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FAQs and expert advice about flowers & bouquets

Here is a selection of Q&As from Your Devon and Cornwall 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@yourdevoncornwall.wedding

In full bloom

In full bloom

Q What's new in the world of wedding flowers for summer celebrations this year?
A Lin Turner says: This year and next look like being very busy for weddings and we're excited for the designs we're going to create with a focus on British-grown flowers. Every wedding is different but we're seeing a popular trend for dried flowers mixed with fresh blooms and couples are choosing pampas grass and bunny tails teamed with a variety of foliage to add texture and interest to their bridal bouquets and arrangements.

Foliage will still influence relaxed and unstructured designs with long table garlands a firm favourite. Foliage plants used as table décor are becoming popular too - they look great nestled amongst table garlands displayed trestle tables with couples often giving these away as gifts. We're seeing our busiest year yet with statement pieces such as arches and hanging installations adding the wow factor to any space, especially barns.

The colour palette is ranging from more earthy colours like coffee, caramel, and coral to pale blues and greens with sage green a favourite choice for bridesmaids' dresses.

Lin Turner, Sweet Pea Floral Studio

Fabulous florals

Fabulous florals

Q What are the benefits of having dried and preserved flowers in our wedding arrangements and bouquets?
A Grace Michaels says: The popularity of dried and preserved florals for weddings shows no signs of slowing down. The array of colours, textures and shapes available allow couples to have wow-factor wedding flowers. From pampas and palms to bunny tails and baby's breath, there's such a wide variety available which means no theme or colour scheme is off-limits. Not only do they look beautiful but you'll be left with a long-lasting keepsake from your big day, which makes them sustainable too.

The versatility of dried and preserved florals has proven popular through the pandemic for both weddings and interiors. Everlasting varieties are not only perfect for your big day but you'll be left with a delightful low maintenance arrangement for your home.

Preserved florals are a great option if you like the look of fresh flowers but would like to keep them after the wedding. There's a wide selection to choose from including classic roses, hydrangeas and eucalyptus as well as more unique pieces such as lace ferns and trailing amaranthus. Dried and preserved florals not only work well together but it's also possible to combine them with fresh ones.

If you're keen to create your own wedding flowers then dried and preserved florals are perfect for a DIY wedding. You can get a lot of the preparation work done well in advance without having to worry about keeping them fresh for the big day.

Grace Michaels, Barn Florist

In full bloom

In full bloom

Q What are the best flowers to use when it comes to creating a wow-factor wedding installation?
A Hayley Scott says: Venue decoration is a huge part of your flower budget so if you're opting for dried flowers and you don't need to keep them afterwards, speak to your florist about hiring hanging installations instead. Here at Hayley Scott Blooms, we offer pre-made dried hanging installations which are hired for a fee, with colour palettes and bespoke flower choices catered for.

When it comes to wedding flower trends for 2022, colour is back in a big way. Tropical blooms, orchids, colourful anthuriums, and birds of paradise will be popular as well as rainbow pampas grass and gypsophila plus flower clouds in jewel colours. With shows such as Bridgerton becoming a Netflix hit, the grand ballroom scenes will carry over into wedding settings with pillars and urns in high demand. Country colours of green, white, cream and pale blue will be requested with English garden flowers such as delphinium and hydrangea in abundance.

The two most requested colours for bridal bouquets continue to be blush pink and sage green and there's no sign of this trend slowing down. With more bridesmaids' dresses being made available in these shades, brides are seeking flowers to match. A close third of these two shades is terracotta, especially for summer and autumn weddings which incorporate seasonal flowers. Sustainability is key so let your florist steer the flower choices with those which are most in season because seasonal flowers ensure budgets are kept on track and unnecessary imports aren't required. Use suppliers which are local to your venue, not where you live, to reduce their carbon footprint.

Hayley Scott, Hayley Scott Blooms

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