The right blooming design

The right blooming design

Q. I don't want my flowers and dress to clash. Should I find my dress first and then choose my bouquet?

A. Michal Kowalski and Michael Dariane says: Yes! Not all bouquet shapes suit all outfits. If you're not sure where to start, your florist will be able to advise but here are some tips…

- Classic A-line – The bouquet's job here is to balance the top and bottom half of the dress. For V-necks, a V-shaped bouquet works to highlight the ornate detailing at the top of the dress without detracting from the flowing A-line below. Medium bouquet shapes and styles are usually perfect and you can play around with pops of colour and textures that tie in with your venue to add interest. Hand-tied bouquets work brilliantly for that freshly-picked feel!

- Column dresses – Whether your dress is figure-hugging or drops straight to the floor, opt for a smaller round design to contrast the rectangular lines. Bouquets of the same flowers and colour palette offer a timeless and classic look.

- Ballgowns – Make sure your bouquet doesn't get lost behind the dress. Big blooms mixed with smaller blooms matching the colours and textures of your day will keep the middle ground between size and statement. Classic flowers such as roses are popular to pair with this classic dress style.

- Mermaid – We'd recommend a cascading bouquet that draws the eye down to the unusual shape of the dress. Though, if your dress is incredibly detailed, keep your bouquet simple.

- Short – Dainty posies are the perfect choice. For the unconventional bride, we love a single stem to make a statement. If you want to add a little extra elegance, attach a long trailing ribbon!

- Modern suits – Your bouquet should be bold, individualist, modern, and undeniably powerful. A modern shape is a must whether that's a crescent bouquet or a design that has unexpected elements or flowers. We recommend hairpieces or statement floral jewellery to match so that anyone who sees you on your special day knows that this isn't just any gorgeous suit - it's your wedding suit.

Michal Kowalski and Michael Dariane, Blooming Haus




Q. How to inject seasonal brights into every element of your wedding…

A. Rebecca Paulraj says: Choosing the colours for your flowers and foliage can take time. Your bouquet should ideally complement your dress and your floral décor should express your personal preferences as a couple. I work with my brides to design the whole floral package and recommend using vibrant seasonal blooms to add a splash of colour while keeping your costs down.

You don't have to follow a trend if you don't feel like it. Be bold and don't play safe. Some colours are natural enhancers for each season. Here are some of my favourite combos:

- Blush, frost, and boysenberry are calm and romantically rich autumnal shades for boho weddings.

- Pineapple, charcoal grey and cardinal red are a sophisticated combo for an industrial-chic theme.

- Hunter green, orange, and brown with peaches and burgundies are luxurious and energetic for a country style.

- For a nautical or beach settings, I love hot maroon, cameo pink, and Aegean blue.

- Silver, beige, and dove grey are a whimsical combo for autumnal nuptials.

Rebecca Paulraj, Becca Blooms




Q. What are the key wedding trends for 2022 and how are couples planning their weddings differently this year?

A. Eloise McKinna says: I'm seeing people more excited about use of colour. Instead of keeping it classic, they want it to be quite a show after so many have had to wait for their big day to finally arrive.

At this time of the year, we're coming up to daffodil season so there's lots of spring colours and blossom. I'd recommend using ranunculus, scented narcissus, mixed daffodils and camelia, which is a dark waxy foliage with Tudor rose that blooms from it in incredible colours. Foliage becomes a central point and you can make amazing displays with camelia, blossom and forsythia – a twig-like foliage with yellow flowers. This is grown locally and often overlooked but when placed in a vase it screams spring and looks amazing.

Some couples are choosing to have more intimate nuptials and then planning a big bash when things settle down. It's more about each other now. The traditional larger weddings are pushed aside, and people are just so in love that they want to tie the knot no matter what.

My couples are becoming more aware of where their flowers are coming from. I work with seasonal flowers and use locally grown as much as possible to create that community feel and to support local businesses.

Eloise McKinna, Garage Florals


Pick of the bunch

Pick of the bunch

Q. What new floral trends will create impact at our micro-wedding?

A. Harley Dang says: Dried flowers have been making a big comeback recently. Mindfulness and ethical buying has been the drive for this trend; couples want a more natural and foraged look with an environmentally friendly approach. Dried flowers are everlasting, which makes them budget-friendly – you can take them home after the big day to enjoy for a long time. Whether you're incorporating unusual blooms, seed pods, dried grasses or other lasting greenery in your design, dried flowers lend themselves to so many different styles, from vintage and boho to contemporary.

A firm favourite of ours is pampas grass. We love its fluffy and wild look, and it features prominently in arrangements because of its height, (it can grown more than two metres) adding impact with just a few stems. We also love to use spears and fan palms; their lines and texture add a clean and elegant look. Dried materials are available bleached and dyed in a range of shades, from soft and subdued to bold neon colours if you want maximum drama.

Harley Dang, Harley's Flowers


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