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Q. After waiting so long for our big day we want to make it extra special and as eco-friendly as possible. What would you suggest?
A. Sue Huckle says: Sue says: The last 16 months have been a wake-up call for all of us. Covid and lockdowns have made us stop and evaluate our lives more and think about what's really important.
I was always taught that 'good design is simple design' and I think now, more than ever before, this is true. As weddings are being held again we all want them to be something to be remembered and those getting married now will be able to tell their children, 'we had to wait to get married but when we did, we did it well'.
Couples want the best wedding ever yet are more aware that eco-credentials are important too. and want to tread lightly on the world, be impactful and create everlasting memories but with less waste and minimal harm to the environment. By hiring large trees, the impact is big, yet the carbon footprint is small as they will live on after the wedding, growing and thriving for years to come!
- Bringing trees inside, either in the venue or church, makes your wedding very individual to you.
- These cool palms look super stylish in the light and airy Lady Elizabeth Wing at Norfolk’s Holkham Hall.
- Go big and bold with stunning birch trees.
- These lovely bay trees look simple yet stunning in the light-filled Orangery at the Wilderness Reserve, Suffolk.
Sue Huckle,Posh Plants
Q. We've postponed our wedding twice over the last year and are now hoping to get married as soon as we can. We're not going to have the day we originally planned but definitely don't want to compromise on the flowers. What trends and influences do you see emerging in the months ahead?
A. Laura Turner says: Laura says: Freedom will be a core theme with a focus on the environment and use of natural resources. Smaller scale weddings will be coming into their own with the emphasis on quality over quantity. With heightened appreciation of nature we're likely to be seeing lots of greenery and plants included in the décor. Couples in general are taking more account of their big-day setting and want to reflect the natural landscape by drawing inspiration from their venue's existing gardens, wonderful foliage and flowers for their floral arrangements. Other key trends include:
- More pedestal arrangements and potted plants dotted around the floor.
- A continued move towards sustainability with use of seasonal flowers and foliage.
- Smaller posies for the bouquets featuring delicate flowers such as daisies, asters, love- in-a-mist, sweet peas and waxflowers.
- Incorporating meaningful and sentimental items into the wedding arrangements such as a favourite bloom or flowers to represent your birth month.
- Bright jewel-like colours, like crimson, cerise, yellow, red and blue as well as earthy shades of yellow, brown, red, terracotta and green.
Laura Turner,Flora Laura Flowers
Q. What are the key trends and colours for wedding flowers this year?
A. Alison Mortlock says: Alison reports:
- The floral trend colour for 2021 is Scorched Earth with vibrant golden and yellow tones. Adding a splash of orange, crimson, earthy or grey shades, will all help to emphasise this latest palette.
- Dyed flowers were trending last year and are set to become even more popular. Demand for certain colours allows designers to experiment with tints and tones combining different floral textures allowing for a blend of dried and fresh material.
- Dahlias have been making a comeback and are set to be a favourite this year. They offer long seasonal availability and a large range of big and blousy blooms in assorted colours.
- Scented flowers that bring back childhood memories are another great pick with brides expected to opt for scented blooms such as sweet peas and lily of the valley.
- Following the recent TV series The Crown, cascading bouquets are returning to the spotlight. While Princess Diana's bouquet included trailing ivy and stephanotis, varieties such as clematis and trailing foliage plants will be coming to the fore as we move through 2021.
- A growing shift towards more sustainable and eco- friendly flowers will see brides sourcing locally grown blooms and opting for designs that can be re-used after the ceremony to decorate the reception space.
- After a year of hibernation wedding flowers are set to explode in 2021. Expect to see lavish decorations to frame the aisle, suspended installations and floral sculptures to decorate wedding venues.
Alison Mortlock,Albert Rose Floral Design
Back garden beautiful
Q. We're going ahead with our wedding ceremony and would like to do something to mark the occasion, without getting carried away and blowing the budget for our big day next autumn. What would you suggest that's simple but memorable?
A. Alison Mortlock says: Alison says: One of the many reasons couples choose smaller weddings is to break away from tradition and set their own style to reflect their personalities. An intimate relaxed wedding gives you the chance to really interact with your guests, allowing more time for quality conversation. An intimate get together doesn't mean basic, just more personalised. You could even use your own home, a place that's meaningful to both you and your guests. Look at all the space available, not just the tables, and think how you can turn it into a stunning backdrop.
Consider lights, plants, flowers, fabrics, and anything else that will create an ambience such as an overhead floral arrangement to coordinate with the setting. Take the inside out, if the weather's fine, with sofas and rugs to create inviting outdoor areas in the garden where your guests can relax and use stunning floral displays to link the areas together. Adding small, memorable touches is much simpler in a smaller space and using family heirlooms such as vintage china, can all help to make your day extra special.
Alison Mortlock,Albert Rose Floral Design
Say it with flowers
Q. We want our wedding to be as eco-friendly as possible. How can we reflect this through our wedding flowers?
A. Laura Turner says: Laura says: Although traditional blooms remain popular, there's been a distinct shift in emphasis towards sustainability in line with growing concern about the environment and conservation. With couples increasingly looking to make their big day as green as possible, rustic country-garden themes are finding favour, using seasonal, locally grown, pesticide-free blooms. There's also been a revival in the use of dried flowers.
To make your displays and arrangements as ecofriendly as possible, think about upcycling and re-use glass jam jars or sauce bottles for the table centrepieces. Go back to basics with natural materials instead of satin or poly ribbon as the finishing touch to your bridal blooms or table arrangements. Raffia, hessian or twine will add an eco-twist to your bouquet and will look great too!
Laura Turner,Flora Laura Flowers
Pick of the bunch
Q. We're planning to tie the knot next year but haven't set a date yet. We're hoping to have a spring wedding but would like some general ideas for the flowers and what's on trend as we don't know where to start.
A. Janet Dodd says: Janet says: Here are a few ideas to help:
- Boho-style is a trend that's still very much in favour and suits all seasons. Think sweet avalanche roses, astrantia, plume-like astilbe and hydrangeas, not tightly constructed but in a loose shower bouquet with lots of foliage in different shades.
- Vintage is another theme that just keeps on going and is perfect for spring with soft pastel colours and delicate flowers. Cream, lilac and grey tones work well, muted Memory Lane and soft white Avalanche roses, gypsophila with rosemary, lavender, mint or herbs of various kinds to add interest and fragrance. China teapots and cups are great as vessels and decorative props or milk churns for larger displays.
- There's a wealth of lovely fragrant varieties to choose from for a spring bouquet including delicate narcissi, hyacinths and freesias. Natural materials like string and hessian are popular too for tying bouquets and extra decorative touches.
- Gerbera are always a popular choice with a simple loose-gathered bunch of gypsophila, hand-tied with voile ribbon and string. They're beautiful for all seasons as there are so many shades to choose from.
- Circlet-style headdresses and flower crowns are another enduring favourite; great for spring weddings with a mix of delicate spray roses, foliage and gypsophila or just a few sprigs of gyp pinned in place to adorn the bride or bridesmaids' hair.
Janet Dodd,Forget Me Not Flowers
Blooms in blue
Q. We'd like to include a nod to the 2020 Pantone Colour of the Year Classic Blue in our wedding flowers. What seasonal options would you suggest?
A. Rebekah Ellis says: Rebekah says: Although true blue flowers are relatively uncommon, each season provides a selection, many of which are grown here in Britain; a plus for the eco-conscious bride. You could even include some in your bouquet as your something blue.
Spring gives us delicate muscari (grape hyacinth), and later the delicate nigella; commonly known as lovein- a-mist. Summer sees the arrival of cornflowers and statuesque delphiniums, while for autumn weddings you can include beautiful heavy hydrangea heads. Blue thistles are great for winter and add texture too.
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