Want wedding flowers to remember? Katie Hart, from Get Knotted based in the Scottish Borders, has the following advice…
DO… KEEP IT SIMPLE
Keep your table flowers fairly neutral if you are using a lot of colour around your venue. Display them in coloured vessels to match the rest of your venue décor. If you want to add some colour use green foliage, which will really make the neutral flowers pop on your reception tables.
DON'T… JUST FOLLOW TRENDS
If you want tall table flowers, then go for it; just make sure that your table décor won't get in the way of guests having conversations during your wedding breakfast.
DO… PICK COLOURS
Give your florist your chosen colour palette to work with rather than specifying certain flower types. This will enable them to play around with different varieties, especially those in season to match your colour scheme.
DON'T… FORGET YOUR DRESS
If you have a lot of detailing on your dress, keep your bouquet chic and simple for an elegant look. However, if you have opted for a simpler dress, go all out with big, bold flowers in your bouquet. Just make sure that it is manageable and be realistic about how heavy a large bouquet might be and keep it in proportion to yourself!
DO… ADD EXTRA TOUCHES
Use flowers for more than just your table décor and bouquet. Flowers look stunning when worn in your hair as a crown or placed in a boho plait. If your venue has a grand staircase, ask your stylist to dress it up with beautiful blooms, candles and lanterns to create a feature that will make the perfect location for photographs.
DON'T… DO THE OBVIOUS
You don't have to use flowers for your table centrepieces. Herbs, fruit and small plants all look wonderful and they can be more cost effective compared to fresh flowers. They also smell amazing!
DO… THINK SEASONAL
Be mindful of the time of year you are getting married. Many varieties of flowers are sensitive to the heat; you don't want droopy centrepieces before your guests even arrive to your reception. Speak to your florist about seasonal blooms that will be best for your designs, and don't forget to also discuss this with your stylist.
DON'T… FORGET YOUR VENUE
If you are getting married outside in a garden for example, you can keep your flowers to a minimum to ensure they aren't lost within the backdrop. Instead, arrange fewer, larger arrangements to really stand out. Similarly, if your wedding is in a marquee, you can go for colourful arrangements to brighten up the space and make an impact.
DO… GO LOCAL
Try to use flowers that are in season and locally sourced where you can because these will not only save you money, you will also be doing your bit for the environment, by not choosing flowers that have clocked up air miles to get from where they are grown to your wedding.
DON'T… THROW THEM AWAY
Recycle by using the same flowers for different aspects of your day. Aisle arrangements can decorate the cake table or chill-out areas, floral archways can be moved to become a photograph backdrop, large urns can be used at entrances to your ceremony and then your reception or evening celebrations. After the day is over, flowers can then be given to your guests as gifts to take home and ensure they aren't wasted.
To find out about using Get Knotted for your wedding visit www.get-knotted.net
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