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Summer weddings are magical. Warm days make for a laid-back vibe and we love the bridal bouquets that are created. Summer is a time to play around with colour! It is a time to have lots of levels and depth within the bouquet.

As the weather changes so does the flower availability, each week different varieties can be in or out of season or their quality can be affected by extreme temperatures or heavy summer rainfall… This makes planning months in advance tricky. For our clients’ summertime bouquets we usually recommend focusing on a colour palette and a style/vibe, then we pick the specific flower combination the week of your wedding, factoring in your personal taste, the weather and the quality/abundance of the blooms.

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Some tips for working with your florist for a summer bouquet are:

  • Come to your meeting prepared with a few images of what appeals to you
  • Keep an open mind when they make suggestions on size/style/colours
  • Don’t be afraid to play around with colour
  • Be open to the exact design being changed in terms of the weather and flower availability
  • Balance your flowers and your outfits. If you have detailed/patterned dresses, make the bouquets simple; if you have classic/plain dresses make the bouquets a feature
  • In summer you can get away with a larger bouquet, if the outfit and your build allows, don’t be afraid to go LARGE!

One of the biggest challenges as a wedding florist is that our “busy season” falls over the hottest months. To add to the irony, the softest, most delicate flowers are blooming during these months. This can make the logistics a little tricky. Howver, with some careful planning, we can ensure the blooms are at their best. The greatest thing you can do to ensure your bouquet goes the distance, is to give your florist creative freedom over the specific flower and foliage choices.

That way, depending on the weather, they can choose more appropriate blooms which will last throughout the day. We don’t know the forecast until the days leading up, so ideally we like to make last minute choices of what to omit, or we may add some extra foliage or “sturdy” flowers to hold these temperamental blooms in place, so we can still keep these amazing flowers, just with a little support.

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As all flowers are unique, we don’t know exactly what will work best until we have the flowers in our hands. Some weeks certain varieties will be sturdier than the week before.  We have no control over this (it depends on the growing conditions/weather in the weeks leading up to being picked), nor will we know what the best are until we are making each design. So, by having freedom over said design, it allows us to create the best overall bouquets without having to stress out our clients by communicating these changes the day before or day of the wedding.

Some popular summer items we use which can be temperamental include:

  • Hydrangea
  • Garden roses
  • Peonies
  • Dahlias
  • Queen annes lace
  • Veronica
  • Delphiniumn
  • Astilbe
  • Bouvardia
  • Jasmine foliage
  • Oak foliage

Something that may seem obvious, but can be easily forgotten on the big day is; FLOWERS ARE PERISHABLE! If it is a sunny 35-degrees, the flowers will not last as long as if it is an overcast 18-degree day. In warmer months, it is important to remember that if flowers are out of water and being paraded around in the sun for hours on end, they will be looking tired and there is no amount of careful flower choices that will change that.

A way I explain it to my clients, is to think about their bridal flowers like a cheese platter. At certain times of the year, you could buy your ingredients, leave it in the car whilst you do your shopping, put it outside for your friends and a few hours later it will still be good to eat from. On sunny days, you would not get away with this! Treat your bouquet, how you would a block of cheese!! My clients always laugh when I say this, but it sticks in their heads!

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Some tips for making your bridal party flowers hold up are;

  • Ensure your florist delivers your bouquets in a small amount of water
  • Keep the flowers in a cool spot out of direct sunlight
  • If appropriate, keep the bouquets in the water whilst you drive to the wedding
  • Avoid putting the flowers in the boot where the air conditioner does not reach
  • If you are having a pre-ceremony photo shoot consider just having one or two photos with your bouquet then return it to water and out of the sun for the remainder of the photo shoot
  • Have the buttonholes attached as late as possible (even just before the ceremony)
  • If you would like the buttonholes attached for a pre-ceremony photo shoot consider ordering double so they can be replaced halfway through the day
  • If you are having a flower crown consider ordering two or just having it for your reception as it will not last all morning, afternoon and evening on a warm day.
  • White flowers show browning and bruises before coloured flowers, so if you are particular about this go for bold coloured flowers where it is more difficult to notice
  • Remember flowers are perishable and they will move, open and wilt throughout the day, this is to be expected, but you can reduce this by following your florists instructions

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Ms Zebra Says: Flowers are such a gorgeous way to incorporate colour and add freshness to your aesthetic! Wonderful tips to consider when having a summer wedding and wanting to your flowers to look their best. LOVE the cheese analogy!

About Gillian Pollard: Gill is the owner and founder of Gillian Pollard Flowers and is super passionate about what she does. Every job she takes no matter how big or small get the same amount of attention and dedication. Being able to have full creative licence over the vision has enabled her to build the brand the way she likes, select the team she wants and love what she does!

 

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As it starts to warm up, I get excited about summer weddings and all the fun things you can do at a wedding when it’s hot! This week on Behind the Door I’m meeting a business owner who knows just the thing to cool down your special event, Katie from Delish Ice.

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Delish Ice offer a beautiful guest experience serving their gourmet ice pops at weddings, events and parties. Ice pops are particularly perfect straight after the ceremony on a warm afternoon, but they also pop up at engagement parties, corporate events and brand activations, markets and more.

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Katie tells me that like many small businesses the idea came about during a cross roads in her life, when she was wondering if she might like to do something different.

“Delish Ice was born in 2011 and we’ve been having fun ever since” says Katie “My initial inspiration came from a few sources … a Donna Hay Magazine with ice pops on the front cover and the epiphany that no one else in WA or even Australia at the time (that I could see) was really doing anything similar”.

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Of course, such a summery business is located in Western Australia! “Perth is so much about the relaxed lifestyle” says Katie, ” I love the sun, the beach, my friends and family, foodie events, the great dining out and cocktail scene”. Delish Ice can do events in Perth, Mandurah, the Dunsborough and Margaret River regions of WA and have a gorgeous vintage style caravan or “pop-carts” from which to serve their icy treats.
The vintage inspired pop-cart comes complete with its own little garden, white picket fence, pink flamingos and tiki umbrella to really set the scene. You’ll be served by a Dishy Dame, dressed in classic vintage attire. The vintage caravan is a standout option for those that really want to make an impact. Delish Ice set it up with pink flamingos, 50’s music and a bubble machine!
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When it comes to flavours, Delish Ice have many, many different options like basil and elderflower, raspberry lemonade and choc cherry coconut. “I love coming up with different flavour combinations to tickle the taste buds” say Katie “Our fruity, refreshing flavours are most popular for weddings – that’s what people crave on a warm afternoon. Howver, we also have a great range of creamy, dessert style flavours too and we’ve just launched a creamy vegan range too that I love”. They also cater to all different dietary requirements with many flavours being gluten free, dairy free and even no added sugar! Who wants a champagne after a ceremony when you can have an ice pop?!
Ms Zebra Says: My mouth is watering just at the thought! Who doesn’t love something cool & refreshing on a warm afternoon!? What a fab addition to any summer wedding.
About Amelia Waddell of Moonstruck Bride: I’m a proud bridal store owner with a love of exploring creative spaces. Whether it’s an office, event space, workshop or retail store I love seeing how other wedding businesses create their own special magic! When I’m not fitting brides I love immersing myself in everything wedding, in the name of “research” of course.

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Summer weddings are so much fun to style. There are so many flowers around and when our clients have trust in us we can create the most amazing designs.

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Here are some things to remember:

  • Flowers in direct sun are not happy, so make sure you are flexible with the outside designs if it is going to be warm
  • If you have to use your wet weather back up, the flowers you have organised may not work. Talk to your florist in the lead up about a plan if you have to move the ceremony inside/undercover. That way you both know what to do and there are no last minute freak outs!
  • The wind can play a factor too! make sure you are happy for your florist or stylist to change to sturdier frames/vessels if they are going to be blown away/over in the strong wind.

 

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  • Tell your florist/stylist the accurate start times. Some clients tell vendors a few hours earlier to ensure everything will be set up very early. However, in the summer months, we put fresh flowers out as late as possible to avoid them decaying unnecessarily. If you do not give them accurate times, they will be wilting in the sun. Trust that your vendors know how long things will take to set up, so it will be perfect for your guests’ arrival.
  • If you are having a marquee or barn wedding, remember it can get hot, especially near the roof space. Consider hanging installations to be of hardier items (such as just foliages), rather than soft blooms.
  • Let your florist know if your venue has air conditioning or not, this may affect the time they plan to deliver

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  • Be flexible with the designs, so your florist can use hardier blooms if its is super warm
  • Talk to your florist about designs which will allow the flowers to remain in water sources so they stay fresher for longer
  • Don’t go crazy with candles! They add to the heat in your venue and as it gets dark later, they don’t give the same ambience as they do in winter
  • Be open-minded about the flowers decaying over the day. If you want to give them to the guests to take home, they will still be lovely and able to be enjoyed just not as perfect as they started the day!

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Ms Zebra Says: Thanks Gillian for this insightful piece about selecting designs and types of florals for a summer wedding. So many things to think about – weather, placement, timings! A good reminder to be open minded and listen to the expert vendors/florists!

About Gillian Pollard: Gill is the owner and founder of Gillian Pollard Flowers and is super passionate about what she does. Every job she takes no matter how big or small get the same amount of attention and dedication. Being able to have full creative licence over the vision has enabled her to build the brand the way she likes, select the team she wants and love what she does!