FAQs and expert advice about flowers & bouquets

Here is a selection of Q&As from Your South Wales Wedding magazine whether it be about flowers, hair and makeup, fashion, wedding themes, health & beauty, cakes, stationery, legal advice. If you would like your question answered by our experts, please email it to editor@yoursouthwales.wedding


Trend setter

Trend setter

Q. What flower trends do you think will be popular in 2023?

A. Emma Cross says: Next year, we will see more texture rather than just one type of flower, which will add more interest and depth to bridal bouquets.

We will see brighter colour choices in 2023 with couples mixing pastels with brighter hues, creating pops of colour.

The above will work hand in hand with flower preservation, giving resin blocks and frames more depth and variety to work with.

Emma Cross, Encapsulated Memories


Pick of the bunch

Pick of the bunch

Q. What questions should we ask a florist before booking?

A. Rhian Rees says: Before you make an enquiry the most important thing to do is to spend some time researching the style of flowers that you like. Look at different designs and colours and go with your heart. During your research, you will come across a florist or two whose designs make you smile. These are the ones for you! Give them a ring or drop an email and arrange to have a chat. Before booking, ask the following questions:

Are they free on your wedding day? There's not much point running through everything to discover they are already booked.

How many weddings are they doing on that day? Some florists can fit in three bookings in a day, so I would question whether this means your flowers could be a little rushed.

What is their style? Florists are creative people, and our personality and the way we see flowers will show in our designs. Look at lots of photos to see if the supplier is a match for your big day. Do they deliver, is there a charge and have they worked at your venue before? Depending on how much you are spending on your flowers you may be charged for delivery. This is normal. Florists do not make a fortune out of their flowers, and costs are really high at the moment. It can be an advantage if the florist has been to your venue before. If not, then a good florist will visit the venue and chat with the managers about what they can and cannot do and what time they can have access.

Do they use any locally grown flowers? We are lucky to have some amazing local flower farmers near us, so see if your supplier uses these. Ask for in-season flowers as they look so much better than options that should be in bloom months earlier or later.

Are they a sustainable florist? It's really important that floral foam is no longer used in the industry.

Can I have specific flowers? This is a hard one. I always say to my clients that we can choose a colour palette, and then they have to trust me! Trying to get a particular rose, tulip or peony can be impossible. Depending on weather conditions, some flowers are just not available, but there are so many other wonderful options to choose from, so keep an open mind. Your relationship with your florist needs to be based on trust. They are professionals, and will do their very best for you.

Can they take my flowers to a different location on the same day? Some florists will do this but will expect a fee. Be realistic though, if a huge floral installation has been created around a church porch, that is going to have to stay there! If you want to re-use your ceremony flowers for later in the day, then chat through the possibilities with your florist.

Do they provide any other décor? Lots of florists have gorgeous candles, lanterns etc, and if you like their flowers, you'll probably have the same taste. It's always worth asking if you can hire them out.

Do I need to pay a deposit? Generally yes, you will be sent a booking form and asked for a deposit.

Can I change my mind? I ask all my couples a month before to re-send me some images of the flowers they like. It's often the case that they have shifted slightly, but please don't expect to be able to change your mind really close to the wedding day. The florist may well have pre-ordered your flowers and some farmers even grow them specifically for individual weddings.

Can I see a mock-up of my bouquet? I would honestly say it's not necessary. The chances are when you book your florist it will be a different season to your wedding day, and so the flowers available will be completely different. Every bride's bouquet is made with care and love and is unique. It would be impossible to recreate the exact bouquet, so as I said before, please trust your florist and then on the day, you will fall in love with not just your new husband or wife but your flowers too.

Rhian Rees, Wild and Fabulous Flowers


Summer loving

Summer loving

Q. What flowers and colours will be available for our summer wedding?

A. Rhian Rees says: The most important thing to keep in mind when choosing flowers is to always go with the seasons. With sustainability being so important, try and choose locally-grown flowers wherever possible. There are some fantastic local growers out there, head over to Flowers from the Farm (www.flowersfromthefarm.org.uk) to see options in your area.

If you're getting married in the summer, then you have a huge choice! Early summer flowers, by which I mean June and early July, include peonies, roses, astilbe, lupins, nigella, cornflowers, ammi, delphiniums, honesty seed heads, foxgloves, phlox, sweet peas, snapdragons, jasmine, achillea, alchemilla and orlaya, to name just a few.

Flowers from July to early September include hydrangeas, sweet peas, snapdragons, roses, asters, achillea, gladioli, dahlias, chrysanthemums, cosmos, amni, gauras, zinnias, cosmos, rudbeckia, echinacea, scabious, sunflowers, strawflowers, verbena, nerines and many more!

As far as colours go, it really is down to the style of wedding you're having. Relaxed nuptial calls for lovely mixtures of colours and textures. These can be soft summery pastels or hot and fiery late summer oranges, pinks and reds. For a more formal wedding, you may choose a more streamlined range.

I would say that sometimes a very sharp yellow can look too harsh on a hot summer's day. In my opinion, yellow work best in spring. I always advise my clients to not get too hung up on having a specific flower, but to trust your supplier to create something beautiful within your chosen colour palette. Sometimes specific flowers are not available due to the weather not behaving as it should. When choosing your flowers, you should always go with your heart and trust your florist to create bespoke arrangements for your special day.

Rhian Rees, Wild and Fabulous Flowers


Festive romance

Festive romance

Q. How can we incorporate Christmas touches into our flowers without it being over the top?

A. Hayley Rees says: Lots of foliage is key to making your Christmas-themed day ooze with the magic of the season. Asparagus fern, pine, spruce, redwood and holly are fantastic options for the basis of your wedding flowers. These can be made into all sorts of things but really stand out as wreaths for your centrepieces or as garlands to adorn lavish staircases and fireplaces. Not to mention, the scent combined with cinnamon sticks is truly delicious! Teamed with seasonal flowers such as hellebores, also known as the Christmas rose, mistletoe and white bouvardia, you can bring the snowy scene to life and create a delicate seasonal themed wedding without being over the top.

Hayley Rees, Misselthwaite Flowers


Floral fantasy

Floral fantasy

Q. We're having a Christmas wedding and want to incorporate some festive cheer into our flowers. Do you have any suggestions?

A. Elisa Hsiao says: There are lots of colour combinations available at this time of year, such as traditional reds, greens, whites, metallics golds, silvers and colourful pinks, purples and blues.

Wine red is a popular shade for a classic Christmas wedding. Partnered with ivory rose, gypsophila, berries, pine and a mixture of greenery, you can create a natural and elegant bouquet. Add a touch of gold and champagne to your venue's lights, centrepieces, table runners or display pedestals to create a cosy and merry atmosphere.

White tends to be romantic, and by using a variety of flowers, you can create the texture you desire. Look for white roses, anemones and astilbes, gypsophila, seeded eucalyptus and a light blue astrantia spray or forget me nots to complement the bridal bouquet.

If you're looking for a more trendy theme, opt for a combination of red, mauve and blush-toned roses, peonies and dahlias. Alternatively, look for blush pink and ivory flora, silver frosted foliage and finish with rose gold ribbons to accentuate the shade of your bouquet. You can also incorporate rose gold into your bows on the chairs, napkins and cake decorations.

By choosing the best quality artificial flowers, you avoid the issue of seasonal availability. They create beautiful keepsakes, avoid any allergy issues, but most importantly, you can keep them as a lovely keepsake.

Elisa Hsiao, Elyn Boutique


Seasonal romance

Seasonal romance

Q. My hubby-to-be and I are having an autumn wedding and would like to incorporate the time of year into our flowers. Do you have any ideas of what blooms and colours we should look for?

A. Samara Forsyth Searle says: Many people associate autumn with traditional burnt oranges and reds but we're starting to see an increase in purples, reds, pinks, dried flowers and foliage.

Deep hues will contrast with soft, muted versions and look great when mixed with foliage. Full-colour bouquets look more natural and suit the time of year perfectly.

Some options that are available in a range of colours are roses, spray roses, hydrangeas, dahlias, freesias and delphiniums. Filler flowers are equally as important so look for options like astilbe, thistles, scabious and ranunculus. Foliage is also a must-have, mix your blooms with seeded eucalyptus, cinema eucalyptus, parvifolia and baby blue eucalyptus to create texture.

The possibilities are endless, and with the help of your florist, you'll be able to create the perfect arrangements.

Samara Forsyth Searle, Best Buds by Samara

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