Wedding blogger Julia Braime of www.bridesupnorth.co.uk prefers her big-day flowers home-grown, green and gorgeous
Flowers can both brighten and soften a scene, add drama, create vistas, provide a talking point and give gentle scent. This summer sees the return of colour, from rainbow brights to muted mocha hues. Bring the outside in with untamed and home-grown styles, and add formality with brooches, Gatsby-inspired pearl clasps and fancy bindings.
With more options than ever, it can be a jungle out there. Visit The Designer Flower Zone at The National Wedding Show for ideas, keep magazine cut-outs, build a Pinterest garden and flex those green fingers. Bloomin’ beautiful!
Work with nature
It makes perfect sense that the biggest and best of the bunch will be those blooms which are in season on your wedding date. Stick to the calendar and your flowers will look fresher, more appropriate and will cost you less, too!
You don’t have to recreate Kew Gardens for wow-factor floral displays. Try single flower heads in glass votives interspersed with tealights for a vintage look, or simple bunches of daisies for naturally beautiful arrangements.
For larger arrangements, consider the use of silk alongside fresh flowers to bulk out displays. Silk stems can be a glamorous and cost-effective addition.
Five a day
Think outside the box and use fruit and vegetables for tablecentres with a difference. Choose produce with complementary colours for a look that’s high-style rather than harvest festival.
How does your garden grow?
Green-fingered brides grow their own posies (or ask their florist to do it for them). There’s something extra special about cut flowers or potted plants that have been lovingly nurtured for your big day.
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