A Perfect Fit
26 Jul 2011
A Perfect Fit
A Yorkshire florist explains why roses are perfect for your wedding bouquet
They say roses are the most romantic flower. Hundreds of thousands of the red variety are given to loved ones every February. In fact the rose has been a symbol of love and beauty as far back as we can remember - the ancient Greeks and Romans identified the flower with their goddesses of love, Aphrodite and Venus. So it’s no wonder this charming flower, which comes in every colour imaginable apart from blue or true black, is so popular for weddings.
At this time of year the rose is a perfect fit for weddings and not just a traditional English country garden themed affair but also for vintage themed ‘I dos’. Yorkshire’s emblem flower, the white rose, fits in perfectly with the vintage theme which often has a muted colour scheme to match the lace and pearls used on the dress, the cake and the invitations.
‘White roses do work well with a vintage theme, but I find that most of my brides going for vintage themes are plumping for dusky pink roses,’ says Helen Milton who owns Twigs flower shop in Barwick-in-Elmet, Leeds.
‘There’s lots of choice for spring and summer brides, roses and freesias, hyacinths and tulips are great for spring weddings, but it does depend on the weather - if it’s been a bit warmer the season can be over by the end of May.
‘When I was thinking about the trends for this year my first thoughts were ‘vintage’ and ‘pink’, but looking through my files there’s still a lot of purple around as well as green and white roses,’ she says.
‘It’s a real mixture of colours this year, there’s a lot of teal, blues and greens around as well as purple and lots of pink.
‘I think it’s nice to use flowers that mean something to your mum or nana in your bridal bouquet,’ says Helen. ‘You can even include things from your dad’s garden if you’d like to, herbs like rosemary for example or even just a few ivy leaves for the buttonholes,’ she says.
So what are Helen’s tips on making the most of your wedding flowers, from your bouquet to reception decorations?
‘Brides don’t need to know exactly what they want at the time but they do need to book their florist about a year in advance,’ she says. ‘They tend to have an initial idea, a lot bring pictures in with them and then we can go from there.
‘Different style dresses will impact on what kind of bouquet you will want. If, for example, there’s a lot of detail on the dress you don’t want a long trailing bouquet that will cover that up. Having said that, a shower bouquet really does work well for tall brides, especially for a church wedding.
‘Modern hand-tied shrug bouquets are a little more relaxed and I’ve been doing a lot of hand-tied posies.
‘How many bridesmaids you have will also impact on the size and shape of your bouquet,’ she says. ‘If you have a lot of bridesmaids you’ll want something a bit bigger for your bouquet to stand out from theirs.
‘Brides have been cutting back on flowers for the church or in the ceremony room,’ she says. ‘What I try to do is work out how the flowers can be moved from the ceremony to the reception and be used twice.
‘Ultimately it’s about going with what you’re comfortable with and your tastes, after all you’re going to be looking at them in the photographs for a long time.’