In a Flap about Flowers? 5 Top Tips Straight from the Florist's Mouth
If flowers just aren’t your thing and you're getting in a flap about what you want, then take a deep breath and check out these 5 helpful tips from the fabulous Catherine at Elworthy Flowers. We could have tried to muddle through this one, but sometimes you’ve just got to ask the experts….
1. Browse Pinterest with Care!
There are a huge number of images to scroll through which can help give you ideas for your big day. Just keep in mind that some of these images aren’t the real thing. Often pictures on the internet have been altered (think #filter) so the colours of some flowers aren’t always accurate, or the images may have come from American weddings meaning the flowers and foliage aren’t necessarily available in the UK. However, do share your inspiration boards with your florist as they will give a good feel for the styles you are drawn to, which is a great starting point. They are also useful to clarify your interpretation of colours (which can vary), showing images of what you like can really help a florist understand your preferences.
2. Re-use as much as you can
As a florist, when I go to a wedding as a guest I cringe when I see abandoned bouquets and beautiful arrangements left behind for no one to appreciate, especially as I know how much care and attention goes into making them and the money spent. When considering your arrangements, ask your florist and venue about moving arrangements between the ceremony and the reception, i.e. signing the register flowers could be moved to the top table. Even if you have two venues that you have to travel between it’s a perfect job to give the ushers to move the milk churns from the church to the marquee, or take the aisle ends (pictured) and tie them to the back of the top table chairs. Leave a few spare vases at the reception in key areas where your bouquets can be popped into with water- this not only keeps them fresh for longer but allows them to be displayed in all their glory. Also ask your florist to consider if the table arrangements could be given away at the end of the evening (this is easier if you provide the containers) which makes a lovely surprise for guests.
3. Spend the money where it will have the most impact….
…and be seen for longer. A couple of examples are a backdrop to the top table (a focal point for everyone for a significant chunk of the day), a statement bridal bouquet and/ or the table centres. Many people typically go for low arrangements as they have had a bad experience peering through leaves while speaking to someone on the other side of the table. The trouble is once people sit down, the (fairly limited) impact then dissipates. Instead there are some amazing tall arrangements (see top image) that can give height and lasting impact but don't get in the guests' way. Or alternating high and low is another good idea that’s more cost effective while still leaving a lasting impression.
4. Consider seasonal, locally grown flower sources
This is not only more ecologically friendly, but flowers should be fresher, and it supports small local businesses in a growing market. There are numerous flower farms popping up across the country that sell direct to the public if you fancy trying to do some of your own displays. Even if you have booked a florist, ask them what is particularly in season at that time of year and if they are able to source the flowers locally.
5. Think outside the box (or ask your florist to!)
Don’t just rely on what you have seen before at other weddings. A good florist can help create something unique to your wedding (which complements your venue) rather than force you into a standard package that has been rolled out for scores of couples before. Floral curtains, hanging flower chandeliers, floral arches (pictured) or unusual blooms are just a few examples of how you can really make your flowers stand out.
Elworthy Flowers are based in Harrold, Bedfordshire but can provide wedding and tribute flowers and workshops across all surrounding counties including Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, and Northamptonshire and on request can offer a national service.
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