How to plan your wedding flowers

Get the look

Getting the styling right for your wedding can be a daunting prospect. So much to think of. In fact writing this blog I’m a little worried myself as to where to start. Ok, let’s start with a little inspiration. And this can come from ANYWHERE. Without rambling too much, a visit from my mother-in-law means a whole heap of glossy magazines will be left behind. A trend piece in Vogue. It screams autumn.

Using key words may help. For this little project I’m going to break it down into three wedding trends. Rustic, Vintage and Wedstival.

See what we’re doing here? Building up a picture of the overall feel for the big day by taking it slowly. Not getting bogged down in too much detail. No micro managing. Giving yourself a break so you can enjoy it.


The IdeaThree looks

From a florist’s viewpoint, it doesn’t matter if you know nothing about flowers. Give us some idea of colour and seasonality or if you prefer a particular flower and let us do the work. Or even just tell us what you don’t like. That can often guide us in the right direction too.


Not the most inspiring of words. What about vintage earthenware cream jars. Sounds a whole heap nicer.


Is it fair to say this is starting to suffer from overkill? Perhaps, but it’s popular for a reason. To my mind it lends itself very well for a wedding. Bottom line is it’s pretty. Try to avoid faux vintage. What does vintage actually mean? Representing the high quality of a past time: vintage cars; vintage movies etc.

Old-fashioned or obsolete. And being the best of its kind. All worth bearing in mind. For all these reasons I’ve gone for Victorian jars and bottles. All manner of containers for cream, pastes, jellies and oils. One per table would bring your theme through. And not of course forgetting something that is personal to you – so all of these are from Manchester/Lancashire.

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Top tip, ask around. I mentioned to a customer that I was writing this blog and mentioned the themes. Half an hour later she pops in with three handmade Moira English Stoneware jugs by Hillstonia. To be honest they were the kind of thing you probably wouldn’t give a second glance. But another tip is be open minded. The strangest containers can look stunning filled with the right blooms and styling.

016 015 014 013 006 005WedstivalThis one is gaining popularity. But it can be harder to nail. Festivals exude colour and fun. They’re about downtime, laid back, pure unadulterated enjoyment. And flags. There’s always a flag. I made these cute ribbon flags on skewers to bring in more colour. Looking back at the inspiration page it’s darker and muted so I’ve brought that element in through the glassware. Red, Brown, Blue.

Another tip is to have some element of continuity that runs through your styling. This doesn’t mean if you’ve chosen purple for example you will have napkins, balloons, dresses, cars, bunting, lipstick…overkill. Miss matched stuff looks great, but too much and it can be a bit of dogs dinner. Miss matched with say one red container on each table will tie it together. Ask around, friends and neighbours have all manner of interesting containers. You know what you like, don’t be afraid to say you don’t like something and be bold, play around have fun. That’s what it’s all about.

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About joefletch

manchester based floral designer, pea grower and favorite cousin.
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