One of the hottest trends in weddings in recent times is the flower crown. It makes for a beautiful alternative to the traditional wedding veil and is the best friend to the bohemian styled bride. Not only do they look fantastic, they’re also a cheap alternative to a wedding veil as some of these, depending on the length you choose, can be quite expensive. So what makes a flower crown great for each bride? How do you know which flowers to choose and what works best for your wedding? All are very important questions, so here is our guide for creating and choosing the perfect wedding flower crown.
How to Style Your Hair
There are a few different ways to style your hair with a flower crown. The most common ways to style the hair is completely down and loose with free flowing curls, side styles such as a side plait or low buns. However, if you have your own style that you want to rock on your wedding day, you should go with what you feel is right. After all, it is your special day.
Because flower crowns should just be used as an accent to your style and outfit, you want to ensure that the crown doesn’t overpower your look and steal the show. That means that when you need to take it off during the day or into the evening, your hairstyle will look great even without the crown on. Some full sized crown’s can get heavy, so it’s important to style your hair in a way that will look great with or without the crown. If you really want to wear a crown throughout the whole day and into the evening, a half crown may be the perfect option.
Which Flowers are Available?
When considering your flower crown, it’s important to know what flowers are available at any given time of the year. You may have your eyes set on a particular flower for your crown but then are disappointed to find out that it is not available or in season when your wedding is on.
Some of the most common flower choices and their availability are listed here:
Commonly used as a backdrop to primary flowers and to bulk up a traditional bouquet, these flowers also make for a great flower to be used as a cost-effective bouquet on it’s own or to use for your flower crown.
Colours: white, yellow, orange, pink, red, lavender, purple, flecked
This flower is unscented, which is an ideal choice for those who are worried about allergy flare ups with the use of a flower crown. This flower comes in a variety of bright colours which is perfect to add some bright hues in your crown.
Colours: white, pink, purple, magenta, burgundy
Season: November – May, primarily Spring
This flower is perfect for fleshing out your flower crown and adding clusters of these star-shaped beauties. They are a delicate flower, perfect for softening your crown.
Colours: white, peach, pink, red
Not usually used for weddings, these flowers are long-lasting and make the perfect addition to any flower crown. Because of their long life, you can be assured that your crown won’t lose it’s life throughout the day. They were also supposedly used in ceremonial crowns in Ancient Greece.
Colours: white, yellow, apricot, pale pink, dark pink, red, burgundy, bi-coloured, flecked
Another long lasting bloom, this flower has a striking look due to its vibrancy and bold colouring. They also symbolise cheerfulness, optimism and joy.
Colours: white, yellow, green, orange, russet, red, burgundy
Season: year-round, peaking in late summer and autumn
A relatively inexpensive flower to purchase, these make for a great, traditional looking flower crown. They are easy to wear and look perfect in bunches and are perfect for a relaxed wedding statement.
Season: Summer through to early autumn
These flowers are surrounded by waxy, dark green leaves, which will look perfect in your flower crown. They are very fragrant but can also bruise easily, so will need to be used with care in your crown.
Another flower often used for flower crowns, these blooms are so flawless in form that they are often mistaken as being fake. They also come in around 350 different shades, so are a great flower to use for any style and colour schemed wedding.
Colours: Various, however common colours are white, yellow, orange, pale pink, dark pink, red
If you love roses, you’ll love the lisianthus. Almost looking like a rose, they are similar in size and structure, however are opened more than a rose to allow more colour to be shown in their centres.
Colours: white, cream, pale green, peach, pink, lavender, purple
The peony is lush and full-bodied and is often used for flower crowns due to their size. They are bold and daring and have a sweet perfume, however they are symbolic of bashfulness, which may not appeal to some.
Colours: white, cream, peach, pink, burgundy
Season: Mainly spring
Queen Anne’s Lace
If you’re looking for a soft and whimsical feel for your flower crown, or perhaps you want some smaller flowers to fill in some spaces amongst some larger flowers, the Queen Anne’s Lace flower is certainly a good choice. Symbolic of heaven and protection, they make a great wedding flower with a grassy scent.
Colours: white, green
Season: Spring through to early autumn
One of the most common wedding flower in arrangements and bouquets, they also make a great choice for flower crowns. Although available all year round, it’s important to note that the prices of these blooms will often fluctuate and go up around Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day. So if you’re getting married on Valentine’s Day and want roses, be sure to keep in mind the price hike.
Colours: white, cream, yellow, apricot, orange, pale pink, dark pink, red, burgundy, lavender
What Flowers Suit Different Skin Tones and Hair Colours?
The most important thing to consider are the types of flowers you love and what ones you’d like to incorporate into your big day. Choosing flowers that you really love is quite important. However, if you’re concerned the flowers you love just won’t look good with your skin tone or hair colour, there are a couple of things you can consider.
In general, all hair colours look great with flowers. However, depending on how you want your flowers crown to appear, there are some colours you can opt for. If you want your crown to be a little more subtle, choose flower colours that blend with your hair colour. For example, if you’re a brunette or have darker tones in your hair, choose flowers that are deep and dark in colour such as deep reds and burgundies. If you want a striking look, go the opposite way. If you’re blonde and want a contrasting look, choose flowers that are deep and rich in colour to contrast the light colour of your hair. Be sure to also talk to your hairdresser and florist before booking and choosing flowers as some flowers may not last long after being cut.
How to Create Your Own
You can choose to make your own floral crown if you want to save a little bit of money, but most crowns will need to be assembled the day of the wedding. For a bride, this may be an added stressor which is best to be avoided, so your florist may be the best person to do the job. However, if you’re good at handling stress and want to create your own on the day, you can make one yourself quite easily.
• Measure the crown – To ensure a good fit, use a measuring tape to measure the circumference of your head. Measure where you want the crown to sit to ensure it is the right size for you and will sit with your hairstyle easily.
• Choose your wire – Using floral wire, cut your wire to the right size as you had measured, but add two inches to the measurement.
• Create a circle – Bend the wire into a circle and connect the ends of the wire together like a hook and eye connection.
• Prepare your flowers – After selecting your flowers, strip the leaves from the stems and trim the stems to approximately two to three inches in length.
• Add the flowers – Start to add the flowers to the wire. Start on one side of the centre and secure the flower in place by using thinner floral wire or floral tape. Gather the flowers into small bunches and ensure all the lengths of the stems are secured in place.
• Create a centrepiece – Once the sides are complete, choose a flower or element that will be the focus of the crown. Be sure to secure them in place with more wire or tape.
• Fill the gaps – Look at the crown as a whole and check to see if there are any gaps that you’d like to fill in. Fill these areas with smaller flowers or other elements.
• Finish the ends – Secure the ends of the crown with floral tape or basic wire. You can use another flower on the ends if you prefer.
• Wear your creation – Your flower crown is now complete and is now able to be worn. Be sure to apply hairspray to your hair first before wearing your crown.