Without a traditional wedding venue in the mix, chances are most or all of your elopement day will take place outdoors. Because of this natural setting, it is vital to consider weather, location and altitude when choosing your wedding blooms. If you’re outdoors for most of your photos, you’ll want your bouquet to look very natural and jive with your scenery! I’d advise even pulling in some natural, seasonal elements to really bring your flowers to life. For a spring elopement, consider tulips, twigs, daffodils, and blooming branches like cherry blossoms. If you’re eloping later in summer, grasses would add interesting elements along with bright, vibrant colors like dahlias. All white bouquets are notorious for turning slightly brown throughout a wedding day – especially in warm weather – and will stick out like a sore thumb. If you’re going to get on a plane with your bouquet or pack it in a backpack for a long hike during the day, you’ll want to choose flowers that are hardy as opposed to fragile, exotic blooms.
So, what flowers are best for getting married in nature?
These sturdy blooms are excellent contenders for your bouquet, flower crown or wedding arch and will look lovely throughout your entire day: Roses, tulips, ranuclouas, ball dahlias, eucalyptus, poppy pods, scabbiosa, allium, dianthus, succulents, baptisia foliage, lavender, yarrow, bunny tail, thistle, feather grass, zinnia
The following flowers are charming and, though less sturdy than the hardy flowers listed above, they will still do well in the outdoors under milder conditions (temperate locations, calm breezes): snapdragons, iris, clematis, helleborus, daffodil, lilies, foxglove, amaranths, lisianthus.
Fragile and dainty flowers do best indoors out of reach of harsh elements like whipping winds, unforgiving sun or freezing temperatures so I want to make sure you are fully aware of which flowers are in danger of drooping or being damaged during more demanding logistics. The following beauties are ones you want to avoid during more rigorous elopement days: anemones, hydrangeas, dinner plate dahlia, ferns, poppies, calendula, Queen Anne’s lace, lilac, lily of the valley, dusty miller, feverfew, nigella and cosmos.