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6 Utah WILDFLOWER OPTIONS FOR YOUR WEDDING

utah wedding wildflowers for your reception venue

 

Author: Emma Bishop

Are you looking to go a little wild with your wedding? A Utah wildflower or two is a great way to reflect some of the state’s natural beauty in your nuptials. Most Utah wedding venues are perfect for the wildflower look. Here are our top six native wildflower picks for you to include in your wedding arrangements.  Because it is illegal to pick wildflowers from public lands, find many of these blossoms in yards of friends and family involved with your wedding plans. You could also seek a special permit for picking wildflowers in Utah.

1. Anemones

anenome white wild flower
Photo by Captri23auto

These beautiful wildflower blossoms are a wedding favorite, but you’ll have to go a bit off the beaten path to find the wild variety. Find these gems at your local garden center.  If you don’t have time to plant and grow them, seek friends and neighbors who may be willing to give you some blooms for your wedding.  There are several different types, with some blooming in the spring and others in the fall. Colors include white, red, pink, and yellow, and they make a charming addition to any bouquet. Pasqueflower (or anemone patens) is native to Utah, and it’s one of the first wildflowers to bloom in the spring.

2. Blazing Star or Liatris Wildflower

purple wildflower liatris
Photo by Still Works Imagery

You can find blazing stars growing wild in meadows and prairies across Utah. It is such a beloved native Utah plant that it has found its way into many Utah gardens, probably in your neighborhood.  Ask around!  The feathery purple flowers bloom in summer on the plant’s long and stately spike. It’s a popular wedding flower since it adds vertical interest to bouquets, centerpieces, and other arrangements. Dried blazing star works beautifully in floral crowns, wreaths, and garlands.  Again, many Utah gardeners use this in their perennial beds.

3. Sunflowers

bright yellow sunflowers wild flower of utah
Photo by Otrotrangian

The common sunflower is one of five species of sunflowers native to Utah. It’s also the one that produces those favorite seeds on which we enjoy snacking. If you get engaged in winter or spring, and are planning a fall wedding, pick up a packet of seeds to plant, and you’ll have lots of blooms in time for your celebration. Western Gardens has a wide array of seeds that do well in our Utah climate and soil. A word of warning: These wildflowers depend on bees to pollinate them and produce sunflowers. You’ll often find male bees resting on the flower heads, and it’s the females that sting.

4. Western Coneflower

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Coneflower – Echinacea – Rudbeckia – Photo by Rhododendrites

This member of the sunflower family grows in Utah’s mountain meadows. It has a brownish-dark purple cone with green leaves at the base. Use it as a unique touch for taller arrangements or to add a rustic flair to your bouquet. It blooms from midsummer to fall and will hold its looks for a long time as part of a dried arrangement.  Many Utah gardeners plant varieties of this in their gardens.  Also known as Echinacea which comes in various colors.  The most common is the Purple Coneflower.  A quality local garden center like Western Gardens carries a good selection in different colors – white, orange, red, yellow, and of course, purple.

5. Yarrow Wildflower

White Yarrow wildflower in Utah
Photo by Foto Blend

Yarrow is a perfect match for almost any type of flower. It features small, flat heads of tiny flowers and fern-like green foliage. We see a lot of the non-native baby’s breath at our wedding receptions, but white yarrow could be a wonderful substitute. The most common colors are yellow, white, pink, and red. Yarrow can last up to five days after it’s cut. It’s heat tolerant so that it won’t wilt during outdoor ceremonies and receptions. According to folk legend, hanging the yarrow used in your wedding above your bed will ensure lasting love. Yarrow is also a hypoallergenic wildflower because it produces less histamine than other blooms. Your local independent garden nursery should have a good selection.

6. Sego Lily

Photo by Matt Lavin – Flickr
wild flower Utah sego lily state flower
Photo by WensLens

Utah’s state flower is the perfect choice to show your state pride and give your wedding a homey touch. However, this is a true wildflower since it doesn’t transplant or grow well in lower altitudes. These sweet blooms are difficult to find, but you may see them along the arid West roadways and mountain valleys at altitudes between 5,000 and 8,000 feet. Because they are not common, leave the plants in nature. The bulb does not like to be disturbed and will die; therefore, the Sego Lily can be tough to grow in the garden, but you can try by seeking seeds from some native-plant societies and other online sources. The sego lily prefers hot, dry conditions and sandy soil.

Final note:

While Utah is the beehive state and we welcome pollinator-attracting flowers in the garden, you probably don’t want bees buzzing your wedding. You may want to choose flowers that either don’t attract or repel bees. Roses and Red Penstemon work well.

Native wildflowers are an eco-friendly choice for your festivities because many thrive here naturally. Since they don’t need to be cultivated in a greenhouse or shipped from far away, they could also save you money. Check with your family and friends about their yards to see if they would donate to your beautiful day. 

So let loose and embrace a bit of your wild side by going native with your wedding flowers.

utah wedding flowers at Salt Lake wedding venue

 

About the Author:

Emma Bishop is a lifestyle and design writer, and mother of two beautiful girls. She is a social butterfly and loves to entertain guests at home with beautifully decorated spaces for any occasion.

 

utah wedding venues Do’s Before the I Do’s

Wedding venues in Utah - Do's before the I DO's

Discover the positive side of wedding planning at Utah wedding venues.  You’ve probably read the list of DON’Ts that you must try to avoid. Well, here is a simple list of the most basic “DO” strategies that will give you greater chance of completely enjoying your spectacular day!

#1 – DO take time for courting.  Do step back from the hustle and bustle of planning and remember, the wedding will come and go.  After that day has ended, all that will be left behind will be wonderful memories of the day, but the only thing you’ll be able to cling onto is each other.  It’s just you and him and your relationship.  Enjoy each other along the path getting there!  Little simple thoughts like a shoebox of his favorite cookies, a pint of ice cream with two spoons, a drive up the canyon, will keep the flame very much alive before and after the wedding day.  Whatever you want or have time to do, just do it!

pre-wedding courting

#2 – DO prioritize the most important details of your ideal wedding – Make your wedding and reception what you’ve dreamed, but prioritize those dreams. Take a deep breath now and be ready to compromise for your own sanity, your fiancé’s sanity, and your family’s sanity.  Some find it easier to do by writing your wishes as a list on paper and then rank them as most to least crucial.  Get your man involved as well.  He has thoughts and dreams too.  Do communicate what is most important to you and see how you and your family or bridesmaids can help make it happen.  I imagine having your fiancé there at the wedding would be the number one priority, the non-compromising item and everything else is in some way negotiable!

wedding needs and wishes
Prioritize your wants, needs, and energies.

#3 – DO accept help from others.  You are loved by many who want you to have a beautiful day.  Bridesmaids and groomsmen are there for a real reason, not just to cost money and look nice!  Let them help you how they are able while being reasonable with your expectations.  You’ll want to be respectful of their time, but by all means, do let them play their role.

Helpers at Utah reception centers
Let your bridesmaids help you!

#4 – DO consider your guests.  The time your guests are taking out of their day to celebrate with you is valuable to them.  Be mindful of their time.  For example, the maximum time between your ceremony and reception should be two hours which would include travel time if ceremony and reception are in two different wedding locations in Utah.

Utah weddings at Ivy House at Western Gardens Downtown

#5 – DO K.I.S.S. – Keep It Simple Silly.  Believe it or not, my mother taught me this one!  This ties into the prioritizing but also applies to the bride that thinks she has to do everything or make everything.  You don’t have to be a D.I.Y. bride on everything.  Sometimes doing everything yourself can be more headache and more costly than if you find something similar and just make the purchase.  Remember, you want to enjoy the path along the way to that final aisle where your new husband takes your hand and you do kiss!

Arranging flowers at reception venues
Let those who love you help you!

#6 – DO pamper yourself the day before.  And at all costs, get a good night’s rest.  You DO want fresh bright eyes for your wedding day photos!

bright eyes for wedding photos

#7 – DO smile and savor every moment of your beautiful day!  If the cake topples over, so what!  Just smile, laugh and take lots of photos of you and your man posing beside it!  Your day will be over before you know it.  The wedding reception center’s lights will go out and it will be just you and him driving off on your honeymoon, forever!

send off at Wedding reception centers in Utah
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driving away from reception center parking lot