Not all, but some brides will want to include a local, natural touch to their floral arrangements. In the bridesmaids bouquets in the picture above, we were able to incorporate the South Carolina state tree! The smallest palmetto fronds available were used as a backing for gatherings of bright yellow Gerber daisies. Other local foliage's that we incorporated were fox-tail fern, pampas grass, and a moss fern that grows abundantly in the Low Country.
Incorporating some local element will add subtle hints that the bride and the florist put quite a deal of thought into the design of the floral decor. If you are getting married in Texas, you might want to include yellow roses or something reminiscent of blue bells. In Mississippi, remember to include magnolia foliage in centerpieces or ceremony arrangements. In Georgia, you may want to choose a peach-toned floral palate. Florida, well not the oranges, but orange blossoms and foliage from citrus trees such as lemon and lime trees. The most wonderful flower, I think, for a Southern wedding... the Gardenia... beautiful white blossoms, magnificent fragrance, and available locally in May and June, commercially the rest of the year.
My thanks to Gene and Penny Williams of Images of Georgia Photography for sharing their lovely pictures of this May 2010 wedding on Hilton Head Island, SC.