Your Kent Wedding -September/October 2020 (Issue 92)

FLOWERS 71 THE PERFECT MATCH Which blooms make the best wedding flowers and why? The best wedding flower is ultimately your favourite flower, but if it’s not available, your florist will be able to suggest alternatives for a similar look and feel. You may even discover varieties you hadn’t considered. Sometimes, a bouquet is about a look rather than a specific bloom, but it’s wonderful to incorporate those that are memorable to the couple. Flowers that are representative of a country or birth month; a favourite of a much loved relative; and those with specific meanings are all to be considered along with seasonality, colour, scent, shape and form. Jo Moody, Moody Blooms DRESSED TO IMPRESS Should my venue type or style dictate my choice of flowers? What are the rules? Consider the age of the building - very old structures may have low ceilings and small windows, so table arrangements need to be low. Plus, you may encounter dimmer lighting too, so choose pale colours to reflect light. Modern interiors lend themselves to structural arrangements, and with a neutrally decorated space, you could either opt for bright colours or complement with a softer palette. If you’re celebrating in the great outdoors your flower arrangements will need to be robust and weighted down in case of windy conditions. They should be placed in tough, weighted containers, wooden crates, metal buckets, and wicker are all great options. Tanya Henton, Stem by Stem A THEME COME TRUE How can I tie my wedding flowers in with my theme? It’s super-important to mention your theme when discussing options with your florist. This helps us gain a better understanding of your overall styling and how you want it to look once all the suppliers come together. If you have a clear vision built on Pinterest boards, or swatches and textures, share this with us - our brains go wild for them! We can then begin to show you relevant flowers, foliage, even fabrics and different styles of layouts, suiting your budget and bringing together a plan for executing your vision and making your floral dreams come true. Ellouise Hasler-Stott, Flowers by EG www.kayy BEST OF BRITISH I’d love to have locally grown British blooms at my wedding. What can you suggest? British blooms change from week to week, and month to month; from peonies in May, delphiniums in June, sunflowers and zinnias in July and dahlias as we go into late summer. From autumn into winter, think berries, twigs and foliage with perhaps a few dried flowers or winter-flowering boughs, and then it’s back to spring, with narcissi, anemones and ranunculus vying for attention. We grow more than 500 varieties of flower and foliage, so you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to colour, shape and texture. Our flower calendar provides a more detailed outline of what’s available. Jen Stuart-Smith, Blooming Green www.keya