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Q. I'm planning to tie the knot next year and want flowers that will wow our guests. Do you have any ideas?
A. Annabel Grange says: Go for big or exotic flowers to create the wow factor. Larger blooms tend to be more expensive, but keep in mind you don't need as many of them to create a striking arrangement. Hydrangeas are good for large reception spaces and come in an array of colours including white, pale blue, pink, purple and green. Displayed in tall martini vases with some roses or gypsophila is a fairly simple design that will draw your guests' attention.
Use cylinder vases in a variety of sizes to create an interesting table centre. Fill the vases with water, submerge the flowers and place floating candles on top. Place them on large mirror plates surrounded by tea lights in glass votive holders with table crystals. This is a beautiful option for the darker months.
If you're having a Royal blue theme, use dyed fresh roses. These will make a dramatic bridal bouquet, especially against an ivory dress, or can be used for centrepieces or pedestal flowers mixed with white or yellow. You won't need to add many of these to create an awe-inspiring look.
Alternatively, you could look for tall, tropical flowers and greenery – these add a faraway feel and look fabulous on tables.
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Q. We're getting married next Valentine's Day and want to incorporate our theme into our big-day flowers. Do you have any suggestions on how we can do this?
A. Sue Sturges says: You can easily incorporate your theme into your flowers. Use soft delicate, flowing foliage with a variety of blooms to create different shapes and textures. Opt for candles as part of your centrepieces to create a romantic atmosphere.
Valentine's Day is a popular time of year to give flowers as a gift, especially red roses. Unfortunately, this means they are in high demand, so prices will be higher than usual. It's worth keeping this in mind when choosing your big-day blooms. You could look for arrangements that aren't red or mix them with other colours to save money. Remember February is a lovely time for spring flowers which are a nice sight after winter.
Q. We're on a tight budget but still want beautiful flowers on our big day. Do you have any ideas on how we can save money?
A. Annabel Grange says: Use flowers that are in season in the UK, as although we can buy them all over the world, the cost can increase considerably if they're flown in from outside of Europe.
- Use more expensive flowers such as roses, peonies and orchids in your bouquet and top table and replace these with something more economical for the bridesmaids' posies. You'll still have the same effect but reduce the cost considerably.
- We don't charge extra for vase hire, but some companies will so shop around before booking.
- Specialist roses such as David Austin are beautiful but cost far more than standard versions. If you really want them, use them for a special arrangement or your bouquet.
- Flowers that are easily grown tend to be cheaper. Look for chrysanthemums, gerberas, eustomas and carnations.
- On-trend shades are usually more expensive. Think about having an ivory/white base with accents of colour or incorporate your favourite hue into your ribbons and decorations.
- A few large blooms can work out more cost-effective than having lots of smaller ones. Hydrangea heads look amazing in a tall vase of gladioli.
- Silk or artificial flowers can be mixed with fresh versions and/ or greenery to create a beautiful display. This can lower the price of arches, gazebo decorations and garlands dramatically.
- Be aware that greenery fluctuates in price depending on the time of year.
- Use the same flowers at both your ceremony and reception.
- Centrepieces can be used as gifts instead of buying separate thank you presents. Ask your florist if they have any supply vases you can buy instead of hire.
Q. What are the latest flower trends?
A. Sue Sturges says: Blush is on-trend at the moment, it's a great colour that will complement any time of year. Flower arches are also popular. They look amazing and create a fantastic backdrop for your ceremony.
Q. We're getting married in November and would like our flowers to reflect the season. Do you have any suggestions?
A. Kate Lamport says: - There are lots of beautiful arrangements and hues available this time of year, including soft creams, warm burnt oranges. hydrangeas, dahlias and feathery astilbes.
- Avoid flowers that look too Christmassy and look for pastel shades and rich natural tones.
- Use seasonal pods and berries to lift and add texture to your blooms.
- Remember, you can use different components to add interest, such as pheasant feathers and fresh fruit.
- Incorporate naked branches like contorted willow or foliage picked from a hedgerow.
- If you're looking for inspiration, go for a stroll on a lovely frosty morning and take in the different colours of the landscape.
Q. Purple is my favourite colour, and I want to incorporate it into our flowers. Do you have any ideas of what blooms we should look for?
A. Jane O'Hare says: To prevent the purple looking stark, it's good to introduce complementing hues such as lavender and lilac.
Flowers to look out for include, quicksand roses, Memory Lane roses, lavender eustoma and freesias. These flowers are available all year round and can be accompanied with silver-toned foliage such as cineraria eucalyptus and cineraria.
If you want something a bit more vibrant, add hypericum berries, viburnum opulus or bright green orchids.
Q. We love flowers and want to incorporate them into our venue decor. Do you have any suggestions?
A. Annabel Grange says: - Pedestal arrangements can be used during your ceremony and moved to the reception area.
- Flower garlands have different textures and can be positioned over mantlepieces, around columns, draped on staircases and even placed along the front of the top table.
- Free-standing arches, rings and stands are on-trend. These can transform a dark corner or embellish a cake table.
- Look for large blooms such as hydrangeas and bubbling gypsophila for your centrepieces.
- A single flower head can be added to your chair sashes. Use silk ones to ensure they don't fade over the course of the day.
- Don't forget about outside spaces. Transform them by adding jugs of large blooms such as gladiolus.
Q. I'm set to tie the knot next autumn, and I'd love to include some of the season's most beautiful flowers. Do you have any suggestions?
A. Annabel Grange says: If you're looking for an orange colour palette then some of the best flowers, include sunflowers, vibrant roses, scented freesias, tiny Santini chrysanthemums and not forgetting the seasonal hypericum berries. To add an unusual twist you could also incorporate spiky leucospermum in orange or red.
Q. How can we reflect our summer theme with our flower choices?
A. Beverley Voss says: Summer is the most popular time of year to get married and the floral choices available is fabulous. Soft, romantic and ethereal with porcelain, ivory and blush pink tones, or the bold colour palette of vibrant hot colours to reflect the bright sunshine during the summer months with golden orange, cerise, purple, scarlet, cobalt blue and lime green – the choices are endless.
Roses are considered to be the summer wedding flowers and my favourites are the scented garden roses Yves Piaget, Keira, Juliet, White O'hara, Prince Jardiner, all so romantic, perfect for a beautiful bride.
Alternative English summer flowers are heavenly scented peonies, my personal favourites are Duchesse de Nemours, Shirley Temple and Madame Claude Tain, the perfect wow-factor flowers; combine these with exquisite roses, sweetpeas, jasmine and stephanotis, not forgetting the addition of folige and lavender, with herbs of mint, rosemary, sage and verbena.
Q. How can I add a splash of colour to my wedding day?
A. Kate Faccenda says: If you want to add a bit of drama to your wedding day then there's an amazing range of rich luscious pinks and electric blue silk flowers that we are totally in love with. We'll be stocking up in 2019 and can't wait to make a knock-out ceremonial archway or garland for the top table in these colours.
We're also loving the huge flowery pom poms now available in fabulously bright colours that you can get to hang from the ceiling of your venue or hang in a tree outside. Such a cost-effective way to decorate especially if your wedding location needs that little bit of extra help to turn it into your dream venue (www.pompomstudio.co.uk).
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