The Bride Guide: Flowers 101

What Wedding Flowers Do You Need for Your Wedding?

Today on the Bride Guide, Melissa Timm Designs offers up her list of common floral arrangements for weddings and a little Flowers 101 to help brides plan for their first floral appointment.

Knoxville Wedding Flowers Melissa Timm Designs

“Wedding flowers come in all shapes, sizes, colors and prices. Your floral expert will help you choose the ones that fit your season, style, and budget. To prepare for that first meeting think color, shape, texture, and availability.

Simple Wedding Flowers Ivory
Bring a small color swatch to show your main color and think about any accent colors you want to bring in to the design. Just remember that not every color grows in nature so some colors will have to be added with décor. Certain colors are available only in certain blooms. For example, flowers available in the color “blush” are roses, garden roses, peonies and many fillers. Blue can be added with hydrangea and delphinium, and gray with dusty miller and succulents.

Wedding Flower Ideas Blue Mason Jars

Line flowers are the tall flowers that add height and interest to your arrangements, these include snapdragons, delphinium, larkspur and bells of Ireland. These are wonderful for dramatic centerpieces. Focal flowers like peonies, garden roses and hydrangea give shape and romance to your bouquets and centerpieces.
Fillers are your texture. Succulents, pods, berries and greeneries. This includes hypericum, dusty miller, craspedia and scabiosa pods.

Seasons may affect availability of certain flowers like anemones and peonies. Growers are making strides to make all flowers available all year but it is not always possible. Before you get your heart set on a particular flower, have your florist confirm that it is available in your colors. They should also advise you as to whether or not it will be in season during your event. Flowers that are scarce during certain seasons will be much higher in cost than in-season flowers, making it cost prohibitive to include in your centerpieces. A flower expert should be able to advise you of alternatives. For example, garden or cabbage roses are a great substitute for peonies and small white gerberas with black centers can take the place of an anemone for that touch of black.Groom Flower Ideas

Below are some common floral items you will find in a wedding:
• bridal bouquet
• bridesmaids bouquets
• flower girl petals or hair halo
• grooms boutonniere
• groomsmen boutonniere
• fathers, grand fathers and minister
• mothers and grandmothers
• ceremony backdrop flowers or large church arrangements
• aisle décor
• entryway décor, outside and inside
• centerpieces for reception
• bride and groom table décor
• mantles or other furniture pieces to decorate
• specialty items like floral chandeliers
• cake flowers

Classic Cake Flower Ideas

Your wedding flower professional will walk you through of each step of what you need to complete your look the way you envision it. Flowers are an important part of your day and each item should reflect your style. Nothing is impossible with some creativity and flexibility so bring on the Pinterest photos and big dreams!”


Knoxille Florist Melissa Timm DesignsMelissa Timm has been a florist in Knoxville, Tn for over 20 years and has been nationally published both in print and some of the nation’s top wedding industry blogs.  Melissa Timm Designs offers brides endless amounts of ideas to help inspire them for their Knoxville wedding.


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