Sunday, 6 July 2008

Vintage Blooms on a Budget

This week has been such a busy one what with juggling the planning of our own wedding (6 weeks to go everyone!) and putting the finishing touches to a clients' day in a fortnight. I've finally managed to find a spare five minutes to sit down and write the next blog entry which is all about vintage blooms on a budget...

If you're incredibly fond of your flowers and really want to make a feature of them at your wedding, you can guarantee these will quite considerably eat into your budget unless you do your research. 

Shop by Season...
The first step to take would be to choose blooms in abundance during the season in which you're marrying. Be open minded and flexible with your options and make sure you check with your florist as to when your favourite blooms come in and out as they invariably change from year to year. Try to choose British blooms that don't need importing and therefore cut out the air miles-it's important to be eco-conscious too!

Spring... Tulips, lilacs, muscari, lily of the valley.

Summer... Peonies, delphiniums, hydrangeas, sweet peas.

Autumn... Gladioli, pinks, bouvardia, gerbera.

Winter... Anemonies, ranunculus, amaryllis, camellias.

All year... Roses, freesias, lisianthus, calla lilies.

Size is Everything...
One way to create huge impact for your centre pieces is to opt for block colour and one type of flower en masse. I am a huge fan of the hydrangea, available in shades of soft to hot pinks, white to green, lilac to deep purple and blue. As the heads have a large surface area you can get away with using less and can still achieve a voluminous look. The hydrangea is also the ideal vintage flower-versatile for a hand tied bouquet, pew ends or pedestals, lynch gates-you name it. 

Image taken from HydrangeasHydrangeas.com

Create a home grown, freshly picked vintage look with posies of hand-tied blooms in jam jars, teacups or teapots. These work beautifully grouped together in the centre of your tables surrounded by tea lights and scattered petals. 

                                                                     Images from Martha Stewart Living

Green Fingers...
Why not have a go at producing your own floral displays? Yes, I can hear that sharp intake of breath! Don't be put off though, there are plenty of highly creative brides doing their own with pleasing results. Covent Garden Flower Market is a treasure trove of goodies, catering for not only the flowers (at wholesale prices) but all sorts of accessories too. As long as you keep it simple (unless you're a trained florist) and give yourself the time to do them, the world is your oyster. Many florists now offer short courses too so there's no excuse!



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