedding flowers you have purchased, to enable a bride to maximize the longevity of her flowers.

Arguably the 10 most popular tropical wedding flowers variants would include (but not necessarily be limited to) the following:

· Orchids: A flower that is available in a simply breathtaking array of vivid solid and intricately patterned colors, (probably the most quintessential wedding flower of them all). The more popular orchids employed in weddings include the cymbidium orchid, dendrobium orchid, phalaenopsis orchid and the oncidium orchid with red, pink, white, orange and yellow particularly popular color combinations.

· Ginger: A strikingly large structured and symmetrical form flower, used in red and pink, these flowers make for an excellent focal point in any tropical bouquet and match well with other tropical flowers, particularly strelitza.

· Stargazer Lily: An interesting exotic, almost alien-looking, powerfully fragrant flower of the lily family that gets its name from the bloom perpetually facing the sky in an almost esoteric endeavor to gaze endlessly upon the stars above (unlike other types of lilies).

· Bird of Paradise: Technically actually a Strelitzia, these flowers are would not be out of place in a Steven Spielberg science fiction movie. The flower emanates the plumage of the bird of paradise family of exotic birds found mainly in New Guinea (the flower structure can almost be differentiated into the neck, beak, head and plumage of a bird), and generally a tropical bride will use only one or two specimens in her floral display because of their large physical size.

· Gardenia: If white is an important component of your wedding theme and runs across your bouquets requirements, you will have difficulty in ignoring gardenias. Well known as the national flower of Pakistan, these popular and visually striking flowers are grown as a flowering shrub, sometimes referred to as Cape jasmine.

· Heliconia: If bizarre but beautiful flowers interest you, then heliconias will form part of you tropical wedding bouquets wish list. These strange, yet remarkable vibrant and ornamental flowering bracts are also sometimes referred to as lobster-claws (or parrot flower) due to their striking vertical stature and obvious resemblance to two large orange lobster claws.

· Plumeria: Exotic by name and exotic by appearance, this small dainty and somewhat fragile flower that gets about 2 inches long, normally with 5 waxy petals, grows on trees and shrubs with dark green leaves and is particularly fragrant at night, a natural mechanism it exhibits to attract sphinx moths to the flowers which inadvertently, but most effectively pollinate the flower.

· Anthurium: If there was one tropical flower in existence at the time of Adam and Eve it would have been an anthurium. This provocative, yet beautiful flower is unquestionably one of the most visually remarkable tropical flowers in existence and appears almost to be manufactured from bright plastic.

· Hibiscus: Nature never goes out of fashion and the hibiscus flower is no exception to this. A true, ubiquitous all-rounder, this is a flower for all occasions, and is especially effective in tropical wedding bouquets. A funnel-shaped, slightly disheveled flower, characterized by 5 large, lobed petals, a central staminal column and dark green leaves, hibiscus flowers almost appear to have been constructed out of fine tissue paper.

· Protea: The national flower of South Africa, proteas are generally a ubiquitous flower commonly found in African shrub land. These very popular and unique flowers are used in most instances as a striking focal point in a bouquet, particularly when used in bridal bouquets.

If diamonds are a girl’s best friends then flowers are a bride’s best ally. Not only do flowers have the propensity to infuse your wedding with a kaleidoscope of multihued color and intoxicating fragrance, beautiful flowers simply bring a sense of holistic energy and effervescent jubilation that is unique.

They seemingly form part of the unfolding tapestry of your life and your shared commitment, and encapsulate you and your guests with an almost holistic resonance. After all, what else better symbolizes your love for one another than beautiful wedding flowers, and in particular beautiful tropical wedding flowers?

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Josh Elliott is an authority on wedding flowers and bouquet issues. As an Author on the subject, he is at the forefront to provide creative and innovative ideas related to brides wanting to use wedding flowers to accentuate their wedding.

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Wedding Flowers: 5 Tips on Achieving Maximum Longevity of Your Wedding Flowers

It is your wedding and you planning has been excellent, your execution sublime and pardon the pun, but everything looks rosey. Your wedding flowers are ordered and available and will be delivered shortly. Fortunately wedding flowers are fairly robust and really do not require a lot of attention and fundamentally you will be guaranteed a more than appropriate longevity, right?

Wrong. Possibly completely and wholeheartedly and organically wrong and there is a chance that your flowers will be very much dead, before you even walk down the aisle, if you have not maximized the chances of achieving full flower longevity. If you want to handle freshly cut wedding flowers like a pro you had better be thinking and acting like a pro. The alternative is that no focus and appropriate attention equates to flowers that will simply wilt and die, almost progressively in front of your eyes.

On the list of worst possibly nightmares for a bride, possibly only second to either the priest or groom absconding at the last minute, is wedding flowers that refuse to cooperate and decide that going to flower heaven before the actual wedding might be an option. Clearly this is not an option that would delight a bride.

So how do you get the best out of your wedding floral displays, for as long as possible? Here are a few tips…

Selection: When you are buying your flowers, be sure to scrutinize your specimens carefully. Specifically what you need to focus on are the following:

Try and ensure most of your flowers are in bud and that the buds are reasonably firm. Flowers in bud last longer.
Ensure that the stems are not fractured, damaged, slimy or discolored.
Check that the foliage isn’t wilted or showing signs of mold growth. Discard any specimens where the leaves are turning yellow in color.
If your flowers are scented ensure the specimens exhibit a strong fragrance.

Container and water: Before using your vase, ensure it is properly sterilized. Preferably manually clean the vase using a mild disinfectant or hot soapy water, and thereafter wash thoroughly with hot water. Once dry, add sterilized water that has been boiled and cooled, to the vase. Add a commercial floral preservative and food mixture or make your own.

To make your own add 2 tablespoons of bleach, 2 tablespoons of vinegar (or lemon juice) and 4 tablespoons of sugar for each gallon of water The bleach will deactivate the bacteria, the vinegar, which is actually acetic acid, a mild acid, will control the pH and the sugar will act as a source of glucose to the flower, which the flower will absorb through the stem and use as a carbohydrate source for energy.

Add room temperature water to the vase. Add as much water as you can without overfilling the vase (fill it about 2/3 the way up, add your wedding flowers, and then top off the water in the vase to within an inch of the top. The deeper the water the better).

Adding the flowers: for a wedding floral display using a vase the rule of thumb is that the flowers should be one and a half times the height of the vase. You need to be mindful of this when deciding on the stem lengths of your flowers (longer the stems the better). When you cut your flowers if you have any influence try and ensure the flowers are cut as early as possible in the morning.

Cut the stems at an obtuse angle of about 45 degrees to achieve maximum exposure which allows the stems to absorb as much water as possible. Cut the stems under running water (which ensures you avoid air from entering and blocking the flow of water to the blooms)using a sharp pair of pruning shears or a floral knife. Avoid using a blunt blade, which can damage and crush the stem thereby impeding the vital flow of water to the flower head. Remove any leaves that are below the water line. Any decaying organic matter will contaminate the water and shorten the flower longevity.

Every 24 hours replace the sterilized water and flower food and preservative and recut the stems at an angle under running water.

Searing the flower stems: The longevity of some wedding flowers, especially hollow-stemmed flowers,can be further extended by searing the stem of the flowers. Once you have finished trimming the stems place the end of the stem in boiling water for about 25 to 30 seconds, alternatively hold the cut end of the stem in an open flame for a few seconds, and thereafter place the freshly seared stem in luke warm water with a floral preservative added. You might want to consider having a paper tissue handy to clean any spillage of sap.

Storage: Most flowers should be stored in a room with cool ambient temperature (although not less than 40º F). Avoid direct sunlight, heat from heating vents, warm drafts from household or industrial appliances or fireplaces or cold drafts from air conditioners.If your wedding flowers are ethylene sensitive you need to keep the flowers separate from ripening fruit or vegetables, exhaust fumes and smoke of all kind, including cigarette smoke.

As your flowers age separate older flowers from fresh flowers and obviously remove any dead or dying specimens as soon as possible.

Generally well preserved and well managed cut flowers will last you anything from 7 to 10 days, and even longer in certain instances, depending also on the type of flower. Most importantly a well preserved wedding flowers simply optimizes your wedding flower presentation, and ultimately contributes excellent value on your very special day.

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Josh Elliott is an authority on wedding flowers and bouquet issues. As an Author on the subject, he is at the forefront to provide creative and innovative ideas related to brides wanting to use wedding flowers to accentuate their wedding

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Tropical Wedding Flowers – 5 Critical Mistakes to Avoid

Tropical wedding flowers make for a striking difference at any wedding. Large, colorful and often simply bizarre yet beautiful in appearance, these flowers have the propensity to completely transform your wedding, even oddly enough on a psychological level as well.

If holistically life is seen as a huge theater and we are individually actors and actresses who play out their scripts, than tropical wedding flowers serve as important props when the stage turns to weddings, especially tropical weddings.

What is remarkable in human behavior is when we momentarily lose our stock standard masks and have these replaced with something unconventional, our behavior tends to become unconventional as well. Tropical wedding flowers can very effectively act as that catalyst at your wedding, and once the guests find themselves enmeshed with and surrounded by tropical wedding flowers they themselves have the potential to simply achieve a level of relaxation that in many instances is unprecedented.

Place a lei of beautiful tropical flowers around everyone neck, disallow them from wearing shoes or using a tie and put an exotic flavored drink in their hand and they very quickly relax completely.

Allow them not to have control and to simply enjoy the company of the bridal couple and associated guests. It is a winning formula that will guarantee laughter and enjoyment. All of this of course is subtly but very effectively supported and enhanced by the use of tropical wedding flowers, in all forms, from the table centerpieces, church decorations, the bridal bouquet and even down to the corsages and boutonnieres.

From a bridal perspective you do however need to be mindful that even the best laid plans of mice and men (and in this case brides) can go awry. To create the right setting and ensure you are able to sustain the momentum from start to finish you need to avoid these critical mistakes with your tropical wedding flowers:

1. Less is more: Do not fall into the trap of overwhelming your wedding floral arrangements with too many tropical flowers, especially the bigger types of tropical flowers, for example bird of paradise, heliconias, ginger or proteas. These flowers are unusually physically large and are best used sparingly. If you use too many specimens your floral arrangement could start looking like a miniature amazon jungle and will lose its visual impact.

2. Flower longevity: Most tropical flowers are robust as cut flowers and will ensure a great return on investment, however be careful in terms of storage and handling. Remember that different species have different optimum storage conditions. Research and understand at what temperature to store your flowers and make yourself aware of the ethylene sensitivity of the flower. If you want to use hibiscus remember the cut bloom normally only lasts 24 hours and has a very weak stem. You need to plan to have your hibiscus blooms delivered as late and as fresh as possible.

3. Handling your flowers: Ensure you understand something about the nature of the tropical flowers you intend using and take proactive measures to avoid mistakes. Very often a tropical bride will need to keep her admiration at arm’s length in this respect, for example frangipanis exude a toxic, milky sap which can cause skin irritation if gloves are not used, or stargazer lilies which produce excess pollen that can cause unnecessary staining, particularly with the flower petals, table cloths and clothing. A tropical bride needs to be particularly vigilant with her wedding dress when using lilies.

4. Use a reputable supplier: Avoid being penny-wise but pound-foolish. Rather pay a little more for your tropical wedding flowers, but have the peace of mind that you will get great quality flower specimens from a reputable and reliable supplier. This is one area where you need to avoid cutting costs if at all possible.

5. Match you flowers properly: If a beach wedding or beach-type wedding is a serious consideration a tropical bride needs to think carefully about her wedding floral arrangements. Her fundamental decision probably comes down to two basic choices, either she goes exclusively with tropical flowers or she uses a combination of standard wedding flowers and tropicals.

A lot of the tropical wedding flower varieties are a lot larger than their traditional non-tropical peers and can be used most effective with hand-tied bouquets, cascade bouquets and single stem bouquets.

An important aspect of any tropical bride’s choice is that her flowers need to be somewhat robust in nature to withstand the rigors of the humidity, salty wind, occasional monsoon downpour and of course the ever-present heat.

Above all a tropical bride needs to use common sense with most of these issues, after all forewarned is forearmed and why spend unnecessary time and effort on resolving a tropical wedding flower issue when it could have been avoided in the first place. Proper planning in this regard simply builds the foundation for a successful tropical wedding.

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Summer Wedding Flower – 10 Popular Choices For A Bride Planning A Summer Wedding

Summer is a time of fun. A sunny day simply has an uplifting effect on even the most pessimistic of people. Smiling and laughter seem intuitive, and most people simply enjoy the outdoors. It is probably predictable that most wedding occur in summer, after all it is that time of year when most people are physically warm and comfortable. Sure there are exceptions, but generally clear, warm weather tends to translate into clear, warm temperament.

It is not surprisingly that summer brides are spoilt for choice when it comes to summer wedding flowers, not to mention the proliferation of outdoor wedding venues in summer, which also gives the bride additional options. In addition it also enables her to align her wedding flowers to the venue, using tropical flowers in exotic venues, wild flowers in garden venues and even beach flowers at beach venues.

In terms of summer wedding flowers the most popular flowers would definitely include (although not be limited) to the following:

1. Sunflowers

A firm favorite at many a summer wedding. This is a physically large flower that makes an immediate statement. The name sunflower says it all. Unquestionably the best flower ambassador for the bright summer sun, these fiery blooms with a dark or black center are particularly popular in yellow, and interestingly are also available in red, brown, orange, bronze and mahogany. This summer wedding flower acts as a distinct focal point in all arrangements. Generally a summer bride will construct her arrangement around a select few sunflowers.

2. Gazanias

Usually referred to as the Treasure Flower, this is a potentially contentious choice as a summer wedding flower. When using these flowers a bride should plan around a daytime wedding and cut the flowers as late as possible, especially given their tendency to close at night and in overcast weather. Generally these flowers are available in a vast array of dynamic colors, including multi-hued colors which amplifies the effect of the gazanias.

3. Gerbera Daisies

If beauty is in the eye of the beholder, then these flowers are a very popular choice most brides would have difficulty in ignoring these wedding flowers. Characterized by a remarkably intensity of color, looking at these flowers almost makes your teeth hurt! With good reason these flowers are a very popular choice in summer weddings, and consistently rank as one of the fifth most used cut flower in the world (preceded by roses, carnations, chrysanthemums and tulips). Also commonly referred to as the African Daisy.

4. Dahlia

If an unconventional and somewhat unstructured floral appeals to you then dahlias would be a serious consideration on your big day. Definitely a somewhat right-brained flower, dahlias work exceptionally well in summer weddings. Big, shaggy and multi-petaled describes this flower well, with a sea anemone resembling its closet relative in a parallel universe. Definitely diverse in appearance, most species have a distinct quant and frothy look to them, in one form or another. Definitely an interesting taking point with your guests.

5. Black Eyed Susan

Just the term black-eyed susan conjures up some interesting images with brides. Of course in reference to a wedding flower, as opposed to a femme fatale. Generally considered to be a wild flower found in open woods and road sides, they make excellent summer wedding flowers and are particularly popular with the more vintage and rustic-type weddings.

Similar to daffodils they are particularly well-known for their striking yellow colors and dark centers, and are great friends with bees and butterflies. These daisy-like flowers are also available in orange, brown, red and sometimes in a multi-hued appearance.

6. Poppy

Poppies sometimes just simply get bad rap, in particular with their associations with the narcotics trade. The truth is these flowers make for delightful wedding flowers and remain ever popular with summer weddings.

These somewhat tubular-looking blooms grow on a long and thin flexible stem and are available in a variety of colors. Red and white poppies in particular make for a stunning combination in a wedding bouquet.

7. Cosmos

Closely related to daisies, these are a popular summer wedding flower that are generally available in pink, multi-hued pinks, white, orange, and red. This is a small, orderly flower with evenly placed petals that works either exclusively or as an excellent accent flower in a wedding floral arrangement and has a vase life of up to 10 days if carefully managed.

A popular concept with brides is to sometimes use these flowers exclusively, but to design a bouquet using different color cosmos arranged in a reasonably symmetrical fashion.

8. Tuberose

If you love angelic white as a color, you will love the tuberose as a summer selection. Characterized by a powerful, sweet scent that even has a commercial association with certain perfumes, these tubular-shaped flowers are in no way related to roses despite the similar name, although both feature strongly as sought-after wedding flowers. These flowers are also frequently used in tropical destinations to construct leis.

9. Peony

Commonly available in white, cream, pinks, lavender, mahogany and red, these large flowers have a distinct disheveled, fluffy look, although disheveled in a kind of teddy bear fashion. Similar in appearance to hydrangeas, these flowers are available in a far diversity of shapes and work well in most floral arrangements, but particularly in bouquets, especially when used as an exclusive flower in an exclusive color.

10. Chrysanthemum

These flowers are undoubtedly one of the most popular summer wedding flower selections for brides. Also characterized by various diverse appearances, including the popular pompon form, these blooms are available in pink, yellow, red, white, copper and purple and make for excellent additions to all floral arrangements, but in particular bouquets and centerpieces.

Summer wedding flowers very often have a strong resonance to a marriage that has a sunny disposition, and why not? Summer after all is a time for celebration and to have that theme reinforced with beautiful summer wedding flowers just seems to make good sense.

About The Author

Josh Elliott is an authority on wedding flowers and bouquet issues. As an Author on the subject, he is at the forefront to provide creative and innovative ideas related to brides wanting to use wedding flowers to accentuate their wedding.

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