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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
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