Wedding Flower Tips from the Top
We've been chatting to the Flowers & Plants Association to find you the expert's advice on wedding flowers for all budgets.
Flowers are a great way to add colour and character to your wedding. A stunning flower arrangement distinguishes the great weddings from the good weddings. The best news is that it isn't hard to get right. We know that no two couples are the same, so here we have expert advice to suit all range of budgets.
Bridal flowers should be first on your list. "Choose colours that match you and your bridesmaid's dresses.
Splurge - Florists can make you a bespoke, wired bouquet and accessories for your hair. Choose extravagant flowers you've never seen before - after all, it's your day to celebrate!
Spend - Have a hand-tie of flowers to your theme be that country, modern or tropical.
Save - Carry a single, beautiful flower, like a calla or amaryllis, beautifully adorned by your florist.
Bridesmaid's Flowers - "These should be smaller versions of your flowers or match their dresses" explained the Flowers & Plants Association.
Splurge - Have individual pieces crafted to the style of the person carrying them.
Spend - Have smaller versions of your hand-tie, or choose seasonal, single types of flowers.
Save - Simple wrist corsages or flowers in their hair will look pretty.
Venue Flowers - Choose colours that match the interior, or that match the bridal flowers.
Splurge - Have gorgeous garlands strung across the pews, or individual chair-back arrangements. Have flowers for the altar, where the register is signed, and have a floral cushion for the rings.
Spend - Order decorations in special foam holders, for the front two and back two pews, or for alternate rows. Pedestals as you enter the Church and next to the alter can be moved to the reception.
Save - Ask your florist to decorate pew ends with ivy and ribbon. Simple, cheap and effective!
The Wedding Reception - Choose colours to match the interior, or stick with your theme.
Splurge - For a glamorous wedding, tall vases or mirror pillars will look fabulous on the tables with flowers cascading from the top. Candelabras also look stunning, and ensure there's no flowers at eye level so your guests can see each other over the table easily. Scatter flower petals over the table, or give each guest and individual mini plant like a rose or kalanchoe as a place setting to take home with them.
Spend - Your florist will be happy to transfer the pew-ends from your ceremony into table centres for the reception and move the pedestals, too. You could also consider hiring long vases from your florist and fill with a single, stunning flower, like a lily, amaryllis or orchid.
Save - Ask your florist for plants in gorgeous containers to decorate the tables. If you're really trying to tighten the purse strings, then you can hire pots and just buy the plants. For spring weddings, try scented jasmine plants. For a summer wedding, have a look at anthurium plants for a more tropical twist, or hydrangea for a country cottage look. You could also try herbs and lavendar for a Continental atmosphere, or Begonia for Mediterranean. You could also hire tall plants to replace pedestals.
Splurge - Try having disco balls of flowers hung above the table, and candelabras placed either side. Choose a long, trailing arrangement to be placed in front of the bride and groom.
Spend - Have a long, low arrangement, using the same flowers used on the guest's table decorations.
Save - Have a simple foliage garland, or even branches of foliage or flowers that can be left out of water, like callas, tulips, orchids and amaryllis, scattered along the table.