Expert advice about flowers & bouquets

Here is a selection of Q&As from Your London 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


Fantasy Florals

Fantasy Florals

Q. What new ideas and styles should I look for to give my big-day flowers the wow factor?

A. Hazel Gardiner says: We love creating oversized installations, finding inspiration from magazine editorials and catwalk set design. Suspended clouds are proving popular using either fresh flowers or dried varieties alongside faded palm leaves. If working with a smaller budget, foliage bunches hung upside down above long tables give great impact.

Think beyond your tables for areas to dress; we seek out every opportunity to bring florals in, such as walls and stairways. Large mantelpieces are wonderful areas to bring to life with asymmetrical designs full of movement, height and texture. Playing with scale is part of our signature style, working with structures such as moon gates, arches, frames and grid walls to create monumental backdrops.

For outdoor weddings, we like to adorn natural structures such as tree trunks and canopies to give an editorial feel. Impact doesn't have to mean bigger. With a clever use of colour and materials such as paper flowers and silk stems, we can bring a dynamic feel to any room. When it comes to colour, a punchy palette of baby pink and dusky orange can make a real statement alongside ombré designs.

Hazel Gardiner,Hazel Gardiner Floral Design


Flower power

Flower power

Q. We're planning our big day and want our flowers to reflect the contemporary, boho vibe we're going for but have no idea how to pull together a brief for our florist. Which blooms should we be requesting and what arrangements would you advise?

A. Louise Smith says: Louise says: As a florist, we're often asked to create flowers for many different themes. My absolute favourite would have to be boho. This style calls on bohemian and hippie influences: think long, flowing dresses, floral crowns and lots of free spirit.

Indeed, the essence of boho is creativity, so ask your florist to play around with lots of different textures and colours combined with fabulous flowing foliage. Pampas grass, dried flowers, herbs, succulents and even feathers work well together to create the perfect boho look alongside other natural elements such as wood and stone. In terms of fresh flowers, blooms such as hypericum, craspedia, amaranthus, sedum, anthurium and astrantia are often recommended.

For the bridal party, think mismatched buttonholes and cascading bouquets while jam jars filled with an abundance of wildflowers will lend that 'just picked' look to your table décor. For the ceremony and drinks reception, floral dreamcatchers and grounded arches capture this style perfectly.

Meet the experts: Chiswick-based Pot Pourri Flowers is owned by floral designers Louise Smith and Dominic Hughes.

Louise Smith


Spring a ding ding!

Spring a ding ding!

Q. We're tying the knot in spring and would love to use seasonal flowers but we're not sure what's available at that time of year – any ideas?

A. Toby Roberts says: There's nothing better than watching nature blossom all around you after a tough British winter. Spring in the UK can come with a sunny promise, and aren't you glad you chose to have your wedding at this time of year?

Whether windy or wet, plants and flowers are shooting up all around the country. We absolutely love working with cherry blossoms throughout spring and favour unstructured and whimsical designs, as though the flowers have been uprooted and carefully placed all around the venue that very moment. Here are some of our suggestions for blooms based on previous experience.

- Early spring: anemones, cyclamens, hyacinths, magnolias, pussy willow and tulips
- Late spring: cherry blossom, irises, lilacs, lily of the valley, guelder roses, hydrangeas and forsythia

To us, a wedding in spring is all about bringing nature inside. Vibrant colours work best at this time of year – so very instaworthy too!

Toby Roberts


Plant power

Plant power

Q. I want my wedding to be plant heaven but equally, if I buy several shrubs, my small London flat and patio will be overwhelmed after the big day. Is there such a thing as plant hire? How does it work and what plants are available?

A. Julian Poole says: Yes, there certainly is such a thing as plant hire. A good plant hire service should offer a range of dramatic, architectural trees and plants for any event from elegant weeping blue cedars and spiral-stemmed bay trees down to differing varieties of ornamental grasses.

The latter is one of my favourites because their beautiful seed heads offer attractive foliage deep into winter.

As night falls, lighting your plants will add a stunning dimension to your venue whether up-lighting a tree canopy or winding fairylights around the top of a bay tree.

The cost of hiring usually equates to between 25 per cent to 30 per cent of the retail cost of the plant, plus a delivery charge. This will vary, depending on location, site access, size and the number of plants hired. In a nutshell, however, plant hire services will deliver, arrange and then collect the plants, leaving you to enjoy your special day.

Julian Poole

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