Flowers. They are possibly the last thing on your mind when planning a wedding. However after the delight/stress/small loans required to organise the rest of the wedding, flowers can really make your day kinda special. I mean, when else do you get to play with them (unless you’re a florist I guess or you have seriously green thumbs and lots of time on your hands!).
So which flowers to choose for your wedding? Fresh? Paper? Brooch? Artificial (don’t cringe, the latest ones are very real looking!)? It’s all up to you. Choosing your floral styling depends on your theme, budget and time of year.
You might like a relaxed loosely bunched bouquet of seasonal flowers to compliment your theme. Fresh flowers are beautiful and feminine, smell divine and always make you feel like a lady. They can also be used for halos and arbours, as well as table decorations and aisle decorations. Just remember to have them match the rest of your theme.
Like something a little bit different? Consider a paper or button bouquet! While they do take a bit of patience when ordering (often from overseas), they really are quite stunning, and you can request your colours and make it your own. One bride even had her bouquet made from her favourite Jane Austen novels. Love that!
Love a bit of good old fashioned glamour? Brooch bouquets are the epitome of gorgeous. You’ll shine and sparkle all the way down the aisle, and you can keep all of your memories for years to come (often made with synthetic flowers).
The time of year might mean you can’t have the flowers you’ve always dreamed of. It’s OK, you can substitute for a bunch of synthetic lovelies that won’t wilt on you before you walk down the aisle, and the best thing (apart from the fact you get to keep them forever)? The camera and your guests won’t even know the difference!
It’s not all about the bouquet though! Reception details are important. A vase of flowers, a flower wall, an arbour covered in gorgeous peonies, well placed florals can really make an impact on the look and feel of your venue. It doesn’t have to cost the earth either (shhhh, I didn’t tell you that!). Even greenery looks fabulous when themed into a simple vintage style wedding. It looks so fresh too!
Let’s talk aisle style. Flowers can really make your aisle, whether it be in a church or an outdoor venue, a lovely setting for your ceremony. I love seeing flowers at the ceremony! You might also be surprised to know that it really does make a difference to your photos. Even if the thought of spending money on flowers for the aisle makes you cringe, consider a few simple paper love hearts or synthetic flowers. Baby’s breath is also a beautiful and inexpensive way to decorate your venue.
Lastly, make it yours! If you love a bit of colour, don’t be afraid to use it! Flowers are a great way to incorporate a bit of your own personality into your day to make it special.
So there you have it. I’m sure there are more yet to discover, but there are a few ideas to get you started! Whatever your plans for your day, a little bit of colour and style will make all the difference!
Some of the lovely vendors responsible for the floral wonders you see above are:
Images by Wendy Maley Photography
Ms Gingham says: It’s so great to see so many alternatives to the traditional. It really allows each couple to express their own personalities at their wedding.
Wendy Maley Photography: Hi I’m Wendy and I’m a photographer. I love it, in fact so much that if I had an extra limb it would be a camera.