Choosing your wedding flowers may begins before you even choose your florist. because The type of flowers and foliage you fall for and the styles of arrangements you dream of, will guide you to the best floral designer most suited for you. Start styling your celebrations and sourcing your suppliers with my 10 top tips for choosing your wedding flowers.
1 Featured favourites
Add sentimentality in a single stroke by choosing a flower that means something to you. It could remind you of the plants that fill your garden, of a bouquet gifted on a special occasion, or even of someone special who perhaps can’t be there to celebrate the special day with you. The beauty of flowers is that they can bring beauty and meaning in equal measure, so make the most of it!
2 Shaping up
There’s more to a bouquet than simply being big or small. There are hand-tied, cascading, asymmetric or tightly snuggled designs. You could even opt for something alternative like a floral tambourine – a gorgeous addition to any festival or garden party themed wedding. Take your time weighing up what style works best for you – bigger doesn’t always mean bolder, but it will be heavier!
3 Table it
There are also your centrepieces to consider. Trends and traditions have currently taken away the idea of table flowers such as enormous urns to jars and bud vases marching along the table. Small arrangements can provide a simple look, especially when combined with a combination of smaller and a little larger vases. That gives you a whole world of inspiration when choosing your wedding flowers. Dive into your London wedding florist’s portfolio and pick out the arrangements that make your hearts sing.
4 Earth to air
While almost all flowers will be grown in the ground, whether under glass or out in the field, many will then be flown thousands of miles before reaching their final destination at your wedding venue.
English garden blooms, on the other hand, can be grown just down the road. Working with seasons, freshness and fragrance that imported flowers simply can’t beat. Working with local flower farmers means I can wander the rows and weave only the most wonderful flowers into your wedding day.
Perfumes of the past, the whole reason brides have carried bouquets down the aisle for centuries is for their fabulous fragrance, and not simply their good looks. Another big benefit of choosing a London wedding florist who works with locally grown, garden-style flowers is that the fragrance is there by the bucket load, especially with the addition of wonderful herbs. Fill your venue with these and the effect for every sense will be amazing!
6 All or nothing
Sometimes, too much choice can make selecting all the more tricky. So don’t forget when choosing your wedding flowers, you can pare your petals right back. Choosing one or two feature flowers can have double the impact of many if you choose carefully. Think statement sunflowers, punchy Icelandic poppies, romantic peony-flowered tulips or those fabulous Café au Lait dahlias florists dream about.
7 Seasonal style
Look to the time of year for inspiration when choosing your wedding flowers. Daffodils can be delightful at a spring wedding, and they’re not limited to jolly shades of yellow, but come in ethereal whites and even muted pinks too. At the other end of the year, boughs laden with berries add a wintry twist with accents of colour that glisten like jewels.
8 Something blue
Choosing your wedding flowers can mean checking off traditions too. Add blue toned flowers into your bouquet or have the stems bound in a hand-dyed blue silk ribbon.
Photographed by Venetia Norrington Photography
9 The big day
If you’re dreaming big for your wedding day blooms, then design big too! Think cascading garlands that spill into a floral showcase around a grand staircase, or doors framed by flowers. Mantelpieces topped with luxurious floral swags, or windows dressed with corner blooms. For this reason, it’s worth finalising your venue before your floral designs.
10 Aim high
If blowing your guests away is high on your priority list when choosing your wedding flowers, this tip is for you! The one feature that instantly fills a space with floral magnificence is one suspended from the ceiling.
Think an abundant chandelier brimming with blousy roses and pendulous stocks, or a ceiling covered from corner to corner in individually suspended stems. A wildflower meadow from the air. Tables arrangements are tried and tested, but ceilings are all to play for. Raise the roof with your wedding flowers!
Photographer: Rik Pennington Photography
With these 10 ideas in mind, choosing your wedding flowers will become one of your favourite planning tasks yet. Make them memorable, make them magical and let me help you create something truly unique with English garden blooms.
Nothing says glamour, opulence or sophisticated romance quite like those richly hued, deeply pigmented jewel tone colours. Think blazes of amber and burgundy, topaz blue or inky sapphire shades, all accented by a shimmer of gold or two. The look is dramatic, romantic and sumptuous all in one floral flourish. So, how do you create it with jewel tone wedding flowers?
Tracing the colour spectrum from ruby right through to deep port, burgundy reds instantly up the dramatic for your jewel tone wedding flowers. They are surprisingly versatile appearing in all manner of stems, from flowering grasses to roses, dinner plate dahlias, peonies and even spring tulips.
Combined with intensely orange alstroemeria or crocosmia for a bohemian take on jewel tone wedding flowers. Or, for something more whimsical, work in delicate peaches or pinks with ranunculus, roses and dahlias for a complementary contrast.
Ramp up the rose
Opting for jewel tone wedding flowers needn’t mean leaving shades of pink behind. Instead, it means working with the most vibrant pinks in the palette for example bright rose or fuchsia tones and intense coral peonies.
The trick is to incorporate them with equally decadent foliage, like eucalyptus. The silvery tones will highlight the intensity of the pink. Avoid adding white at all costs – this look is all about richness and decadence, and only colour will do. Burgundies and peaches will help create a fuller, more dazzling jewel effect.
Finding English garden flowers in a true blue is something of a challenge, but that’s where expert advice comes in. Cornflowers are a favourite for adding pops of blue throughout your bouquets or table arrangements. With smaller flower heads, they work best when clustered together, so you’ll need plenty to make an impact.
At the other end of the spectrum are architectural beauties like echinops and eryngium, which often come in a darker blue. With dramatic spiked flowers, they become centrepieces in their own right and sit sumptuously among other jewel colours. Round off your bouquet with a navy velvet ribbon, and the look is complete.
Glimmers of gold
When it comes to adding gold to your jewel tone wedding flowers, it’s time to get creative. Some flowers can come close to the colour, like rudbeckias or heleniums, but it’s the grasses and seed heads that steal the show for this tone.
Sprays of pampas grass will add softness, texture and a flash of gold to a floral arch or bouquet. Gold-sprayed seed heads from poppies and love in a mist sown earlier in the year will add dainty dashes of delight to table arrangements.
When designing your wedding flowers, it’s easy to be carried away with the flowers. But don’t forget about the role foliage has to play too. The leaves you choose will act as a foil for your blooms, so they have a vital role. For winter weddings, the intensity of evergreen conifers is hard to beat. Earlier in the year, rich green ivy or silvery eucalyptus add the perfect flourish.
The atmosphere, scent and style that jewel tone wedding flowers bring to a celebration is second to none. I’ll work with you to hand-pick the arrangements of your dreams. Get in touch with me and we’ll make floral magic happen.
Country garden wedding flowers are often on the cards as I work floral magic for couples in the South West. Whether you’re tying the knot in an enchanting flour mill, an elegant country manor or in an orchard marquee, country garden arrangements will add character, style and a scent like no other. So, which blooms could you include in your Devon or Cornwall wedding flowers?
Standing tall in a vase, the pastel haze of blue, lavender, pink or white delphiniums adds instant dreaminess to a country style space. They also look exquisite blended with tones of cream and white, like fluffy peonies in early summer or Café au Lait dahlias later in the year. Mingle them into abundantly filled floral urns for the ultimate romantic look for your Devon wedding flowers.
One of the go-to country garden wedding flowers for any Devon wedding florist are hydrangeas. With huge flower heads made up of countless individual petals, these large delights add a stunning focal feature. They come in a gorgeous array of hues, from fairy-tale whites to pale pinks and cornflower blues, inkier navy and ruby tones. Many also change colour as they age, adding a richness, vintage feel.
No Devon wedding flowers with a country garden aesthetic would be complete without roses. David Austin varieties are the way to go, and they’re available all year round, whenever you plan to celebrate!
This annual is invaluable for country garden wedding flowers. Also known as nigella, the flowers themselves come in a wash of whites, blues and soft pinks. They’re delicate, whimsical and a great addition to bouquets. Then as the flowers fade, love-in-a-mist sets seed with exquisite seed heads that add a wild, sculptural element to arrangements from autumn through winter and into spring.
Many couples come to me hoping to bring a natural garden aesthetic to their Devon wedding flowers. What better way to do so than to create arrangements that hark back to the wildflower meadows that fill the countryside? Feverfew’s dainty daisy flowers add buttons of colour to bouquets and table arrangements, with a laid-back and fun country feel.
The wild variety adds spires of hot pink across the English countryside, but bring these beauties into cultivation at local flower farms and you’ll discover a dreamy palette of colours. I love to incorporate foxgloves in apricot tones, barely there pinks and pure white to add height to bouquets with a country twist.
Best known for their flashes of purple, pinks and white, salvia flowers come in so many shapes and sizes. Think of these as floral finishing touches to your bouquet. They’re brilliant for adding that little twist that elevates the entire effect.
Peonies are the perfect choice for country garden wedding flowers – there’s no two ways about it. Big, blousy and bursting with ruffled petals, utterly romantic. Layer them up with foliage and relaxed spring flowers for a more rustic feel, or opt for peonies exclusively to really ramp up the garden charm. Sadly, they have a very limited season lasting from May to early June.
While it’s not your average choice for country garden wedding flowers, it can be one of the most creative! Armfuls of wheat in large-scale arrangements beside bundles of lavender or sprays of rosemary will add bucket loads of rustic charm. Cluster them together in vintage metal milk churns or have a pitcher of each cascading down a reclaimed wooden ladder.
Think of tulips and you imagine tall, slender flowers in any colour you can imagine. But the floral possibilities don’t stop there for your Devon wedding flowers. Ask your English garden florist about the double, parrot or super tall French varieties, which create a dreamy painterly effect and even emulate peonies!
Bring your country wedding flower dreams to life. Get in touch and let’s talk about floral inspirations and wedding flowers.
What comes to mind when you think of romantic wedding flowers? Blousy blooms, a sea of pastels and the sweetest scent, perhaps daintily tied with hand dyed silk ribbon, or entwined around a silver birch archway. If you love this look, here are five soft and dreamy ways to choose romantic wedding flowers for your big day.
In the floristry trade we call these types of flowers doubles. You’ll spot them by the tightly packed ruffle of petals that swirls from the centre of each flower head. Gradually opening to produce a most luscious, dense flower. Think dreamy pastel ranunculus in spring, David Austin roses that smell delicious, and decorative dahlias like Cafe au Lait to carry right into autumn. Lisianthus are available all year and can easily be substituted for roses if preferred. As a London wedding florist, I sink my green fingers into the full selection to give couples maximum choice and maximum romance.
Some petals are so delicate they appear to be paper thin. If you hold them up to candlelight, you’d be able to see through them. The petals can be big, blousy, and oh-so delicate on varieties like anemones and Icelandic poppies. Beautiful dried honesty providing a wonderful texture and appearance, going through autumn and into winter.
An ethereal choice for romantic wedding flowers, whether spilling from an urn or featured in a bouquet. Their large flower heads also make them a key feature, which can be supported by subtler florals and foliage for a frothy, fairy-tale look.
Barely there brushes
It’s not all in the accents. The filler flowers that support the stars of your bouquet are just as important for romantic wedding flowers. Think clouds of honesty or gypsophila, feverfew or forget me nots, catmint or lavender. Sweet peas or salvias, love in a mist, even grasses too.
Each adds texture and softness that is an irresistible element of any romantic wedding flowers. They’re also an excellent way to pick up complementary colour shades.
Channel the pastel
Nothing says softness and elegance better than pastel flowers. Within the palette are a huge range of colour schemes, from blush pink and white to peach and cornflower blue, lilac and the silvery tones of silver dollar eucalyptus, lamb’s ears or rosemary. At our floral consultation, we can work through flowers, palettes and styles to find the designs that really appeal to you and connect with your vision.
The most romantic wedding flowers are those that fill a room with beauty and fragrance. To create the effect, include as many as you possibly can – without overpowering! Think trailing jasmine winding delicately between flowers along a table, or overflowing pedestals to frame the aisle. Milk churns beside doorways or garlands draped over a mantelpiece.
Remember to keep a few extras vases ready to hold your bridal party bouquets, which can then pretty up other corners of your venue too. Bring the entire scheme together with one statement flower, like a hydrangea, woven through every arrangement.
English garden blooms lend themselves intuitively to romantic arrangements. Often delicate and pastel toned, with a whimsical flourish I work them into the dreamiest floral masterpieces. Discover more about the whimsical effects I can create for your wedding day.
Today I am delighted to share that I was recently asked to do a London event flowers demonstration at Farrow & Ball in Battersea in celebration of their new range of gorgeous colours.
I was incredibly excited and flattered that they got in touch, and that they enjoyed my use of colour enough to contact me. I love working with colourful flowers because simply put, I feel it brings out the best in me. It makes me happy, free and alive. It feels contagious as my clients then trust me and I become more creative. I love to reflect the mood of my clients in my creative work, without limitations. Working with Farrow & Ball, I had the freedom to florally interpret their new colours which was wonderful.
At this event, I shared how to make paint palettes come to life in the form of flowers and how to display them, starting an interior design explosion! I particularly loved sharing how to demonstrate confidence in playing with colours, opening an entirely new world. I love using a mix of traditional and modern use of flowers, and showing how exciting it can be to not be afraid to experiment.
I firmly believe colour is a very personal thing. It comes from existing colours which can be blended to create others. This is exactly what Farrow and Ball do with their paints and I do with my flowers – creating new atmospheres.
I was delighted with the feedback from the attendees, and the organiser sent me this today:
‘Another huge thank you for everything you did to make Thursday evening such a success, we have had some lovely feedback and the showroom has looked bountiful all weekend!’
At the workshop I shared how textures and colour combinations can greatly affect the style and atmosphere you create, from the simplicity of using one flower colour, onto a mix of colours which reflect tones of a particular paint or to form a complete contrast. Working with a company like Farrow & Ball was wonderful, a company that epitomises style, quality and passion for their product which I believe reflects my own enthusiasm.
If you’d like to see more of my event flowers portfolio, please enjoy your browse!
Many thanks to Angela Bunt Creative and the Decor Cafe for taking these photos. I’ll share the official photos from the event soon!