7 Rustic Wedding Flowers

Rustic wedding flowers are perfect for outdoor or barn weddings, or those with a rustic and slightly undone theme. We’ve rounded up our seven favourite looks to provide you with some inspiration.

rustic autumn bouquet rustic wedding flowersBlooming Haus Florist

7 Rustic Wedding Flowers

Whilst we love a well-composed and uniform bouquet, we couldn’t help notice a rise in more undone bouquets. They tend to be present at more relaxed and casual weddings and we can’t help but feel they are the perfect fit for such weddings. We’ve rounded up our favourites, with insight from master florist, Michal Kowalski.

“Organic and loose wedding bouquets are taking the internet and Pinterest by storm.” Says Michal Kowalski of Blooming Haus[1].

“Colours are analogous, muted, almost earthy, thus representing the sophistication of the design.”

“Contrasting and saturated colours are not very popular these days but subtly complementing ones (in forms of accents) are still present. Monochromatic bouquets are starting to show up more and more.” 

Michal[2] predicts the size of bouquets is decreasing in favour of smaller, more manicured ones.

“We have noticed this from many consultations with our brides. Their main worry was that the bouquet would overtake their dress and take the attention away from the bride.”

pink white and green rustic wedding flowersCredit: Blooming Haus

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rustic wild flower bouquet rustic wedding flowersCredit: Blooming Haus

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References

  1. ^ Michal Kowalski of Blooming Haus (www.bloominghaus.com)
  2. ^ Michal (www.bloominghaus.com)
  3. ^ Wedding Ideas Facebook page (www.facebook.com)
  4. ^ @wimagazine Twitter account. (twitter.com)
  5. ^ here (www.facebook.com)

How to Dress Your Wedding With Artificial Trees

Do you envision your wedding with plenty of florals and greenery? Looking for vibrant cherry blossoms or a statement standalone tree? These things don’t just happen upon your venue (well, not typically) but thankfully artificial trees now look so good, your guests wouldn’t know the difference. Here’s how to dress your wedding with artificial trees.

Outdoor cherry blossoms arching over bride

How to Dress Your Wedding With Artificial Trees

“Adding trees into a large space immediately adds an intimacy.” Says Susie.

“Twilight Trees have a wonderful way of bringing the outside in. No waste, no mess and incredibly realistic, faux is the way to go.” 

We’ve also noticed a trend in brides taking a more environmentally conscious approach to their weddings. Incorporating artificial trees that look just as good as the real thing, works perfectly for the more conscientious.

The biggest trends in artificial trees at weddings are lots of greenery complimented with wooden elements. Popular for Twilight Trees[1] has been their TIG trees available in three varied sizes. They provide lots of green foliage to line your aisles, dress your venue and impress your guests

When speaking of the green collection, Susie says, “[it] is bold, natural, fresh and rustic all at the same time. It is a blank canvas and can be accessorised to fit with your own unique vision and colour scheme”.

 blossom trees lining outdoor wedding aisle dressing your wedding venue with artificial trees

Styling Trees in a Smaller Venue

“The beauty of using taller trees in a space with high ceilings is that whilst you have plenty of ‘air space’ you may still be restricted on floor space and our trees have a small footprint”, says Susie[2].

The prime example of using trees to fill a vast space would be the use of trees down the aisle as seen at The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding at Westminster Cathedral.

“The enormity of the space was immediately softened by the leaves and the solid lines of the cathedral echoed by the organic lines of the trunks,” Susie tells us.

Trees are also a fantastic way to create an aisle in an outdoor space and when using trees with dense leaves and blossom they can also draw in an open space and in effect, create boundaries.

cherry blossom centered in a wraparound bar dressing your wedding venue with artificial trees

Styling Trees at your Reception

Finally, we love the idea of having a show-stopper tree to add to the opulence of your wedding. If you’ve got the budget (£400 +VAT), a single, statement tree with a wraparound bar is a certified winner to impress your guests.

What’s more, there are natural looking LED trees to really light up the evening event beautifully and create the perfect atmosphere.

References

  1. ^ Twilight Trees (www.twilight-trees.com)
  2. ^ Susie (www.twilight-trees.com)

12 Days of Wedding Planning: Choosing Your Florist and Flowers

Power to the petals! Green-fingered or not, choosing your wedding flowers is no easy feat, so finding the right florist is extremely important. It’s not all about the colour combos here, you need to think about the combination of scents too.

freestanding bouquet 12 Days of Wedding Planning: Choosing Your Florist and Flowersbeckymalephotography.com

Choosing Your Florist and Flowers

Your flowers share your journey down the aisle and appear in lots of photographs. So, whether you choose to make them a focal point or not, they do still need to be fabulous.

Find Your Flowers 

Start with the seasons[1]. While you can have flowers flown in from far-flung corners of the world, we recommend working with the blooms that are naturally flowering when you get married. They’ll be fresh, vibrant, and naturally marry with the landscape around you in the photographs. You should also save money because you won’t be paying for any air miles.

Petals may be pretty, but don’t neglect foliage. Some of the best bouquets blend greenery and blooms to charming effect. The green, silver and blue tones foliage can introduce will add depth to your bouquet. Adding succulents and herbs have been popular in recent months.

Your bouquet, in particular, will be seen the most next to your dress. It goes without saying, then, that the style and shape of your flowers need to suit that of your gown. Think hand-tied trailing arrangements for rustic or bohemian brides. More compact posies of roses, peonies or hydrangeas will complement a more structured dress.

It’s often the part you least want to acknowledge in wedding planning, but you do also need to keep your budget[2] in mind. Starting with seasonal flowers sets you on a good path to avoid paying a premium, but there are other options too. If you’re green fingered, then try sourcing some of your flowers wholesale and arranging them yourselves. You don’t have to take them all on, perhaps just choosing to do the reception arrangements yourself and leaving the bouquets to the professionals.

Alternatively, choosing blooms with larger flower heads[3] can also help you spend less. The larger flower size means you’ll need fewer of them to make the same sized posy, so it can help to keep costs down. This approach works particularly well for bridesmaid bouquets, which often have simpler designs.

flower hoop 12 Days of Wedding Planning: Choosing Your Florist and Flowers

Find Your Florist 

Once you’ve had your fill of flower inspiration from Wedding Ideas, Pinterest[4] and Instagram[5] (we all do it!), go forth and find the florist to make those ideas reality. They’ll need to be on budget and available for your wedding date. The real key to success here, though, is to match your florist to the flowers you want.

Ask to see the portfolios of as many different local florists’ flowers as you can. You’re looking for the florist who has experience creating flowers in a similar style to what you want yourself. While good florists can turn their hands to any look, many will have their own styles and preferences, so you’ll likely want to find the florist that fits your wedding theme and bridal style.

And, if after all of this you still aren’t a flower fan or have an allergy, why not go faux[6] a crystal, button or fabric flower bouquet instead! There really is something for every bride when it comes to wedding flowers.

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  4. ^ Pinterest (uk.pinterest.com)
  5. ^ Instagram (www.instagram.com)
  6. ^ go faux (www.weddingideasmag.com)
  7. ^ Wedding Ideas Facebook page (www.facebook.com)
  8. ^ @wimagazine Twitter account (twitter.com)

Scented Weddings: Everything you Need to Know About this 2019 Trend

Play on not just the emotions of your guests, but their senses too by creating the perfect scented wedding sure to spark nostalgia in years to come.

place setting with candles for scented weddings

Scented Weddings: Everything You Need to Know

Scented weddings are growing in popularity but if you’re not too sure what they are, this article is your bible to everything you need to know. It’s when you use candles or diffusers to scent your wedding, alongside your flower displays. Scents can trigger memories and nostalgia, so scented weddings are a nice touch. Kate Middleton scented her wedding with Jo Malone London Orange Blossom, apparently.

Top tips:

  • Always err on the side of caution. Subtlety is better than potency. If you have scented candles, have them dotted around the edges of the room and keep the unscented candles on the tables. You’ll have no-doubt spent a fortune on flowers so you’ll want to be able to smell them and the warm glow from the unscented candles will create a nice ambience.
  • Stick to one fragrance per room. If you have a few scents that compliment your flower arrangements, use different ones in different areas or rooms. This way people will be able to pick up on the subtle nuances.
  • Make sure your venue allows open flames, otherwise you’ll need to look at reed diffusers (which we have also included in this roundup).
  • Choose your wedding flowers first, before your additional scents and ask your florist for advice on pairing your scents.

Celebrity florist, Jonathan Moseley[1], has shared his advice and insight on pairing scents for your wedding.

“A bridal bouquet without fragrance is like a meal without any taste. Fragrance and flowers are inextricably linked.” He tells us

“Like the refined blending of tastes, scented flowers need the fragrant diva but then also a supporting cast of more delicate subtle fragrant overtones.”

Achieving the Perfect Scented Wedding

“Flowers should always be the starting point as they are a huge part of the visual impact of the wedding day.” Says Jonathan, 

“The intrinsic natural beauty and fragrance that fresh, seasonal flowers possess can easily be accentuated by candles, reed diffusers or room sprays that compliment or accentuate the natural smell of the flowers.”

Which Smells with Which Flowers?

Roses

White roses represent humility, innocence and true love. They are one of, if not the most popular wedding flower for obvious reasons- they look and smell amazing. 

bouquets of roses in baskets for scented weddings

Paired with:

max Benjamin white pomegranate candle for scented weddingsBuy this candle here[2]

White Pomegranate Candle, Max Benjamin [3]

They said:

Our beautiful White Pomegranate candle infuses fresh Pomegranate with exotic rosebud revealing a heart of lily and gardenia. Cassis and vanilla add warmth and sensuality to this romantic and relaxing aroma.

We said:

The White Pomegranate candle has a really delicate and subtle scent, which is the perfect accompaniment for roses. combined they create a sweet and delicate scent, great for indoor weddings.

You can buy the pomegranate candle here[4].

Gypsophila

Also known as ‘Baby’s Breath’, Gypsophilia hasn’t got the best reputation on the smell front, but it does look beautiful. Whether paired with other flowers in a bouquet or as a standalone bunch, they are incredibly popular for weddings and very budget-friendly.

rose and gypsophila bouquet for scented weddings

Paired with:

preserved roses and reed diffuser for scented weddings

Eternal Rose and Oud Diffuser with White Preserved Roses, Eternal Blooms [5]

They said:

Notes of precious Oud are enveloped with luxurious Persian rose petals, vetiver and raspberry. A warm seductive base of cedar wood and patchouli give this classic favourite an exotic twist

We say:

You couldn’t find a more perfect wedding diffuser than these from Eternal Blooms with preserved roses. The deep and musky scent of the oud and patchouli is warming against the sweet smell of Persian roses. This scent is great for covering up the smell of baby’s breath/ gypsophila.

You can buy the diffuser and preserved roses here. [6]

White Tuberosa Flowers

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Paired with:

ted baker diffuser scented wedding trendBuy this Ted Baker Diffuser[7]

Fig and olive diffuser, Ted Baker [8]

What they say:

‘Warm and fresh in an elegant deep grey tone, this green floral scent blends notes of luxurious fig and soft olive blossom, with fragrant geranium and rich amber.’

What Jonathan says:

“I recommend the Tuberosa. The multi-layered fragrance from the flower would be complemented perfectly by the fig and scented geranium.”

Buy this diffuser here. [9]

Narcissus / Daffodils

Daffodils symbolise new beginnings, which is a comforting and exciting thought in this new chapter in your life.

narcissus bouquet Scented weddings- everything you need to know about this 2019 trend

Paired with:

neom happiness candle for scented weddings

Happiness candle, NEOM[10]

They say:

“A complex blend of 7 of the purest possible essential oils including, Neroli, Mimosa and Lemon.”

Jonathan says:

“To complement both the name and the fragrance I would recommend cheerful fragrant narcissi look out for the Paperwhite, Cheerfulness or Bridal Crown varieties.”

Buy the NEOM Happiness candle here. [11]

Sweet Pea

Sweet Pea is the flower of appreciation and lends itself nicely to a huge range of floral arrangements.

Sweettpea bouquet for scented weddings

Paired with:

diptyque jasmin candle scented weddings

Jasmin Candle, Diptyque [12]

The say:

‘Sensual and voluptuous, it pays homage to the legendary flower, reproducing the captivating atmosphere of a Mediterranean garden.’

Jonathan says:

“I think a strong summer fragrant flower like Sweet Pea would offer the perfect partnership to the Jasmin candle” 

Buy this Diptyque candle here. [13]

Lavender

Lavender represents grace and elegance, which couldn’t be more fitting for a wedding. Plus, it adds a lovely pop of colour and punchy scent to a bouquet.

lavender wedding bouquet

Paired with:

Wilnelia Forsyth Coquito candle scented weddings

Wilnelia Forsyth Coquito Candle [14]

They said:

‘A rich, creamy, seductive aroma combining precious woods, with resins, aromatic spices and citrus peel. Heart notes are the brands classic enriched tropical flowers, Ylang Ylang combined with moody smoky notes.’

Jonathan says:

“The lavender is nicely balanced with the wholesome fragrances from this Coquita candle. The tropical notes and citrus scent nicely offset it beautifully.”

You can buy this Coquito candle here.[15]

Orange blossom

Orange blossom is a popular flower for wedding bouquets, as pictured below (the small white flowers). They are also associated with bringing good fortune and you can’t argue with that.

orange blossom bouquet scented weddings

Paired with:

scented weddings eucalyptus diptyque candle

Eucalyptus Candle, Diptyque[16]

They said:

‘The fragrance liberates the intense aromatic freshness of the eucalyptus, heated up by the Mediterranean sun. The bark and crushed leaves release a pleasant aromatic scent with camphor accents for a heady herbal aroma.’

Jonathan says:

“Eucalyptus is best cut with lavender as it’s quite a delicate scent, balancing the heady notes of lavender.”

Buy this Diptyque candle here. [17]

Gardenia

Gardenia is a hugely popular wedding bouquet flower. It represents purity and refinement, apt for such a special occasion.

plain white gardenia flowers for scented weddings

Paired with:

white company lime and bay collection for scented weddings

Lime and Bay Candle, The White Company  [18]

They said:

Like stepping into a colourful tropical garden. Beautifully alluring, this perfect fusion of exotic mandarin, pink grapefruit, bergamot, orange, lime and lemon is laced with jasmine buds, lime blossom, ginger and crushed bay leaves. Finished with warming notes of patchouli, the resulting scent is wonderfully vibrant.

Jonathan said:

“Gardenia flowers have a really pleasant and sweet scent, similar to Jasmin. The jasmine and citrus in this candle work well with the flowers, but it’s the brushed bay that notably works with gardenia.” 

Buy this White Company candle here. [19]

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References

  1. ^ Jonathan Moseley (www.jonathan-moseley.com)
  2. ^ Buy this candle here (maxbenjamin.co.uk)
  3. ^ White Pomegranate Candle, Max Benjamin  (maxbenjamin.co.uk)
  4. ^ You can buy the pomegranate candle here (maxbenjamin.co.uk)
  5. ^ Eternal Rose and Oud Diffuser with White Preserved Roses, Eternal Blooms  (www.eternalbloomsbyvictoria.com)
  6. ^ You can buy the diffuser and preserved roses here.  (www.eternalbloomsbyvictoria.com)
  7. ^ Buy this Ted Baker Diffuser (www.tedbaker.com)
  8. ^ Fig and olive diffuser, Ted Baker  (www.tedbaker.com)
  9. ^ Buy this diffuser here.  (www.tedbaker.com)
  10. ^ Happiness candle, NEOM (www.neomorganics.com)
  11. ^ Buy the NEOM Happiness candle here.  (www.neomorganics.com)
  12. ^ Jasmin Candle, Diptyque  (www.johnlewis.com)
  13. ^ Buy this Diptyque candle here.  (www.johnlewis.com)
  14. ^ Wilnelia Forsyth Coquito Candle  (wilneliaforsyth.com)
  15. ^ You can buy this Coquito candle here. (wilneliaforsyth.com)
  16. ^ Eucalyptus Candle, Diptyque (www.johnlewis.com)
  17. ^ Buy this Diptyque candle here.  (www.johnlewis.com)
  18. ^ Lime and Bay Candle, The White Company   (www.thewhitecompany.com)
  19. ^ Buy this White Company candle here.  (www.thewhitecompany.com)
  20. ^ Wedding Ideas Facebook page (www.facebook.com)
  21. ^ @wimagazine Twitter account. (twitter.com)
  22. ^ here (www.facebook.com)

Top Tips for Beautiful Wedding Flowers

Choosing wedding flowers can be a bit of a minefield but it needn’t be, simply enlist the help of a reputable florist to bring your ideas to life. From the bridal bouquet to buttonholes and blooms for the venue, flowers are a wonderful way to enhance the visual impact of a wedding. Take note of these tips for beautiful wedding flowers so you’re ready to impress your florist.

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Top Tips for Beautiful Wedding Flowers

It’s easy to get swept up in the world of Pinterest and Instagram for wedding flower inspiration, but the costs can quickly spiral. Start with your vision, and scale back to save costs where you can. See more below.

Florist, Elizabeth Marsh, shared her insight on floral trends for brides-to-be:

“With trends towards bronze and copper tones, there is a definite move away from silver. Rose gold and brass hues are also popular. We’re seeing more use of succulents and unusual plants and foliage, which keeps costs down.

“Brides and grooms are also taking more interest in the visual impact of their reception tables, theming tableware with floral centrepieces. The power of the flower is now more important than ever

tips for beautiful weddings flowers Elizabeth marsh purple bouquet

How to maximise your budget and still have great wedding flowers:

  • Ingenuity in design – it is possible to break flowers down to the individual florets and place them nonchalantly to decorate a dining table, without blowing your budget. Branches and other sculptural elements that can be re-used, reducing the cost passed on to the customer.
  • Less is often more – Displays that include fewer flowers, often use them more intensely so that the impact is created by different means than a full arrangement containing multiple blooms. Filling every corner or available surface with flowers can be overkill. When this happens, the eye becomes overwhelmed and the brain can no longer take in the vision. The result is that the floral arrangement is not only expensive, but the impact of the flowers is actually reduced.
  • Seasonal Blooms – look for flowers in season, avoiding expensive transportation costs from far-flung corners of the world. There are likely to be very many seasonal options in your chosen colours.
  • A trend towards a simpler era – there is a certain charming naivety about some of the less expensive flowers. These generally tend towards the field flowers, daisies and grasses, tall wispy and romantic, which are quite on trend for weddings.

Thank you to Elizabeth Marsh Floral Designs[1] for the insight on this article.

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References

  1. ^ Elizabeth Marsh Floral Designs (www.emfd.co.uk)
  2. ^ Wedding Ideas Facebook page (www.facebook.com)
  3. ^ @wimagazine Twitter account. (twitter.com)
  4. ^ here (www.facebook.com)

The dos and Don’ts of DIY Wedding Flowers

If you’re a creative, hands-on kind of a bride, you’re probably considering putting together a lot of your wedding day yourself. Whilst being creative means you can be more thrifty, you may not have the right experience when it comes to flower arrangements. Follow our guide on DIY wedding flowers and all will be fine.

The dos and Don'ts of DIY Wedding Flowers

The dos and Don’ts of DIY Wedding Flowers

Firstly, you need to consider the time of year that you’re getting married. Look around you and think about what’s going to be in bloom. Not only will you be able to source your flowers more easily and inexpensively, you’ll also be keeping your green credentials if you don’t require exotic blooms to be shipped in from overseas out of season. Remember, if you’re getting married around Mother’s Day or Valentine’s Day then you’ll pay a premium for your flowers.

So if you’re getting married in the spring, it’s going to be flowers like narcissi, hyacinths and tulips. In the autumn, you’re going to be opting for colourful brights like dahlias, hydrangeas and maybe branches of fruits and berries to decorate your venue too.

DIY Wedding Flower dos

Think about your theme

Give yourself plenty of time to think about your flowers and decide what you want. Have a theme. This could be seasonal, colour-led or a style such as vintage or country garden. Maybe take an evening class in flower arranging, which will also show you how to keep flowers looking their best.

Rustic charm

Country-style wedding lends itself best to a handmade wedding with DIY flowers. You can have simple jam jars crammed with wildflowers, cornflowers and roses as centrepieces on your reception tables. These will look charming and rustic and moreover, they will look handmade, which is a nice touch.

Do know your limits

Don’t decide you’re going to create elaborate formal flower arrangements if you have little to no experience. Use the time in the lead up to your wedding to practice, watch tutorials and understand what flowers go aesthetically but also what smell good together.

Easy pew ends

If you’re getting married in a church, decorate the ends of the pews with a hand-tied garland of blossoms or even just different coloured greenery. If you’re planning a winter wedding, holly and trailing ivy will be very festive too.

Scattering petals

There’s nothing to say your flower girls have to hold a bouquet of flowers. You could give them a simple basket filled with rose petals, which they can scatter as they walk down the aisle behind you. However, if you’re feeling a little more adventurous, you could make flower pomanders for them to carry, just make sure you practise first.

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DIY wedding flower don’ts

A professional job

If you’re not overly confident, don’t create your wedding bouquet yourself. It’s a whole lot of pressure for you and your bouquet is going to take centre stage on your big day too. Creating a dazzling posy or bunch of flowers for the bride to carry is a real art form. Give yourself a break and hand that job over to somebody who’s really experienced. We’re sure you won’t regret it.

Last-minute rush

Don’t forget to give yourself plenty of time to source your flowers. If your dad has a beautiful garden of roses, and he’s happy for you to pick them, then, by all means, use them. However, you’ll also need to source some blooms from a flower market. Make sure you visit a few times so you can make friends with the stall holders and find what they’re going to have when. Don’t be afraid to ask that about what they’d recommend for the time of year, after all they’re experts that you can also rely on.

Keep practising

Finally, don’t forget to practise, practise and practise. When it comes to DIY wedding flowers, practice is precious. Time yourself on how long it takes to make a table centrepiece and decorations for the ceremony or venue. Enlist the help of your favourite girls if they’re reasonably artistic! Just don’t leave everything until the last week and then panic because you’ve run out of time. A stressed bride is not a happy one!

From pansies to roses, if you’re looking for more handy floral hints, our Wedding Flowers section[1] has got it covered.

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References

  1. ^ Wedding Flowers (www.weddingideasmag.com)
  2. ^ Wedding Ideas Facebook page (www.facebook.com)
  3. ^ @wimagazine Twitter account (twitter.com)

Why should you hire a flower wall for your wedding day

Flower wall

Jenny Holden reveals why a bold flower wall offers the perfect photo backdrop for your wedding, whatever the time of year…

Thinking about getting a flower wall for wedding day? While these beautiful backdrops are nothing new, there’s also a very practical reason why they’re still so popular.

These large, statement pieces are so versatile that you really can use them throughout the whole day. They work not only as a beautiful backdrop for your ceremony, but also for your top table, and as a feature wall for guests to take pictures. You could even create your own wedding hashtag!

READ MORE: What do your wedding flowers symbolise?[1]

However, flower walls also need plenty of TLC. This means allowing a decent amount of time to set up in the morning before the ceremony, and swapping out delicate blooms for more sturdy ones (unless you fancy the added costs of wrapping each stem individually).

Flower wall

But once you’ve nailed your colour theme, they really are the best addition to a wedding. Whether it’s romantic pictures of the bride and groom exchanging their vows, to guests mixing it up with some props later on for a DIY photo booth, they can easily become a beautiful focal point for any wedding.

“The Kardashians might have made flower walls popular a few years ago, but Brits love their practicality,” explains Emma Soulsby, florist at emmasoulsbyflowers.com[2]. “They add a little bit of personality to the wedding and reception, too.”

She adds, “Couples usually sit down with me and pick the look of their flower wall. One bride also gave her bridesmaids ribbons at the end of the night, so they could take home a posy of flowers from the wall to keep. It was really sweet!”

Flower wall

While a flower wall is suitable for the ever-changing British weather (as it is free-standing, it can be cited both inside or outside venues), it can also reflect a season or a theme far more easily than expensive decorations.

Emma explains, “A flower wall creates impact. Add some LED lights and it becomes magical on an evening, plus it really does work with all colour schemes.”

And when it comes to the size of the wall, there can be no half measures. “Bigger is always better I would say,” Emma advises. “You should always envisage enough flowers for a full-length couple’s photo.”

READ MORE: Wedding flowers – the floral trends you need to know about for your summer wedding 2019[3]

“If the wall isn’t big enough and you’re trying to squeeze in, that will come across in your photos. I say relax, and let the flower wall do the talking!”


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Everything you need to know about hydrangeas for your wedding

Woman with hydrangea decorationHydrangea World

Thinking about including hydrangeas within your wedding decor? We spoke to Hydrangea World[1] to find out what makes them such a unique flower

Stylish cut hydrangeas have always been considered one of the staple flowers within a beautiful wedding bouquet, but they’re also versatile enough to use in a variety of other arrangements or settings, too. These flowers also wonderful gifts and stunning table decorations as part of a floral centrepiece.

Hydrangea cut flowers come in a huge range of colours, including every shade of red, pink, purple, white, green and blue. And what’s unique about them is that their colours evolve during bloom (cutting the stems stops the colour-changing process); once they have completed their colour change, they become a bright autumnal red.

Which kind of hydrangeas change colour?

Cut hydrangeas vary from fresh to classic. Fresh refers to colours such as white, green, pink, blue and purple.

Classic hydrangeas are essentially the same as fresh hydrangeas, however the classic variety lasts longer in the nursery, causing them to gradually change colour.

They also have a very long vase life – a fully-grown classic hydrangea can easily last for up to three weeks.

Hydrangea decorationWoman with hydrangea decoration

You can also put classic hydrangeas in floral foam, though sufficient watering is important before you do so. Simply cut off a piece of the stem with a clean, sharp knife or trimmer for better water absorption.

After they’ve bloomed, classic hydrangeas no longer absorb any more water, which means they’re ready for air-drying. Simply put them in a vase without water, or hang them upside down to let the flowers dry to get many more months of pleasure from them.

How to take care of hydrangeas

  • Make sure there’s enough water in the vase.
  • Use a clean vase – hydrangeas don’t work well in a metal vase or bucket. Try using a glass vase instead.
  • Add flower food to the water
  • Cut the stems with a sharp knife at a 45-degree angle, so they hydrate as much as possible. Repeat this every three to four days, so the fresh stem can absorb the water.
  • Mist the flowers for extra hydration.
  • Minimise evaporation and extend your vase life by defoliating the stems.
  • Don’t place the hydrangea in full sun, near floor heating or by a draft.

Find out more at hydrangeaworld.com[2]


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References

  1. ^ Hydrangea World (www.hydrangeaworld.com)
  2. ^ hydrangeaworld.com (www.hydrangeaworld.com)
  3. ^ Wedding Ideas Facebook page (www.facebook.com)
  4. ^ @wimagazine Twitter account (twitter.com)

Wedding flowers: The floral trends you need to know about for your summer wedding 2019

If you’re getting married in July or August 2019, there’s no doubt you’ll be taking note of every little detail you see during this year’s wedding season.

But, when it comes to your wedding flowers, what are the top floral trends to know about for summer 2019? Bloom and Wild’s[1] lead florist, Caroline reveals all…

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Wedding flowers: The floral trends you need to know about for your summer wedding 2019

2019 Wedding Flowers

Nude and pastel wedding flowers

With couples throwing wedding traditions out the door, pale pink, blush and taupe flowers are increasingly replacing classic white blooms as a bride’s wedding flower of choice.

Fragrant garden roses, stocks and sweet peas (in whimsical and rustic shades) are some of the most popular summer blooms set to appear in a big way next year.

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Pretty peonies

The peony is a timeless wedding flower that’s always a popular bouquet choice, so you can expect to see lots of these in 2019, too.

As a very versatile flower, peonies can be crafted into bouquets that suit any style of wedding, from very formal affairs to rustic garden parties.

However, as the peony season begins in April/May and only runs through to late June, their availability is limited.

If you have an early summer wedding and your heart set on peonies then you will be able to get your hands on them.

But if your wedding is later in the year, then beautiful alternatives include garden roses (for summer), dahlias (for late summer) or ranunculus (for winter and spring).

READ MORE: 12 ways to save on flowers for your wedding [2]

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Dramatic floral instalments

Floral instalments have always been popular, but the unforgettable floral arch at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle is sure to inspire couples getting married next summer.

Whether it’s an extravagant arch, a floral chandelier or hanging flower hoops – these are some of the things sure to add real wow-factor to many weddings next year.

Pantone’s ‘Colour of the Year’

Believe it or not, many wedding trends are often inspired by Pantone’s ‘Colour of the Year’.

In 2017 it was green, which saw a huge increase in couples picking arrangements dominated by green foliage.

Similarly, 2018’s ultra-violet choice has inspired bouquets this summer; so, don’t forget to look up what they reveal in December for 2019’s colour.

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Flower crowns

There’s a trend for boho brides choosing big, bright, bold flower crowns or woodland-themed foliage crowns in place of the traditional tiara.

Beautiful flower halos can be crafted to suit every style of wedding, from simple and sophisticated to quirky and chic and match with the wedding flowers.

If you’re going for this look, it’s important to choose the hardiest blooms that won’t wilt easily – orchids, freesias and spray roses are all safe options.

When your flower crowns are delivered, keep them as cool as possible for as long as possible and put them on just before you head out for the amazing day ahead.

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References

  1. ^ Bloom and Wild’s (www.bloomandwild.com)
  2. ^ READ MORE: 12 ways to save on flowers for your wedding  (www.weddingideasmag.com)
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What do your wedding flowers symbolise?

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From champagne roses to orange blossom, Rebecca Robinson explores the symbolism of wedding flowers

For centuries, couples have used the art of ‘floriography’ (the language of flowers) to send secret messages to each other.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry knew about the symbolism of flowers when they designed the royal wedding bouquet. Making selections from royal gardens, they stitched together a story, uniquely their own, through the Victorian ‘Language of Flowers’, weaving Forget-Me-Nots (remembering Princess Diana), Myrtle (used in Queen Victoria’s wedding flowers), and Lily of the valley and Astilbe, symbols of love and devotion.

READ MORE: 12 ways to save on wedding flowers[1]

Professor Anne Barlow from the University of Exeter recently researched how to build long-lasting relationships, discovering the strongest relationships are built on friendship, respect and realistic expectations.

Uncovering the meaning of flowers helps you create ‘couple goals’ alongside your bouquet, helping you set positive intentions for the big day and beyond.

Red roses are popular symbols of true love, but let’s see what other flowers have to say… 

Love

  • Lilac: We are confident in our love.
  • Jasmine, often used in ancient wedding ceremonies: Our love is beautiful, pure and sensual.
  • Orange Blossom: Our love is eternal and abundant.
  • Red Tulips: Our love will never die.

Friendship

  • Freesia: Our love is based on friendship, trust and thoughtfulness.
  • Blue Hyacinth: We are devoted best friends and have fun together.

Respect and realistic expectations

  • Champagne Roses: We respect and admire each other.
  • Daffodils: Our lives together are just beginning, and we respect one another.
  • Bird of Paradise: We respect who we are and are excited, joyful and positive for our future.

READ MORE: Brides can now carry pizza down the aisle instead of flowers[2]

Loyalty

  • Sunflowers: We adore each other, and are full of joy, loyalty and dedication.
  • Gladiolus: We are faithful, and our love is strong.
  • Chrysanthemum: We are true to each other, happy and optimistic.
  • Lavender: Our love is devoted, calm and faithful.

Gratitude

  • Hydrangeas: Our emotions are heartfelt, and we are grateful for each other.
  • Dark pink/ peach roses: We are thankful to have each other in our lives.

Deciding which blooms to use in your bouquet can kindle conversations, inspired by the language of flowers, that have the potential to strengthen your marriage long after the flowers have wilted…

For more wedding flower inspiration, visit rrobinsonwriter.co.uk[3]


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