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.
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.
Exciting times ahead! You may well be on the way to planning your wedding and now the time has come to choose your wedding florist in London. I can’t tell you how many floral treats will be in store.
The floral world is brimming with creativity and passion, fragrance and beauty. Each London wedding florist has their own signature aesthetic and style of working with couples. So it’s important to take your time and find the right match for you.
Try a few of my top tips to help you along a little, in what may seem will like an overwhelming leap into the unknown.
1 Choosing your floral style
Before diving into details of which glories are seasonably available, whether you want your bouquet to be hand-tied, how many buttonholes, style of floral arch and so forth, you need to consider which style of flowers and foliage you have a preference for, eg. soft and gentle, brightly coloured, flamboyant or subtle.
Some will rush for tightly packed balls of peonies. For others, the magic lies in wild, asymmetric designs.
Couples come to me as their London wedding florist because they adore flowers with a freshly picked aesthetic. I bring the beauty and abundance of country flowers to weddings in the heart of the city.
2 Trace back to the roots
Where will your flowers come from? I’m a London wedding florist with an affinity for English garden styles and British-grown blooms. Think of a herbaceous border.
I source some of my wedding flowers from the markets, but I also take great care to work with English flower farms too.
The result, stunning and delicious designs that encapsulate the essence of each season and its charms, whether that’s blossom, berries or blousy peonies. By visiting flower markets, I can source a range of flowers that make your dreams achievable.
3 Create a moodboard of ideas
As your London wedding florist, I’ll work closely with you to understand your floral design vision. You might be head over heels for heavenly scented David Austin roses or have fallen for the drama of dahlias. We’ll talk varieties, colour schemes and arrangements for as long as you like.
But if you’re not green fingered, don’t panic! A simple Pinterest board or a few cut-outs from bridal magazines are all I need to understand your dream.
It’s my job to open up the possibilities of country-style wedding flowers to you and it’s one I absolutely love to do. So, with your wedding date, budget and theme in mind, I’ll guide you to pick the perfect English garden blooms that instantly evoke the romance of the country.
4 Start the conversation
However formed your floral plans and ideas, the first step is to say hello! Here at The Velvet Daisy, I will welcome you, listen to you, get to know you as a couple and any idiosyncrasies you may have.
All the rest will follow, from design consultations to selecting the perfect petals for your bouquet.
Wildly romantic, natural style wedding flowers are what I do best as a wedding florist in London. Let me know where and when you plan to wed and let’s nurture your ideas into something incredibly special, for an occasion when only the best flowers will do.