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Sunflowers – Great for Late Summer Weddings

16 Aug
Mixed sunflower handtied bridal bouquet - with orange carthamus and deep red spray roses

Mixed sunflower handtied bridal bouquet - with silvery eucalyptus, orange carthamus and deep red spray roses tied with raffia. Copyright of Floral Accents - http://www.floral-accents.co.uk

We love sunflowers – they’re bright and summery, and generally make people smile when they see them! They’re a very happy flower – and they’re becoming more and more popular for Brides getting married in the late Summer/early Autumn months. Why? Well, not only do they look amazing in either contemporary designs or more rustic settings, but they are also relatively inexpensive during their peak growing season – and the sheer size of the head, means that you need less stems to create an impact, making it a perfect bloom for Brides and Grooms on a tight budget.

Although bright yellow is perhaps the colour that most people associate with the word “sunflower”, there are also varieties in different shades of reds (such as Prado Red and Ruby Eclipse varieties), softer lemon (Sunrich Lemon), brown-black (Moulin Rouge), and deep egg-yolk yellow/orange varieties (such as Prado Gold) amongst others. The “Sunbright” and “Sunrich” varieties have been specially cultivated to shed less pollen – making these ideal varieties for bridal and bridesmaid bouquets.

Use sunflowers on their own to create a dramatic, bold, contemporary look – or mixed with other flowers and foliage for a more rustic, country garden feel, ideal for more informal wedding receptions in barns or marquees. Brides often favour the bright yellow varieties to add a splash of colour to a black and white colour scheme – but they look equally stunning as a contrast to blues and turquoises. And if you’re looking for something different, the brown seed heads of sunflowers can also be used without the petals – they add a lovely texture to table centres and designs and are favoured by many top London florists.

A few geeky facts about sunflowers:

  • The botanical name for sunflowers is Helianthus – originating from the Greek “Helios” meaning sun and “Anthus” meaning flower, hence “sunflower”;
  • The sunflower dates back approx. 3000 years ago – it was worshiped as a symbol of the sun by the Aztecs and the Otomi of Mexico, Incas of Peru, and later by North American Indians;
  • A sunflower head is made up of between 1000-2000 individual flowers (florets) that are joined together by a base. The large petals surrounding the base are sterile – and are designed to protect the individual florets and the seed that they subsequently become;
  • Sunflowers commonly grow to between 1.5m (5ft) and 3.5m (12ft) high – but the tallest sunflower was 8.03 m (26 ft 4 in) according to the Guinness World Records (August 2009);
  • The sunflower is the national flower of Russia, Ukraine, and Peru, the state flower of the US State of Kansas, and one of the city flowers of Kitakyūshū in Japan.

 

The Perfect Bridal Bouquet – 6 Tips On How To Get It!

12 Apr

You’re getting married and want the very best for your wedding day.  As the happy couple, you are undeniably the focus of the wedding day and flowers will play a large part in your overall look and subsequently the look and feel of the rest of your wedding day. So where do you start when it comes to getting the bridal bouquet and wedding flowers of your dreams for your big day?  There are no hard and fast rules – gorgeous wedding bouquets can be created with practically any flower – but here are some things to think about when contemplating what flowers will work best for you and your wedding:

 

STYLE AND THEME OF YOUR OVERALL WEDDING –it’s important to decide upon the theme of the overall wedding before selecting a bouquet style to ensure that the flowers suit the style of the wedding.

TIP 1: scribble down some words that describe your perfect wedding day to help focus on the style and theme you want to create.  A good florist will be able to suggest suitable flowers and styles that will complement the look and feel that you want from your wedding day.

Informal handtied bouquets of sunflowers, bright orange "pom pom" flowers, red spray roses and eucalyptus

A "just picked look" is ideal for a more informal wedding. Copyright of Floral Accents.

 

 FLOWERS YOU LIKE OR DON’T LIKE – have a think about what flowers you are automatically drawn to and what it is that you like about them.  Flower choices may well be influenced by your colour scheme, whether you’d like fragrant flowers (see below), and the longevity of flowers.  Some brides like to incorporate flowers that their mothers/grandmothers had in their wedding bouquets.

 TIP 2: collect pictures from the internet/magazines of flowers and bouquets that you like, to create a “mood board” to guide your wedding florist.

Copyright of Floral Accents. Photo kindly supplied by http://www.simonjpope.co.uk

 

FRAGRANCE – some brides like to incorporate flowers that will provide a signature scent in their wedding bouquet to evoke memories of the day in years to come.  Freesias, stephanotis, sweet peas, stocks, and lavender are some of the flowers that will provide that special scent, but be careful not to over-do it!

 TIP 3: foliage such as rosemary, sage and eucalyptus have a more subtle fragrance that works well in wedding bouquets.

Sage and rosemary give a signature fragrance to this bridal bouquet of Sweet Avalanche roses. Copyright of Floral Accents.

 

COLOUR – almost any colour can be incorporated into your wedding bouquet and quite often, the choice of colour is influenced by the bridesmaid dresses, the time of day you’re getting married, the season, or simply your favourite colour.  Popular colour schemes are simple whites/creams, pastels, monochromatic (different varieties of flowers of the same colour), or vibrant brights.

 TIP 4: if you opt for an all-white or cream bouquet, make sure it’s edged with foliage so it doesn’t seemingly merge into your dress.

Phalaenopsis orchids stand out from the bridal gown simply by adding dark green tropical leaves and steel grass in this shower bouquet. Copyright of Floral Accents.

 

SIZE AND STYLE OF BOUQUET – these elements are often largely determined by your dress style and your body shape.  Shower bouquets look great with fuller long-length dresses, more streamlined dresses work best with smaller hand-tied bouquets or single stems, and dresses with a lot of detailed embroidery suit over-the-arm bouquets or a beautiful wrist corsage.

 TIP 5: a good florist will be able to advise you on the shape and style of bouquet that will best suit you and your dress – so bring photos or images of your dress along when you meet them.

Over-the-arm bouquet of lilac Avant Garde roses, lisianthus and assorted foliage. Copyright of Floral Accents. Photo supplied by http://www.simonjpope.co.uk. Dress courtesy of Kate Sherford.

 

ACCESSORIES – wedding bouquets do not necessarily have to be made up of all flowers or foliage.  Your wedding florist can incorporate pearl beads, diamante sparkles or even feathers amongst other things to create something a little different for you.

 TIP 6: ask your florist to wrap the stems of your bouquet with a piece of antique lace or attach a vintage brooch to the handle of your bouquet to make it even more special and meaningful.

Adding a vintage brooch gives this hand-tied bridal bouquet of raspberry-pink Milano roses some added glamour. Copyright of Floral Accents.

 

Good luck! x

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