FAQs and 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

 

Floral fantasy

Floral fantasy

Q. What advice can you share when it comes to finding the perfect blooms?

A. Shane Maple says: Some people find it easy to find perfect blooms for their wedding day while others sometimes struggle; this isn't because they're unsure of what they want, but nature has a huge amount of variety to offer when it comes to flowers. One of the key elements of finding the perfect florals is the time of year that you're getting married. We all know that each season has a huge variety in choice and colours that are available. Spring weddings tend to be brighter and more colourful; it includes a mix of spring meadow flowers. Summer weddings are more traditional with ivory and pale pastel colours with maybe a bright burst of a feature colour. Autumn and winter weddings always feature more rich darker tones.

When selecting flowers, keep in mind that there should only be one or two statement blooms. These are the flowers that will be in the spotlight of your bouquet or table arrangements. Lots of people have a love for hydrangeas, roses, peonies, dahlias and other large headed flowers. These blooms together would create a bridal bouquet fit for a giant, so it only requires one or maybe two of these types of flowers and then add smaller filler florals to complement them. At Maples Flowers, we don't expect all of our customers to know every type of flower available, that's where we use our knowledge and expertise to point people in the right direction

Shane Maple, Maples Flowers
maplesflowers.co.uk

 

Pick of the bunch

Pick of the bunch

Q. What are the lateste flower trends for weddings?

A. Vicki Cowell says: Bold shades and colour blocking have made a comeback this year. Pastels and blush shades will always be popular, but couples are getting braver and bolder in their colour choices – fun is the name of the game.

Monochromatic bouquets always look beautiful; imagine a colour scheme focusing on reds with different tints and tones. Alternatively, a bouquet of polychromatic flowers with lots of varieties of blooms and textures with grasses and foliage will create the perfect pieces.

Sustainability is very much high on our agenda. As a florist, I'm trying to educate my couples by suggesting biodegradable floral foam alternatives, such as using moss soaked in water and chicken wire as the base for floral arrangements. You can also repurpose arrangements from the ceremony to the reception to get total value for jaw-dropping designs. I suggest reusing and recycling the plastic dishes, trays, and glass vases as well as using the moss or wire for garden projects or even returning the items to be used at other weddings – every little bit we do helps!

Vicki Cowell, Vicki’s Floral Designs
vickisfloraldesigns.co.uk

 

Bloomin' beautiful

Bloomin' beautiful

Q. What flowers would work perfectly for an autumn wedding?

A. Julie Cambridge says: As the weather starts to cool and we move on from summer weddings, I love to add the depth of colour and texture into my designs. Flowers set within a variety of foliage and herbs such as rosemary and berries are becoming popular. Here are a few ideas that would work well for the time of year…

- Hypericum berries are available in a wide range of colours from white to almost black and add a touch of autumn to any colour scheme. 

- Chamelaucium (waxflower) is a delicate flower with small berry like buds which give a hint of the changing season. 

- Berried eucalyptus and ferns are a firm favourite of mine to soften designs. Deep-coloured roses sit well with blush tones and cymbidium orchids.

- Dahlias, big blousy blooms, add a touch of drama and Eryngium thistles are perfect for texture.

Julie Cambridge, Julie Cambridge Floral Design
www.juliecambridge.co.uk

 

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

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