Helpful Hints and Tips


Please see our helpful hints and tips below for choosing the perfect flowers for your style wedding

English Country Style


English Country Style

Are you planning an English country garden wedding? Pretty, casual, fragrant, nostalgic and romantic - we can help make your dreams come true. Even if your wedding venue isn't to be held in a country setting you can still use country inspired flowers and decorations to create the right mood.

Mathew recommends using white flowers with a hint of nostalgia "A wreath of all white heather on the church door and swagging with roses ,peonies and clematis on the lych-gate to set a wonderful romantic feel, reminiscent of ‘Jane Austen style’ rural tranquillity". Country styling can be casual and natural, think of flowers just picked from the garden - beautifully soft subtle colours and fragrance. Imagine masses of old-fashioned pink and white garden roses, combined with peonies, stocks and sweet peas - pretty feminine and romantic.

Try tone on tone - use different shades from the same colour range to add extra depth and interest to your arrangements try Hydrangeas, Delphinium and Lavender together Hydrangeas look lovely they come in blues, whites, pinks and pale green and their huge flower heads have real impact.in large arrangements for the church / venue.

For a vintage flavour combine fabulous English grown old-fashioned garden roses that are both scented and beautiful to look at with vintage style crockery – teapots, milk jugs, cups and saucers can all be used as flower vessels and will look stunning.

Why not combine your table centres with your dessert and serve fresh strawberries in our rose flower rings for a real afternoon tea look.

We always think about foliage too - the reason cottage gardens look so right is that they have plenty of green between the flowers. Variegated ivy trails and umbrella fern would be delicate enough to suit the theme and add a welcome relaxing note of green. The elegantly weeping tails of green hanging amaranthus, or love lies bleeding, looks remarkably right when used in relaxed arrangements.

Molucella (bells of Ireland) with a faint lovely cut grass scent also adds a cool touch of green". Adding herbs to your wedding flowers also add interesting texture as well as fragrance and a country garden appeal. Tuck a rosemary or lavender sprig into your napkins as well as including in the wedding flowers to carry the theme through and when you have roast lamb in future the rosemary will always make you remember your wedding.

 

Reception Flowers


Reception Flowers

At Fabulous Flowers we know that Flowers will always become the focal point of any room, setting the mood and providing the wow factor that identifies your individuality. So whether you’re planning a simple wedding ceremony and reception or a more lavish event, follow our top tips for creating memorable, fabulously dressed tables.

1. High ceilings or pole marquees look better with a taller centre piece to create interest in the empty space. Tall arrangements should always sit above eye level, there’s nothing worse than conversation killer flowers where guests cant see each other. Try Elegant Silver Candelabras, Silver trumpet vases for a classic look or giant Martini glasses for a sophisticated modern style, the possibilities are endless and we have a huge range of options.

2. Modern architectural areas often benefit from well lit arrangements in glass often using just one type of flower. White flowers are Fabulous and timeless.

3. For intimate receptions create low level arrangements that sit below eye level and draw guests in, try glass bowls with englis rose heads and floating candles or Fabulous Edwardian style silver punchbowls and never underestimate the power of candles. A table without candles is like a stage without lights.

4. The vintage Tea party look is still very popular we love creating arrangements in beautiful mix and matched vintage teapots, cups and saucers and cut glass cake stands which we fill with delightful English grown roses, cowslips, stocks and Organic sweet peas from a local farm.

5. Surprise your guests! Go for a contrast for your reception if your bouquet is pale pink and the church decorations are white, your guests are expecting the reception to be the same. But just imagine their reaction when they enter the room and see a vision of hot pink, cerise, clove and fuchsia – still pink, just a lot more vibrant!

6. If you have a budget concentrate a good proportion of it on your table flowers they give impact and they are going to be seen by your guests for the whole of the reception.

We always where possible ensure that if we are using containers that are on loan to you we create the flowers in containers that are hidden and can be lifted out to be given as gifts and enjoyed long after the wedding.

 

Spring Weddings


Spring Weddings

Make your budget go further by choosing flowers that are in season. Spring is a wonderful time for flowers not only do you have firm favourites available like roses, lisianthus etc.you also have an amazing choice from tulips, scented narcissi, ranunculus, hyacinths and grape hyacinths. As an alternative to cut flowers on your tables, place miniature daffodils or snowdrops in pots along the middle of your tables and attach small bunches to napkins with pretty ribbon. Guests can then take the plants home as a keepsake.

Fill some sparkling mirror cube vases with glorious tulips or hyacinths for a really modern centre piece, clash colours together for a really funky look.

This is the season for lily of the valley. Its devine scent and pretty white bell shape flowers makes it a great choice for a really stunning unforgettable bridal bouquet, let everyone remember the magical scent and give them a plant in a small silver pail as a wedding favour.

For a real wow factor table centre choose tall elegant vases filled with beautiful cherry blossom these will make your guests feel they are sitting under a spring canopy.

If you are having a vintage themed wedding why not go for planted vintage china with scented spring bulbs for an outdoor garden wedding you could think ahead and plant a bulb lined isle for an unforgettable entrance.

Flowers in season:
Lily of the valley, tulips, ranunculus, hyacinths, grape hyacinths, narcissi, Iris, roses, lisianthus, viburnham opulus, cherry blossom, Anenomes

 

Choosing Your Bouquet


The flowers you carry down the aisle should suit you in every way. Here are some tips on how to select all the elements of your bouquet from the flowers to the finishing touches.

If flowers are the language of love, as the Victorians believed, then a bride’s bouquet is the ultimate romantic statement. How the modern bride expresses her sentiments – and herself- has expanded far beyond the iconic all white arrangement. Create impact with a bouquet of flowers that is not just a lovely accessory but a work of art that is as unique as your style and personality.

 

Getting Started


The ideal time to think about choosing your flowers is after you have chosen your dress, you can then pick the best bouquet to harmonize with your dress and the weddings mood. Looking through magazines and on the internet can help you discover what appeals to you and importantly what doesn't. Do you prefer classic wedding flowers such as roses, Freesia and Stephanotis or a bold contrast that might come from purple lisianthus and orange tulips? Do you like tailored uniform arrangements or free flowing natural look. We suggest you collect samples of colours and pictures you love At Fabulous Flowers we can help you look at the shape and design of the bouquet that works best with your chosen dress and style and we have lots of books with examples in if you don’t want to search magazines.

Matthew says that fragrance adds an extra dimension to the bouquet and awakens another sense. Including flowers and foliage with a beautiful scent will mean that whenever you come across it in the future you will be reminded of your wedding day.

 

Bouquet Shapes


Bouquet Shapes

Bridal flowers can be arranged in many styles from a petite compact nosegay to a popular domed hand-tied bouquet to a beautiful cascade. Elaborate bouquets tend to work with ornate wedding gowns that have full skirts and long trains where simple designs suit sleek dresses.

 

Seasonality


Seasonality

At Fabulous Flowers we firmly believe that although most flowers are available all year round it is much better and more affordable to use flowers in season. We have worked over the past two years in sourcing English growers for as many flowers as possible and during the summer season uses roses from the only true English grower in the country along with organic sweet peas grown here in Oxfordshire.

 

Detailing and Finishing Touches


Detailing and Finishing Touches

At Fabulous Flowers the treatment of the stems and the finishing touches to a bouquet are just as important as the flowers. Leaving the stems long will give a natural just picked look or for a polished look they can be trimmed and entirely wrapped in ribbon which can be matched to the dress or bridesmaid colours and can include vintage look lace trim or French laced ribbon. Matthew suggests that a wonderful personalised detail is to finish the ribboned stems with a sentimental item of jewellery for example Grandmothers broach.

If the dress has lots of details such as crystals or beading these can be reflected in the bouquet using diamante or pearl pins. The bouquet should compliment the dress rather than over power it.

We will ensure that the flowers you carry on your wedding day are sure to be as breathtaking as the ones blossoming in your imagination.

 

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