Are you about to delve into the world of wedding planning? I’m guessing you’ve set up some Pinterest boards for inspiration and there are at least 2 relating to DIY’ing your wedding flowers. I am not about to bash DIY weddings, BUT I am going to share with you 3 reasons WHY you should hire a professional wedding florist and tell you it could actually SAVE you money.
I’ve been doing flowers for weddings for over 10 years and I’ve seen it all! I think we should just get the elephant in the room straight out of the way. I don’t blame you if your thinking “of course a florist wants people to use a florist for wedding flowers" My experience doesn’t just come from weddings I’ve been hired to floral up. Goodness no! I decided to DIY most of my big day and I want to share some honest advise on the bonuses of hiring a professional.
First up let’s talk about cost …
Lots of people DIY their wedding to save on cost. I get it, weddings can be hugely...
Carlie and her man got married at the end of May – for me a time when the gardens are bursting with summer colour. The Chelsea Flower Show has graced our screens and everyone who's anyone is thinking about flowers! If I were to marry again, May would be my month. The peonies are just popping up, delphiniums are in full swing and sweet peas have burst onto the scene with all the scent and wow you’d expect.
Carlie’s brief was a perfect cacophony of colour – blues, whites, oranges and just a smidge of zesty green. The vibe – country garden, just picked and everything tied with raffia. Boy oh boy is it the perfect time of year to carry off this palette!
We just provided Carlie’s personal flowers – a gorgeous bouquet for her to hold, 2 for her maids and some bouts for the men and women. I love doing personal flowers, it sets the scene for the whole wedding and if budget is tight this is the perfect way to make your bucks go that little bit...
I think blush and white is one of those colour palettes of which I will never tire. It’s the perfect romantic tone – not too much white and just the right amount of pink without going super girly. Its like a grown up romance novel translated into colours. All the tenderness you want with just the right amount of sexy.
Louise and Lewis married at the ever-beautiful Wasing Park back in April. The flowers were a seasonal affair, which works so well at this venue. Louise trusted us to go to town on the flowers and so in true Green Parlour style we did; with ranunculus, blousy roses, the last of the seasons anemones, lilac, trails of jasmine and astilbe. It encapsulated everything I adore about spring, wild abundance, un-arranged perfection and the perfect mix of textures. Plumes of fountain grass shot through the designs to give that delicate movement which I adore and I may have also snuck in a sweet pea or two, because there were some beauts available at market when I was collecting the fleurs and...
If you're as head over heels with a blush and grey colour palette for your wedding flowers then you absolutely must take a look at Becca and Phil's wedding at Ufton Court. It had us all oh-ing and ah-ing with beautiful summer colours.
Becca and Phil married at the ever gorgeous Ufton Court way back in July. I've been sloppy not posting this sooner, it popped up whilst I was flicking through my instagram feed. I was reminded how utterly breathtaking their flowers were. Grey and blush has to be an all time winner of a colour palette - its soft, sumptuous and full of romance.
Becca carried the most sublime bouquet, it had everything going for it - scent, size and full on texture. In fact we just grabbed nearly every single flower we loved and arranged it into this bouquet for her. The winning element for me had to be the Quicksand roses. I cannot get over how beautiful they looked. Combine that with the scented mint, ammi majus and sweet peas and we knew this wedding was going...
Dominique and Tim's wildlife meets country garden wedding is full of all sorts of pretty. From English grown blooms to giant flower balls. Their style has completely stolen our hearts
Dominique and Tim wed in May (which is possibly my favourite flower month of the whole year) and with a little guidance we were encouraged to let our creative juices flow ... and flow they did! From some amazing English grown sweet peas through to giant flower balls that hung throughout the marquee, this wedding encapsulated the very meaning of English Country garden
No picture could ever do this bouquet justice - the smell, all the amazing textures ... it was filled to the brim with the most wonderful seasonal flowers we could lay our florist hands on!
Dominique carried this beautiful blossoming bouquet filled with choysia, sweet peas, alchemilla mollis, phlox, Majolika spray roses, solomons seal, ranunculus, astrantia, eucalyptus and ammi majus. The movement of this bouquet was phenominal, basically I bloody loved it!
I find a sweet pea incredibly hard to resist, and combined with bouncy alchemilla mollis they make...
Learn how to make a gorgeous country fleurs for your wedding with this super easy DIY flower bouquet tutorial
Every bride should have a gorgeous posy of flowers to walk down the aisle with and this tutorial will teach you exactly what you need to know to DIY your own bridal bouquet. This bouquet will take around 60 minutes to make and can be made the day before your wedding - just keep it somewhere cool in lots of cold water. All you’ll have to do on the morning of your wedding is attach the ribbons, and your bouquet will be ready to go.
What you need
A sharp pair of scissors
Twine or greens string
A whole selection of ribbon
Lots of foliage from your garden – we’ve used herbs, eucalyptus, weeping pear, spirea and heuchera
For your flowers you want to think about shape. Having a mixture of round and spikey flowers gives your hand-tied a gorgeous rustic bouquet.
We’ve used 3 stems of lilac, 8 Memory Lane roses, a bunch of muscari, 10 stems of wallflowers, aquilegia, 8 bluebells, 1 bunch...
Felicity and Edwards country garden wedding
If you adore country garden wedding flowers, then this has to be the post for you. Felicity and Edward's day was filled with buckets of our favourite seasonal blooms, with a just picked vibe. The perfect ingredients if you are looking to create a natural 'undone' wedding.
Felicity and Edward's amazing wedding took place waaaay back in September. Its taken me forever to blog about this beauty, but the best things come to those who wait and believe me, I cannot wait to tell you all about it!
When we first started talking to Felicity, I knew instantly the feel we should create for her big day. There were words bandied about like garden, natural, slight Mediterranean feel. Mostly Felicity wanted us to have a relaxed, informal feel taking inspiration from the surroundings. With a gorgeous colour palette of soft cream, ivory and hints of a light dusky blue, we set to work creating some rather beautiful 'just picked' flowers.
The Country Garden Wedding Bouquet
Felicity's bouquet smelt more than amazing - packed with herbs, flowering mint, sage,...
Bright spring wedding flowers for a March wedding
I cannot wait to share Kelly and Alan's beautiful bright spring wedding with you today. If you love purples, plum and cerise colours, this barn wedding is definitely for you. Add in my favourite spring flower - ranunculus, and you know THIS wedding is what its all about.
With March whizzing by in what felt like a moment, and a sea of soft pastels, Kelly and Alan's big day came along and kicked us into full on bright, bold and colourful mode. I adore punchy colours and Kelly and Alan's scheme didn't disappoint. Plums, cerise, dusky mink tones and most importantly lots of texture - a florists dream!
Kelly and Alan tied the knot at their local church and then headed to The Olde Bell in Hurley for the big celebrations. We've been to The Olde Bell on many occasions and have floralled up so many different schemes over the years but nothing as bold and beautiful as this. Tying the knot at the end of March, we had the pick of the spring...
Every man should wear flowers … and not just on his wedding day. I’m such a firm believe in this – a little nod to the seasons pinned onto ones jacket certainly gives the wearer such an air of distinction it would be a shame to limit this effect just to your wedding day.
And boys, guess what – you don’t have to wear a single rose with a teeny tiny leaf … no! The modern man dons a tiny collection of fleurs fully embracing the season. Here to inspire (as always) are 3 of our winter buttonhole recipes (or if your feeling awfully posh, boutonnieres)
I’m still pinning down a name to call them, I know everyone KNOWS what a buttonhole is, but it just sounds so … none floral! Perhaps a floral jacket pin … or a jacket posy …. Ideas very much welcome!
The weeks just seem to keep rolling by, each one is filled with some of the most beautiful blooms to date - I'm fickle, each week brings a new favourite bouquet or a new floral crush. With only 2 weddings booked in for this weekend, we've also had a moment to catch our breath and write list upon list for the coming weeks floral extravaganzas.
First up were Kelly and Dan, such an amazing chilled out couple. They chose to tie the knot at Herons Barn, which was such a great match to their personalities. Their whole day was about creating a soft romantic vibe with lots of textures, hessian and flowers.
Kelly carried a bouquet of cosmos, dahlias, thistle, nigella, snapdragons, astilbe, sweet peas, lisianthus, scented geranium leaves, lavender, rosemary, purple sage, mint, scabiosa and veronica.
The night before Kelly and Dan's big day I was busy picking things from my garden to enhance the scent. I'm totally obsessed with scented geranium leaves and I knew when I met Kelly and Dan they just HAD to be included.
Next up Rachel and...