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.
As summer’s floral abundance froths over into October, autumn wedding flowers come into their own. Coppery tones add a touch of romance and glamour, and showy, large blooms really stand out. Discover 10 of my prettiest picks for your autumn wedding flowers.
Whether the soft muted tones of Cafe au Lait dahlias have you swooning, or you love punchier palettes, there’s a dahlia for you. Cactus varieties will add an edge for boho bouquets, sitting prettily beside tropical succulents, while blousy dinner plate blooms add whimsy to any bouquet.
Beautiful rosette-like flowers, chrysanthemums add buttons of beauty to any bouquet or wedding arrangements. They also bring bucket loads of colour, especially in jewel-like shades of amber and ruby.
Dancing fronds of flowering grasses will add an extra dimension to your autumn wedding flowers. Ask your London or Devon wedding florist for tips on which to choose, you’ll be surprised how many colours you’ll find!
You may hear these golden beauties called Black Eyed Susan, but rudbeckia have a whole lot more in store. Discover simple petalled blooms in tones from canary yellow to warm caramel.
Love Lies Bleeding
You’ll often find a London or Devon wedding florist like me whittling down a list of fillers and spillers. These are the flowers and foliage that add structure and form to a bouquet. Add an opulent twist with Love Lies Bleeding, where a profusion of burgundy spires will trail from your arrangement.
Autumn wedding flowers won’t smell better than this! Chocolate cosmos has rich, darkly hued petals that instantly add drama, but it’s that irresistible scent that really makes them stand out.
Remember that colour can come from the foliage too for your autumn wedding flowers. The soft texture and silvery hues of cineraria are an excellent choice for the season. Add bright red or orange berries for a beautifully wild contrast.
Hydrangeas are even more exciting for autumn wedding flowers, as the varieties that change colour with the season reach their peak. That means creamy panicles of flowers give way to rosy pink hues, or lime developing red edges. English hydrangeas makes a very welcome appearance. Utterly beautiful with blends of rust red, pale blues, greens. As the autumn season moves on, English hydrangea develop a richer and richer red.
And then there are the dried flower heads from earlier in the summer – perfect for creating a vintage feel. Poppies, delphinium and lavender.
The beauty of working with English garden blooms for your autumn wedding flowers is that many hallmarks of summer last long into autumn too. With regular cutting, roses send out flower after flower, meaning these beauties are available for you too! Throw in some glossy orange hips for a unique, bohemian look.
Add delicate detail to your seasonal flowers with salvias. These slender beauties come in a palette from pink through burgundy to deep purple and blue. Another brilliant way to add shape and movement to your bouquet.
I hope you’ve picked some ideas out for your own autumn wedding flowers. See the blooms in action in my London wedding florist gallery and discover more about how I can help you.
The scent of an English-grown David Austin rose. The rustle of poppies as they brush stems with foliage. The delicacy of peonies adorning an archway… Plan an event that enchants every sense with these floral design ideas.
A luscious and abundant floral arrangement will add instant impact to a space, but so too will a hundred single stems.
One of my favourite wedding floral design tips is to choose a bloom you want to celebrate and feature it many times over, in many different ways.
Think single stems in clusters of bud vases or trailing flower heads hanging from a chandelier.
Photo: Rik Pennington Photography
What better way to welcome guests to an event than with a floral feature? This could be an arch that unfurls around a doorway or a structure that frames the aisle.
Add a modern twist by attaching blooms in an asymmetric design or pack them in abundantly for traditionally romantic wedding floral design ideas.
Ways with wildflowers
Embrace the trend for wildflower-inspired wedding floral design ideas with a green table runner.
Swap simple eucalyptus for an enchanting blend of foliage and wildflowers. The result is a pretty pastel swathe that decorates the length of the table.
Gone are the days when wreaths were floral designs of winter alone. Now, all manner of hoops, chandeliers and wreaths are garnished with garden-inspired blooms before being suspended from the ceiling, hung in groups of three from the wall or positioned as the perfect backdrop.
Towers of flowers
Once upon a time, martini glass wedding floral design ideas were all the rage. But while fashions and flowers change, the same perks still apply.
Tall arrangements to top tables that billow with ivy, peonies and roses add fragrance, romance and drama.
By raising the height of arrangements, they add even more impact as you enter the room. But when you’re ready to take your seats, your eye line remains clear, making for happy guests who can easily socialise without any compromise on floral style.
Photo: Venetia Norrington Photography
Discover more elegant and natural ways with blooms in my floral design gallery. Overflowing with the dreamiest designs and whimsical styles, prepare to be instantly transported into a blossoming country garden.