F CHOOSING cream and white flowers, be sure to opt for the colour that matches your dress; white flowers make an ivory frock look dirty and vice versa. However, a touch of green flowers or foliage can solve this. Cream also looks lovely against all skin tones, while white can be rather harsh. Pictured far left is a delicate posy of lily-of-the-valley flowers and foliage, with a handle of satin ribbon, secured with pearl-headed pins. The lovely broad, deep green leaf sets off the tiny white flowers to perfection. Inspired, perhaps, by Princess Grace and the Duchess of Cambridge, lily-ofthe-valley is one of the most requested flowers for brides’ bouquets. However, it is also one of the most expensive. It has a very short season in April and May, and its fragility makes it difficult to use, so florists charge a premium for it. However, it is so pretty and feminine and it looks stunning with most styles of wedding dress, particularly lace. It also has a gorgeous fragrance.
Shown right is a fully-wired shower bouquet, containing purple lisianthus, Milano roses, gloriosa, deep pink Singapore orchids, plus soft ruscus and eucalytpus foliage. This sumptuous combination looks exotic and highly original. The colours work together because they are adjacent on the colour wheel, which means they harmonise (other examples include tints and shades of orange and red; yellow and green; and blue and purple). The flowers are available all year, but orchids are particularly expensive in summer. A fully-wired shower bouquet is the most complicated design to create — and therefore one of the most expensive. Each stem has been carefully wired and sealed with tape, to ensure that the flowers last as long as possible. Wiring also helps create the perfect shape and makes the bouquet much lighter. We also teach students how to create semi-wired designs, which are easier to make, because they are held in foam. They are less expensive, but not quite as secure.