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.
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.