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FAQs and expert advice about flowers & bouquets

Here is a selection of Q&As from Your East Anglian 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@youreastanglian.wedding

Step Into Spring

Step Into Spring

Q We're having a spring wedding and would like to incorporate trees and flowers into our décor. Do you have any suggestions?
A Sue Huckle says: Giant bay trees with twisted stems look great and create a real statement at any venue. The dark green of the foliage creates the perfect backdrop for flowers, as you can see in this picture with the cream and white arrangement. Imagine the scene without the bay tree, and the flowers wouldn't stand out so well against the stone pillar, yet the contrast with the green is lovely.

Everyone is so conscious of the health of our planet, and here at Posh Plants, we can enable you to decorate your wedding in the most eco-friendly way possible. Our trees have been a living part of the large Posh Plants collection for almost 20 years, and some of them, like these giant bays, were 20 years old when they came to us. So, these established, mature trees have been absorbing CO2 and giving us back oxygen while they work hard to make your special day the wedding of your dreams.

Sue Huckle, Posh Plants

Pretty Florals

Pretty Florals

Q We're getting married outside. What do you suggest for our flowers?
A Katy Rayner says: Embracing the beauty of seasonal, locally grown flowers is a wonderful way to reflect the charm of nature, seamlessly complementing the atmosphere of your special day. Opting for blooms that are in season not only ensures freshness but also harmonises perfectly with the environment around you.

To achieve a natural and unstructured look, consider designs that mimic the organic beauty of a garden, hedgerow, or wildflower meadow. Think loosely gathered bouquets, rambling arrangements, and centrepieces with a just-picked feel. Embrace asymmetry and varying textures to add depth and character to your floral displays.

Partnering with a florist who resonates with your love for natural and informal styles is key. Seek out someone who not only comprehends your vision but can also breathe life into it with their expertise and boundless creativity. A florist should not only elevate the visual allure of your wedding but also guarantee that each arrangement is a true reflection of your individual style and personality.

By incorporating seasonal flowers, opting for airy and unstructured designs, and collaborating with a florist who shares your vision for natural beauty, you can create a wedding atmosphere that celebrates the splendour of nature in all its simplicity and charm.

Katy Rayner, Bracken & Twine Flowers

As Pretty As a Flower

As Pretty As a Flower

Q We're having a very relaxed, laid-back wedding. How can I reflect our theme in our flowers?
A The Team says: One of the best ways to reflect the feel of a wedding is with flowers in vases. For a formal wedding, we tend to use urns and large vessels, but for a relaxed wedding, why not have some fun and collect your own unique pieces? Have a rummage in charity and vintage shops for printed milk bottles, colourful glass bud vases and mismatched jugs for a retro-inspired look, or turn to natural materials and textures such as terracotta and earthenware ink pots.

Opt for loose, garden-gathered arrangements created from flowers that reflect the season and the feel of your venue to give it an effortless, harmonious look. Repurposing the flowers from your ceremony to the reception area is also a great way to make the most of all of your arrangements while keeping things informal.

Here at King.Witham, we offer loose buckets of flowers and foliage for our couples who are keen to DIY some of their wedding flowers. Creating delicate bud vases the day before your wedding with a group of friends is the perfect way to create a relaxed look and can be quite therapeutic.

The Team, King Witham

Floral Romance

Floral Romance

Q I'm trying to keep our wedding as environmentally friendly as possible; do you have any ideas of how we can apply this to our flowers?
A Cheryl Slater says: Being an environmentally friendly florist, I use British, local, and in-season flowers as they have a natural appearance and hold themselves in a much better way than imported flowers, which come with a huge carbon footprint.

Using locally grown flowers gives couples a pretty meadow look on their wedding day rather than the harsh appearance of imported cut flowers. Foraged foliage gives a florist a variety of different things to use meaning the arrangements will be very different to another florist using wholesale flowers.

Consider a florist who uses recycled/multiple-use plastics and natural materials that help our planet and the wildlife around us.

Cheryl Slater, Cheryl’s Flowers

Sustainable choices

Sustainable choices

Q With the increased awareness of sustainability and choosing wedding suppliers with good policies. How do we ensure our wedding flowers are as eco-friendly as possible?
A Lucy Spencer says: We can all do our bit to help climate change and protect our environment by choosing to be more mindful of our choices and choosing eco-friendly and sustainable.

I'm starting to get more and more enquiries from people who want to use seasonal and British flowers for their weddings.

It's extremely important not to use floral foam as it contains micro plastics that get in to the water and don't break down over time. Florists are starting to use moss and chicken wire in place of the traditional floral foam – the RHS has now banned all use of floral foam in its shows!

To be more eco-friendly is to choose locally grown flowers to cut down on land or air miles. A quick internet search, or by using Flowers From The Farm website – an organisation which promotes British Flowers – can help couples find a local grower. These local growers generally use sustainable and regenerative methods. A couple can rest assured that when they put their face into a bouquet of roses it's only the perfume they inhale and not a cocktail of chemicals which are all too readily used in imported flowers.

If someone wants a rose in a winter bouquet, it's a florist's responsibility to educate their customers to what else is available seasonally that isn't flown in from Africa or South America. Offering blooms that are just as beautiful but grown in the UK and don't cost the earth both literally and figuratively.

Lucy Spencer, Hall Lane Flowers

Seasonal blooms

Seasonal blooms

Q What are your 2023 wedding flower predicitons?
A Lucy Spencer says: As for trends, displays and arrangements that are British and seasonal will be on point.

The message about climate change is gradually influencing people. The awareness of micro plastics in the environment – floral foam is one of the worst polluters and extremely harmful to the environment – is getting through to people and affecting their choices. Couples are searching for florists who use seasonal, British flowers and don't use floral foam in their arrangements.

There are still those that want giant roses in November, but the trend is definitely towards seasonal.

Lucy Spencer, Hall Lane Flowers

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