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Grow Wedding Flowers for Your Wedding

Updated on April 24, 2012

It's Easier Than You Think!

Think that you can't grow flowers for your own wedding? Think again! We actually grew this zinnia flower (and more like it) from seeds as decoration for my sister's wedding. And the wedding was at the end of September to boot!

Read on to find tips for growing your own wedding flowers. Although time and season can be limiting factors, you'll be surprised at how many options there are. Your only limit is your imagination! With a bit of work, gorgeous flowers like this one can be yours.

The Flowers We Started From Seed...

... Featured Prominently in my Sister's Wedding!

Here you see celosia, zinnia, and amaranth being used as the backdrop for the wedding ceremony, underneath a draped tulle decoration.

Having plants in pots ready to be arranged really helped to simplify the decorating process. The only thing I wish I'd thought of before was finding some prettier pots to put them in!

You can even supplement with a few store-bought planters; we purchased a few pots of white mums for a great wedding-y look. (Don't worry, I won't tell!)

Our Zinnia In the Company of Store-Bought Flowers - Roses and Baby's Breath

One thing to keep in mind when growing your own wedding flowers is that more flowers is always better. Our flowers were just starting to come out when W-Day rolled around, so we decided to purchase some extra flowers to fill out the vases.

Frequently Asked Questions - Answered Here!

Here are some things you might be wondering about if you want to grow wedding flowers.

  1. Do they have to match my wedding colors? No! My sister's colors were light and dark blue, and the reds and oranges of the flowers complimented them nicely. Plus, it's better to try a bunch of different types of flowers, because you never know which will work out best.
  2. When should I start my flowers? Our flowers took about 2.5 to 3 months to bloom. If you have extra time, I suggest planting a few batches, so you'll know that some will be ready.
  3. What kind of flowers should I plant? Now is a great time to experiment! We basically planted all the seeds we could find that said they bloomed in late summer or fall. The zinnias turned out to be my favorite, and I didn't even know about them before.
  4. For the wedding, should I cut the flowers or keep them in pots? If you have enough, do both. Especially since some flowers don't do very well in vases of water.
  5. Will I have to buy flowers, as well? Plants can be fickle; I wouldn't suggest that you rely 100% on your own flowers, unless flowers aren't that important to you, or you have a lot of experience growing them.

Our Wedding Flowers as Babies - You Can Do It, Little Plants!

We started these seeds in the middle of July. Here are the plants, racing to be ready to flower by the end of September!

Southern Patio Toscana Planter, Antique Bronze, 9 Inches
Southern Patio Toscana Planter, Antique Bronze, 9 Inches
Once your plants get bigger, you'll need some pots for them.

Growing, growing, grown!

Thriving Flower Plants

Once our seedlings grew to the appropriate size (usually a few inches tall), we transferred them to larger pots. We weren't too worried about overcrowding, so we placed several seedlings in each container. We used hanging containers in addition to free-standing containers, so we'd have a variety of options when wedding time came.

If your climate doesn't support having your plants outside, try placing them in a sunny window. Special growing lights can help to give sun-loving plants an extra boost, if needed.

A Great Guide For Growing Flowers - For More Than Just Weddings!

The Ever-Blooming Flower Garden: A Blueprint for Continuous Color
The Ever-Blooming Flower Garden: A Blueprint for Continuous Color
If you need a little help growing your wedding flowers, this book is a great choice. It talks about flowers for all different seasons, so you can be sure to find something that suits your needs! Just remember that the rules for growing things aren't set in stone; don't be afraid to experiment!

Zinnias In Their Natural Habitat - You Don't Have To Cut Them All!

In fact, after you've put so much work into your flowers, you might not want to cut them at all!

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More Wedding Flowers - These Were a Little Late to Bloom...

The ageratum pictured here didn't bloom in time for the wedding. Still, they provided some nice greenery, and we appreciated them later in the fall!

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