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

 

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

 

Blooming boiling

Blooming boiling

Q. Can you advise on the best flowers for summer weddings? I want a seasonal look and blooms that won't wilt in the heat.

A. Nicky Harding says: To ensure that your flowers stay bright and perky throughout the day and night, you'll want to choose flowers that'll last. Roses are often used as the focal flower that takes centre stage and although you wouldn't think it, they do thrive in hot and humid weather. Orchids are a good choice if you're looking for bright blooms and other tropical flowers like anthuriums and birds of paradise can look beautiful from the morning through to the end of the night.

Daisies, sunflowers and dahlias are also some of the most versatile out there. Bright, big and cheerful, they'll bring life to your bouquet.

You can also incorporate succulents and foliages, such as seeded eucalyptus, rosemary, and ivy to provide another dimension. Not forgetting gypsophila – it can be stunning on its own but also can be added to soften the look and style of the theme.

Nicky Harding
www.stevenageflowers.com

 

Spring blooms

Spring blooms

Q. I love natural looking flowers. What options do I have for my springtime wedding?

A. Shane Maple says: There are so many gorgeous flowers in bloom at this time of the year. Everyone instantly thinks tulips, so I'd steer clear of them to add a little more wow factor to your bouquet. Keep it traditional with a spring feel by adding hyacinths with roses for a lovely scent and add smaller flowers such as muscari. If you fancy being a bit braver then add a splash of colour using bold orange and yellow with succulents. Don't forget you can add tulips and other spring flowers on your table arrangements.

Shane Maple
www.maplesflowers.co.uk

 

With this rose

With this rose

Q. We're planning a Valentine's Day wedding but I don't want the obvious when it comes to our flowers. What can we choose other than roses that still symbolises love?

A. Shane Maple says: I love the vanda orchid. It's a large headed flower that comes in lots of colours. It's quite expensive but looks gorgeous and it's your big day after all! I'd then use darker foliage to make the colour of the orchid pop such as ruscus hard and soft and bear grass to give it a free flowing feel as it's quite a structural flower.

Another option is to have roses but rather than the typical red you could opt for a different colour. David Austin garden roses in pink or white look gorgeous. They're much softer than the standard version, very romantic and have a lovely scent.

Shane Maple
www.maplesflowers.co.uk

 

Seasonal stems

Seasonal stems

Q. What sturdy flowers should I opt for that'll withstand the rain and wind and are there any other elements I can add for that perfect finish?

A. Shane Maple says: All flowers will be subject to a little damage if they're in the direct rain and wind. I'd recommend a hand-tied bouquet on this occasion and using sturdy flowers such as carnations and large headed roses and I'd opt for plenty of foliage to protect the flowers as much as possible. To add a different element to your blooms, you could also use succulents, which are very hardy and on-trend.

Shane Maple
www.maplesflowers.co.uk

 

Big-day blooms

Big-day blooms

Q. Usually bridesmaids carry similar flowers to the bridal bouquet but I'd like to mix it up. How can we have totally different looks that still complement one other?

A. Dewy Namsak says: This concept can create a funkiness and individuality to your day that's unlikely to be replicated by another bride. You could create a personalised design for each bridesmaid using flowers and foliage that complement their colouring, personality and dress. Alternatively you could choose a specific flower or shade and use it in all the arrangements to reinforce a theme but each could be a different design. Should your bridesmaids have different nationalities the florist could even incorporate each maid's national flower. Be sure to discuss your ideas with your florist to get their thoughts. They'll work with you to create the look you want to achieve.

Dewy Namsak
www.rosannasflorist.co.uk

 

Set the scene

Set the scene

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: Who doesn't adore flowers? I think they make a wedding so having them everywhere will look amazing. When it comes to using blooms in your décor, the sky's the limit and it can be easy to do. You can have pew end blooms attached to your ceremony chairs to create a nice affordable touch and use flowers to decorate your cake to tie in your theme. Set the scene at the entrance to your venue with urns brimming with blossom or a floral archway for that wow factor and use them throughout your reception room in jars, hanging from the ceiling, in tall vases for your centrepieces and more. I'd suggest speaking to your florist for inspiration as they will view your venue and come up with some fantastic ideas to help you achieve the look of your dreams.

Shane Maple
www.maplesflowers.co.uk

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