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Wedding Flower Tips & Trends

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Getting your flowers right is challenging, but to help you get started we asked some of the region's top florists for their expert advice, rounded up some new ideas and shone the spotlight on this year’s hottest trend
'Lavender is widely known to have a very calming aroma, which may help to calm any last minute jittery nerves before walking down the aisle'
Wedding Flowers on Table
Wedding Flowers on Table

Tricks Of The Trade

Ahead Of The Game
According to our panel of florists, these looks will be hot news in the next few years:

‘Colour pops against a backdrop of grey foliages and succulents. Stick to one citrus colour, which will contrast well against muted foliages.’ Boutique Floral

‘Hand-tied bridal bouquets.’ Vintage Rose

‘Elegant, simple and understated, possibly using just one type of flower.’ Fiona Hogg

‘Floral headdresses are getting bigger and bolder. Bouquets are edging towards a free-flowing, romantic and natural looking English country garden style.’ Pure Ground Florist

Follow The Scent
Brides are often too focused on how their flowers will look and forget about the scents. ‘If you suffer from hayfever, don’t choose scented flowers,’ says Emma Pink from Boutique Floral. ‘The last thing you want on your wedding day is to be reaching for the Piriton! If you want heavily scented flowers, consider adding herbs to your bouquet such as rosemary, mint, and sage. Paired with stocks and freesia, these make for a gorgeous floral scent.’ Elaine Forster of Pure Ground Florist adds, ‘Commercially grown flowers rarely have any scent, so incorporating herbs into your bouquet will help. Lavender is widely known to have a very calming aroma, which may help to calm any last minute jittery nerves before walking down the aisle. Be wary of alliums – they look stunning but literally smell like onions!’

Steer Clear
For various reasons, some flowers should be avoided on the big day. Here are a few to stay away from:

‘For practical reasons, I’m always advising brides to avoid fragile delicate flowers for the groom’s buttonhole,’ says Elaine Forster of Pure Ground Florist. ‘During the course of the day there will be lots of congratulatory kisses and hugs, and the impact really puts a buttonhole under a lot of stress. Bluntly put, it will take a hammering, so try and go for resilient high-quality flowers such as a vendela rose.’ Fiona Hogg suggests, ‘Avoid dyed flowers as the colour will come off on your beautiful white dress. Also stay away from very short-lived flowers that will wilt before the end of the day.’ Gloria Barker of Vintage Rose adds, ‘Flowers like hydrangeas like lots of water and perish quickly without it.’

Winter Wonderland
Winter weddings look stunning, but choosing flowers can be tricky as not many are in season. Fiona Hogg suggests, ‘Brides should embrace winter scenes: greys, crisp whites and plenty of berries.’ Elaine Forster says, ‘Winter is my favourite season as it’s when all the rich jewel colours and lots of deep, unusual foliages are available. For winter brides I would advise going for something more bold and structural rather than the delicate flowers of spring. Why not have a bouquet made of white amaryllis?’ 

Trend Spotlight

Vintage chic has seen a huge surge in popularity this season. Here are four ways to nail the trend with your flowers:

‘For a vintage style I always advise brides to go for pastel colours with lots of smaller headed flowers such as spray roses, astilbe, and astrantia. It’s also worth considering carnations and spray carnations as these now come in a variety of colours, which lend themselves to this trend.’ 
Emma Pink, Boutique Floral

‘Opt for pastel-coloured roses and peonies for bouquets, and summer flowers or small arrangements in jars or buckets for table arrangements. Use things like lace ribbon, raffia and gingham to accessorise.’ 
Gloria Barker, Vintage Rose

‘Try using red, white and blue – they’re very patriotic. Use old family heirlooms and broaches to tie the bouquets, and collect old tins and have flowers arranged in them for table decorations. Vintage bouquets can also be made up of soft muted colours, and you should always include a little lily of the valley for old times’ sake.’ 
Fiona Hogg, Fiona Hogg Floral Designs

‘Incorporate broaches, lace or pearls around the bound stem of your wedding bouquet to lend a distinctly vintage element. Working with softer colours like lilacs, pale pinks and creams can also evoke a vintage feel to the flowers – “Memory Lane” roses are a very vintage colour. Table flowers can be arranged into antique vases or old mason jars, and the old trick of tying a bit of lace around a simple jam jar filled with flowers works wonderfully. I think a vintage-styled wedding also has the added benefit of giving you licence to use items that have been handed down through family generations, such as jewellery, photos, books and even suitcases, all of which can be filled with flowers.’ 
Elaine Forster, Pure Ground Florist

Published in: August 2014

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