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Creating Your Perfect Bouquet

Traditionally, wedding bouquets were seen as a symbol of luck and fertility and tossing the bouquet was meant to spread that luck to others. Today, wedding bouquets are a way to show self-expression and enhance the weddings style.

Creating your bouquet is one wedding detail that you should definitely not overlook. It is the main accessory to accompany your beautiful gown and will appear in all of your photographs - so it is important that you love it. As simple as it may seem, when creating your bouquet there is more to think about than just the type of flowers and what colours they are.

To help you, we have put together a basic guide for creating your perfect bouquet for your special day.

Gather Inspiration

When you first begin to create your perfect bouquet it is a good idea to collect images of different bouquets that you like to help you identify and understand the trends, styles, colours and flowers that you like best. Pinterest is a great tool for this.

Bouquet Style

Choosing your bouquets style is an essential part of the bouquet decision process. There are no set rules for styles but you may want to keep the proportions in mind so that it suits your figure as well as your dress. Your bouquet should not overpower you nor be too small. For example, a cascading bouquet may overwhelm a petite bride. For more information all about vast styles of bouquets, head over to our blog post on discovering your bouquet style.

Colour Scheme

The colour of your bouquet is another important element as you don’t want the colour of your bouquet to clash with the rest of your wedding colours. We also recommend not having too many different bright colours within your bouquet so that it does not stand out too much in your photographs. Instead, have a mixture of neutrals and colour to keep your bouquet balanced. It is best to talk to your florist about which hues they recommend using to complement your wedding colours.

Have It Reflect Your Wedding Style

Adding small details to your bouquet can help to bring your wedding style together. Brides often opt for fabric to tie around the flower stems that fits with their wedding style. For a more rustic styled wedding, twine is a popular and effective choice.

Keep It Seasonal

Like anything, flowers are best when they are in season. Having seasonal flowers will ensure that your bouquet looks its best throughout the entirety of your special day in person as well as when it its photographed. For a summer wedding, take a look at our Seasonal Summer Flower Guide.

Here at Harlow Garland, for your bridal bouquet whatever you wish, we can create it.

Season Flower Guide: Summer

Photo by Kate Little for Harlow Garland

Photo by Kate Little for Harlow Garland

Flowers are an exceptionally important part of most weddings as they can add an air of opulence to the day. When deciding on flowers for your wedding day it is best to look at what is seasonally available to ensure the most beautiful blooms and to avoid being disappointed. Today we are focusing on some of our favourite flowers available throughout summer to help you decide which flowers suit your wedding and season best.

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Peony

First and foremost is the peony. Peonies have become exceptionally popular and demanded over recent years thanks to their full bulbs and ruffled petals and are especially popular among brides wanting to create a vintage theme. Available in white, hues of pinks and deep red peonies are a beautiful option for many. For a gorgeous statement, use peonies in your centrepiece and bouquet.

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Hydrangea

Hydrangeas are made up of many small flowers which create a beautiful full bloom. They not only come in beautiful pastels but gorgeous vibrant tones too. Hydrangeas are the perfect option for larger floral arrangements.

Dahlia

Dahlias are a lovely large bloom with lush petals. They come in a beautiful range of colours including white, yellow, orange, red and pink and are the perfect flower to add to your bouquet and centrepieces. Due to their size, dahlias are a great alternative to peonies if you are after a more affordable flower option.

Sweet Pea

Sweet Peas are a smaller, more delicate flower option with a lovely fragrance. Available in shades of white, pink, and purple, Sweet Peas look lovely and romantic arranged on their own but are also beautiful with other summer blooms.

Calla Lily

Calla Lillies are a popular flower choice among brides for its gorgeous elegant shape and large variety of colours. Available in lavender, yellow, orange, dark maroon and many more shades, there is a colour to suit all wedding themes. Calla Lillies are perfect for a more unique bouquet. For summer weddings, bouquets full of mixed blooms create a beautiful and fresh look.

Harlow Garland's specialty florals department, Blooms by Harlow Garland is able to bring your floral vision to life! Whether it's a simple bouquet arrangement or the full floral styling of your wedding, we'd love to discuss your vision and how we can make it a reality. Contact us today.

Harlow Garland Featured in Bride and Groom Magazine's Issue 87!

Back in November, Harlow Garland was approached by Bride and Groom Magazine's Art Director to style one of their upcoming shoots. We were so overjoyed to be involved and to be able to work with photographer, Kate Little again so we immediately jumped at the chance.

With the same venue and the same photographer as we'd just used for our most recent styled shoot, we were tasked with creating something completely different to go with the theme parameters set by the magazine. We were also asked to have our specialist florals department, HGBlooms create a gorgeous bridal bouquet, boutonniere and swag to feature in the shoot.

Rather than go for the everyday boutonniere, we created a small wreath of dried lavender to be worn on the groom's pocket, opting for something entirely different to what we generally see.

For the bouquet, we chose a selection of peonies, king protea, pink protea and sea holly, wrapping the stems in black leather with a ribbon flowing from the grip.

For the swag, we opted for a simple evergreen arrangement with the addition of the vibrant purple alliums to offset the greenery.

When we were given the task of styling the venue with the idea of creating something 'romantic', we thought immediately of the latte chiffon draping we'd seen at La Lumiere. We wanted something with multiple layers and dimensions and from our scribble diagram, La Lumiere were able to emulate exactly what we'd imagined with very little refinement - exactly what you want from a wedding vendor!

We knew that the venue's industrial style exposed ceilings would counter the look we'd created and so we chose a variety of ruffled parasols in complementary tones from The Pretty Prop Shop to hang upside down at varying heights, hiding the ceiling and adding to the 'hug' of the ceremony backdrop.

We loved this shoot and the opportunity to collaborate with Bride and Groom magazine and our favourite vendors and we've been rewarded with an twelve page spread in the latest issue!

Head out and buy your copy now, we hope you love it as much as we do!

#FridayFlorals: Real Wedding Florals

For today's #FridayFlorals post, we thought we'd share some images from a wedding we did earlier this year for Lauren and Bart. We designed the ceremony arch which was created in conjunction with Blush Floral Stylists and La Lumiere (draping). 

This wedding was a full service wedding including all styling, planning and day of coordination - our favourite package. We love full service weddings because we really get to be a part of the journey, keeping the brides from becoming too embroiled in the unimportant details or family squabbles over seating and really just watch them enjoy the process and relax and really immerse themselves in their big day. 

For this wedding, the flowers were done by Blush Floral Stylists who imported all the Colombian roses which really stole the show in the arrangements!

Images provided courtesy of Amanda Thomas Photography.

Harlow Garland's specialty florals department, HGBlooms is able to bring your floral vision to life! Whether it's a simple bouquet arrangement or the full floral styling of your wedding, we'd love to discuss your vision and how we can make it a reality. Contact us today.

Click on the images in the gallery below to enlarge.

Friday Florals: Herbs

After a morning spent at the flower market picking out blooms for a special project we have coming up on Monday, we were reminded how herbs invigorate the senses and so for today's #fridayflorals installment, we're talking Herbs!

Not only will using herbs in lieu (or to complement a minimal selection) of flowers save your budget dramatically, but they'll also provide a fragrant, unique decor addition and have a myriad of uses both during and after the wedding.

We've collected a gallery of images to inspire you with some of the many ways herbs can be incorporated into your big day.

Use potted herbs alongside compote and vase arrangements or a low garland runner to create stunning, fragrant table decor. (Even allowing the guests to add some to their meal!)

Bay garlands make stunning additions to tables, your sweetheart chairs or to accent draping.

Opt for herb infused ice cubes or water to lend invigorating flavour to simple water.

Offer herb infused olive oil bottles as favours.

Add a sprig of rosemary or olive leaf to your table settings.

Tie bay leaves around candles and fasten with twine or ribbon.

Offer rosemary butter biscuits or similar herb-infused treats as favours for your guests.

Use herbs to decorate your cake in an inexpensive yet dramatic fashion.

Use herbs for your boutonnieres and never worry about blooms bruising in the heat. If you use lavender or jasmine, you'll also calm any wedding day jitters.

Use herbs in your wedding bouquets, corsages and crowns.

Make a bridal crown or Laurenl Wreath from stalks of Rosemary.

Use potted herbs in your table decor and offer them as favours for guests to take home or take them home yourselves to create a useful herb garden in your newlywed home.

OFfer your guests a stalk of Rosemary with their ceremony programme and have them slide the leaves off in one movement to create biodegradable confetti or leave intact as herbal 'wands' marking your path through the recessional. Another option is to walk down the aisle sans bouquet and have your guests hand these stalks back to you during the recessional to create a bouquet reflecting the love and well-wishes of your guests as your first act as a married couple.

Add herbs to placecards for an inexpensive yet effective impact.

We hope you'll incorporate herbs into your wedding day, they're such an effective way to cut costs while still providing fragrance, beauty and organic elegance for your big day.

Remember too that Harlow Garland's florals department, 'HG Blooms' is is ready and excited to help you achieve your dream wedding bouquet or floral decor with our expert floral styling tailored entirely to you.