Expert advice about flowers & bouquets

Here is a selection of Q&As from Your Yorkshire 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@youryorkshire.wedding

 

Floral fancies

Floral fancies

Q. How can we keep costs down for our flowers?

A. Gillian Neild says: Great quality flowers can really make your day. Here are my top five ways to get the best value from them…
- Use your flowers at your ceremony and wedding breakfast. Try moving your ceremony table arrangement to the top table, or use jam jars for pew ends that can then be doubled up as centrepieces.
- Choose flowers that are in season. Due to the global flower trade it's possible to get many flowers at any time of year, but this is costly for you and the environment. Choosing seasonal British-grown blooms are the best quality and won't cost the earth.
- Use bouquets for centrepieces. I often supply vases to go on the tables so the bride and bridesmaids can just pop their bouquets in to help decorate the room. It also means the flowers get a much-needed drink after being out of water for a few hours.
- Have your bouquet turned into art. Use a preservation service and have your bouquet preserved and reconstructed in a frame so you can enjoy it for years to come.
- Gift your flowers. If you have a statement archway or backdrop, ask your florist to use the blooms for posies as gifts for your friends and family.

Gillian Neild
www.wherebeesmeet.co.uk

 

Floral fancy

Floral fancy

Q. We're getting married on Valentine's Day. What flowers would work well but are a little different to the classic red rose?

A. Katherine Armstrong Bisson says: You have more choice than you might imagine at this time of year. Although February is classed as the last official month of winter, there are still seasonal flowers available and they needn’t cost you more – even with the extra demand around Valentine’s Day.

Opt for garden flowers including narcissi, wonderfully scented freesias and hyacinths. There are also gorgeous tulips (look out for the parrot varieties in unusual colours), muscari and snowdrops. All of these would look great potted up as centrepieces, or displayed in teapots, cups or glass storm lanterns on a bed of moss. Succulents are a great addition to table décor and work brilliantly for buttonholes too.

Blousy ranunculi, beautiful anemones and lisianthus are available in a lovely selection of shades. Chrysanthemums bring depth and colour to an arrangement, while wax flowers are great for filling space and adding texture.

The Romans created a pagan celebration at the beginning of February dedicated to the forest and nature, so why not go for impact with lots of mixed foliage for texture, herbs for scent and a host of florals, seed heads and feathers? With a good brief, your florist can choose seasonal varieties and get you the most for your money.

Katherine Armstrong Bisson
www.fleuradamo.co.uk

 

Fantasy florals

Fantasy florals

Q. What are the latest wow-factor floral trends that we can incorporate into our day?

A. Emma Turner says: The colour trend for most of this year has been leaning heavily towards pastel tones, but recently we've seen couples incorporating a coordinating pop of colour to stand out. Blousy blooms in vibrant, decadent colours are a sure-fire way to leave a lasting impression on your loved ones.


In terms of arrangements, bigger statement pieces that you can use throughout the day are proving popular. Think big floral arches to wed under, which can then be transported and used behind the top table, then again as a selfie backdrop in the evening. You could also consider tall table centrepieces, which are used to line the aisle first. This is a great way of getting the look you want while being economical.

Emma Turner
www.thepetalstudio.co.uk

 

Green fingers

Green fingers

Q. We're trying to keep our big day as eco-friendly as possible. Where should we look for our flowers?

A. Meryl Clarke says: British flowers have around 10% of the carbon footprint of imported flowers. At Nodding Violets, I handpick all of our flowers so there's no packaging, no plastic used and all the blooms are grown without pesticides five minutes from my front door. We also have beehives next to the cutting patch, with bees busily working the nectar-filled blooms and butterflies in abundance. The plot is fed with manure from my neighbour's stables and my homemade compost. The key to our healthy soil is being pesticide-free.

I'm sure any British grower will follow a similar regime. It makes sense from an environmental point of view, and also logistically, to keep everything local. The result is our beautiful old-fashioned, gloriously scented blooms.

For your big day, I'd check out small, local growers or ask your florist to buy in British flowers. As well as being eco-friendly, you'll enjoy timeless, wonderfully scented meadow-style florals.

Meryl Clarke
www.noddingviolets.co.uk

 

Wedding paradise

Wedding paradise

Q. How do I create a tropical vibe for my summer nuptials?

A. Katherine Armstrong Bisson says: This theme calls for dramatic flowers in a bright, rich colour palette. I adore proteas, ananas (pineapples) and strelitzias (bird of paradise). All of these have a presence that demand attention, especially as they're not normally seen at weddings. They have solid shapes so a little softening is needed when used in bouquets. Try surrounding these statement plants with delicate, exotic-looking blooms such as dendrobium orchids, gloriosa lilies, tuberosa and alstroemeria, all of which will give movement and also make great buttonholes.

Don't forget to add in tropical greenery such as palms, cheese plants, fatsias and philodendrons. These are all recognisable house plants that come from rainforests.

Showstopping centrepieces can be achieved simply and cost-effectively with items such as gladioli and fatsia leaves in tall glass vases. Most importantly though, don't hold back – go for bold and vibrant!

Katherine Armstrong Bisson
www.fleuradamo.co.uk

 

Spring has sprung

Spring has sprung

Q. What flowers and styles do you suggest for a springtime theme?

A. Liz Burton says: Spring is such a wonderful time of year, when the gardens begin to bloom after the long, dark winter with blossom, narcissi and crocuses. With this in mind, a freshly picked vibe would be ideal for your bouquet and works brilliantly with a country or rustic theme.

This is the time for seasonal blooms. Think muscari, tulips, anemones and hyacinths. I also love ranunculi, lilacs, irises or lily of the valley, which the Duchess of Cambridge chose for her wedding. These can all be mixed with imported blooms such as roses and stocks to add a gorgeous scent to your venue.

For centrepieces, try planting flowering bulbs in bowls. It'd complement the theme and they can later be planted in your garden. Another lovely idea would be to place twigs of blossom in a tall glass jar and have small heart place settings, which your guests can write a message on and hang from the branches.

Liz Burton , bizzilizziflowers@gmail.com

 

Everlasting blooms

Everlasting blooms

Q. It feels like such a shame to throw away all our flowers after the big day. Are there any long-lasting options to decorate my venue with?

A. Dani Bolser says: Faux flowers are a great alternative to fresh and they make a wonderful keepsake. In recent years silk florals have become super-realistic in both look and touch. What's more, you can purchase almost any type and colour to suit your theme.

Many newlyweds-to-be suffer with allergies and don't want to be sneezing their way down the aisle, so these are perfect! They're also ideal for taking abroad.

Real flowers, such a peonies, hate the heat. False alternatives stay beautiful all day and for years to come. You also don't need to worry about certain blooms being out of season.

Artificial options are great for centrepieces, garlands and backdrops as well as buttonholes and bouquets, with the added benefit of being able to decorate your home with them after the wedding.

Dani Bolser
www.deluxeblooms.co.uk

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