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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
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
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
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.
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