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Your guide to bouquets and personal flowers

For our first in the ‘floral fortnight’ series with Sue from Bramble and Belle we are covering one of my favourite topics. Bouquets and personal flowers!

The moment the bouquet arrives and is delivered to the bride is one of the best! As the most photographed floral pieces at your wedding it’s got to be pretty special. We’ll be talking through colours and styles to consider for your bouquet and of course Sue’s best tips. Let’s dive in!

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Choosing Colours

First off, remember that your florist is your best person for advice on where to start with choosing colours for your bouquet and types of flowers. They know what complimentary colours are going to look the best and what is going to be in season on your wedding day.

Let’s start with deciding on the colours for your bouquet or your flowers throughout the day. You might have already chosen your colour palette so it’s a good idea to bring this and a mood board to the meeting with your florist. When I’m styling and creating a colour palette I take inspiration from lots of places including the venue but I also always consider the flowers that are going to be available and recommended by the florist.

You should think about how the colours are going to look in photos, darker colours like burgundy can become black in the camera. By adding different shades and steps through the colour wheel they can blend nicely.

Bouquet Styles

Hand tied bouquet; these are very popular and on trend at the moment, you might be thinking they are too loose and wild for you but there is a huge scale to choose from and they can be tight and formal right through to completely loose.

Front facing hand tied bouquet with a definite front and flatter back. | Suzy Elizabeth Photography

Shower bouquet: traditionally these bouquets are fully wired and structured in a teardrop shape with a handle underneath. They need to be created by a skilled florist as each flower in individually wired and once it’s in place there isn’t any going back. A bouquet like this is going to take your florist time and skill so they can cost more but the overall effect is quite beautiful.

Kjerstin’s fully wired bouquet | Joab Smith Photography
Fully wired bouquet with roses

If a formal cascade bouquet isn’t quite you or in your price range then it is possible to create a similar style and shape with a cascade bouquet that is hand tied. The piece is created using an armature and chicken wire, which makes this type of bouquet more flexible. A hand tied cascade bouquet has more movement than the traditional shower, it’s still elegant but less formal and more natural. It’s best to leave the choice of florals to the florist for this one though so that they can carefully create the exact look you want.

Elisabeth & Michael | Simon Stewart Photography

Don’t scrimp on your bouquet, it’ll be the most photographed floral piece of the entire day.

Sue’s bouquet tip

What flowers should you have in your bouquet?

You might have a favourite flower and know that it’s going to be in season at the perfect time of your wedding day, if so then make sure to mention it to your florist. This way they can plan the bouquet around it. Lot’s of flowers can now be bought out of season but this might cost more if they need to be imported from Europe.

If you don’t have any must have types of flowers in mind then it’s always better to let your florist decide. Your florist is the expert and will have your best interests in mind. Nearer the time of your wedding, when they are buying the flowers it’s best to have flexibility so that they can purchase the best flowers in the current market. Florists with the flexibility to choose flowers nearer the time will also be able to choose flowers that are in season, with a good head size and quality that is going to withstand the summer heat.

What’s on trend now?

I’m not really one to recommend going with a trend, just because it’s in fashion now. If it’s not really YOU then don’t do it. But it can be interesting to see what is on trend, see if you like it and take inspiration.

Natural cascades are being requested a lot at the moment. Moving away from the rules is becoming popular, loose and mixed with different flowers. Garden style is particularly sympathetic to the loose bouquet styles and means your florist can choose british flowers.

Should you consider your dress when choosing a bouquet?

You might consider the details on your dress because a large bouquet might hide the details like sequins and lace. It’s also a good idea to consider your size and choose a proportional size bouquet.

As a florist Sue isn’t sure that you should or should not choose a bouquet just because of your wedding dress. Don’t compromise on what you really want.

Cornwell Manor | Suzy Elizabeth Photography

A quick note on personal flowers

Bridesmaids bouquets should be smaller versions of the bridal bouquet. This will create continuity making for cohesive pictures. Practically it also helps with buying the same flowers making it cheaper for you.

Buttonholes are created using the same or similar flowers as the bouquet, but you can get creative with bold statements such as a large floral single stem. It’s also a nice idea to create a slightly larger, different or more special buttonhole for the Groom.

I hope that this has helped you feel confident about meeting up with your florist and choosing your bouquet style. There really isn’t anything to be worried about, the only problem is there is too much choice! Really trust in your florist, take their advice and make sure you choose what you love.

If you have any more questions about bouquets or personal flowers then feel free to email me below, or drop me a message on instagram. You can also find expert advice from Sue here:

www.brambleandbelle.co.uk

www.instagram.com/brambleandbelleflorist

We’ll be back shortly with help for your floral statement pieces.

Emma x

Lets Talk

Advice from bespoke stationery designer Katie from Paper Bow

This week I have taken some time out to chat with Katie, Founder and Graphic Designer at Paper Bow London, a bespoke design studio based in Crystal Palace, South London. She’s shortly relocating to Manchester but I’ve caught up with her to talk all things wedding stationery.

How long have you been running Paper bow?

I set up Paper Bow London in 2016 after designing a friend’s wedding stationery. Some pictures made their way onto Pinterest and I was receiving a lot of enquiries off the back of that and so decided to go for it and set up Paper Bow! The design for Emmeline and Matt is still one of my most popular suites today showing that something bespoke and personal can stand the test of time.

What’s your favourite part of helping couples with their stationery?

I love hearing a couples love story – this gives me such an insight into them as individuals, as well as them as a couple. Getting to know my couples means I can incorporate details that are incredibly personal and truly unique to them, which is one of the defining factors of a bespoke design service.

What would you say is most important for couples getting married to consider for their stationery?

Ensure that your designer embodies your personal style. Your stationery is the first glimpse that your guests will have into your wedding, and therefore is a great opportunity for you to set the tone, look and feel, and style for your big day. 

Is there a particular style that is fashionable at the moment?

There’s been a huge shift to warm colour palettes in the past year – dusty pinks mixed with airy creams and rich terracotta tones. Eco and sustainable stationery has also become popular, with papers made from recycled coffee cups, or made with wildflowers seeds on the market.

However, as with your wedding day, I’d urge couples to not think necessarily about trends, but what feels right for them: Some couples love bold colours, others are after a more classic palette; some want intricate venue illustrations, others want a minimal typographic look; some want all of the luxury details like silk ribbon, envelope liners and wax seals, others are content with just a beautiful invitation…the list could go on and on, but I believe that the most timeless designs are the ones that embody the couple’s personal style.

If there are any couples who are unsure about the investment of beautiful stationery on the day of their wedding eg; menu’s how much of a difference would you say it makes to the overall experience?

Think about on-the-day stationery as your ‘finishing touch’. Stationery is a great way to bring your themes to life as well as help link together all the other elements of your day. If you’ve invested in a beautiful invitation suite, introducing some of those elements like monograms and illustrations really gives a seamless look to your whole day.

If your budget doesn’t stretch to a whole range of stationery, think about some statement pieces instead, like a perspex order of the day or large fabric banner table plan that will really create the ‘wow factor’ – Lauren and Joe did this and had some incredible pieces for their big day, including a 2m long table plan which was a personal favourite of mine.

Photography by https://www.richardskinsphotography.co.uk/

What is your favourite design to do with a suite of stationery?

It’s so hard to choose as every design is so personal to each of my couples. I love doing bespoke monograms that can be used across multiple stationery items on their wedding day, but also beyond that as they embark on their lives together. 

Designing my own wedding stationery was also a real luxury – I got to create something that was so very personal as well as jam packing it with luxury details such as copper foiling, a double thickness invitation, marble vellum wrap and copper wax seal.

What is absolutely essential for a couple when they are choosing their wedding stationery and what they need?

Start early! Bespoke designs take time to craft and produce, and designers can only take on a limited number of couples – Even if you don’t have all the details yet, those can all be added at a later date… Once you have a venue and a date get in contact with your designer and they can book you into their calendar and will let you know their timelines.

If using a design that has already been created, draft out all your text and have all of your key items agreed. Get several people to proofread your text and only then go ahead – this will save on costly spelling mistakes and multiple rounds of changes.

What should couples be looking out for when choosing stationery?

The two parts that come hand-in-hand are pricing and style, and you are looking for the perfect marriage between these. There is a stationery designer out there for all styles and budgets, it’s just about finding that ‘sweet spot’.

If you love Katie’s work as much as I do and would like to chat about your wedding stationery then you can find her on instagram or her website below:

https://www.paperbowlondon.com

www.instagram.com/paperbowlondon

And as always if you are planning a wedding, need help with styling or on the coordination then get in contact with me!

Lets chat over a glass of wine or just have a read of my brochure