Welcome back to another, incredible, flowery, blog post! Since we’re in total wedding mode around this place–today, we’re going to share some of our favorite reasons for using sunflowers in wedding bouquets, and arrangements. We’re also going to share some of our favorite sunflower trivia. So, if you’re in wedding planning mode, and unsure about what flowers to use–or, just love sunflowers and want to learn a little more about them, you’ve come to the right place. If you have any questions about these super versatile flowers–just let us know. We always love to hear from ya!
So, why do we love to use sunflowers in weddings? First of all, we have to say that we are completely in love with the rustic-themed wedding trend that we see so much of lately. Sunflowers, used in arrangements, really seem to embody that entire, ‘rustic’, feeling perfectly. There is something so simple, and innocent, about having sunflowers used throughout a wedding. So many times, they’re one of the first flowers we love as children, and with the way they grow beautifully both in the wild, and in the garden, here in MN, they easily help channel the emotions of simplicity, earthiness, and innocence that rustic weddings try to encapsulate, and that brides try to convey to their guests. Secondly, we love Fall in Minnesota and, it is our biggest wedding season. Sunflowers come into season just in time to shine for this busy wedding time! The huge pops of golden color that they lend to a ceremony do an incredible job of, effortlessly, celebrating the beauty of the season. And, lastly, for us–they’re easy to work with, and can be paired with many other flower types. For brides, they can be a much more affordable option than some other flowers. They pack a big bang for the buck, and take up a good amount of space in an arrangement, making the bouquets look super full, even without a bunch of other flowers. (Check out these Pinterest ideas if you’re looking for inspiration!)
Here are some of our favorite, random, facts about sunflowers. Now you can impress someone with your cool, new, knowledge, too! (Or, maybe that’s just us flower nerds who like to impress folks with random flower knowledge…? Wait. Does that even impress folks?)
-SO many of our favorite flowers originate in Europe; this one though? The Sunflower is native to North America. To this day, they are the state flower of Kansas.
-Sunflowers, or parts of it, have been used for medicine, food, bio-diesel, dye, animal feed, leather softener and even hair conditioner. The oils are rich in calcium and iron, as well as vitamins A and D.
-Sunflower oil is used all over the world to cook with.
-Sunflowers display something called heliotropism. You remember what that means from middle school science class, right? Well, in case you don’t remember–it means they follow the sun. So, throughout the course of the day the flower will move, facing from east, to west.
-They symbolize faith, adoration, and loyalty.
-They are one of the fastest growing plants out there. The record holder stand at over 30 feet.
-The spiral formation of seeds in a sunflower almost always follows the Fibonacci sequence. (Trust us. If you don’t know what that is–we didn’t–Google it. You’ll learn something, mathematically, new today, too. 🙂 )