This month we are running a competition on Facebook to win a gorgeous bunch of British blooms from our friends at The Great British Florist. We asked them to give us some hints and tips on how to choose your perfect wedding blooms and got some great advice from Great British Florist Founder, Heather Gorringe.
For 2015 the "just gathered from the garden on the way to the wedding" look is definitely here to stay and is perfect for a Herefordshire country wedding.
Use wild flowers for maximum impact
Instead of having a mass of roses or other single flower bouquet, choose mixed flowers that look as if they come from a garden and if possible incorporate wild flowers where and when you can. We love to pick from our meadow - after all wild flowers are a real treat. You'll hardly ever find them in conventional bouquets as they simply do not last but in my view that makes them even more desirable for a wedding as they will look absolutely beautiful just for your day.
Choose seasonal blooms
Using all British seasonal flowers means your flowers will always suit the time of year. For summer weddings our favourites are stocks, sweet peas, delphiniums and garden roses and then moving on into Autumn it's lovely to incorporate ferns and mosses, oak leaves and seed heads into your bouquets.
Show off your flowers
Why not put your own flowers together for the venue? Use old bottles and jam jars and pop a few blooms in each one for an informal but really lovely theme. Use jars with wires on for your ceremony flowers - that way you can hang them onto the chairs or pews and re-use them on the tables at the reception. (Get your ushers on board for moving the flowers quickly and easily.)
On a budget borrow from your bridesmaids
Re-use your bouquet and bridesmaid posies on the top table - just fill some empty old decorative jars with water and make sure your flower girls know to pop their flowers in the jars - it will ensure the flowers last longer and look lovely throughout the day.
To WIN your very own bunch of flowers from Great British Florist enter on our Facebook page.
Visit The Great British Florist website here.