I feel that flowers or plants are a very important part of any wedding. Some people think that they are luxury and can be substituted for candles or balloons but flowers or plants bring a wonderful ambience and shouldn't be under estimated. I would even suggest that you cut other items from the wedding to insure having flowers or greenery but If cost is a concern, then there are ways of using fresh flowers that would match the cost of any alternative decorations anyway.
Before picking your flowers make sure you know what's in season so you don't get disappointed.
Spring flowers include
Lily of the valley
If you are on a low budget one large flower such as a Hydrangea or Gerbera in a fish bowl with grasses work well. Most florists will loan vases if you purchased your hand ties etc. from them or why not collect your jam jars up, go to a supermarket a day before the wedding and buy up all the flowers that are reduced to clear? This vintage/mis-matched style is very popular at present.
I'm a big fan of plants as table centres. These can then be given as thank you gifts afterwards. I recently worked on a wedding where we used no table cloths just beautiful wooden table tops with lavender in pots as centre pieces. Sunflowers in pots and little green plants or herbs look great too.
Photo taken from toastandtables.blogspot.com
We are very lucky to have some great florists in Bristol and recommend the following;
Edward Allen best for a fabulous design!
Lisa Elliott best for the professional touch.
Tilly Tomlinson best for a city centre florist.
Bella and fifi best for local flowers.
1st choice flowers best for budget.
Pompon just the BEST.
Georgina from PomPon flowers really does have green fingers. Her designs are professional, unusual and so so beautiful.
Georgina when asked;
WHAT FACTORS SHOULD A BRIDE CONSIDER WHEN CHOOSING FLOWERS FOR HER WEDDING?
Came up with these 4 main points :
~ In season
~ Less is more
~ Foliage as a flower
To elaborate on these a little;
Think of your flowers for your wedding as a guest! They must feel part of the events atmosphere. You must feel comfortable having them there and they must sit well among the other guests. Discreetly noticeable! They affirm your past and the new lifestyle you are embarking on.
While England is not known for its endless sunshine what you do have are amazing seasons. Take advantage of this! With this comes a richness and contrast of flower produce at high availability and lower cost. For me flower arranging is very like cooking ; picking different ingredients and combing them to create something delicious! Eat strawberries when its strawberry season…combine with a vase of Sweet peas on the table while eating strawberries = life’s simple pleasures!
~Less is More
This is my most important point! Nature is so beautiful, because it is just that…natural. Do not over complicate!!! Keep it simple. By doing so you create an air of informal elegance.
My way of achieving this is by providing quality, considered produce, with the design ethos of subtle repetition. Repetition acts as a powerful design tool.
~Foliage as a flower
Variegated hosta leaves in a low trough vase, heaven! A bridal poise of silver dusty miller foliage bound with sage green velvet ribbon = natures interpretation of fine lace. Magnolia leaf pedestals, striking and sophisticated. Ivy sandwiched between glass and placed as trays/coasters on the table. Beautiful rosemary herb, green on the surface of the leave, silver colour on the underside. When placed in vases on a white table cloth and with a set up table, the mirrored cutlery reflects the silver undertone hue of the rosemary, pulling the whole environment together….
I love foliage! I want more people to love foliage!
We are so dazzled by flowers we forget to notice the foliage. Do no underestimate foliage! Separate from the flowers, and then we begin to focus on the foliage and thus we realize how detailed and beautiful, in colour, form and texture leaves may be. A flower within their own right.