Believe it or not Spring is actually on the way, although that's hard to believe with the frosty and snowy weather we've been having lately. I don't know about you but I want to see blossom on the trees, those spring flowers popping through the earth and to feel the sun’s warmth on my face. Regardless, I’m of the opinion that Spring actually has the best flowers of the entire year – hyacinths, hellebores, ranunculus, tulips, lily-of-the-valley, lilacs, viburnum, freesias, early roses and even peonies right at the very end of season. And isn't it miraculous how all those ice-cream shades work perfectly in harmony with one another. Mother Nature is a canny little thing...To celebrate then what better than a post that shows you lovelies five ways to incorporate Spring flowers into your wedding day. Let's get started.
BouquetsOk so we'll start with the obvious, assuming that is that you're going to be clutching a bouquet as you totter down the aisle. If you’re looking to channel a contemporary Spring wedding vibe then I’d suggest staying with the white and green colour palette with the briefest dash of yellow to add warmth. Your best bet is to opt for hellebores, tulips, viburnums and freesias since they all smell heavenly and look super pretty too. For the romantic girly types choosing a pink, lilac or peach colour scheme will make your eyes shine. Irises, ranunculus, tulips, astilbe, early roses and peonies (for May brides) will all provide that delicious dash of colour you're hoping for which you can layer up even further with a beautiful silk bow. My advice is to purchase longer ribbon lengths than you actually need and let the excess trail down your dress for whimsy.
ButtonholesThere's something quite decadent about having a posy of mouthwatering scents pinned so close to your nose. Frankly if I had my way then I'd wear a buttonhole every single day. So it's my humble opinion that Spring grooms are the luckiest of the year because their floral lapel garnish usually smells exquisite! The downside is that spring florals don't really like being out of water all that long and have a tendency to droop over the course of the day. Your best bet is to choose something like a ranunculus which is small enough to not look like you've got a florist's shop pinned to your chest but colourful enough to garner attention. Freesias can work too as do spray roses and won't flop as quickly as say snowdrops or viburnums. Add a dollop of foliage and perhaps a touch of twine and you'll look as fresh as a Spring lamb.
CentrepiecesI’ve yet to attend a wedding where they’ve used blossom or young branches of foliage as their table centrepieces but these images here just show that it so works (providing of course that they don't block your guests' view). It’s worth paying real attention to the vessels of your table arrangements as well as to the blooms themselves to ensure that one doesn’t necessarily outshine the other. For example tall vases in plain glass provide the perfect backdrop for green branches and daintier smaller vessels for clusters of smaller seasonal flowers in mismatched jars is the perfect way to capture that Springtime vibe too. Lastly stay loose. No I’m serious. Spring is all about wild bursts of growth so arrangements using Spring blooms always look more beautiful if you opt for a freer, more relaxed style.
FavoursAnother super way of including Spring blooms into your wedding is through your wedding favours - both kind on the pocket and on the environment too. Make like Monty Don and thank your guests with gifts of seeds in brown paper packages customised with a sweet message from you and your beau. I confess that I'm more of an instant gratification kind of gal - my favourite variation on this theme has got to be little plants that have been bedded in terracotta or antiqued pots, lovingly placed at each table setting. They are the perfect example in my opinion of double duty wedding favours: personalised treats for guests that double up as a place name too whilst adding interest and vibrancy to the tablescape at the reception itself. Killing all the birds with a teeny tiny stone. I promise that folks will feel honoured that you’ve taken the time and effort to really provide something special for them on your big day.
CakesYou didn't think that we'd miss out cake did you. Honestly what are you like?! No we've saved the best until last naturally... I adore the floral bunting on the violet ombre cake in the slider at the top here. It's not something I've seen before and it's a new and exciting take on the traditional fabric pennant style but can be so easily created by even the least crafty of fingers. All you need is twigs, twine and blooms and you're away. Try to vary both the type and the size of your flowers for variety and impact. Alternatively ask your florist to save some blooms to make a garnish for your wedding cake - which is something I did on my own (albeit Autumnal) wedding day which you can see here. Either add the flourish to the cake itself (this works particularly well on naked cakes) or around the base of the cake stand which looks amazing for photography purposes. So which of you lovely lot are getting married this Spring or perhaps next? Which colour scheme will you be using in your wedding decor – full on sorbet shades or perhaps a simpler green and white palette? And what’s your favourite Spring flower? Lily-of-the-valley will forever be my number one! All my love Lolly xxx
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Coral Bouquet: Image via Loven Fresh Flowers | Bouquet With Ribbon: Image via Ruffled | Ranunculus Buttonhole: Image via Ruffled | Black Tie Buttonhole: Image via Kristyn Hogan | Single Vase Centrepiece: Image via Joanna Goddard | Cherry Blossom Centrepiece: Image via Islaay | Muscari Favour: Image via Gardenista | Pansy Favour: Image via The Bride's Cafe | Ombre Wedding Cake: Image via Amy Liu Bissett Photography | Floral Patterned Wedding Cake: Image via Cake Ink