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. 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: Lucy 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
www.wildflowerfloristryplymouth.co.uk

 

Christmas in bloom

Christmas in bloom

Q. Can you give us some flower inspiration for our winter wedding?

A. Vintage & Bloom says: Meet the expert: Vintage & Bloom is a local bespoke florist located in Penryn, Cornwall, with more than ten years experience styling flowers for weddings.

Angela says: When looking for inspiration for winter wedding flowers, consider the beauty of these seasonal months. It's all about the textures and scents. For example, think of the unmistakable aroma of pines or the ashy blue shade of eucalyptus leaves and use luxurious satin and velvet ribbons to finish bouquets.

Winter weddings are incredibly romantic so when planning your flowers, try to capture that wintery feel. Move away from traditional red, gold and green shades and be inspired by nature. Think of the frosty mornings and opt for crisp white and grey tones mixed with soft pink for a touch of colour.

Add thistle, pine cones and berries to a hand-tied bouquet. Other seasonal varieties to pick from are amaryllis, anemone, rosemary and jasmine.

For floral arrangements in the venue and church, suspended foliage hoops and branches with wintery leaves bring the outdoors in. Pine cones and berries styled on tables with candles, and fairylights strung from the ceiling entwined with blooms, will create a cosy atmosphere.

Vintage & Bloom
www.facebook.com/vintageandbloom

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