FAQs and expert advice about flowers & bouquets

Here is a selection of Q&As from Your East Midlands Wedding magazine whether it be about flowers, hair and makeup, fashion, wedding themes, health & beauty, cakes, stationery, legal advice. If you would like your question answered by our experts, please email it to editor@youreastmidlands.wedding


Flower Power

Flower Power

Q. What popular floral trends are set to hit next year?

A. Justine Gould says: Due to the effects of COVID-19, it's expected that many brides and florists will be keen to source British flowers next year leading to many more florals being governed by seasonal availability. Influenced by couples having to make a choice of whether to postpone or go ahead with an intimate wedding, some are deciding to go all-out with flowers and filling their venue with stunning arrangements. With this in mind, taking care when planning the use of the mechanics of arrangements, florists are able to construct their designs to allow easy transportation allowing full use and floral décor when the ceremony and wedding breakfast are at separate venues.

Justine Gould,Justine Gould Flowers By Arrangement


Freshly picked ideas

Freshly picked ideas

Q. For our wedding day, we're looking at different floral options for our two flower girls. What's currently popular?

A. Samantha Chubb says: If you're looking for floral ideas for your flowergirls, the options are extensive. Flower wands are the most requested choice; these could be made using single or multiple flowers such as roses or carnations and embellished with items such as diamante gems or butterflies to give extra sparkle and interest. The handles could be finished with ribbon for extra comfort and are perfect for little hands to hold. For slightly older children, floral decorated metal wands might be more ideal. These come in a variety of different colours and styles, including hearts, stars and butterflies. For teenagers, a small posy created with flowers that match the bridal bouquet might be a more suitable option.

Other handheld items include pomander balls, parasols and baskets which come in an array of different materials and fabrics – making them a perfect choice for most wedding themes. These could be used to scatter petals down the aisle or filled with favourite blooms.

For hands-free use, wrist corsages are perfect as the flowers could be tied around the wrist with ribbon or attached to an elasticated bracelet. The bracelets make a stunning jewellery addition and come in many colours and styles including pearl beads and rhinestone.

For the finishing touches, a headband or circlet could be decorated with mini flowers and are perfect for children with short hair. Floral arrangements could also be added to other hair accessories such as hair clips and side combs for girls with longer hair

Samantha Chubb,Melolivia Flowers


In bloom

In bloom

Q. If you're planning a winter wedding then here's some inspirational ideas for flowers.

A. Samantha Chubb says: To create a beautiful look for a winter wedding, I would suggest using white or red flowers such as roses, carnations or peonies for the floral bouquets, buttonholes and centrepieces.

These can be incorporated with seasonal foliage such as ivy, dusty miller, holly or mistletoe. If couples wish to add a touch of sparkle, try placing diamanté gems in the centre of the flowers and enhance with embellishments.

Flower glitter can also be used as this gives off a wonderful sheen when it catches the light. Foliage leaves look wonderful in their natural colour, but if you're looking for something more special, spray them in different colours such as silver or gold depending on your taste.

Another great way to combine different shades into flowers is by using ribbons in an array of colours, styles and textures. Glittery silver, gold star or heart wands with matching flowers are ideal for a flowergirl.

To incorporate the joys of Christmas try poinsettia flowers, pine cones, glittery tree decorations, fir wreaths and garlands, all great ways to add extra festiveness to the venue.

Samantha Chubb


Festive bunch

Festive bunch

Q. For my winter wedding I want flowers that look festive but I need a bouquet to withstand the weather, what blooms can you suggest?

A. Laura Peltell says: Laura says: If you want that festive look, we recommend red roses as your main flower! Not only the ultimate symbol of love and romance but they also look beautiful against a white or ivory wedding dress. We favour red Naomi roses for winter weddings as they stay fresh for longer in the cold and they have a sweet scent. Complement the Naomi roses by teaming them with hypericum 'Tomato Flair', an evergreen plant which produces beautiful red berries in the autumn, and skimmia 'Rubella', also evergreen, which has clusters of burgundy-coloured buds in the winter. If you wanted a wider variety of flowers, we recommend red spray roses 'Mirabel' and red tulips 'Ile De France'. For your foliage, use eucalyptus 'Cinerea' and Scots Pine because they both smell amazing, and the pine especially evoke festive feelings.

Laura Peltell

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