FAQs and 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 editor@yourlondon.wedding


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


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

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