Jacqui O Flowers offers top tips on al fresco wedding florals

Al fresco ceremony area seen from an upper window. While flower arch, pew ends and urns Credit: Alexandra Wilson Photography This issue we asked the region's experts for their top tips on planning an al fresco wedding. Here, Jacqui Owen of Jacqui O Flowers (www.jacquio.co.uk) shares her ideas for tailoring your big-day blooms.

To create enchanting wedding florals for an outdoor wedding that not only look beautiful and memorable but also wow your guests creating an unforgettable experience as you say “I do,” why not consider the following?

Style. Consider the theme and style of your wedding to help you choose the right colour palette, flower varieties, and arrangements that complement the décor.

Location. The landscape, surroundings, and setting of the venue can influence your flower arrangement choices. A garden venue might need different floral choices than a beach as you want set the right tone for your special day.

Time of year. Consider the season when choosing your flowers. Some blooms are only available during certain seasons, and it's important to check availability before making any decisions. For example, peonies are usually available end of May/early June, which is when they're  at their very best.

Colour. Select a flower palette while considering the whole day, from the colour of the bridesmaids' dresses, to the décor, and surrounding landscape.

Fragrance. Select scented blooms, and they'll enhance the overall ambiance of your outdoor wedding, evoking memories of the day for years to come.

Weather conditions. It's important to choose flowers that can withstand heat or wind. You'll also need a backup plan in case of bad weather. That's why having an expert florist on your team helps as they can advise you on the best course of action.

Local sourcing. Consider sourcing your flowers locally. They're perfect for eco-conscious couples who want to reduce their impact on the environment and support their local economy.

Budget. If you have a limited budget, ask your floral designer to prioritise your must-have, ad those that make the most visual impact. You might need to consider where you're willing to compromise.

By considering these factors, you can create a beautiful and memorable floral experience that will leave your guests talking about your wedding for years to come.

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