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Which wedding flowers for which season? Our Kent experts answer

29 Nov 2018

Ensure your wedding is filled with beautiful blooms befitting of the season by taking heed in this expert advice from Kent florists

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Give your wedding flowers a seasonal edge with these suggestions for winter, spring, summer and autumn from a host of Kent wedding florists.

Winter

Flowers & Events by Marion, Dartford

"With a dusting of snow on the ground we couldn’t resist a few pre-wedding snapshots taken in December 2017. Our signature shower bouquet was created with a winter feel, adding white berries, silver bear grass and crystals to beautiful avalanche roses, calla lilies and veronica. Foliage includes sprays of baby blue eucalyptus. 

"Other flowers I love to use at this time of year are the grey brunia berries to contrast with white roses, also silver senecio foliage with its amazing shape and texture. Twigs are my go-to accessory for winter table centres. Use for centrepieces as tall, glittery and wild adorned with small spray roses and fairy lights or curly and contorted running down the length of the top table with strategically placed tealights and rose heads.

"At Flowers by Marion we love to meet couples at their very early planning stages. Excited by the prospects of influencing colour palettes and creating that something unique, we offer free consultations and early bookings so that we can be part of the wedding planning journey from the outset." Marion Slaughter

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www.flowersbymarion.co.uk

Stem by Stem Flowers, Folkestone

"Seasonal flowers are not so abundant during the winter, but don’t let this put you off – this is when foliage, berries and accessories can really inspire.

"At Stem by Stem we love winter colour schemes of rich, opulent reds and purples or cool whites, creams and blush. The flower ‘stars’ of the season are roses, amaryllis, gypsophila, wax flower and ranunculus.

"Theme your winter wedding:

  • Frosted ice palace: incorporate glittered twigs, diamante pins and baubles into arrangements and bouquets.
  • Nature: choose pine cones, twigs, moss and seedheads. Evergreen foliages like ivy, pine and eucalyptus are associated with mid-winter and have magical overtones as they flourish when everything else is dormant.
  • Bring the light in: make the most of candles in table arrangements and around the venue. Fairy lights can be intertwined through twigs and in topiary trees. Mirror plates will reflect light if used on tables underneath candles or flower arrangements."

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https://stembystemflowers.co.uk/

Spring

Emily&Me, Hythe 

"Spring is a great time for wedding flowers, with many seasonal favourites available from the UK in addition to those sourced from around the world. 

"Roses are now available all year round but in spring they are joined by fluffy ranunculus, striking anemones and an array of tulips. Of course, the most common spring flowers are hyacinths and daffodils. We often use a tiny version of daffodils called Paper Whites. These spring flowers are often overlooked as wedding flowers but, if used in combination with the classics, can add a cool nod to the season." Samantha Reynolds

Emily&Me are a team of five multi-award-winning florists and specialists in wedding flowers. Their awards are not only for their floristry but also excellence in business. They are obsessed with flowers for weddings and equally dedicated to providing award-winning customer service.

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http://emilyandme.co.uk

Kavanagh's Florist, Orpington

"Stepping into springtime; the season for new beginnings, what better time to say “I do”? Spring is when the most beautiful must-have wedding flowers are in abundance, particularly the ever popular peonies. The fragrant and perfect mix of softness and texture and the pastel varieties, from blush to near red, complements so many wedding colour palettes. Representing a happy life and a happy marriage, peonies symbolise good karma - perfect for any bride on her wedding day.

"We are keen to encourage height in the table centrepieces using tall vases with large blooms such as peonies, roses, hydrangeas mixed with freesia and stocks to give a fresh spring injection with a wonderful aroma." Jessie Kavanagh

Kavanagh’s florist is an independent florist based In Orpington, specialising in weddings, floral decoration hire, corporate events and special occasions. 

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www.kavanaghsflorist.co.uk

Summer

The East Kent Flower Company, Hastingleigh

"Based near Canterbury, The East Kent Flower Company is different. We don’t copy; we are proud that no two weddings are ever the same.

"We use the best of British and seasonal flowers for their scent, form and textures. In the summer months, the supply is vast and choices are endless from blousy scented blush pinks and champagne English garden roses to delicate sweet peas.

"We combine our sourced blooms with our cutting garden and we are always on the look-out for unusual foraged greenery – that’s what makes us stand out. Our skilled, expert team deliver fantastic, bespoke florals with all the care and attention to detail that you should expect.

"A final thought - don’t be afraid to be different. This 'wow' chandelier created for Claire and James in September 2018, for example, will certainly have your guests recalling your day long after it has ended." Louise Courtenay

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https://eastkentflowercompany.com/

Emily&Me, Hythe 

"With so many amazing flowers to choose from, where will you begin for your summer wedding? The queen of early summer is undoubtedly the peony, available in soft pastels through to the brightest of corals. English grown flowers with fabulous scents such as sweet peas and stocks are memorable additions to bouquets. Their soft fragrances will take you back to your wedding day whenever you catch their scent in the future.

"Our aim is to create your perfect vision. Letting us guide you through the shapes and colours will help to keep your budget on track." Samantha Reynolds

Emily&Me are a team of five multi-award-winning florists and specialists in wedding flowers. Their awards are not only for their floristry but also excellence in business. They are obsessed with flowers for weddings and equally dedicated to providing award-winning customer service.

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http://emilyandme.co.uk

Autumn

Eliza Rose Artisan Floral Design, Maidstone

"With an abundance of rich and warm foliage, a bride can be really spoilt for choice in autumn. Deep purples, peaches and emerald green tones, finished with a touch of gold, brings the season to life in this bouquet. The ruby hydrangea is complemented by the romantic David Austin Juliet rose. Never-ending layers of soft peach petals symbolise that warming glow of autumn. A delicate green cluster of hellebore and gold asparagus fern along with clematis, hypericum, skimmia, and deep burgundy amaranthus were also added.

"Willow stems are a seasonal favourite; they create a magical fairytale element. Deep plum leaves of the smoke bush are readily available, as well as the show-stopping pom pom dahlia which is known for early October blooms. As a florist nestled within Loose Valley, I work with such beautiful tools to create bespoke flowers for weddings. My passion is bringing wedding scrapbook dreams to life with the English hedgerow as my inspiration." Jo Russell

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Image: Matt Trott Photography

www.facebook.com/ElizaRoseTAF

Ann & Pam's Florist, Dover

"This beautiful autumnal bouquet combines dusky pink spray rose alongside lilac astrantia with hints of deep purple, drawing together the warm hues and delicate tones of autumn. The bouquet is complemented by a touch of astilbe, offering different textures and heights to the arrangement. Also featured is bouvardia, white rose, lisianthus and eucalyptus." Melanie Drew

Ann & Pam’s Florist, established in 1976, is an independent family-run quality florist with a team who are passionate about providing beautiful, affordable flowers as well as excellent customer service and taking their inspiration from nature. 

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www.apflowers.co.uk

For more Kent wedding inspiration, pick up the latest edition of Kent Bride magazine.

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