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


Freshly picked ideas

Freshly picked ideas

Q. I want my nine bridesmaids to have beautiful bouquets, but we're on a tight budget. Do you have any ideas on how we can save money?

A. Kayleigh Jones says: - Talk to your chosen supplier and explain your financial situation. Most will offer you advice and suggestions on how you can keep the price down.

- Picking seasonal blooms will help reduce the cost and ensure the arrangements look fresh on the day.

- Large flowers such as the O'Hara rose are more expensive than a standard version, but due to its size, you won't need to buy as many.

- Instead of having a top table arrangement, why not fill vases with your bouquets after the ceremony?

Kayleigh Jones,O'Hara Floral Design


In bloom

In bloom

Q. We're on a tight budget but still want beautiful flowers on our big day. Do you have any suggestions on how we can save money?

A. Rebecca Cook says: Be honest and upfront with your florist about your finances, they can then advise you on how to get the best out of your budget.

- Stick with blooms that are in season. If you don't have a favourite flower, then ask your supplier what's available at the time of year you're getting married.

- Think about reusing your flowers. Getting multiple uses out of each creation is a great way of maximising your money.

If you're getting married, I hope you find these tips helpful! I'm always happy to discuss ideas and offer advice.

Rebecca Cook


Bloomin' wonderful

Bloomin' wonderful

Q. I'm set to tie the knot next spring, and I'd love to include some of the season's most beautiful flowers. Do you have any suggestions?

A. Justine Scouller says: - Ranunculus is a beautiful flower that comes in a wide range of colours.

- Anemones, hellebores and heavily scented narcissus are also popular.

- There is lots of foliage around this time of year. Look for pussy willows, catkins and evergreens.

- Don't panic about the variety of blooms available. Use your imagination, and source flowers that might otherwise get overlooked.

Justine Scouller


Festive chic

Festive chic

Q. We're having a winter wedding, and I want to incorporate the season into my bouquet and venue décor. Do you have any suggestions of what I should look for?

A. Laura Bowyer Sansom says: Here are my top tips:

Opt for rich reds or white and silver.

If you decide on a red colour scheme, look for large-headed Naomi roses, mixed with hypericum berries, magical Lizzy sedum, hello red helleborus, green ivy and holly.

If you've decided on a white theme, then look for double lisianthus, brassica fragrant wax flowers, ranunculus, senecio silver dust and flowing eucalyptus.

Laura Bowyer Sansom

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