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A Guide To Wedding Flowers & Your Choices



So you are planning your “Big Day” and wedding flowers are of course an important decision to compliment the overall theme of your wedding.  I often find that clients at the early stages of their wedding preparations can easily become overwhelmed by the vast number of choices ahead of them.   Here’s my guide to help you think through some of the key decisions:

bright-bouquet-brideCreating A Theme

A central theme for your wedding is critical. Once you have decided on a theme, every other design decision you make will flow much more easily, from flowers to bridemaids dresses, napkin colours and table settings.  My advice is to consider the following to help you develop your theme:

  • Seasonally – using flowers which reflect the season of the wedding, e.g sunflowers for summer
  • Colour – colour combinations and textures can be used to design a ‘theme’.
  • Vintage vs. Contemporary – consider the period style which best suits you as a couple
  • Fragrance – the addition of scent can give you another dimension to enhance your day
  • Budget – work to a set budget or not – the choice is yours.

Incorporating Traditions

Many flowers are symbolic and many have their own meanings. Ivy, for example, means marriage. This is why it is often included in bridal bouquets.  Traditions are commonly associated with certain combinations and types of flowers and foliage. For example, Myrtle is traditionally included in Royal wedding bouquets.  The herb Rosemary is taken from a plant in the brides’ mothers’ garden and placed into the bridal bouquet. After the wedding the Rosemary is planted into the garden of the newly wed couple. Rosemary is then passed on down the female line of the family.

Consider if there are any traditions like this that you would like to recognise at your own wedding.  Talk to the older generations of your own family to discover the traditions that have gone before – or feel free to start your own, new tradition!

bridal bouquetBouquet Shapes & Your Personal Frame

Choosing your bridal bouquet is a very personal decision and one that requires some thought as to your style preferences and flower favourites.  When it comes to your bouquet shape, it is best to be honest with yourself about your body shape and which bouquet design will “lift” your look…

If you are a petite frame, the last thing you want is to be swamped by your bouquet on the day… and visa versa, if your frame is larger, then opting for a small, neat round bouquet, will not help elongate your frame and could be “lost” in your overall look.  Bouquet shapes to consider:

  • Teardrop – great for elongating & “thinning” your look
  • Shower – ideal for taller brides who can naturally hold a longer length bouquet
  • Neat Round Posy – perfect for petites or those who love a paired down, simple look
  • Hand Tied – ideal for all shapes and sizes and great for both vintage and contemporary style flowers.

Personal Touches & Jewellery

A popular trend right now is to incorporate jewellery into the bouquet.  From the “something old” using a grandmothers brooch pinned to the ribbon bound stems of the bouquet, through to incorporating pearl beads or diamante pins into the bouquet.

Isle of Wight Flowers has an exclusive arrangement with Isle of Wight Pearl to add real freshwater pearls to your bridal bouquet and bridesmaids bouquets.  These pearls can then be strung into a bracelet after the wedding, creating your own lasting memories of the day for you and your bridesmaids.

Venue Flowers That Wow

osbourne houseVenue flowers are a great way to create atmosphere and really make the venue “yours”.  I recommend you work through the list below and consider how these options might work for you.

  • Top Table arrangement – long and low floral design and / or draped foliage
  • Table centres – jam jar posies, statement vases
  • Cake Flowers
  • Candle arrangements – candelabras and arrangements with candle centres
  • Pedestals
  • Pew ends and chair decorations
  • Room decorations and floral “swags”
  • Marquee pole decorations
  • Entrance flowers
  • Statement floral arches

Flowers For Family & Guests

pretty-buttonholesWith a growing guest list, providing buttonholes is a great way to make important family and guests feel involved in your special day. Here’s my list for you to consider:

  • Buttonholes – suitable for Groom, Ushers and male guests
  • Ladies corsages for female guests
  • Wrist corsages – ideal for older teenagers /young guests
  • Hair decorations
  • Thank-you bouquets for mother in laws and important guests

In fact…we can add flowers to pretty much anything you can think of!

We understand that Guest list somehow always seem to grow as your wedding plans develop. Flowers can be organised for as many or as few as you wish. Use this list to help!

  • Bride
  • Groom
  • Parents
  • Step parents
  • Sisters
  • Brothers
  • Step and half siblings
  • Grandparents
  • Aunts
  • Uncles
  • Nieces
  • Nephews
  • Cousins
  • God parents / children
  • Best man
  • Ushers
  • Bridesmaids
  • Pages
  • Key individuals

buttonholesGroom Flowers

Often the buttonholes for the groom are chosen to mirror the bridal bouquet and should be more unique than the buttonholes used for the Ushers.  It should help the Groom stand out from the other male attendees.

I advise my brides that the grooms frame should be thought about too – a slim man should not wear a large flower and likewise a large stocky man should not wear a tiny flower. Consider their wedding suit too – A modern lightweight suit cannot usually take the weight of a large buttonhole, whereas formal dress is able to hold a buttonhole in place very securely.

Flower Choices

Once you have your theme, colours and seasonality ideas, your professional florist can help you discover a wonderful world of flower varieties that can bring your theme to life.  Here at Isle of Wight Flowers  we can source very specific flower varieties for you, so if it’s a very specific pink rose you are after, we would be delighted to help.  I also recommend that you take some time to look at social media sites like Pinterest for inspiration on colour and styles before your consultation.  We can then help you bring these ideas together into your own, personal and unique flower combination.