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Winter's natural beauty
|Q||We can't wait for our winter-themed wedding, but the flowers are worrying me a little. What's available at this time of year and what would you suggest to tie them in with our theme?|
|A||Kate Lindsay says: Having access to wholesalers widens our variety of flowers in the winter, if the seasonal options aren't enough. So there's really nothing to worry about for a winter wedding. Although, I do tend to use seasonal flowers and foliage from here in the UK, because I love the changing of the seasons and all that nature offers us. It's also much more eco-friendly to use what's available locally rather than relying on imports.
In the winter months, we have many options available. Anemones are stunning and are only available from November, meaning they beautifully reflect the time of year. Hellebore (Christmas rose) is one of my favourites and they come in beautiful colours. I love to use the lime green variety in a lot of my designs, as it's so fresh and vibrant. Berries too are abundant and sweet-smelling winter jasmine and viburnum are great additions. Thistles bring a wonderful winter feel, and are excellent for buttonholes since they're so hardy.
If you have your heart set on roses it's not a problem as the wholesalers offer a huge range all year long in a wide range of different colours. They're a staple of nearly all of my clients' wedding flowers. Foliage brings a lot to any arrangement and eucalyptus is at its best in the winter months, along with English ivy. But again, the wholesalers will have a huge variety of all sorts of textures and shapes.
The first question I ask my clients is: “What's the feel of your wedding?” We'll then talk colours and style before I put together a moodboard to sum up the overall look and what's available for that time of year. Trusting your florist is key. With all of the necessary information to hand, they can work their magic!
Kate Lindsay, The Natural Florist
|Q||I've always longed to have peonies in my bridal bouquet, but we're getting married in the autumn and I understand they won't be available then. What would you suggest as alternatives that will have a similar look and impact?|
|A||Petra Beaton says: Peonies are such a beautiful flower, but they have a very short growing time and are only available in the early summer months. Luckily, there are a number of alternatives for an autumnal wedding. I'd go for some gorgeous garden roses, which are available all year round and have the same ruffled, fluffy and full look that gives the peony its scrumptious volume. Some varieties are also scented as an added bonus!
If you're looking for something with the wow factor when it comes to size, dahlias are the perfect alternative thanks to the impact of that majestic bloom. Best of all, they'll be in season at the time of your wedding. They do tend to come in stronger colours though, so if bright and bold isn't for you, another sizeable flower to consider could be a hydrangea. They have the same lovely roundness and fluffiness and come in pastel hues.
Remember to check with your florist, as we always have something up our sleeves to create the look you're after.
Petra Beaton, Sussex Florals