In the last couple of months, I have had more than the usual smattering of emails from brides or brides to be asking about flowers for their weddings. I have pointed some readers to the wholesale flower markets in New York for events they had in that area, pointed folks to Dimasalang for local Manila based events, etc. And often, I get the same questions about what flowers are best to use, which ones are the cheapest, how will they do something elegant yet not break the bank, etc. So here are some personal and totally amateur thoughts on flowers for weddings, in case you were one of those gearing up for a December or January event… First of all, I would go for white, cream or similar shades, no color. That is a personal bias. Ultimately, you should pick what makes YOU happy.
If preparing for a local wedding, and you have a modest budget, consider:
– Masses of white roses from the Mt. Province. The local ones must be fresh and they must be prepped well. But at PHP60 for 24 stems wholesale at Dimasalang, they are a steal.
– White dendrobium orchids. Almost always available and modestly priced. Sturdy and versatile for a variety of uses.
– Rosal or gardenias. If you catch the timing right, and they are delivered at their peak, you could have a stunning set of arrangements and incredibly fragrant to boot. Very economical.
– Sampaguita. You need to get to the source, but simple garlands would be nice if not a bit over the top.
– Calla lilies. Not a favorite of mine, but you can do wonders with them on very little money. The newer smaller hybrids can be spectacular.
– Lisianthus. Soft, disarmingly temperate looking in origin, but plentiful here thanks to local growers.
– White Chrysanthemums. Yikes, I would never use these, as mums are traditionally used for wakes and funerals, but they are a popular and very cheap choice locally. And creativity can make these rather appealing.
– If you can get them, white lotus flowers, are incredibly elegant and very Eastern…
Personally, I would suggest you consider a really nice bouquet and spend the money there rather than have lots and lots of leafy, anemic, substandard arrangements in the church. The bouquet is what will show up in most of your photos for posterity…
If the budget is NOT a major issue:
– Casablanca lilies or other white lilies of the same type. For massive arrangements. Great fragrance. Easy to arrange.
– White phaelanopsis or butterfly orchids, potted or cut. Extravagant yet universally classy and elegant. White cattleyas, etc. also nice.
– Lots of huge white roses, most likely imported. Lots of them. Stunning and classic. Double roses and all such variations are nice too, and even pricier.
– White hydrangeas. Here’s another photo of really white ones.
– Cream or white peonies.
– White or cream delphiniums
– White Lilacs
– White or cream amaryllis
– Stephanotis (classic small white wedding flowers), link to photo from another source.
– Ranunculus (white or other very pale pastel colors)
– Lily of the Valley (One of the most classic flowers you can use. Not easy to obtain in Manila, though some of the best florists can have it brought in.)
– Tulips (long-stemmed white French tulips in these photographs are possibly my personal all-time favorite)
Long stemmed white tulips are absolutely stunning. Incredibly elegant and just beautiful to behold. With stems as long as 2-3 feet, the flowers “grow” even after you arrange them in vases, and they “seek the light” and twist and turn during the day… A personal favorite. Mrs. MM’s favorites are amaryllis and casablanca lilies. I hope this post answers the questions and concerns of several brides, brides to be, and an occasional groom (mostly about budgets!) who have asked related questions in the past few months. :)