An Expert Guide: Phenomenal Wedding Florals

Charlotte Wood of Wild Wood London shares her floral expertise and advice when it comes to styling your day with flowers. 

Decorating your wedding venue with flowers will more than likely consume a large portion of your wedding budget and we’ve seen anything and everything when it comes to floral décor across our country house wedding venues. From small but sweet arrangements to lavish and luxurious styles, its important that you choose a floral theme that works with your theme and your wedding budget. We chatted to Charlotte Wood, bespoke floral designer and owner of Wild Wood London, who shared her tips on planning your wedding flowers, with us.

Wedding Flowers: Planning and Ideas

“I tend to ask a bride to gather images of the flowers that they envisage for their big day as I want the flowers to represent the couple” say’s Charlotte. “From this starting point I like to build a visual mood board combining images of the venue, the dress, fabric from the dress, bridesmaid’s dresses and wedding ring as they are all key factors when designing wedding flowers.
 
I like to work with seasonal flowers and buy directly from trusted wholesalers at New Covent Garden Market. Brides can sometimes ask for flowers that aren't in season but I always advise against that because the flowers won't last and can be very temperamental. I always ask if there is a particular flower or flowers that have a special meaning to the couple or if the bride has a particular favourite. One of the last weddings I worked on, the groom requested a small amount of Jasmine in the bridal bouquet as it had special meaning to the bride and she was really taken aback by his thoughtfulness. It is the little touches that make the big difference.”

Seasonal Floral Styling Advice

“In the summer there is more variety in terms of wedding flowers: hydrangeas, peonies, sweet peas and lily of the valley but roses are available all year round. It is my favourite time of year for flowers. In terms of flower choices a bride has to make it depends of what style she would like to have at her wedding - be it elegant and classic, wild and romantic or over the top opulence. I love to gather all manor of briefs. Also the ceremony venue and reception venue need to be considered when choosing the flowers as you want to complement the venue rather than work against it. I always view every space as this helps when suggesting venue designs.  Most brides tend to have a bridal bouquet, bridesmaid’s bouquet, and buttonholes but I also think floral crowns for flower girls or bridesmaid’s is a beautiful trend. Colour is an important factor when choosing flowers and also for setting a mood. I like to echo the flowers in the bridal party designs with the rest of venue decor and centerpieces but not make it too matchy-matchy. 
For bridal bouquets I love to mix different aromas; one of my favourite designs featured sweet peas, lily of the valley and norma jean white roses – it smelled heavenly!

 

Unique Wedding Flower Ideas

5 unique ideas on how to add flowers to your wedding day in more ways that just the bouquet. 

  1. Floral crowns for bridesmaids
  2. Large urns filled with wonderful floral arrangements to decorate the top of the aisle 
  3. Succulents as wedding favours 
  4. Unique, extravagant buttonholes for the groom and his party
  5. Flower walls; the ultimate back drop for your wedding photography  

Decorating Wedding Venues with Flowers

“I absolutely adore decorating venues especially staircases I created a winter staircase for a wedding last year using a range of season foliages. 

Statement urns are another personal favourite to make a grand entrance for guests at the reception venue or to have at the front of the ceremony.  Flower walls are another big trend and can certainly give the wow factor. For centerpieces, tall candleabra decorated with flowers can really make an impact in period properties and I've used a selection of varying height cut glass bottles on a mirrored discs for a different look to the traditional low centrepiece design. Mantelpieces are another area to looks great dressed.”