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


Beautifully boho

Beautifully boho

Q. My wife-to-be and I are going for a relaxed bohemian theme for our wedding, but we don't know where to start with our flowers – what would you suggest?

A. Sarah Fulcher says: It's great that you and your wife already have a shared vision for your wedding day. The boho style can have many interpretations, so a great place to start is by doing your research online or in magazines. You can pull together examples of florals you like to get ideas of the colours and shapes you're after.

When deciding what florists you'd like to approach, check out their social media pages or ask them to send you examples or their work.

My job as a florist is to guide you towards your vision; I'm here to help if you're unsure where to start. I want to get to know my clients and hear about their lives and interests. We can use these as a starting point to inspire the designs for your day. Your wedding florals are a real collaboration, and any florist will want to ensure that your vision is met.

Sarah Fulcher, Serenity Blooms


Blooming beautiful

Blooming beautiful

Q. We're trying to decide what time of year to get married but can't make a decision. What flowers are available each season and are there any ways of saving money?

A. Kerry Downes says: To save money, don't feel the pressure to put flowers everywhere. Choose a wow-factor design, such as an arch or moon gate as a talking point between guests and for the perfect photography spot. Your florist may even be able to relocate these designs from the ceremony to the reception area.

Resist the urge to place bud vases everywhere or have elaborate table designs; think outside the box. How about renting herbs or small plants for the tables? I also suggest repurposing bouquets for the table centrepieces or even reducing the number of personal flowers. In season, flowers and foliage can be less expensive and of better quality. My favourite flowers for winter include hypericum berries, sea Holly and hellebores. For spring I love the beautiful ranunculus, peonies and freesias, while I love working with nigella, stocks and scabiosa in summer. Dahlias and chocolate cosmos are my favourite in autumn.

Talk to your florist for advice; it's our job to source the best blooms for you as a couple, your venue, the designs and your budget.

Kerry Downes, Florence & Hope Flower Studio


Bloomin' beautiful

Bloomin' beautiful

Q. I'm so excited about our winter wedding, but I hate the thought of parting with my flowers. Is there anything you can suggest to help?

A. Clare Towers says: Flowers play an integral role in celebrating your special day, and it would be lovely to treasure your precious blooms forever. One way to achieve this is to turn the florals into artwork using a botanical plaster cast.

Using a special technique, you can capture and preserve the intricate detail of each flower to create a keepsake to decorate your home.

Whether you choose to cast a single stem or a whole bouquet to assemble a large statement wall panel, couples can tailor this bespoke service to match any style in a choice of different shapes and sizes.

By taking careful impressions from each flower, I can show all the beautiful textures of every petal and leaf. The final neutral-coloured piece can be left or hand-painted to match any colour scheme or interior décor.

Clare Towers, The Foxglove Tree