Wedding Flowers and Confetti
The bridal bouquet is a traditional wedding accessory and brides the world over will walk down the aisle with one. A quick glance at any bridal magazine will show stunning floristry to suit traditional and modern brides. There are as many different ideas as there are brides, over 90% of cut flowers in the UK are imported which means 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 wise to make an early decision and get the date in their diary. You can sort out the finer details later but it is a good idea to at least have a budget in mind.
As well as the bouquets and posies for the bride and flowergirls, you may well want to spend some of your budget on dressing the wedding venue. Here we have a gorgeous old staircase dressed with posies of flowers by Wendy Symes.
And if you prefer silk flowers then look no further than Sharon Cooper of Cooper Floral Design who makes stunning bridal bouquets, buttonholes and other floral designs which not only look amazing they last too. Sharon will make a bourquet to suit your individual ideas and style.
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 challenge with the good old great British weather and buying fresh roses from UK growers 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.
You can carry any type of flower from a single stem, shower or teardrop bouquets or hand tied, such as these delightful peony and rose bouquets by Emma at Brompton Buds. Consider your frame and shape in getting the perfect scale for the bouquet; a large shower bouquet could swamp a bride in a slim size ten dress, whilst small posies and single stems should be avoided if wearing a plus size dress. Two different styles by Wendy Symes,a mix of roses and forget me not tied with hessian perfect for a country style wedding left or a cream and white theme with decorative brooch, net and white ribbons.
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.