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Have you ever considered having a daffodil wedding?
Getting married means that you’re moving into a new phase of life, one filled with many exciting new dreams and responsibilities. It’s a time of joy and hopeful expectation for the future.
All of these emotions are represented in one flower – the daffodil.
If you’re planning a wedding for the spring, daffodils are the perfect flower to add a sunshiney glow to your wedding day.
Daffodils come up right around Easter, so they traditionally represent rebirth. However, they also have several additional meanings across cultures, including good fortune in China, joy in Japan, and hope in France.
In small amounts, the color yellow tends to elicit happiness, which might explain why so many cultures view the daffodil positively and can create a great energy for your wedding ceremony. However, too much yellow can make people feel frustrated. Keep this in mind as you plan floral arrangements – an excessive amount of bright yellow may overwhelm your guests and increase stress on your wedding day.
When you visualize a daffodil, you probably imagine the large, bright yellow variety. However, there are over 50 different varieties of daffodil and over 25,000 different expressions of the flower.
Daffodils are bulb flowers and belong to the genus Narcissus. If the flower is a Narcissus, it’s also a daffodil – although some daffodils are also called jonquils. Daffodils come in various colors, including white, yellow, orange, and even some shades of pink and red.
Seasonal arrangements of daffodils include other spring flowers like ranunculus, roses, lilies of the valley, tulips, hyacinths, and greenery. Here are a few of the most common color palettes:
- White and green (daffodils, roses, lilies of the valley)
- Yellow, white and green (daffodils, roses, lilies of the valley, ranunculus)
- Coral, yellow, white and green (daffodils, ranunculus, lilies of the valley, tulips)
Hyacinths come in white and pink, as well as some deeper shades of purple and blue. They add the perfect pop of color to a bolder wedding palette.
If your flowers are yellow, you should consider choosing complementary shades of gold and daffodil yellow for the bridal party. Mixing up bouquet arrangements to offset yellow bridesmaid dresses can provide beautiful contrast for photos.
Types of Floral Arrangements
The number of flowers you need for your wedding will completely depend on your vision and the space where you’re getting married. Most brides have a large bouquet for themselves and several smaller bouquets for bridesmaids.
If you wish the other half of the bridal party to have flowers, you’ll also need small boutonnieres. To decorate the venue, you may need flowers for an arch or backdrop and aisle arrangements.
There are also often flowers at the reception venue for decorating the dining tables. Finally, some brides wear a flower crown, and there are sometimes real flowers decorating the wedding cake.
This is a brief overview of what you can do, not what you must do. The number of flowers you want at your wedding is entirely up to you and will depend partially on your budget.
When they are in season, daffodils are inexpensive flowers. Call a few florists in your area to see what they might charge for daffodils or mixed floral arrangements, but remember that the total price of your flowers will include the cost of labor.
The price of bridal bouquets varies depending on location and flower variety, but a good estimate is somewhere between $35 and $80 for a small bouquet. Large reception centerpieces can cost several hundred dollars, and larger floral arrangements for arches can cost even more.
If you want to keep a tighter budget and are willing to put in a little extra work, consider growing and arranging daffodils yourself. You’ll need to plant them in the fall, then plan your wedding for just after the last frost in the spring.
Daffodils aren’t difficult to arrange, but the sap from their stems can be toxic to other flowers. Keep them separate within a smaller container inside a vase, or wait 24 hours after cutting before you mix them with other flowers.
If you grow most of your own flowers, you could consider purchasing some additional flowers to mix in for the ceremony. It’s also not a bad idea to locate several nearby florists just in case you run into any last-minute problems.
Daffodils are beautiful flowers that will bring bright, joyful hues of gold and yellow to your wedding. They come in many different varieties, and there are several beautiful color combinations you can achieve with daffodils and other seasonal flowers.
Purchase or grow your own daffodils to bring a bit of extra sunshine and joy to your special day.
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