Your budget. If you do not have a conceptual and sensible budget in place before you start approaching florists, you will find yourself disappointed. As a Wedding Planner, I always encourage my couples to prioritise flowers into “must-have” and “nice to have” — e.g. “it’s a must-have to have flowers for the full bridal party” and “would be nice to have flowers for every table”. This allows for
You should never underestimate the importance of a theme. From the most loving place of my heart, I believe that couples who get themselves lost in Pinterest without a secure and well-developed stylistic theme risk having a wedding that looks unpolished, and that goes for flowers as well as other decor. As an example, Gerbera bouquets wouldn’t work with a vintage or “shabby chic” theme — they work for modern, contemporary weddings. Gypsophelia, Peonies, David Austin roses and carnations are far more suited to vintage-style weddings.
During our style and concept consultations, I advise couples to play with shades and tones within the colour scheme — it’s creative while maintaining sophistication. If you want to be daring, colour blocking, often seen in South American weddings, can introduce a beautiful colour explosion to your venues. A note: blues get lost very easily; when you walk into a church you won’t see the blue/purple detail in the flowers until you’re standing right next to them.
Convallaria (Lily of the Valley) means purity and sweetness. Stephanotis means happiness in marriage. Sweet pea symbolises departure — a bride is leaving one life behind to begin a new one with her husband. The most common wedding flower is the rose, associated with love and passion. Avoid marigolds — they mean cruelty, grief and jealousy. You can check out the full list of flower meanings here
The bridal bouquet is the ultimate wedding accessory and should compliment, and not overpower, the dress. An easy rule of thumb is the bigger the dress, the bigger the bouquet; a simple and elegant column dress looks great with a single stem of lily, whereas a full, detailed dress suits a bigger bouquet with mixed flowers. As for colour, white to match your dress with contrasting green leaves can look stunning. For off-white dresses, peach, orange and pinks are fabulous choices. You should also decide how you want your bridal bouquet to look in your wedding photos; all-white or ivory bouquets are beautiful, but without additional colours they won’t stand out boldly against a white or ivory wedding gown.
We live in an era where artificial flowers are so botanically correct that sometimes it is very difficult to tell the difference. While the cost of silk is a fraction cheaper than fresh flowers, they can be kept indefinitely without the cost of freezing or pressing; making them the perfect keepsake.
Also, as a hayfever sufferer, but as someone who also loves being surrounded by pretty things, I find them to be a really practical and painless alternative.
The short answer is: it is up to you! Reception areas tend to be larger spaces, so are perfect for larger-headed flowers such as Peonies or Hydrangeas. Many couples also incorporate flowers from the bouquet on the end of the pews to tie everything together in a pretty little bow.
Lee Talbot (Floral Designer at Desmond Talbot LTD): Spend a few hours at New Covent Garden Flower Market. It has a vast selection of flowers, allowing couples to see and smell flowers they may not even know exist, as well as ribbon and accessories such as diamantés, feathers and faux pearl accents, if you want a bit of bling.
Sherri Hicks (Floral Designer at Aisle Be Yours): On your wedding day, spray a small amount of the perfume you are wearing onto your silk flowers for a lovely scent.
Karen O’Hara (Floral Designer at Vow Florals): Go to a good designer, trusting your own intuition; a true floral artist is one who understands that every bride is as individual and unique as the dress they wear.