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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

Something new

Something new

Q I want a wow-factor wedding bouquet featuring something a bit different – can you help?
A Laura Messin says: My newest offering and something I've not seen any other stationer or designer create is hand-foiled bouquet ribbons. Using hand-dyed silk ribbon, I delicately add hand foil calligraphy to each one in gold, silver, copper or rose gold foil and offer more than 25 silk ribbon colours with the terracotta shade a popular choice for autumn and winter celebrations.

Laura Messin, Lucca Studios

All things bright and beautiful

All things bright and beautiful

Q We're planning our wedding flowers for our spring 2023 wedding and need some inspiration – can you help?
A Lynn Lines says: Whilst pinks, lilacs and soft shades are still popular, bright pops of colour such as orange, red and yellow are making a comeback for celebrations in 2023. This is alongside dried, pressed and preserved flowers.

We're all feeling the purse strings tightening with the current economic situation so our biggest tips for keeping costs down are:

• Keep it as green as possible! Add more foliage to your bouquets and arrangements which will make them cheaper and also more eco-friendly.

• We all love a pop of colour from blooms! Researching what flowers are in season at the time of year that you're getting married will also keep your costs down.

• Repurpose your designs using your bridesmaids' bouquets to add more decoration to your venue, for example on the cake table or at the bar - the opportunities are endless.

Lynn Lines, Love Flower Studio

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: 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: 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: 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

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