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Creating your floral fantasy
Q. Kelly has worked in the florist industry for more than 25 years and is
the owner of Kelly Louise Floral Design. Here she gives us her tips:
A. Kelly Chapman says: -The first thing to do is set your budget. It's important for your florist to know the parameters they're working with.
- Do your homework. Be sure your chosen floral designer is right for your personal style.
- Think about your theme and colour palette, keeping the style of your venue in mind. Be sure to discuss every last detail with your floral designer, as this will help us to form a picture of the overall look.
- A good florist will always give you honest and professional advice and guidance. It's a much more straight-forward process to hire one who'll help you to design and execute the styling as a whole, rather than enlisting several different companies to organise various elements.
- Consider the season. Your favourite flowers may not be in bloom, so be sure to ask your professional about availability.
- Begin with the bouquet. It's always a good idea to have a picture of your dress, as well as the bridesmaids', with you so that your florist can advise on size, shape and colours of the bouquets.
- Above all, make sure you select flowers that you're comfortable with. Your floral displays play a massive part in your day and will feature in most of your photographs, so it's a key element to get right.
Kelly Chapman,Kelly Louise Floral Artistry
Foliage and foraging
Q. Our wedding will be a relaxed affair. How can we make our venue flowers less formal to reflect the chilled-out vibe?
A. Rachel Peers says: If you're getting married in 2020, you're in luck! The trend for bringing the outdoors in is set to continue this year and well beyond. Think foliage, think texture, think garlands and an abundance of scented draping eucalyptus.
Speak to your wedding florist about creating a relaxed and natural feel by using a range of foliage in your bouquets, ceremony room and reception room. You need your bouquet to look as though your florist wandered through an English meadow, foraging for blooms. You can then follow this style through to the venue with foliage garlands, ceiling installations and centrepiece wreaths, with a range of candles.
Say it with flowers
Q. What flowers can you recommend to create the ultimate romantic atmosphere?
A. Gemma Wakerley says: When it comes to romance you can't go wrong with roses. Available all year round in many different colours, you should easily be able to find something to suit your palette. They look great on their own or mixed with seasonal stars such as peonies or dahlias. You can also get petal-heavy garden roses, such as David Austin varieties, that more closely resemble peonies than roses.
The cost of seasonal favourites can vary dramatically, so to keep things affordable, mix with the classic rose, which is fairly stable in price. What's more, if there are quality issues with seasonal blooms, the mix can be adjusted accordingly.
It's no wonder that roses are the most popular wedding flower. Found throughout mythology and fairytales as a metaphor for passion and romance, they've been a symbol of love for many a year.
Baby you're a firework
Q. What are the best blooms to feature in my autumn bouquet and centrepieces?
A. Gemma Wakerley says: Autumn is firework season, so a great way to mirror this is with rich vibrant colours in your wedding bouquet. Adding architectural elements such as seed heads and grasses reminiscent of the season can give your bouquet a showstopping look.
Whether you prefer the rich tones of magenta, purple, orange, burgundy and red or a more delicate approach, there is something for every autumn bride. Calla lily, gerbera, sunflower, dahlia, rose, hypericum and aster all spring to mind.
Blooms on budget
Q. We want showstopping flowers but are working to a tight budget. What are your top tips for cost effective wedding blooms?
A. Rachel Peers says: My first suggestion would be to use flowers that are in season and grown in the UK. Saving on import and transport costs can have a significant impact on the bill, not to mention the benefit of freshness, supporting local growers and reducing your carbon footprint. Your florist will be able to advise what will be in season at the time of your wedding.
The second way to achieve eye-catching floral designs on a budget would be to allow your florist the freedom to choose blooms appropriate to your colour palette and theme. This is a great option as there are certain varieties that for many different reasons will be cheaper than normal at the time of ordering. Allowing your florist free reign will enable them to buy smart and make the best use of your budget.
Finally, take advice from your professional florist. They want you to have the flowers of your dreams as much as you do and will work with you to achieve your goals. This may mean making a few small compromises, but by choosing an experienced and proven florist you won't be disappointed.
Q. What blooms and colours should I go for to complement my summer wedding?
A. Gemma Wakerley says: What can be more romantic than the scent of flowers on a warm summer breeze? The sweet perfume of sweet peas, roses, delphiniums, and hydrangeas conjures up the image of an English country garden. Light hued blooms in pink, white, blue and lilac are often chosen to complement a summer wedding. On the other hand, if bolder colours are more your thing, why not opt for a more exotic look? Nothing says summer like a simple arrangement of sunflowers or the tropical vibe of bright hibiscus flowers in a wedding bouquet.
Some of our favourite summer flowers are: agapanthuses, peonies, roses, stocks, hydrangeas, dahlias, sweet peas, nigellas, strelitzias, gingers and heliconias.
Q. What flowers should I choose for my Valentine's Day wedding?
A. Michelle Conroy says: If you have your heart set on a magical day oozing romance, then you're spoiled for choice at this time of year. We've provided wedding flowers for almost four decades, so while flowers will differ between months, we're never short of inspiration. February may offer fewer options, but some of the most popular blooms are still available to add warmth and life to your venue.
Although Valentine's Day is synonymous with the classic rose, ranunculi make a less expensive alternative and look just as beautiful. With shades varying from vivid pink and orange to dreamy pastels, they can be paired with leafy foliage for a rustic theme, or teamed with elegant fabrics for a softer look.
Typical colours for this season may include soft pinks or romantic reds, but don't be shy of putting your own twist on things. With winter weather in mind, rich purple and deep burgundy would be a great choice and there are ample flowers to bring this vision to life. The ever-popular calla lily comes in a stunning spectrum of hues as well as crisp white for an eye-catching combination.
For a classic vibe, the tulip really stands the test of time and offers simplicity and femininity in its finest form. Available in almost any shade you can imagine, it allows you to really express yourself.
Alongside flowers, add in plants and greenery for a real statement. Check out the quirky brunia albiflora and Dusty Miller for a fun addition to your arrangements.
Q. We're having a Christmas wedding in a grand stately home. What flowers are available at that time of year to suit this theme?
A. Kate Giernalczyk says: Christmas is a truly enchanting time of year to get married, and there are lots of ways you can incorporate the theme into your bouquet and venue arrangements.
A rustic, natural or woodland look will suit this season and will work with any colour palette. Why not go for icy whites and blues? Alternatively, you could consider the more traditional red, burgundy and gold.
Don't worry too much about availability at this time of year – you still have lots of choice! Roses, carnations, lisianthus, chrysanthemums and stunning jewel orchids are available year-round and suit the season brilliantly. Tie these in with classic December blooms such as poinsettias.
Try adding lots of foliage and natural elements to your floral displays such as holly, mistletoe, ivy, pinecones and winter berries. Depending on the look you go for, adding metallic touches will give you that Christmas sparkle.