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Q – We’re getting married next autumn and would love to incorporate the season’s colours into our flowers. What do you suggest we look for?
"As the summer fades into autumn the varieties of fresh flowers and colours change, allowing us to create fabulous floral displays. Reds, burgundies, oranges, peaches and browns are the traditional colours, but there are various pallets to choose from. If you have your heart set on dusky pink and ivory whites, add some pale brown, taupe leaves and berries to create an autumn feel.
"Looking for more unusual deeper tones? Go for red, burgundy, dark pink and some chocolate cosmos or dark aubergine calla lilies with greenery. For a softer feel peach with soft oranges, ivory and greenery look lovely. If your favourite bloom is not in season, I would use silk and add it to the other fresh flowers.
"For your centrepieces, tall martini vases with a variety of seasonal flowers and amaranthus flowing down look great. Sunflowers and grasses in tall vases are also a simple but very effective country-style design. Use lots of greenery and flowers for shorter centrepieces, finished with tealights in holders on the tables. Alternatively, black iron candelabra with deep autumnal coloured blooms look stunning.
"When it comes to your décor, opt for table runners in bronzes or golds with a slight sparkle. Black runners or table overlays paired with red centrepieces create a wow effect.
"Use pumpkins to line the aisle or scatter them on the tables. Place garlands along the top table or down the centre of a guest table. Choose just greenery or add pops of colour with candles or LED lights.
"Make the most of any features in the venue. Decorate a staircase with a flower garland or swags of organza and ribbons.
"Think about LED lights around bushes, trees, pillars, bannister rails or add them into flower displays. Uplighters in orange, purple or red can create a great atmosphere.
"Chair sashes or hoods will immediately add more colour to the room."