There are numerous types of red flowers that symbolize romance, strength, and for many cultures, good luck. Red flowers add rich color to your wedding ceremony and reception. From deepest scarlet to candy apple red, old fashioned red flowers offer a traditional, romantic hue.
Roses jump to the forefront of any red flower list thanks to its classic beauty, tradition, and fragrance. But there are dozens of other choices as well.
Red is such a strong color, it can be a little harder to create tonal (varying shades of red) arrangements. Red flowers tend to clash if they are not used carefully and matched almost perfectly. Consulting with a florist or other professional will be money well spent if you are interested in this type of arrangement. But red is an easy color for massed or single flower combinations.
Think about bunching Geraniums or Tulips for bouquets and centerpieces. Red boutonnires and corsages, with a touch of regal blue, can add formality and drama to a wedding ceremony.
Red flowers go well with blues and yellows. Adding flowers in the blue family will cool down some of the fire in brighter red blooms. Blue brings stability and unity to all the power and excitement of red. For example, pairing the crisp blue of Delphinium with the true red of Geraniums will join endurance and emotion in a bridal bouquet or centerpiece.
Adding yellows will highlight the warmth of your red flowers and would be perfect for an outdoor wedding. Blending red and yellow Straw Flowers would be a great choice for a summer wedding. A fall wedding would also benefit from this color and flower combination as it would mirror what is happening in nature.
Another great bouquet choice would be the vivid old fashioned red flowers picked from the flower garden and yellow of Nasturtiums. Cannas, with their large, tropical looking flowers will make your bigger displays explode with color when paired with yellow.
Spotlighting red flowers can be done by adding colors in the green family. Adding any type of greenery would make all types of red flowers shine, especially if you choose some of the more intense shades of red. You can also add a specific type of greenery to make a seasonal or local connection. For example, pine boughs would highlight the spirit of Christmas or a mountain theme. Ferns could lend a summery touch, especially if paired with roses or Sweet William. Deep green ivy would support a more formal wedding, especially if a tendril were allowed to trail over the edge of a bouquet.
Red and green bridal bouquets will intensify the white or ivory of your dress and will accent red bridesmaids' gowns. For large halls and churches, use varying types of red flowers to highlight special parts of your ceremony, draw the eye to specific parts of the chapel, or to make red flowers one of your main attractions.
Choosing red flowers is a great move if you need a lot of color with a minimum number of flowers. Since red is so strongly associated with passionate love and romance you are bound to have many old fashioned red flower choices at any time of the year from your local wedding florist.
Keep you eyes open as you wander through gardens and parks in the summer time. Red flowers are commonly used to accent porches, walkways, and corner gardens. You may get ideas on how to decorate your wedding from the flowers in your yard!
Consider the many types of red flowers when making your creative, floral decorating decisions. Regardless of whether you use red flowers as the centerpiece of your floral designs or as accents, this fiery color will amplify all the love, power, and strength of your celebration.