Hearts and Flowers

The experts at In Bloom Florist weigh in on making sure your wedding day arrangements are just right.



Roberto Gonzalez

Throughout history, various cultures have believed flowers to possess special powers. In ancient Rome, flowers were used to enhance a couple’s fertility. During England’s Victorian era, lovers embedded blooms with special meaning into bouquets to express their feelings. In India, abundant wedding flowers represent long life and happiness. 

For one Orlando couple, flowers have remained the centerpiece of their relationship since their wedding day 31 years ago. Owners of In Bloom Florist John and Sally Kobylinski share their tips for selecting your perfect wedding flowers.

How do flowers incorporate the overall wedding theme? Each couple has a unique vision for their wedding day, and flowers play an integral part of providing distinctive features that reflect what they love and who they are. 

What elements make the perfect bouquet? The bridal bouquet is our favorite item to design. First, we get to know the bride to understand her personality and style. We want to make the bouquet unique by incorporating historic, keepsake pieces; colors; flower types; or even hobbies.  

What are the latest floral trends? We still expect to see a lot of nature-inspired weddings with an updated focus on the farm-to-bouquet trend—using more locally inspired florals and greenery designed in a loose, organic feel. 

What colors are hot this year? We anticipate a modern French twist—using muted purples, soft reds and oranges, incorporating copper touches, including pedestal vases. We love the more earth-inspired tones of this fashion-forward look and the lushness of the draping florals with vines, moss and organic features. 

How can the flowers really stand out? We suggest pops of color and a lot of greenery. We recommend large focal blooms in complementary shades and greenery such as seeded eucalyptus, feather ferns, olive leaves and silver dollar eucalyptus. 

What are the best ways to save money? Use look-alike, less expensive flowers—a lisianthus looks quite a bit like a rose. We like cremones as a substitute for dahlias, and white carnations closely resemble hydrangeas when grouped together. Garden roses are often a third of the cost of peonies and are available year-round in an array of colors. You can also repurpose some of your bouquet for the reception; add candles for an intimate touch of ambiance; and use rental items, such as hedge walls, elegant candelabras or vases to elevate your overall vision for a fraction of the cost.  

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