FREE GUIDE FOR CHOOSING YOUR FLORAL FOR YOUR WEDDING & EVENT

 

Flowers are important part of your any wedding or event planning process. At first they can seem to be an unnecessary luxury, however they shouldn’t be underestimated the power and ambience flowers brings to an occasion. By following some these simple tips, you can still add a touch of floral ambience without breaking the bank.

 

TOP TIPS

  • Keep your bouquets to a minimum. You could have one for the bride and then let the bridesmaid hold a single flower instead of a bouquet.
  • Another cheaper alternative to bridesmaid’s bouquets is to have wrist or pinned corsages. These will add a simple sophisticated look to your wedding (and they can also keep it as bridesmaids’ favours). You can even have fun with your bridesmaid by making these yourselves.
  • Try to avoid holding your wedding around any nationally celebrated events such as Christmas, Easter or Valentines Day, when the florists will be extra busy and the cost of flowers will be higher than at the other times of the year.
  • Make the effort and visit a flower market for your wedding flowers instead of a florist who will add a mark-up to any flowers they supply. Make sure you ca visit the market a few weeks in advance to see if they stock the flowers you want and don’t feel shy about talking to the stallholders and negotiating a good deal.
  • Another alternative to fresh flower table decorations is to swap them for candles and dried petals
  • Instead of buying expensive flower vases (or even hiring them from a florist), hit the high street and supermarkets and find cheap vases. There’s no reason why all the vases have to match and for a fun alternative think about using jam jars, silver boxes and fish bowls, which all can be decorated with ribbons, stones and candles.
  • If your ceremony will be at a different venue to the wedding reception, ask if you’re allowed to take the floral arrangements with you. Even though this may take some careful arranging (you will need to put someone in charge of carefully transporting them). It could save you some money on the reception flower budget.
  • Instead of having large expensive fresh flowers table decorations on every table at the wedding breakfast, pot plants make a great alternative. They are fun and different and can represent the table names.

FLOWERS IN BLOOM

Before you have your hearts set on particular bouquet or floral arrangements, it’s important to work out what flowers will be in season when you get married. The cost of your flowers could rise significantly if you really want a flower that is not in bloom when you get married, so always check before committing to an arrangement. The following are popular wedding flowers and their seasons.

 

Spring

‘Muscari’ 

Colour: Shade of blue, violet and white

Shape: Clusters of tiny tubular flowers

 

‘Hyacinth’

Colour: Various

Shape: Spikes of tubular flowers that often have a strong scent

 

‘Lilac’

Colour: White and lilac

Shape: Small star shape flowers on tall woody stems

 

‘Tulip’

Colour: A range of colours to suit any wedding colour scheme

Shape: Trumpet shaped flowers

 

‘Lily of the Valley’

Colour: Whites

Shape: Small bell-shaped buds on short delicate stems

 

Summer

‘Peony’

Colour: White, pale or deep pink, pale peach and maroon

Shape: Big flower heads

 

‘Sweet Pea’

Colour: Pink, cream and mauve

Shape: Short thin stems of petals

 

‘Hydrangea’

Colour: White, pink, blue, green, red/brown

Shape: Star shaped flowers in wide heads

 

‘Sweet William’

Colour: Various colours in a variety of shades, from white to deep red

Shape: Lots of tiny flowers, which form a dense head

 

‘Delpnium’

Colour: Blue, purple and white

Shape: Towering spikes of flowers

 

‘Aapanthus’

Colour: Blue and white

Shape: A cluster of funnel-shaped flowers on a stall stem

 

Autumn

‘Zinnia’

Colour: Yellow, red or orange often with black stripes

Shape: Large, flat-headed blooms

 

‘Gladioli’

Colour: Pastel colours of red, purple and orange

Shape: Long stems of at least ten funnel-shaped flowers

 

‘Sedum’

Colour: Shades of pinky-brown with green stems

Shape: Clusters-shaped flowers

 

‘Hypericum’

Colour: Yellow flowers; berries in red, brown and orange

Shape: Cup-shaped flowers

 

‘Nerine’

Colour: Hot or pale pink

Shape: Slender curled petals

 

Winter

‘Hellebore’

Colour: A range of colours to suit any wedding colour scheme

Shape: Trumpet-shaped flowers

 

‘Anemone’

Colour: Red, purple, pink or white with black centre

Shape: Large, flat flower heads

 

‘Ranunculus’

Colour: White, yellow, pink, red or orange

Shape: Bowl-shaped flower heads

 

‘Eucharis’

Colour: White

Shape: Up to four daffodil-shaped flowers at the end of each stem

 

‘Amaryllis’

Colour: White, pale pink, burgundy or crimson

Shape: Huge, open trumpets

 

Available all year round

‘Rose’

Colour: Various colours to suit any wedding colour scheme

Shape: variety of sizes available

 

‘Freesia’

Colour: Various colours

Shape: A tiny, delicate looking flower

 

‘Orchid’

Colour: White 

Shape: Exotic flowers ranging from small Singapore Orchids to much larger versions

 

‘Gerbera’

Colour: Many vivid colours available

Shape: Large daisy-like blooms

‘Anthurium’

Colour: White, pink or red

Shape: Waxy upside down heart-shaped flowers with protruding spike

 

‘Longi Lily’

Colour: White with yellow centres 

Shape: Trumpet-shaped flower head

 

‘Calla Lily’

Colour: Pink, cream, purple, orange and yellow

Shape: Funnel-shaped flower

 

‘Carnation’

Colour: Various colours, including some two-tones

Shape: Large flower heads

 

MEANING OF FLOWERS 

Traditionally, different flowers have different meanings. Perhaps you would like to choose your wedding flowers based on one of these:-

  • Bluebell – Everlasting love
  • Camellia – Perfect loveliness
  • Daisy – Innocence
  • Gardenia – Joy
  • Honeysuckle – Devoted affection
  • Hyacinth – Playfulness
  • Ivy – Fidelity
  • Jasmine – Grace and elegance
  • Lily of the Valley – Happiness
  • Orchid – Delicate beauty
  • Rose – (white) Purity
  • Rose (red) Passionate love
  • Stephanotis – Good Luck
  • Sweet Pea – Shyness
  • Violet – Faithfulness