Ask the Expert
What would a wedding be without flowers? It’s such a pleasure to enter a venue or an outdoor ceremony and see a cascade of blooms. Flowers bring delicate beauty or vibrant splendour, fragrance and quiet elegance.
Deciding which flowers to use for a wedding ceremony and reception is one of the loveliest activities of wedding planning. We hope couples will be inspired by images and thoughts from our featured florist.
Flora Couture Designer Flowers director, Paige Wills, has over a decade of experience. Similar to haute couture, where exclusive garments are custom designed and made, Flora Couture custom design and make floral arrangements to reflect each and every couple.
Paige loves the effect flowers have on people and says they express what we sometimes can’t say with words.
What are your most popular wedding flowers?
Peonies are still at the top of most brides’ wish lists. There is something so romantic about peonies. It doesn’t matter how many peony weddings I do, I still think they are absolutely stunning.
Do you have any advice for couples planning their flowers?
I always suggest that couples have a consultation with their florist early in their wedding planning. Even if they aren’t exactly sure what type of flowers they want, a good florist can help pull together all the design elements and create a cohesive look. Also, if a couple absolutely “must have” a certain type of flower feature at their wedding then choosing a wedding date where that flower is in season is important. I have had so many disappointed brides who couldn’t have their dream flowers, because they didn’t realise they weren’t available at the time of year they planned their weddings.
What are your favourite arrangements?
I love big, beautiful designs with usually only one or two types of flowers and lush foliage. I also love to use repetition of designs to create a stronger statement, for example having beautiful vases filled with orchids at the end of each of the pews or seating all the way up to the arch behind the bride and groom overflowing with the same orchids.
This edition we are featuring Tropical, Vineyard and even Registry wedding ideas. What are your thoughts on wedding themes?
I think these are great themes. For tropical I would definitely suggest bright vibrant colours, possibly with orchids, or frangipani or even heliconias and lush tropical foliage. For Vineyard, soft romantic posies, with roses, peonies, lily of the valley, lisianthus and even grape vines to complete the look. For registry I like to think outside of the box, so a beautiful wristlet, small armature (bouquet designed to slide over the arm like a cuff), or even a gorgeous hair circlet would look stunning without being too over the top.
We love destination weddings and all things travel related. What are you thoughts on foreign flowers?
I have been lucky enough to work with exquisite flowers in all sorts of locations throughout the world, and while it is always a treat to work with imported blooms, I think that the types of flowers which naturally grow in abundance in certain locations are the most special. I’ve done wedding flowers in Fiji, and we used all frangipani, or Queensland, with vibrant orchids or England with large headed roses and hydrangea. If I had to choose a favourite imported flower it would definitely be Vanda Orchids, they are stunning, and make such a statement.