Expert advice about flowers & bouquets

Here is a selection of Q&As from Your Glos & Wilts Wedding magazine whether it be about flowers, hair and makeup, fashion, wedding themes, health & beauty, cakes, stationery, legal advice. If you would like your question answered by our experts, please email it to editor@yourgloswilts.wedding

 

In full bloom

In full bloom

Q. We are planning a small autumn wedding and want our flowers to reflect the season, what varieties do you suggest?

A. Judy Ward says: Meet the expert: Judy Ward is the bespoke floral designer and owner of Blooming Chic, an awardwinning florist located in Chippenham, Wiltshire.

Judy says: Autumn is a glorious season for both flowers and foliage. It is, after all, the time of harvest when everything is golden, ripe and in abundance. I love creating floral arrangements for autumnal and late-summer weddings when there is so much to choose. The leaves begin to take on golden tones, flowers like hydrangeas change their personality for late summer by blending in darker, warmer tones to their heads – pink buds turn shades of burgundy and red while blues ones tend to look purple and green. Berries also begin to form in readiness for the winter ahead and look great in bouquets.

If you're planning an autumnal wedding, do not be afraid to choose your favourite colours for your flower arrangements. If these are summer pastels, allow the florist to add in deeper tones to complement your choices and suit the season.

We often think of orange as the dominant autumnal colour due to the shades that the leaves turn before they go brown although this bold colour looks fantastic when accompanied by luxurious purple, burgundy red and deep warm yellow tones.

My work here shows traditional orange and brown wedding bouquets and bridesmaids' flower crowns plus a miniature version of the bride's bouquet used as the groom's buttonhole. Some of the flower varieties used that work well at this time of the year were chrysanthemum blooms, miniature spray orange babe roses, sunflowers and deep purple clematis.

There's also an entirely different selection of warm colours shown in the centrepiece flowers doubled up to decorate the ceremony room beforehand. The varieties used were pale lilac scabious, carnations, miniature garden roses, heather and wax flowers. Reusing flowers is a good idea for smaller celebrations. Bridesmaid's posies can be displayed as table centrepieces while a floral arch can be taken down from one location and set up at another with added fairylights to create an atmosphere for the evening reception.

Judy Ward,Blooming Chic
www.bloomingchic.co.uk

 

Flower power

Flower power

Q. I am planning my wedding this year and would love to have some inspirational ideas for my flowers. Can you suggest some different varieties, colours and arrangements?

A. Fiona Porter says: Homegrown flowers like those that I supply from my garden in Dursley, Gloucestershire, are a fantastic choice for weddings. Mine are all natural, sustainable and wildlife-friendly. Yellow is proving to be a popular colour – especially for summer weddings – while wild varieties to create large, country-style bouquets are always a popular choice. Arrangements such as floral chandeliers are on-trend and flower crowns, floral horseshoes and wrist corsages are always good choices.

Fiona Porter
www.cotswold-country-flowers.co.uk

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