Over the years, I have had many brides and grooms who say
“We don’t know what we want"
"We don’t have a clue about flowers, but we just know we need them”
So, to help you all out, here are my 10 top Q&A's for all engaged couples looking to find the perfect florist and the perfect wedding flowers.
1. When do we start planning our wedding flowers?
Start planning as soon as your venue is booked, even if this is 18 months - 2 years away. Organisation and planning is the key!
2. What style and colour should I choose?
Firstly, do your research on different styles and colours online, use Instagram and search hashtags related to your wedding day and venue.
I would use hashtags such as #weddingflowers #somersetwedding #wiltshirewedding #bridalbouquet #bridalparty #venuestyling #pristonmill #coombelodge #orchardleighestate #stoneastonparkhotel #churchwedding
Screen shot all of your top photos so you have them to hand on your phone. Also do the same with Pinterest search in keywords related to your wedding such as “Pink bridal bouquet” Many of the images that will appear will be international but all ideas can be adapted to seasonal availability.
3. What sort of thing do I bring to my bridal consultation?
Bring along any photos of inspiration you have either found online or from a friend’s wedding, florists can always create a similar design to any photo if it is seasonally available.
4. How long will my flowers last?
Your flowers will last all of your wedding day, although as the bouquets are out of water for most of time during the ceremony we always suggest vases of water for them to sit in during the reception.
Photo by Ryan Goold Photography
5. What sort of flowers will be available in Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter?
Spring: I always LOVE creating scented bright flowers in purples and yellows for a spring wedding. Your typical flowers that would be available would be Narcissi, Tulips, Muscari, Hyacinths, all of these have short stems although have the most incredible natural perfume.
Summer: My favourite Summer Wedding flower is a Peony (available May-June), they are a big fluffy scented flowers and very popular, I also love big headed flowers such as Sunflowers and Gerberas.
Autumn: I absolutely adore deep plums/aubergine reds, purples alongside pale pinks and whites, the strong deep colours alongside soft pretty colours just look breath taking with grey foliage’s. The most common flowers used are roses, spray roses, eucalyptus and berries.
Winter: I love nothing more than a festive wedding. Especially in all whites with grey foliage’s, a real winter wonderland. Previously I’ve used different varieties of roses, the stunning amaryllis which is a real Christmassy flower along with Eucalyptus, Hypericum and Rannunclus.
6. How much should I budget for flowers?
Wedding flowers are costed per item so it depends what you choose! If you go for just the bridal party so just bouquets and buttonholes you are looking at the £400-£500 mark depending on flower choice. If you are looking for slightly more with ceremony flowers, venue décor, styling, table flowers and thank you gift bouquets you are looking at £1,000- £1,500 plus mark.
7. What are the most popular flowers used?
The most popular flowers I use are Roses, with such beautiful varieties in colour and scent alongside other flowers they are truly stunning. I love a country style bouquet which include roses and lots of little sprigs such as Tanecetum, Astilbe, Lisianthus and stocks so it looks like it’s been picked from hedgerow.
8. How do I make my flowers look like a feature at my venue?
I think if you’re getting married at a barn or big hall it’s important to really go out with the décor, making a real feature of the ceremony with a freestanding floral arch, pedestals at the start of the aisle, tied chair flowers are a must (as they can be re-used for the reception and evening do) alongside a ceremony arrangement which can also be used on the top table after the ceremony.
For the reception, you really need detailed centre pieces to wow your guests, these do not have to be expensive, you can collect different jars and bottles throughout the year and then you simply pay for the flowers. If you are looking for something bigger, you can hire vases from a hire company then pay for rustic spheres of flowers to be placed on the top.
9. What style of bouquet should I choose to match my dress?
If you have a really simple straight down dress I usually suggest a more rustic “out there” bouquet as it will stand out or a rustic messy style would be great too! If your dress is quite busy with pearls and sequins I would do for something very small, neat and simple so the dress stands out more.
10. What can I do to be different?
You could make featured areas such as a “a milkshake bar” which can be decorated jar posies of flowers, alongside cute milk bottles, patterned paper straws and different flavours such as Banana, Strawberry and Chocolate which can be displayed in cocktail drink dispensers with the flavour written on the front in chalk paint. The kids will love this too!
I hope you've found my top tips useful and be sure to pop over to my Facebook page, Twitter page or Instagram page and say hello! I am always more than happy to help out.
Lots of love,
Amy, The Flower Cabin.