This summer I spent seven weeks in Hawaii and absolutely fell in love with all the tropical foliages and flowers! Not that I didn’t appreciate them before, but I loved being able to walk out into the yard and cut stems to use in arrangements. The local market sold small bunches of tropical flowers for $5—which is unimaginable here on the “mainland.” You would be lucky to get one stem for that price here! I found myself constantly taking pictures of plants and flowers. It was an amazing place for a plant-lover.
Over the summer I found myself asking one question: would tropical flowers be good flowers for a mid-western wedding? In Missouri they are not growing everywhere—so they seem kind of foreign to us. We don’t see them used very often, and this makes them seem very exotic and romantic. This can truly be the perfect touch for your special day! I have highlighted three qualities that make tropical’s great flowers to use for any occasion!
Tropical flowers and foliages are extremely unique. You will not find another flower with the same shapes. Roses, mini calla lilies, and hydrangeas overwhelmingly dominate the wedding flower world these days. Should you choose to use tropical flowers or foliages in your arrangements; you will have something truly unique!
Bright colors are another great feature of tropical flowers and foliages. Shades of orange, red, yellow, pink, purple, and even green are the most common tropical colors. These rich colors are hard to match with your average rose. Tropical’s are eye-catching and will really standout in a bouquet—especially against a white dress! 🙂
I have saved the best for last. They are very hardy flowers. Tropical flowers will last up to three times longer than your average flower. You won’t have to worry about wilting or flowers not lasting through your special day. You may even be able to enjoy them for a week or two after the big event!
How much are these amazing flowers going to cost? The truth is they are kind of expensive—but keep reading!!–when compared to other, more traditional, flowers. Although one single flower may cost more than your average flower, your final wedding flower bill may not be as bad as you think.
Because tropical flowers are such a focal flower and do tend to be larger, you will use far fewer flowers to get the same impact as a 25 or 30 rose bouquet!
If you are looking for something truly unique for your special day, I encourage you to investigate tropical flowers and foliages. You can have the destination wedding you have always dreamed of right here in the heartland. Well, without the beach and ocean of course—but who really needs those!
Aloha and Mahalo!
Kim Martin — Floral Design Specialist — Columbia, MO