Rolling waves, salty sea air and the warm sand for some couples make the perfect place for a wedding. Beach weddings can be a challenge for planning flowers. While some flowers are essential for a traditional wedding, such as a bouquet for the bride, others are simply distracting and, in many cases, can cause unwanted problems such as petal loss, wilting and insect attraction. When planning a beach wedding avoid traditional flowers such as roses and carnations as they are extremely fragile and will most likely wilt or lose petals before the ceremony commences. Instead, plan ahead and use the natural choices for any event at the beach.
Orchids belong to the family of plants known as Orchidaceae. Orchids come in every possible color and are an exceptionally hardy flower. Orchids possess thicker petals than most flowers, making them ideal for windy, humid conditions. Currently there are between 30,000 and 40,000 known species of orchids. Some of the more eye-catching varieties for bouquets include the cattleya, cymbidium and dendrobium.
Colorful and hardy, anthurium's modified flowerlike leaves are ideal for wedding bouquets. Belonging to the family Aracaea, they thrive in warm weather conditions and are native to Mexico, Africa and Uruguay. Anthuriums are available in various shades of red, white, yellow, pink, orange and green. The sap of these flowers can cause skin irritation, so this flower should be covered in floral tape when arranged in a bouquet.
Gardenias are a fragrant, white flower in the Rubiaceae family. Gardenia flowers possess thick waxy peddles that hold together well in windy conditions. The meaning behind these flowers is also an exceptional choice for weddings, as they are the symbol of purity and sweetness.