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

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Flowers & Bouquets


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


Designer look

Designer look

Q. I really want a showstopping bouquet for my autumn wedding day. What blooms do you suggest?

A. Danielle Harvey says: No matter your overall wedding theme, autumn and winter floral decorations have come in to their own in recent years, no longer over-shadowed by the popular summer nuptials!

Enhance a rustic wedding day with a wild-looking bouquet of textured grasses, or wildflowers that look straight out of a field. Soft, muted hues will never lead you astray either, no matter the time of year, but don't be afraid to branch out of the typical autumnal palette: bright red, orange, and yellow blooms all make for major head-turners, and you can even pare them down with greenery and pastels for a sleek seasonal contrast.

Whatever design you opted for, big and over-flowing, or structured and demure top off the look with a piece of velvet ribbon - perfecto!

Consider: anemone, aster, astilbe, carnation, chocolate cosmos, dahlia, delphinium, freesia, gypsophila, hydrangea, lilies, lisianthus, orchids, ranunculus and roses, asiatic lily, celosia, orange gerbera, purple alstroemeria, calla lily, chrysanthemum, disbud, leucadendron.

Danielle Harvey, Your Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wedding

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