It’s been so much fun sharing my wedding photos with you guys, I feel like I relive each moment every time I look at them. Reading all of your sweet comments of support and encouragement has been so lovely, I can’t thank you all enough. It was such a beautiful day, and each detail was so carefully planned and executed with love. We worked with some truly talented people for our big day, one being our amazing florist Lavender Green. Even the idea of carrying not one – but two bridal bouquets throughout the day was a creative little flourish that added something special.
I had my ceremony bouquet when I walked down the aisle with Dad (a classic teardrop arrangement with lily of the valley, stephanotis, and ruscus foliage, inspired by the one Grace Kelly carried on her wedding day!), and then another more colorful bouquet for the reception, featuring wax flowers, green bells, olive and white scabiosa, and delphinium. Since I wasn’t changing up my dress for the reception, it was fun to switch up my bouquets!
The florist I used, Lavender Green Flowers, was founded in 1991 by Sue Barnes. Since then the company has gone from a small retail florist to one of the largest in size in the UK. The minute I met her, her warmth and creativity made me relax. I knew I was in the hands of not only a professional, but someone who truly cared. They were kind enough to provide some tips that I’d love to share with you, for choosing your very own wedding flowers. Read below!
Tips On Choosing Your Wedding Flowers
Wait until you’ve chosen your dress to meet with a florist.
It’s helpful to meet with your florist typically six months to a year before the date of the wedding, after you’ve chosen your dress. This way, your florist can design and sketch the bouquet with your actual dress in mind. It also helps them to understand the style of the wedding and of the bride, and will even help brides to get an idea of what they’ll look like on the day.
Less is more when it comes to venue dressing.
A few gorgeous, large and impressive designs in a large venue are far more important, and sometimes less expensive, than lots of small designs that, when the venue is filled with guests, cannot be seen.
Because One Bouquet is never enough.
Your bouquet is the single most important element to your flower order, look after it, keep it, dry it, give it to your mum… but don’t throw it! Have a ‘mock bouquet’ ready at your reception, especially for throwing, and if your florist is clever, they’ll match the colours and textures to your real one, but use less flowers or less expensive flowers to save on cost. Another bouquet specifically for your wedding reception (like I had!) will also dramatically change your look. Meaning that you can effortlessly look like you’ve had a whole wardrobe change without the hassle (and cost) of actually changing dresses.
After the big day…
Have your florist re-use your flowers (when possible), making lots of small bouquets to give to your close friends and family, having the flowers delivered to your home so that you can enjoy them longer or by donating them to a local Hospice so that they can bring joy to many more people.