FLOWER ARRANGEMENTS AND TABLESCAPE DESIGN IDEAS FOR SPRING, SUMMER, AUTUMN AND WINTER WEDDINGS
Updated: Mar 20
Congratulations if you are recently engaged and planning your Wedding for 2021 or 2022. Due to the current pandemic you might have had to change the date of your Wedding or you could be starting the exciting process of planning an intimate micro Wedding. We are here to help and hope you enjoy reading this blog and inspiration for table decorations, giving you an idea of flowers that are available for a Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter Weddings. Some of these flower designs are from 2020 intimate special micro Weddings, where couples adapted their plans inline with the Covid 19 pandemic. (photo above captured by Benjamin Stuart Photography our first Lockdown Wedding in July 2020)
Once you have chosen the date of your Wedding and booked your Wedding venue it is a great time to talk about your flowers. Your venue will dictate a few things about your flowers, if the reception room has tall ceiling you can go for tall riser table arrangements. There are many options like round tables or long tables, will you be having a top table or perhaps a sweetheart table for only the Bride and Groom? Knowing your flower budget, along with your table numbers will allow us to recommend which table designs and flower varieties are most suitable. For a smaller intimate Wedding there are lots of beautiful details you can add to your table to make an incredibly memorable experience for you and your guests.
The beauty of nature and the excitement of creating our bespoke Wedding designs means that every Wedding is different and unique to each couple. We are passionate about creating flowers that reflect the personality of our couples.
We purchase our flowers from a few different locations. We use a couple different sources to gather all our flowers and foliage for our Wedding work. Using wholesalers in the UK who import from the Dutch flower auctions and around the world we are able to source lots of flower varieties. During the months from April to October we visit local flower farms and add seasonally available flowers to our designs. Flowers grown outside at the local flower farms add charm and uniqueness to our work as the designs will all have different varieties and wonky twisty stems as they are grown naturally. Being able to use flowers that are in season will also be a reminder of the time of year you married.
A few flowers overlap like Tulips and Ranunculus which are available late Winter but can have limited colours during the Winter. Spring is a refreshing time of year when Tulips are in full season and available in so many shades and varieties. Fragrant Hyacinths, Jasmine, Sweet Peas, Stock, Lilac, Iris and Anemones are wonderful too. Beautiful blossom starts flowering in the Garden too. If you are having a very late Spring April Wedding Peonies might be available.
What is available one year may not necessarily mean they are available the following year, especially with the pandemic in 2020 when many countries had Lockdowns, this has affected some of the planting and planning for many commercial and small flower growers worldwide.
In the UK Peony are generally available for only two months from the beginning of May and June so late Spring early Summer.
One of the most frequently requested flowers to be included in Wedding flowers are Peony These gorgeous fluffy blousy ball of petals are made even more special because they are very seasonal. Below a beautiful romantic setup created by Georgina Alexander Weddings in the Library at Wotton House, Dorking, captured by Neli Prahova Photography
This is the main season for full blown Garden Roses many of which are highly fragrant. Achillea, Cosmos, Delphinium, Echinacea, Larkspur, Scabious, Stock, and Sunflowers.
Low level urns at The Petersham Hotel are ideal for a luxurious feel to the tablescape allowing guests to still see and talk to each other across the table.
Tall high rises at Merchant Taylors Hall in the city of London. The grand room with it's wonderful high ceilings lend graciously to tall table arrangements. With the added detail of budvases and candles along the tables. Beautifully styled by Rachelle Til Wedding planner, captured by Ben Minnaar Photography
For an intimate micro Summer 2020 afternoon tea celebration at The Bluebird in Chelsea. Low level vases filled with gorgeous Garden roses, fragrant sweet peas, clematis, spray roses, Astilbe and a touches of eucalyptus. These flowers were given away to guests at the end of the evening.
Dahlias are at their best during the late Summer/Autumn months and available in the most wonderful shades, blending beautifully with the natural nature shades at this time of year. Other flowers like Amaranthus, Calla lilies, Cosmos, Craspedia, Celosia, Orchids, Honesty Seed heads, Leucospermum and Pampas Grass. Hydrangea at this time of year start to naturally change shades to the most wonderful dusky muted tones.
Long tables lend themselves beautifully to mixed florals running the length of the table. Our Bride purchased a gorgeous silk pale blue runner for the length of the table. A selection of bud vases filled with quality seasonal blooms were laid down the table, interspersed with taper candies, tealights and a little eucalyptus to bring in the soft grey tone of the Wedding palette. Captured by Rebecca Searle Photography.
Long low level tables at The Wharf in Teddington, a vibrant bold Summer palette with English rose and tropical feels. Using tropical green leaves along the centre of the table added interest and added an element of a Hawaiian touch. The cutest mini pineapples and orchids linked the stunning invitations created by a family friend. Stunning photographs captured by Nick Ray Photography.
Top table low level floral runner funning the length of the top table. Floral arch behind the Wedding table. Blush, dusky pinks and Burgandy a wonderfully romantic palette for a late August Wedding. Captured by Louie Donovan Photography
Anemones and Ranunculus start to become available during late December, during each New Year there are the most gorgeous colours starting to come thru the market. Hellebore are another stunning flower (otherwise known as Christmas Rose). Scabiosa seed pods add interest and Wax flower is another beautiful little flower.
Flowers are an integral part of a Wedding, linking and bringing everything together, from invitations, Bridal dress style, Bridesmaids colours, the style of your Wedding, Venue and even the cake. Being chosen to design Wedding Flowers is an honour, we love working with our couples finding out their likes and dislikes and are here to advise and help. If you'd like to discuss flowers we can have a chat on the telephone 07512 70246. I offer a free Wedding flower consultation if you'd like to make an appointment to talk about planning your Wedding flowers in more detail, I look forward to hearing from you via email firstname.lastname@example.org
Photo credits Wedding photographers who captured some of the above images
Benjamin Stuart Photography www.benjaminstuart.co.uk
Rebecca Searle Photography www.rebeccasearlephotography
Nick Ray Photography www.nickrayphotography
Gyan Gurung Photography www.gyangurung.com
Neli Prohava Photography www.neliprahova.com
BenMinnar Photography www.benminnaarphotography.com
Louie Donovan Photography www.louiedonovanphotography.co.uk
Alfresco dining captured by Gyan Gurung Photography
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