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.