Choosing your wedding flowers is a big job to tick off you wedding checklist. The flowers are often the focal point of the tables and set the scene for the entire decorating process. We sit down with Neill Strain, one of our favourite floral arrangement experts to discuss how to go haute couture with your wedding day flowers and the important elements to consider when choosing your flowers.
Neill Strain is a pioneer and paradigm of the flower world, Neill channels passion, skill, and environmental consciousness in every phase of his distinctive, award-winning work.
Floral trends to have on your radar for this year
Wedding couples are becoming much more conscious of where flowers are coming from and ensuring that the florist they are working with has a commitment to being sustainable. We buy directly from growers in Holland that are A+ rated when it comes to sustainability, using organic products and techniques for growing, re-using water, and even sourcing natural energy for heating.
Due to the pandemic, we are also seeing couples choosing to have smaller, more intimate weddings, where they are investing more on the experience and luxurious decor, than on having large numbers of guests.
Highlights for each season
In spring, floral highlights include Tulips, Hyacinths, Lily of the Valley and Narcissus. Peonies begin to bloom in late spring until early summer and are always a favourite with wedding couples. As we look towards the summer months, popular choices are Delphiniums, Hydrangeas, scented Sweet peas and Garden Roses.
In Autumn, we use a variety of rust coloured tones, with berries, branches, fruits and pumpkins. In the winter months, more foliage such as twigs, branches and mosses are used, which look magical when paired with lots of candle light.
Top tips for making your florals extra luxe
We have a particularly opulent, luxurious style at Neill Strain Floral Couture, and couples will come to us to do their wedding flowers because they love our unique style. I would always suggest wedding couples focus their budget into key areas of the venue, and work on a few statement pieces. A grand entrance arch, a fireplace installation or a spectacular floral urn arrangement can create an instagram photo moment for your guests. To add extra luxe, we use gilded foliage and berries, orchid heads strewn on the tables and tall tapered candles.
All time favourite tablescape
I worked on an autumn wedding in an old castle in the Belgian countryside. The venue decor was super rich and opulent and the low lying mist made it extremely atmospheric. Inspired by the surroundings, we used moss, twigs and berries in the table arrangements, with brown velvet tablecloths and candle light.
The colours and tones we’re loving
Colour is in right now! Wedding couples are moving away from the ivory’s and creams and are choosing rich, vibrant colours and exciting colour palettes that really stand out!
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