You love Pinterest. We love Pinterest. You love wedding inspiration. We love wedding inspiration. However, sometimes wedding inspiration can set unrealistic expectations for couples about what is possible for the entire wedding day. This is very true about wedding flowers and colors. We are back with our second week of wedding flower week and continuing on in our mission to help educate you about weddings and flowers. Before you get you heart set on a certain color palette, make sure you read what some of the best wedding florists in the DC area have to say about wedding colors and flowers. It is impossible for a florist to match color swatches and pictures perfectly, but why? What are their tips and thoughts on wedding color palettes and flowers?


Photo Credit: Rebekah J. Murray Photography; Floral Design: Holly Heider Chapple Flowers
From Samira and Chad’s outdoor wedding in Virginia

“Flowers are things in nature, so nothing is ever going to be perfect! However, there are certain staple flowers that we know certain colors won’t vary much. Standards are roses, orchids and snapdragons as they are available year round. Hydrangea is a pretty easy, just certain shades of green/blues and purple can be hard in the fall. An experienced floral designer will be able to show you floral designs from each season that are pretty typical and don’t change in shades. A few examples are in the winter and spring: tulips are perfect and have a wide variety of colors to match many color palettes. In May and June the staple and favorite wedding flower is the peony in crisp white, a few different shades of pink, pretty yellow and crimson red. In September through November, dahlias are a favorite! Everyone loves the rich deep shades of dahlias this time of year in burgundy, orange and purple.” – Katie, owner of Elegance & Simplicity

“I’ll let you in on a secret – many of the ‘natural’ flower colors on Pinterest are photoshopped. I can’t even count how many times I had to tell couples that the color they were seeing on their screen didn’t exist in nature, and that the photographer did a great job altering the color. When meeting with a florist, communicate your desired look and color palette, but don’t expect exact color matches. Let your florist make suggestions to best compliment your overall design. Think navy blue – where have you seen a truly navy blue flower?” – Liza, owner of Studio DBI

“Be flexible when it comes to color. Trust that your designer will stay within the color palette and be open to multiple shades and tones of color. Allowing your floral designer to use shades of a particular color will help to find the best blooms for your wedding flowers.  Say for example your wedding colors are purple, and white. Purple is a very dark and rich color in contrast to white. Using only purple and white flowers will make the design look spotty and can be very harsh visually. Using shades of purple flowers or even some bi-color flowers with purple and white in them softens the contrast and it becomes less jarring visually. This also allows for variation in the flowers which is common in a naturally grown product. The exact same variety of deep purple callas may be not be the same color from year to year or month to month. ” – Alicia, owner of Alicia Jayne Florals

“Flowers are a thing of nature, their exact shade changes from week to week depending on the environment. Sun, temperatures and location all effect the color of a particular variety of flower. Realize it takes several shades of color to bring the right tone or color palette to life. It takes an experienced and knowledgable designer to get a color palette correct. It often takes a bit of magic and sometimes changes to the final recipe the week of wedding to get things just perfect. A designer needs to know the flowers intimately, how they blend and perform. Imagine standing over a gallon of white paint and knowing exactly what color to add to that white to create the perfect desired shade. That is what your floral designer does.” – Holly, owner of Holly Chapple Flowers

“The choice of your color palette determines the look and feel of the wedding design. It reflects the personality of the couple and can evoke a particular theme or look. As not all colors are present in nature, some tones will be represented with elements other than flowers such as linens and décor. Because the flowers are a natural organic product the client should be aware that a variation in color tones is to be expected. Occasionally, we see photos that are obviously photo shopped and do not represent the color availability of that particular flower.” – Lisa, owner of Petals and Promises

“Flowers and color provide emotion, which is perfect for a wedding. Selecting a palette that will harmonize with your vision for the special day will help bring all the elements together. There are ways to bring out the palette of your bridesmaids dresses: 1) choose complimentary colors (opposite on the color wheel) that will make it pop against their dress and give a more contemporary look or 2) choose a harmonious palette that will soften and add elegance. Fabric or ribbon swatches are helpful when choosing florals, but can also be difficult to match exactly. I suggest often that you work to compliment the dress and/or do shades of the colors to help bring out the hues in nature. Keep in mind that often the images you find online have been saturated or altered in some way on the color scale. Sometimes, that image that you show is just isn’t the way the flower is in nature.” – Christi, president of Bergerons Flowers


Thank you so much to the local florists who help with this post! We are moving right along in wedding floral week here on United With Love and I hope that you are enjoying it! Please check out each of these talented DC area wedding florists on their websites. And, remember to come back all week long because we have so much more coming at you!

In the meantime, be sure to look through our DC area wedding idea galleries and find wedding advice from local DC, MD and VA wedding pros. If that isn’t enough, check out our collection of local DMV weddings from the real world and the best DC area wedding vendors who make it all happen.

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