Blooming Marvellous – a seasonal guide to a beautiful bouquet
This weeks post comes with a fantastic guest contribution from the brilliant Surrey based florists, Rhubarb and Bramley.
I am definitely not green fingered, so really appreciate the talent and knowledge of the florists I work with. Knowing what to choose, where best to spend your budget, how much to budget for what you want, and how best to show it all off on the day can, lets face it, be a minefield.
Flowers, as we know, are seasonal so choosing the right ones for your wedding is crucial to make sure they are looking their best, and also don’t break the bank! With so many varieties, colours, sizes, scents and foliage to choose from, a helping hand is for most of us, most definitely needed.
Our friends at Rhubarb & Bramley have put together this fantastic guide for us to give you some inspiration for whichever season your wedding is in, so read on…
Give a natural and relaxed English country garden feel to your bouquet with gorgeous Spring flowers. Nothing says Spring as much as the vibrancy of yellow. Choose cheerful choices such as daffodils and tulips, as well as fragrant freesias and hyacinths.
We love the fact that pink tulips symbolise happiness, good wishes and an attachment to someone.
Gypsophila, also known as Baby's Breath, is enjoying a huge wedding comeback and we love working many different ways with this versatile little flower.
Summer brides have the largest variety of flowers from which to choose. Scented garden roses, hydrangea, lavender, succulents, gerberas, stocks and sweet peas are all popular summer blooms that would provide a fragrant mix for an English garden-inspired bouquet.
There are fantastic bouquet combinations to suit every bride and venue. Brides are loving big puffs of peonies, available during early summer (they are said to represent happiness and good health). They also produce wonderfully large and extremely fragrant flowers, too!
Another firm favourite is the hydrangea. But don’t just stick to pinks and creams – have you considered using your flowers for your ‘something blue’ or use them to add a stunning pop of colour?
Autumnal bridal bouquets and centre pieces are often adorned with muted foliage and decorations such as oak leaves, acorns and crab apples which contrast well with the vibrant colours of the actual flowers. Rich reds, fiery oranges and beautiful yellows mixed with brown, gold, green, amber and hues of russet really catch the eye. Encompass with berries and even feathers too!
Seasonal Autumn flowers include anemone, carnation, dahlia, delphinium, roses and our favourite calla lily.
Winter wonderland weddings are particularly striking because of their sheer bright starkness. Opt for flowers in soft cream and ivory should you wish to soften the effect and incorporate elegant silver and white arrangements with grey textured leaves such as senecio.
Inject some greenery into the base of the bouquet (mistletoe is wonderful for a Christmas bride) to give it some definition against your dress. Or go the other way and carry a bouquet of blood red roses! Others in season include amaryllis, camellias and poinsettias.
So there you have it, which fabulous flowers will you be choosing? For all your floristry needs, Rhubarb and Bramley are on hand to help. Visit their website at www.rhubardandbramley.co.uk and don’t forget to check out their Instagram page for beautiful floral inspiration and a sneak peak at their fantastic work.