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


Sustainably chic

Sustainably chic

Q. We want to choose sustainable winter wedding flowers, can you help?

A. Ellie Truscott says: Winter weddings are great fun because you can get creative with the varieties available during this season and still celebrate all-things floral.

Cut flowers picked from the garden are limited at this time of the year so when planning a winter wedding, keep everything sustainable by gathering seed heads and pampas grass which is in season rather than choosing imported flowers.

Evergreen and local foliage are plentiful at this time of year too so it's good to incorporate these seasonal gems. Not only do they reflect the time of year, but they also look beautiful and will last for a long time.

Ellie Truscott, The Flower Press Shop


In full bloom

In full bloom

Q. We're planning a sustainable summer wedding and want some wow-factor flower arrangements using locally grown blooms - what can you suggest?

A. Lucy Cooper says: The first thing to bear in mind while planning sustainable summer wedding flowers is the varieties themselves. The summer season offers an array of beautiful blooms, all of which lend themselves to many styles and designs. From pretty wildflower daisies, delphiniums and lavender that help create a country garden feel to the beautifully scented garden roses, hydrangeas and peonies best suited to a more classic theme.

My top tip when planning your wedding flowers is to pick them according to the season that you're getting married in. As well as having a greater selection of flowers to choose from, you'll also get more value for money because flowers grown and picked in season take fewer resources to grow, are much more sustainable and more reasonably priced than those forced to grow out of season.

Finding flower suppliers and florists that sell locally grown flowers and plants (or even grow these products themselves) are always worth looking out for. With so many amazing local growers and florists all over Devon and Cornwall, not only do you get top-quality products but you're also supporting smaller local businesses.

Another thing to remember while researching sustainable flower arrangements is to bear in mind the different style of vases, jars and containers available because you can create wow-factor displays using any type of container. For example, you can form a stunning group of flowers and foliage in the middle of each table displayed in pots and jars that you might already have at home which are more sustainable because they're being recycled. They'll look effective surrounded by biodegradable natural confetti and strewn flowers that can be picked to suit any colour and theme. This is a great DIY idea if you wanted to have a go at creating some of the decoration yourself and if you select wildlife-friendly plants, then they can be planted in your garden afterwards as a lasting memory of your special day.

If you wanted to add some larger arrangements to your ceremony or reception venue, why not ask your event coordinator or florist and see what they have available for hire? This way, you don't need to buy anything and store it, and the items can be delivered to your venue on the day with no hassle. Larger scale arrangements such as archways, garlands and pedestals can all be made with eco-friendly materials and no plastic, featuring locally grown flora and foliage providing an Insta-worthy backdrop.

Lucy Cooper, Wildflower Floristry