When it comes to weddings, flowers are vital, yet not many people realise just how many flowers or floral arrangements are needed.
It is not just the brides bouquet but the bridesmaids as well, decorations at the church, table decorations at the reception, even as part of hair styles. When choosing your flowers it is important to think about colour, style, shape and how they will flow and create a theme throughout your day.
Roses have long been the traditional favourite because they symbolise eternal love, however, as wedding ceremonies evolve, a new generation of brides are embracing alternatives.
The current trend is for wild and loose bouquets with big proteas such as banksias, grevilleas and waratahs, gum leaves and a mixture of natives or roses. When choosing your flowers think about how you are going to style them. Will they be sitting on something or hanging or a mixture of both? Large arrangements can take up a lot of space on tables so think about a "hero" flower surrounded by smaller pieces. The same goes for bouquets which can quickly become awkward or heavy to carry, and you can also use the smaller flowers elsewhere on gift tables, men's boutonnieres or even in bridesmaids hairstyles. Of course a local florist will have some great ideas that can help you. If you have the chance, pick out some of your favourite flowers or show them examples of the dresses you have chosen and they will be able to help you create something spectacular.