Wedding Flowers and Confetti
Bridal bouquets, confetti and wedding flowers
The bridal bouquet is a traditional wedding accessory and few brides walk down the aisle without one. A quick glance at any bridal magazine will show stunning floristry to suit traditional and modern brides. Over 90% of cut flowers in the UK are imported and most wedding florists can supply a wonderful variety of blooms all year round. Florists specialising in wedding flowers and bridal bouquets are usually booked months in advance so it's a good idea to make an early decision and get the date in their diary. Before someone else does!
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The most popular blooms in the UK are roses with red being the ultimate symbol of love and many brides will include flowers that have a sentimental meaning. At the royal wedding in 2011, Kate Middleton's bouquet of Myrtle, Ivy, Sweet William and Lily of the Valley represented love, marriage and friendship. A new and popular trend is for garden flowers and there are now a number of growers in the UK who supply cut flowers for weddings and celebrations. Quality blooms can be a lottery with the good old great British weather and buying fresh roses in December is unlikely!
A good florist will have an extensive portfolio of his/her work to look at and a good tip is to think about the style of the wedding dress when choosing the best bridal bouquet. There are many from simple hand tied bouquets, single stems and shower or teardrop bouquets. The frame and shape of the bride will be important in getting the perfect scale for the bouquet; a large shower bouquet could swamp the bride in a slim size ten dress, whilst small posies and single stems should be avoided if wearing a plus size dress.
The budget is important and it is wise to discuss this with your florist beforehand. You might want to take a few ideas with you along with a list of what you need. Bouquets for the bride, her attendants, buttonholes for groom, best man father of bride and ushers are usually chosen first. The theme and colours can be extended into the church or venue and then through to the reception area as centrepieces for tables. Natural confetti and lavender buds are inexpensive and lovely for tables as well as for the guests to shower the newly married bride and groom. And because it's a natural product, venues and churches don't mind it quite so much. Confetti mixed with lavender can look especially pretty in trugs carried by flowergirls. And it smells heavenly too!
Lavender and Co grown fifteen varieties of single estate lavender on the Mendip hills in Somerset where brides can visit and select their own stems and confetti for local and UK delivery. Carole dries bunches of lavender for use in bridal bouquets during the autumn winter months and supplies lavender and rose petal confetti through their new online shop. During the summer their beautiful field is open on selected dates during the growing season.
Top image, courtesy of Marion Frances Photography.