FAQs and expert advice about flowers & bouquets

Here is a selection of Q&As from Your Berks, Bucks and Oxon 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 editor@yourberksbucksoxon.wedding


Darling buds

Darling buds

Q. We want some ideas for a wow-factor floral installation at our spring wedding, what do you suggest?

A. Bryony Denton-Ross says: Bryony says: We love giant mirrored urns bursting with early spring narcissi and pussy willow for added height and drama. When placed on mirrored plinths, they create a magical aisle or ceremony backdrop and their versatility means that they can be re-purposed anywhere in the reception. For added warmth and to create a romantic atmosphere, team them with cut birch trees adorned with hanging tea lights.

Bold and unexpected colour palettes can also make a real statement. This stunning ceremony set-up in the wildflower meadow at wedding venue Coworth Park pairs vibrant red garden roses with peonies and uplifting British springtime foliage for a luxurious yet naturally beautiful finish.

Bryony Denton-Ross, Lavender Green Flowers


Darling buds

Darling buds

Q. Can you give us some ideas for sustainable flowers for our winter wedding?

A. Kate Parrott says: Kate says: We use our flowers to create a vision that moves past stereotypes and achieves something truly unique and bespoke that tells the couple's personal love story. We focus on a colour palette that complements the season without drawing on the typical tones for this time of year. An ideal palette for winter stems from the blue spectrum drawing inspiration from details like the bridesmaids' dresses.

Using a variety of blooms adds a luxurious feel to arrangements. Deep reds paired with rich pinks and burgundy shades, alongside pops of apricot and cappuccino colours, introduce contemporary touches.

Kate Parrott, Hanako Flowers


Darling buds

Darling buds

Q. We're planning a micro wedding in the new year, can you give us some ideas for wow-factor floral arrangements?

A. Lisa Darban says: Lisa says: The trend for micro weddings has taken off and is such a lovely way to celebrate a union. Having a small group of loved ones attending means that you can allocate your budget differently, investing in statement flowers because you're saving in other areas. Beautiful floral arches, backdrops, and elaborate tablescapes provide the wow factor, and smaller touches like providing wearable flowers for each guest makes it personal. Classic white and pink blooms are always a good colour combination and take on a modern artistic twist when incorporated into a hanging installation for a ceremony or a canopy of blooms.

Micro weddings can also make it easier to work without floral foam, which is a much more eco-friendly and sustainable practice.

Lisa Darban, Lisa Darban Bespoke Floristry


In full bloom

In full bloom

Q. We want a wow-factor backdrop at our micro wedding, what can you suggest?

A. Jennie Wade says: Meet the expert: Jennie Wade is the talent behind Blooms of Bierton creating handmade paper flowers.

Jennie says: Micro weddings are very popular at the moment but planning a small soirée doesn't mean that you can't splash out on a statement backdrop. Handmade paper flowers make an Insta-worthy choice, from delicate hair accessories that can be made to tie in with the venue and ceremony flowers, to a handmade paper flower wall. Why not decorate wedding signage or a table plan with paper blooms, or place a mix of paper flowers in different sizes at either side of a table centrepiece? Surprise your guests with a fun Mr and Mrs wreath or have their names personalised in gold against a set of small roses as place settings. They make a fun keepsake for after the wedding too!

Jennie Wade, Blooms of Bierton


In full bloom

In full bloom

Q. We have postponed our intimate wedding until late autumn because of the recent restrictions. We love flowers and want them to take centre stage, reflecting the colour palette for the season. What can you suggest?

A. Heather Reilly says: MEET THE EXPERT: Heather Reilly is the owner of Sonning Flowers, an awardwinning florist based in Reading, Berkshire. Weddings are one of the favourite things that they do, and they also deliver fresh, beautiful flower arrangements locally and throughout the UK as well as offer a Flower School for students of all levels.

Heather says: For a classic autumnal colour palette, consider bold shades of burnt orange, deep red and vibrant yellow or a more muted colour scheme incorporating rich burgundy and blush tones with accents of rose gold or copper. Many flowers are available throughout the year but consider picking ones synonymous with the season such as show-stopping dahlias, velvety cosmos or dramatic trailing amaranthus. The texture is key - consider adding berries, feathers, pine cones, dried grasses and seed heads such as echinacea or scabiosa paper moon seeds to reflect the season.

Feature statement pieces at your wedding, such as a dramatic archway or pedestal arrangements. Line your aisle with candlelit lanterns or hurricane vases. If you're planning a smaller reception, create a cosy atmosphere with low centrepieces and lots of candles, or perhaps have one large table for all your guests to sit around topped with a dramatic garland of flowers. Add elements such as pine cones, moss, log slices and leaf confetti to bring the outdoors in.

Heather Reilly, Sonning Flowers

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