Post # 1
My wedding is next week and one of the primary flowers I am planning on using are dahlias in a deep purple and deep pink. I love the shape and look of dahlias.
Well, I just got an email from my florist who said there is a chance they may not be able to get the dahlias in. Ahhhh!!!!
So can you guys suggest flowers that would be a suitable replacement. I want to keep the colors the rich colors.
I know you all will come through!
Post # 3
If you want rich vibrant colors, you may want to go the traditional route and substitute roses…
I had a similar dilemma (I’m also in Seattle) for my late September wedding. I love dahlias, but something happened to this season’s crop of flowers. My florist did two trial centerpieces for me a few weeks before the wedding (which is peak dahlia season) and the colors were off and even the texture of some of the flowers were sad looking. I had my heart set on dahlias, but ended up going with mostly roses (with some orchids and dahlias mixed in) to get the vibrant colors I wanted.
Post # 4
How about Gerbera Daisies or zinnias? They both have lots of petals and come in the vibrant colors that you want. Or you could go with orchids, but that would change the look completely.
Hugs for you! I hope everything gets sorted….
Post # 5
Thanks for the suggestions so far.
Roses are beautiful, but a little too traditional for my taste. There isn’t much traditional about our wedding. I asked the florist about zinnias and she said they were out of season.
Post # 6
What about Ranuculas? Or Gerbera Daisies?
Have you asked your florist what would be a good stand in? She may be more helpful.
Post # 7
Ranuculas, what a great suggestion!
The florist first suggestion was hydrangeas, which is not the look I am going for. She said she was going to take a trip to the wholesaler tomorrow or Friday and see what is available.
Post # 8
Perhaps something from the Aster family of flowers? I know they come in some pretty vibrant purples/pinks (eg Aster-Matsumoto)
And there’s always good ol’ chrysanthemums! Fuji mum, Button mums, spider mums etc etc. Lots of choice there, and they tend to be fuller. rounder flowers.
Anemones come in purples and pinks too. They’re not as full as the dahlia though, and I’m not sure if they have a particular season of availability.
Good luck with your search – I’m sure they’ll turn out beautiful no matter what you choose 🙂
Post # 9
I agree with blossoms, Gerberas and zinnias come in hot jewel tones and would work though they are not as lush as zinnias. If you add in some roses in for lushness or spider mums (there are other fuller mums like these as well) in an oragne or vibrant yellow.
It may seem like a boring flower but look into carnations. They vary in size so you can get large ones or small ones and they come in a huge variety of colors.
You may also be able to get the color with oriental lilies and tulips. Tulips are a spring flower but since they are easily forced they can be found year round (plus it’s spring in South America right now).