Statement displays and beautiful bouquets
Beautiful blooms are an important element on your wedding day and the colour and style of your flowers reflects the formality and theme of the occasion. From the simplest romantic beach-side ceremony to an elegant, traditional exchange of marriage vows in a church, the bridal bouquet and floral decorations allow brides to express their individuality. With endless options available, Shepparton business Simply Stems’ floral stylists Nicole Henderson and Amy Wallace offer the following advice when planning your dream displays. Luxurious Modern brides are being influenced by celebrity weddings that feature luxurious floral creations. Statement floral installations, such as flower walls and arbours create beautiful visual displays for the ceremony and reception. Cost is obviously a consideration, but today’s brides are allocating more of their budget to floral decorations as well as bridal party bouquets and boutonnieres. Desired flowers that may be out of season or expensive can often be interchanged with more affordable varieties that still allow the vision to be achieved. Colour From invitations to place settings, bridesmaids’ dresses and flowers, your signature colour can be the one common thread that ties all elements of the day together. Simply Stems’ staff suggest choosing your specific colour theme first to help streamline planning. The 2015 Pantone color of the year marsala is a wine tone reflected in carnations, roses, alstroemeria and leucadendron, which complements many colour schemes from soft grey through to various shades of pink. If you opt for a classic neutral bouquet, stem wrapping can introduce your individual colour choice. Trends Trends are important and give brides inspiration while allowing them to have their own input to personalise their wedding day. The rustic trend of recent years is shifting to a more classic, refined styling of flowers and metallic wrap and ribbon, to finish the stems, is gaining in popularity to match the use of copper, brass or silver vases and flower holders. Wrist posies for bridesmaids (see page 99) and flower girls are practical and fit with a vintage look. Spray roses, orchids and lisianthus are suitable flowers for wrist posies. Sentimental While modern trends may give brides ideas, often the flowers will have an
element of sentimentality attached to them. A certain flower or foliage can represent a significant person in the bridal couple’s lives or an intimate reminder of an important occasion. Pieces of jewellery, fabric or photo frame charms, encasing precious memories are just some of the commemorative items that can be woven into bouquets.
Pantone colour of the year: marsala