I haven’t really written about flowers since getting engaged over 8 months ago. Funny really, considering as they’ve been a MAJOR part of my thoughts and planning process. You see, I love flowers. I want them everywhere at my wedding- in my hair, in my hands, on the tables, in the ceremony backdrop… And with my ‘wedding colours’ being a riot of reds, pinks, corals, peach, yellows and a hint of blue, I can really have some fun when it comes to the flora.
The problem is I don’t want to spend very much money on them.
(Cue florists from across the land kissing their teeth and shaking their heads disappointedly.)
If I could, I honestly, honestly would. There are a bevy of super-talented florists out there (including the wonderful Gayle Evans of Bloomin’Gayles and this post) who make a living doing seriously pretty things with flowers, but when it comes to my own fairly meagre budget, I’d rather spend on food. And wine. And an awesome band to get everyone dancing and leave amazing memories.
So, it is with some excitement but mainly trepidation that I can say we will be doing our own flowers. Yes, even the bouquets and buttonholes. No-one in my immediate family has ever made a hand-tied bouquet in our lives, but hey, it’s always a good time to learn a new skill.
The table flowers no longer scare the life out of me. I was given the role of ‘Creative Floral Director’ (a-hem…) at my step-sister’s recent wedding, and with a team of many we created a cacophony of beautiful, wild arrangements with flowers from the highly-recommended, Green and Gorgeous.
The bouquets on the other hand, do un-nerve me. But we will do the best we can. And practice lots when Spring kicks in.
My Mum (Deputy Wedding Planner and all-round superstar) has already sowed and ordered a load of May-flowering plants…
… All of which (if they grow- fingers crossed!) should be FREE courtesy of my Mum’s garden.
But we shall also be using a wholesaler to purchase other favourites, such as daisies, ranunculas, anemones, hydrangeas, stocks and astilbe. Then, a day or two before the wedding we shall gather the ‘Flower Team’ and, well, create floral wonder… obviously.
Here are some beauteous blooms that are currently inspiring and scaring the living daylights out of me…