Blossoms & Blooms: Flowers for the Wedding

Oh no! Your bridesmaids are carrying the flower that represents jealousy, the corsage on your mom’s wrist gives off the connotation of danger and your future hubby is wearing a flower that means grief?! Stop right there! With a little help from Kaitlyn Farmer of Oberer’s Flowers, we are about to provide some blooming advice on the haves and have nots of wedding flowers.


First, a little bit about the business that helped make this post possible. As Oberer’s Flowers continues to grow, after 92 years in the biz, this company has a lot of flower power to share. Not only do they know what the flower trends are in Cincinnati, but they also have shops in 5 other locations, including Columbus, Louisville, and Carmel, Indiana. Whether you’re the bride looking to create your own DIY pieces, or you need more of a helping hand, Oberer’s is there every step of the way to make sure your blooms are rocking at the reception!

And this season, according to Kaitlyn, the rocking trends include the colors choices of blush, peach, mint green, or Tiffany blue. We have already seen so many of these colors in The Center. From Allison & Robert’s (spoiler alert: you will get to see more pictures from this gorgeous wedding in an upcoming Real Weddings post! Make sure to keep an eye out for it!) to Emily and Chris’s, we definitely know why these colors are trending. They make The Center look awesome!



While these colors may be in full bloom, the types of flowers used in the ceremony and reception also make a statement. According to The Knot ‘s Complete Guide to Weddings; different flowers have different meanings. For example, Baby’s Breath means “innocence,” Anemone means “expectation” and Calla Lily means “magnificent beauty.” Take a look of some other meanings behind flowers that are in season right as we speak!

  • Carnation — pink means “boldness,” red means “love” and white means “talent”
  • Chrysanthemum — “wealth,” “abundance” and “truth”
  • Lily of the valley — “happiness”
  • Orchid — “love” and “beauty”
  • Rose — red means “I love you”, white means “I am worthy of you”
If meanings behind flowers are important to you, then be sure to stay away from these Negative Nancy’s:
  •  Lavender — “distrust”
  • Yellow Rose — “jealousy”
  • Marigold — “grief”
  • Raspberry — “remorse”
  • Striped Carnation — “refusal”
Although flowers each mean something different, don’t let that sway your judgment. If yellow roses are your favorite flowers just because they’re pretty, then by all means who cares what the meaning is and go for the rose! In Kaitlyn’s words, “My best advice for choosing flowers is to go with what you want and not what other people are telling [you] to get.”
Now one of the obvious ways to use flowers in the ceremony is with the bridal bouquet, but how else can you incorporate flowers into your walk down the aisle? “For the ceremony, we are seeing a lot of petals for the aisle way,” Kaitlyn confessed. “Alter pieces for the Church, vases on columns in front of a gazebo or arch piece, [and] chair or pew clusters of flowers are huge right now!” Kaitlyn went on to say that garlands are also super popular right now when placed on gazebos.

Centerpieces 5Moving away from the ceremony and into the reception, there are so many center piece arrangements to choose from. Tall, small, square or round are just a few options. Kaitlyn recommends using elevated pieces for venues with tall ceilings (cough, cough The Center). She also states that using 2-3 different types of centerpieces help create definition in the room. The more tables you have, the more centerpieces you should think of using.

“Oh jeez,” is what you’re probably thinking; more arrangements mean more money. Don’t worry;Oberer’s Flowers can make anyone’s budget work, “from $200-20,000,” Kaitlyn confirmed!
Want to learn more about what would look good on your big day? Contact Kaitlyn at Oberer’s Flowers at or call 513-333-7435 to get your questions answered today!Or didn’t get enough flower meanings? Check out this article from The Knot to decipher the messages your wedding flowers bring.

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