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FAQs and expert advice about flowers & bouquets

Here is a selection of Q&As from Your West Midlands 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@yourwestmidlands.wedding

Floral dreams

Floral dreams

Q I love flowers and want to incorporate them in both our venues; how can we save money by re-using them?
A Caroline Stokes says: Re-purposing your ceremony flowers is a great way to stretch your budget. This is easier if your ceremony and reception are at the same venue, but if not, check with your florist to see what items can be moved. The most common and easiest way is to have a long and low arrangement on the signing table and then place this on the top table after the ceremony.

Another popular design choice is florals that line the aisle, which can easily be moved to the reception space, either in front of the top table or perhaps in front of a sign or backdrop.

You could also untie any pew ends and place them in small vases around your reception venue.

If you're struggling to find a way to move items, I recommend prioritising your reception flowers. You spend much longer at your reception venue, so save your budget for where your guests will be wowed all day.

Caroline Stokes, Palm & Peony Flowers

Summer romance

Summer romance

Q What flowers and colours would you suggest for a summer wedding?
A Kristie McCullough says: We're all happier in the summer when the sun is shining and the evenings are lighter, it's when our gardens bounce to life with colour and interest, so why shouldn't your wedding be the same? Bright vivid hues are easy to achieve with a beautiful mix of summer flowers. Why not be brave and mix a vibrant purple with a hot pink and yellow?

Flowers such as dahlias are available in lots of shades and can be a good substitute for a rose if you prefer to step away from the more traditional look. Astilbe adds interest and texture, while wax flowers, asters or lavender create a more wild look. Iris or delphinium can work well if you need to create height in your arrangements whilst still injecting interest.

Never forget foliage, green is the colour of nature, so be it delicate grasses for a messy design or kentia for a tropical feel, just the right amount will help your flowers pop.

Kristie McCullough, Sorella

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