Planning your wedding flowers
- Apr 01, 2019
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Wedding coming up? Thinking of buying loads of expensive flowers? Well maybe think again! Whilst it has been traditional for many brides to work with their favourite florist, creating a perfectly formed bouquet or decorative bundles of blooms, it doesn’t have to be this way. If you yearn for something far more natural – and even organic – do it the natural way.
If you are lucky enough to have access to a large garden, or have family and friends that can chip in with some ripe pickings, you can create the bulk of your flowers yourself. If you don’t feel brave enough to put together the arrangements, you can always chat with your favourite florist and ask her if you can contribute some of your own additions to the bunches, maybe using a few of her most natural looking flowers to add the finishing touches.
Think overall style, shades and textures. Is your wedding in the spring, summer or winter? What colours are the bridesmaids wearing? Loose and natural arrangements can look just as stunning on your big day and are incredibly popular with soon-to-be-brides. You don’t have to stick with tradition either. If your wedding is taking place outdoors, opt for something more woodland-based and less structured. Beach wedding? Maybe some prettily shaped delicate bare branches intermingled with sea-coloured petals.
Choose a theme
By keeping to a theme and not getting too carried away, you can mix together an eclectic mix of blooms that complement and balance each other. Hint at a slightly wild effect but don’t overdo it. Some of our favourites for natural wedding bouquets and decorations are peonies and roses. Be inspired by what you can get your hands on; add in fresh herbs, trailing honeysuckle, orange blossom and loose greenery or fern. If you want stunning colour, throw in some fantastic bright red roses or large purple tulips. Ranunculus can also look amazing.
If you prefer to be eco-friendly and ethical and are using a florist to add a few flowers, make sure they know this. Some can even access specially grown wild flowers to add to the mix. Scent should also come into the equation. If you are having a church wedding, imagine the scene when you walk into the building and it smells divine. Carry this through to your reception area, placing scented flowers on each table so that guests leave with a memory of a beautiful day tinged with a heavenly natural perfume.
Keep it natural
For the bride, loose hand-tied bouquets can make the perfect addition to a simple dress. By keeping it low-key and natural, you will not only be cutting back on expenses but most of all, will end up with a selection of wedding flowers that are natural and beautiful to look at.
If your wedding is coming up soon and you are in the planning process now, take a look at some natural arrangements, stroll around your own garden and let your imagination run wild. Create something memorable that looks as if you just wandered into a cottage garden and picked the flowers yourself.