Ask Ms Polka Dot – Alternatives To David Austin Roses

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Polka Dot Bride

Hi there,

I am getting married on September 3 in Sydney and my bridesmaids will all be wearing dresses the colour of David Austen roses – beige, deep rose and pink (so three girls, each in a different colour of the same dress).

I had hoped to use those roses in my bouquets, and then buy a lot of rose petals in the same colours for my tables. However roses aren’t in season that early in September.

I was wondering if you knew of any other flowers at that time that might be suitable, and if anyone supplies petals in from any other flower besides roses?

Thanks so much!

Hi there L,

Here are some suggestions for Spring/September flowers:
– Australian natives – your florist should be able to give you colour suggestions
– blossoms – apple, pear, prunus
– lily of the valley, hyacinths, tulips – all bulbs (if using these, a bulb with planting instructions for your favours might be nice – signalling new beginnings, new life)
– peonies (which you might catch at the beginning of their season!)
– orchids – these will be particularly suitable as they come in colours of darker beige, rose and pink to match your bridesmaids’ dresses. They would also look lovely as table flowers singly in lots of smaller vases and with greenery in large arrangements. If you can bear to, they would keep well if picked off the stems and scattered on the tables – your florist will know more about this
– lilies
– garden/cabbage roses
– chrysanthemums
– sweet peas – the pinks in these might not be quite right for the colour of the dresses
I am presuming that you want the petals to throw as confetti? I need florists to chime in with flower petals that aren’t roses, but another alternative is bubbles, or perhaps ‘wands’ with ribbons in beige, rose and pink attached could be given to each guest to wave around as you leave the church. Seeds native to your area (if you are allowed), doves, butterflies, feathers (ethically gathered), lavender – whatever resonates with you.

Hope these ideas are helpful and that your wedding day is all you hope it will be!


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  • Claire says:
    September 7, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    Hi L,

    There are a huge variety of hot house David Austin roses now in those exact colours.

    I know as I am having the exact colours in the DA roses my self for my wedding in October.

    I can ask my florist for the growers details if you like?


  • Ms Stripey says:
    September 10, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    If you have suppliers details for our brides we’d love to know!



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