Expert advice about flowers & bouquets

Here is a selection of Q&As from Your Herts and Beds Wedding magazine whether it be about flowers, hair and makeup, fashion, wedding themes, health & beauty, cakes, stationery, legal advice. If you would like your question answered by our experts, please email it to editor@yourhertsbeds.wedding

 

Pick of the bunch

Pick of the bunch

Q. We're looking for the perfect flowers for our wedding day, what top tips can you share? 

A. Tracy Goodwin says: Perfect wedding flowers are dependent on a range of factors such as season, colour, smell and style.  Seasonality is important, especially when on a budget as flowers are available at certain times of the year. Lily of the Valley is a flower that tends to bloom in April/May and when used at other times can double in price while roses are slightly cheaper in the summer months as this is when it blooms. Here are some flower ideas for different seasons...

- For spring weddings use flowers with more scent such as tulips, daffodils, narcissus and Lily of the Valley. 

- Larkspurs, delphinium, calla lilies, lisianthus and roses are popular in summer.  

- Autumn is perfect for gerberas, roses and carthamus flowers mixed with foliage and berries.

- For winter weddings use blooms such as roses and dahlias mixed with berries and foliage.

Rather than choosing a specific colour, look for flowers that show shades of that colour as this allows the florals to stand out and will be forever encapsulated in the photographs.

I like to ask brides what their favourite flowers are and do they love a specific smell. Creating bouquets that have a particular scent for the bride can enhance her day by providing memories related to loved ones or a favourite place.

Often brides don't know what style or shape they'd like for the bouquets or the table arrangements. I suggest creating a moodboard containing images, colours, what you like and dislike – patterns will soon emerge.

Tracy Goodwin,Creations Flowers by Tracy Goodwin
www.creationflowers.co.uk

 

Floral fantasy

Floral fantasy

Q. We're having a winter wedding, what florals are perfect for this time of year?

A. Emma Tuohy says: Winter weddings were all about warm reds, burgundies and creams and it has become very popular to have a hand-tied bouquet either with satin-bound stems or with a trailing ribbon. Ivory avalanche roses, lisianthus and hydrangeas work well with Naomi red roses and trailing amaranthus. Often, we would design table arrangements to complement them using the same flowers and overall style to guide us, whether it be fishbowls, martini glasses or a rustic wood slice. Going with a cooler colour scheme and working with whites, frosty silvers and hues of blue are perfect. Snowflake spray roses and Christmas rose Helleborus contrast nicely with the spiky texture of the blue thistle-like Eryngium. This would lend itself well to a wild hand-tied bouquet or a traditional shower bouquet. Looking at those of us who like a winter pink, add some blush to your bouquet to complement the whites and silvers.

Emma Tuohy,Adrienne's Flowers
www.adriennesflowers.co.uk

 

Flower power

Flower power

Q. How can we incorporate flowers into our wedding? 

A. Becky Langrish says: Your wedding flowers should never be seen as a finishing touch or left to the last minute to organise. They can create the foundations to the overall look and feel of your wedding day, transforming any venue by adding drama, fragrance, texture and injecting colour. 

Florals can be incorporated in every aspect of your wedding day, starting with delicate hair accessories to one of the biggest highlights – your bouquet. Not forgetting the bridal party buttonholes, corsages and bridesmaid bouquets. Then it's onto the ceremony area where you can have wedding signs incorporating flowers welcoming your guests, fresh flowers down the aisle and add that wow factor with a floral backdrop. Get guests talking over your flower centrepieces and add a dramatic touch by dancing to your first song as a married couple under a floral chandelier. 

Above are just a few suggestions of how to include flowers into your wedding day, but know there are endless options. However you decide to use flowers on your day, be sure to keep the overall look and feel of the wedding in mind to ensure everything flows seamlessly throughout.

Becky Langrish,The Flower Bee
www.facebook.com/BeckyTheFlowerBee

 

Blooming marvelloous

Blooming marvelloous

Q. I want to add floral touches to our wedding, what do you suggest?

A. Michael Hilbrown says: There's many ways to decorate your ceremony or reception space. Wow your guests from the moment they arrive with a flower arch, or two flower urn pedestals either side of the entrance to create a warm welcome. This can then be moved to your reception space to reuse them - behind the top table is an excellent option. Additional fees can apply depending on location and amount of labour time required to move them.

Flowers can also complement the wedding cake, either on the sweet treat itself or around and on the table to create an excellent backdrop for photos.

A flower runner can be a beautiful way to dress the registrar table. This can then be added to the top table, so all the arrangements tie together in your wedding photos.

For large budgets; flower meadows along each side of the ceremony aisle or positioned in front of your top table and hanging floral installations make for pretty design statements. For smaller budgets; clusters of bud vases on each tables always looks classy and elegant for smaller budgets.

Michael Hilbrown,Michael Hilbrown Floral Design
www.michaelhilbrown.co.uk

 

Seasonal blooms

Seasonal blooms

Q. What are the best flowers for creating a winter bouquet and are there any other elements I can add to make it more interesting?

A. Shane Maple says: Shane says: I love white flowers and I think in winter you can really utilise them and create some lovely designs. When I think about festive styling, I think of a winter wonderland and Narnia.

I love to use large headed ivory roses and mix them with winter silver toned foliages. There are some lovely silver ferns in that give you texture and variety. You could also include some lovely berries to really make it feel wintry.

If you were planning on having more colour then reds and greens give you a hint of a Christmas theme.

Shane Maple
www.maplesflowers.co.uk

 

Big-day blooms

Big-day blooms

Q. I'd like the flowers in our venue to complement the bouquets but without everything looking too uniform - what can I do?

A. Shane Maple says: Shane says: I'd recommend having a mixture of high and low arrangements for your centrepieces to provide a variety in style. Guests' eyes will be drawn to the high arrangements as they enter the room but when they sit at the tables, the low displays will take centre stage. The smaller posies can be just as special – it all comes down to the design. Flowers displayed in fish bowls stood on mirrored charger plates or wood rounds depending on your theme can look as gorgeous as wow factor pedestals.

For your top table, bud vases with individual stems in each look subtle, yet stunning and if you have a floral display at the alter during your ceremony, be sure to move it to frame your top table – or it could even make a selfie backdrop!

Shane Maple
www.maplesflowers.co.uk

 

Floral extravaganza

Floral extravaganza

Q. I adore flowers and want them everywhere! As well as my bouquet, how else can we incorporate them into our big day?

A. Shane Maple says: Flowers are a really important part of your big-day décor. The more you have the bigger the wowfactor. Be sure to utilise all areas of your venue such as staircases, fireplaces and random shelves. Your centrepieces also provide a huge impact. High table arrangements will stand out more but don't forget about placing some smaller flowers around the base.

Your bridal party bouquets can be reused after the ceremony to help decorate your venue a little more too. They look lovely placed by the cake or guest book.

Shane Maple
www.maplesflowers.co.uk