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Q. My wife-to-be and I are looking for a florist, but there are so many to choose from, and we're feeling a little overwhelmed. What do you suggest?
A. Carole Patilla says: Before you begin your search, set a budget and decide are your flowers going to be a major part of your day or a finishing touch? Be realistic about what you want to spend and scale your plans accordingly. Here are some of my top tips:
- If you loved your friend's wedding flowers, ask who did them.
- Google local florists and see what images and websites you're drawn to. Think of keywords that describe the style you want, such as wildflower wedding, English country and modern wedding flowers.
- Do an image search for florists in your area and explore those which appeal to you most.
- When contacting suppliers, think do they sound friendly, helpful and interested? Remember that weddings have a long lead time, and you may be working together for months/years, so it's important that you get on. Do they understand the style you have in mind? Is it something they do a lot?
- Do you just want lovely flowers or to have a say in every detail? Your own feelings about this may effect who would suit you best! Does your chosen florist understand how much involvement you want to have?
Carole Patilla,Tuckshop Flowers
Q. I really want a showstopping bouquet for my autumn wedding day. What blooms do you suggest?
A. Danielle Harvey says: Danielle says: No matter your overall wedding theme, autumn and winter floral decorations have come in to their own in recent years, no longer over-shadowed by the popular summer nuptials!
Enhance a rustic wedding day with a wildlooking bouquet of textured grasses, or wildflowers that look straight out of a field. Soft, muted hues will never lead you astray either, no matter the time of year, but don't be afraid to branch out of the typical autumnal palette: bright red, orange, and yellow blooms all make for major head-turners, and you can even pare them down with greenery and pastels for a sleek seasonal contrast.
Whatever design you opted for, big and overflowing, or structured and demure top off the look with a piece of velvet ribbon − perfecto!
Consider: anemone, aster, astilbe, carnation, chocolate cosmos, dahlia, delphinium, freesia, gypsophila, hydrangea, lilies, lisianthus, orchids, ranunculus and roses, asiatic lily, celosia, orange gerbera, purple alstroemeria, calla lily, chrysanthemum, disbud, leucadendron.
Danielle Harvey,Your West Midlands Wedding
Q. What's hot in 2020 in the world of flowers for us to be inspired for our big day?
A. Judith McCormack says: Judith says: Whilst blush flowers will continue to be popular we are going to see a lot more colourful flowers and less foliage-heavy bouquets. Eco credentials are becoming increasingly important and so locally grown flowers and floral provenance will be more a focus this year Locally grown flowers can add that touch of magic to the designs with movement and often fragrance too.
Flowers From The Farm is a national network of flower farmers and florists who use locally grown flowers so why not visit their website flowersfromthefarm.co.uk and find a local supplier of British flowers.
Couples are increasingly aware of environmental concerns. There's a growing movement towards more sustainable floristry so avoiding the use of floral foam in designs and instead opt for traditional methods of foam free designs using chicken wire and moss. Using these mechanics results in much lighter and more natural designs too. Large cloud installations using this method are becoming more popular and table centrepieces which are heavily influenced by the Japanese style of floristry are starting to appear.
The other notable trend which started last year and is gathering pace is the use of dried flowers, not in a dusty old way from the 1970s but often in among fresh flowers adding lots of interest and texture. Bleached foliage is also becoming popular and adds another dimension to the floral designs. Judith McCormack | Pollen Floral Joy | www.pollenfloraljoy.co.uk
Q. Our special day is in the middle of winter and we'd love to incorporate the festive theme into our confetti. What would you suggest?
A. Suzy Boot says: A great way of subtly adding a festive theme into your confetti shot is by choosing a confetti mix that will give the illusion of a flurry of snow.
There are a few ways you can achieve this. One is by using Snowfetti™, which is artificial snow confetti made out of blown corn. It's not only water-soluble and fully biodegradable but the texture is so light and fluffy – remarkably like real snow! Although remember that water-soluble confetti like this can't be used in wet weather or indoors.
Alternatively, use biodegradable tissue paper confetti in a circle shape. Using white, ivory and cream to create the look of snow, you can also add a touch of metallic colour such as gold or silver to catch a sparkly glint in the light, just like real snow.
If you want to use real flower petals for your snow-look confetti moment then choose an ivory petal mix. You can personalise your confetti cones or boxes with the Christmas song lyrics Let it Snow to make it extra festive.
A tip is if you're getting married late in the day, remember it will get dark early so work with your photographer and venue to identify a place to get a good confetti shot.
We can create bespoke biodegradable confetti packages for your winter wedding in the snow theme, or any other festive theme.
Q. What advice would you give me for choosing my wedding florist?
A. Judith McCormack says: Flowers are an important part of your wedding day, they will help create the look you want to achieve whether that's elegant, romantic, whimsical, wild or minimalist.
Your starting point is to think about the style you like and the mood you want to create. Do your research, there's so much information online, on social media and in magazines.
Make sure you start your research early, florists who are in demand are often booked up to 12 months in advance.
Ask for recommendations from newlywed friends, wedding planners or venue coordinators. Instagram is a great place for inspiration and to get an insight into a florist's style, approach and work. Wedding directories and blogs are good sources of information too.
Have a clear idea of your budget and be upfront about it, it's essential for the florist to know so that they can advise on the best designs and whether what you'd like is achievable within budget.
Book a meeting with your preferred florist or with your shortlist of florists; then you'll be able to get a feel for whether they understand what you're hoping to achieve and you can judge whether you feel confident in their abilities and that you're comfortable with them. Most of all you should choose a florist whose style you love.