Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Four Reasons Dahlias Are Perfect Wedding Flowers

Alderbrook wedding
Dahlias are luscious, sensual flowers that are easy to grow. Recently, they've begun to come into their own as wedding flowers. Designers Colleen Hunter and Nancy Peterson of Lynch Creek Floral call them the perfect wedding flowers. Here are some of the reasons:

1. Dahlias are Seasonal.

It's good for the planet to use things in their season. Dahlias just happen to be at their prime in the summer and early fall, and August is second only to June in popularity for weddings. This means that even in the more northerly parts of the country, dahlias will be in season for a lot of weddings. And they bloom through September until the first frost. If you're planning a late-summer wedding, there's time now to choose and plant dahlia tubers for a garden wedding or reception.

2. Dahlias are Affordable!

You can plant dahlias for your wedding or reception site AND have glorious bouquets for less than it would cost to have more traditional flowers. Most florists are happy to work with dahlias, which have great substance, and are generally more showy and far less expensive than other flowers. If you're a do-it-yourself person, you can stretch your wedding budget even farther. And if you don't garden, chances are you're near a good dahlia source and you'll have the pleasure of knowing your flowers weren't shipped from some other hemisphere.

3. Dahlias Come in Almost Every Color.

Dahlia nosegayDahlias come in any color you might want, from purple and lavender to pink to vivid red, yellow and orange. And they come in varying shades, from white and palest pinks, lavenders and yellows to rich bronze, apricot and rose to deep, intense purple, burgundy and red. Okay, there aren't any blue dahlias—but there are plenty of dahlia hues that work with blue. And the wide range of dahlias means you're sure to find just that exact color you want.

Great photographers like Amy Cooper of Cooper Studios, whose work you can see below, love dahlias because of their color and form, and because their cell structure refracts light, so they show off in portraits and stills.

4. Dahlias Come in All Sizes, Shapes and Forms.

Arrangement with dahlias photographed by Cooper Studios
You can buy or grow dahlias small enough for boutonnieres, corsages and flower girl bouquets and, within the same species and color ranges, striking dahlias big enough for massive floral baskets or free-standing bouquets. You can have dahlias for personal flowers, the bride's bouquet, and church or hall and table arrangements, and you can plant dahlia tubers to have colorful, elegant dahlias in pots or flower beds.

In a series of postings to come, we'll talk about specifics in all these categories. If you, or someone you know, has a wedding in the future, or if you just like to see beautiful dahlias, come on aboard!

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