Now that you’re engaged you’re excited to start planning your wedding. However, unless you’ve been living under a rock you’re fully aware of supply chain disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Many items have returned to the grocery shelves and we finally feel like we’re starting to return to normal. But it’s not just toilet paper and disinfecting wipes. There’s a very real global flower shortage. Unfortunately, due to what we’re calling the Great Flower Shortage of 2021, some of your favorite blooms may be unavailable in time for your wedding. Here are some of the best ways to maintain your overall wedding vibe even if your floral must-haves need substitution.


Plan by color palette rather than specific floral variety

As I tell all my couples, the most important thing about your wedding is your union. The next is what you’ll have as a memento of the ceremony and celebration with your friends and family – your photos. While it may be your dream to carry the same blooms as your mother or grandmother, that just may not be possible right now because of the flower shortage. For the best photos, start by visualizing how you want your wedding photos to look. Get specific and visualize individual poses together and with your wedding party. Then, drill down to the color palette you want to see in those photos. Maintaining the overall aesthetic with a cohesive color palette can create the ambiance you want. And, it will be the foundation for creating gorgeous photos you’ll be proud to show off for many years to come.


Incorporate candles into your decor

Not only is there a flower shortage, but the flowers that are available are also more expensive. Some are a lot more expensive. Think of it as having to pay Valentine’s Day prices all year long. Then add a little. That’s where we are. Your floral dollar just won’t stretch as far right now. Fortunately, candles are gorgeous in person and even more so in photos. Popular ways to incorporate candles at your wedding include using them as aisle markers and centerpieces. Your florist can still add a few blooms and greenery to soften the look.


Use fresh fruit

Lemons, limes, oranges, apples, grapes, or pineapples – the list is endless! Fresh fruit adds whimsy and color when substituted for a few of your favorite florals. Line your table garland with select colors and shapes of fresh fruit. You can use it whole, sliced into wedges, or halved. It can even be designed into your bouquets and centerpieces!


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A tablescape instead of larger centerpieces

A bud vase tablescape is a perfect way to create a beautiful focal point without using too many blooms. And, since it’s also on-trend, no one will guess you chose it due to the flower shortage. You can use bud vases along the length of a farm table next to a garland to add color and dimension. On round tables, a cluster in the center with or without candles is a smart, versatile way to bring in flowers. Choose varying shapes and heights for a more interesting vignette.


Whichever tips you choose during the great flower shortage is up to you. Working with your florist to get your order in as soon as possible will increase the odds that you’ll get more of the flowers you want. Most importantly, relax and be flexible. Your florist and your entire vendor team are doing everything possible to make sure your wedding truly is the one you’ve been dreaming of.


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Wedding dream team and featured image credits

Photographer - Gracie Byrd Jones
Florist - Flor Amor
Venue - Villa Antonia
Catering - Austin Catering
Cake - Michelle's Patisserie
Photo booth - Oh Happy Day Booth
DJ - Super Jay the DJ
Transportation - Nikko's Worldwide
Getaway car - Austin Classic Limo