Expert advice about flowers & bouquets

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Flowers & Bouquets


Pick of the bunch

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

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.

Rebekah Ellis


Bloomin' beautiful

Bloomin' beautiful

Q. Spring is our favourite time of year and we want to celebrate it on our wedding day with plenty of gorgeous seasonal flowers. What would you suggest?

A. Anna Johnstone says: If you're tying the knot in spring then you're in luck when it comes to choosing seasonal flowers to decorate your day! Some of the most popular varieties are at their peak at this time of year, our favourite being the frilly peony! They hold up really well in bouquets and table decorations and there are so many colours to choose from including this year's Pantone Colour of the Year Living Coral. Paired with other spring flowers such as tulips, ranunculous and sweet peas, you have the perfect seasonal bouquet. As well as spring blooms, you can add an extra splash of colour with floaty trailing ribbons. Our personal favourites for spring are shades of pink and purple with a pop of yellow. Don't forget the foliage either, it can be just as important as choosing the flowers! Our most frequently requested type is eucalyptus because of its incredible scent and gorgeous dusky green leaves, which work really well against a colourful palette. We also love thlapsi because of its delicate floaty stems, the perfect touch for that country-meadow feel.

Anna Johnstone


Love your greens

Love your greens

Q. We know foliage and greenery were a big trend for weddings last year, is this likely to continue?

A. Sue Huckle says: More than ever before 2019 is going to be the year when indoor plants are in the limelight! Succulents, ferns, trailing plants and terrariums are now very popular and more and more brides are including them as part of their wedding décor. Not only simple, stylish, green and eco-friendly, they're beautiful too.

Green is now very cool. You can have large bay trees with either straight or twisted stems, beautiful olive and pretty blossom trees; all available to hire to create a wow-factor feature. They can be decorated with hanging glass terrariums filled with trailing plants or kokedamas; quirky balls of succulents or other plants, encased in moss with macramé hangers – great as gifts or wedding favours for your guests too.

Sue Huckle


Flower power

Flower power

Q. I want the flowers at my winter wedding to look stunning but I'm not sure what's available at this time of year or what colours to choose to reflect the season.

A. Marion MacDonald says: Winter weddings can be wonderfully romantic and magical with masses of candles, fairylights and sparkle. I believe the flowers should reflect this and add natural beauty to your whole day. They should also be as individual as the couple they're designed for, so there's no set recipe. However, there are so many gorgeous greens available at this time of year that, teamed with ice whites silvery grey, warm cream, hot pink or succulent red tones and berries, they ooze abundance, simplicity and style.

While most flowers are now available all year round, you will pay more if they're out of season, and that's where a good florist will be able to help with everything from design ideas and flower choice to the final creations and little finishing touches.

Marion MacDonald


Flower power

Flower power

Q. We've just started planning our summer wedding for next year. We're going for a country-garden theme full of natural elements and plenty of flowers. We've no idea where to start though. Can you help?

A. Katie Booty says: The perfect starting point would be a visit to your wedding venue around the time you're planning to marry next year. Explore the gardens and see what's in bloom and think about bringing the outdoors in when choosing what flowers to use.

Repurposed containers fit wonderfully with the country-garden look, think buckets, milk churns, troughs and crates filled with flowers. Texture and informality are key to nailing this look, so keep arrangements natural and loosely structured.

Pick seasonal blooms, your florist should be able to suggest varieties that will be at their best around the time of your big day. Your colour palette will also be a deciding factor. Neutral and pastel shades are ideal for your theme, such as roses, scabious, feverfew, stocks or freesias. Although if you're looking for something bolder, beautiful blue delphiniums and purple hydrangeas will create a striking display. Scent can also be very evocative. As emotions can run high on the big day some calming lavender added to the buttonholes or sweetly perfumed sweet peas in your bouquet could be just the ticket.

Katie Booty


Blooming beautiful

Blooming beautiful

Q. We're having a boho style wedding and I want to complement the look with flowers in my hair. What will look great, that's easy to wear and will last throughout the day?

A. Verity Marston says: A full crown made with big blousy blooms like garden roses, hydrangeas and touches of foliage gives a wonderful effect and good quality, well-conditioned flowers should hold up perfectly for your day. If you're a little overwhelmed by the idea of a full crown, then a half band worn at the back of the head is stunning too. It's really important that you feel comfortable and secure on the day so clips, combs and ribbons can all be used with fresh blooms wired or glued on. Incorporate texture to complement your wedding theme; wax flowers, berries, eryngium and nigella are perfect for a natural look. You could also just have lush fresh foliage such as eucalyptus, leather leaf and maybe a sprig or two of a sweetly scented rosemary or bay for a foresty vibe. For the lightest of touches, individual flowers can be wired ready for your hairdresser to pop into your hairstyle – great for your bridesmaids too.

Verity Marston

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