Expert advice about flowers & bouquets

Here is a selection of Q&As from Your North East 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


Flower power

Flower power

Q. For our spring wedding we want bold flowers to reflect the time of year. What would you suggest?

A. Sarah Garrand says: First of all, I love spring weddings! They ooze colour and I adore it when couples get brave as it makes wedding flowers so interesting and fun. Spring is very popular for weddings and rightly so as it's a beautiful time of year.

There are so many options to choose from but if I had to choose a favourite 'wow' selection, then I'd include a sweet William. The texture it brings to any bouquet or arrangement is stunningly different, it comes in a mixture of colours but the dark red burgundy is very pretty.

To go with this I'd put ranunculus peach, acacia yellow, veronica pink, callisterphus deep purple, limonium scar, lavender, cornflower blue, craspedia and thaspi. This will give a bright, wild and just picked-style to suit the season perfectly. I do have a couple going for this look in May and I'm very excited to see the outcome!

Sarah Garrand


Save our planet

Save our planet

Q. I'm passionate about watching my carbon footprint and want my July wedding to reflect this as much as possible. How can I make sure my flowers are as eco-friendly as can be?

A. Moira Angua says: Moira says: The very best way to make sure your wedding flowers have as little impact on your carbon footprint as possible is to simply make sure your florist buys British. Better still; make sure they have a local grower/supplier. As a florist, a lot of our product come from abroad – Holland, South America and Kenya mostly. However, I do buy from a local garden grower wherever possible and I think that most other florists are leaning towards that option too. July is the perfect month for buying British as there's a huge choice available then.

There are other ways to make sure your wedding flowers have a low impact on the environment, such as planning your venue dressing – such as centrepieces and arches – to be foam-free; that's without using oasis as a water source. Table flowers in reusable containers such as vases or glass jars are far more ecologically-friendly than arrangements that require floral foam. A nice idea is to re-purpose your wedding flowers afterwards, taking them to a nursing home, hospice or women's shelter, for example.

I recently worked on a wedding where the guests were given succulent plants as favours (they were even grown by the couple) so that they could be kept and planted afterwards. I loved that idea. Small plants, packets of wildflower seeds and even having trees planted in the guests' names as wedding favours are all good ways of helping the environment and wildlife.

Moira Angua


Flower power

Flower power

Q. What are the trends for wedding flowers? We're set to wed in November and want stylish blooms that won't cost the earth!

A. Moira Jacqueline Angus says: There's so much choice for wedding flowers all year, and for a November wedding, there are lots of interesting possibilities. We still have the classic staples available, such as roses, garden roses, classic hydrangea, orchids, eryngium and lisianthus, but we can also lean towards the more seasonally autumnal berry choices, like skimmia, rosehips and ilex, all giving fantastic texture and colour to your bouquet.

As for the style and shape to choose, the world is your oyster, and it's really down to personal choice. The wilder, looser and unstructured garden style hand-tieds are still popular at the moment. If you prefer something with more defined shape, then a more compact hand-tied or a shower bouquet (sometimes called cascade) could be a better choice for you.

For table decor in November, I love to see rich-coloured flowers combined with succulent fruits such as figs and pomegranates, flickering candles and fresh, scented foliage. For me, it's all about bringing the outside in and celebrating the colours of the season.

Moira Jacqueline Angus


Winter blooms

Winter blooms

Q. We're getting married on Christmas Eve 2020 – but neither my partner nor I celebrate the holiday. How can I ensure my bouquet and all our flowers are wintry but not festive?

A. Gemma Coates says: When keeping away from the usual festive deeper tones often used at Christmastime, I would definitely move more towards a crisp white. Different-sized and -shaped flower heads will give a more loose, natural look, with a beautiful light foliage to complement the whites. I would also suggest adding my absolute favourite winter flower: anemone. With its dark centre, this flower is so pretty for a winter wedding, giving a more elegant than festive look.

Eryngium (thistles) are also very popular in weddings all year, and they are not festive but still fit in with the winter months. Blue hyacinth is also available for a brief spell over the winter, and against a white anemone with that deep blue centre, it's a winter luxe look worthy of any bride.

Gemma Coates