Have flawless floral style, whatever your setting, with our expert's advice!
From castles to country manors, historic venues provide a wealth of character, so it’s little wonder they’re popular with couples looking for a luxe backdrop to their big day.
“If you’re getting married in a building like this, you must respect the history of it; there is often a list of dos and don’ts to protect works of art and the floors.” advises florist Amanda Austin. “For example, at all English Heritage properties there is a ‘no red petals or stamens’ guideline; at Somerset House there is a ‘no water’ rule, and at many other venues like this, flowers must be in oasis foam to prevent spillages.”
Once you’ve checked restrictions with your venue, the next step is to consider the size of arrangements. “If you’re on a limited budget and have a huge, cavernous room, try one extraordinary piece which guests are amazed by, rather than lots of small designs which they’re unlikely to remember," suggests Amanda. “Put most of your budget into the tablecentres, as this is where guests spend most of their time.”
The main challenge is to create arrangements which complement the existing decor of the room, as well as your personal style. “Don’t clutter the tables with cameras, favours and bottles of water. They weren’t around all those years ago and will spoil the grandeur of the room,” advises Amanda.
The other danger is that displays can become lost, overwhelmed by the opulent surroundings. “Mix some tables with tall vases or large candelabra decorated with flowers, and other with low bowls. The overall effect you want to achieve is of an abundant dining room, rather than a state dinner.”