In last week’s blog we talked about ‘how to style your English country garden wedding’. We included everything from marquee options to using watering cans as flowerpots! We excluded one important factor in the blog however as we felt it needed an entire blog to itself, the flowers! And as a country garden is mostly made up of foliage and florals, this is obviously a vital element when creating this look.
I caught up with Lisa from Not Your Average Flowers to get her expert advice on how to achieve that Country Garden look at your wedding.
What do you think of when I say, ‘English Country Garden Wedding’?
“This style really lends itself to summer blooms”
Long and low table centres by Not Your Average Flowers / Venue: Wakehurst / In-house caterers: Graysons / Crockery by Coordination Catering Hire / Stationery by Grey and Copper / Photography by SMP Weddings
“Pastel shades,” in all hues such as pink, blue, purple and yellow.
“Minimum foliage,” as you want the focus to be on the flowers.
Bouquet and flower crown by Not Your Average Flowers
“And large headed flowers packed in to create impact.” This will give the feeling of a full and blooming country garden.
Country garden sweetheart table centre piece by Not Your Average Flowers
What specific flowers would you go for to achieve the look?
“My flower choices would be hydrangeas.” Often people are scared to use hydrangeas as they have a tendency to wilt quickly, but with the correct treatment from an expert florist, they will make a lovely addition to your wedding bouquet or arrangements.
Hydrangea used to decorate the wedding cake. Photo via Brides
“or peonies.” Peak season for peonies is May and June, with some availability in April and July. This short window means they are limited and therefore if you are marrying in late spring or early summer, they are the perfect choice for a stunning and dramatic English garden floral.
Peonies on an arch frame. Photo via Boho Weddings
Wrist flowers by Not Your Average Flowers
Stunning Davidson Rose in an arrangement by Not Your Average Flowers
Stocks and foxgloves as part of a Moonarch backdrop by Not Your Average Flowers
Is scent important when choosing your flowers?
“You want scent to be a big part of this, so choose garden roses such as O’hara.”
O’Hara rose bouquet. Photo via Flowers by Janie
What would you use to display florals for a Country Garden Wedding?
“The English country garden look is a classic look and lends itself well to clear vases or perspex,”
English country flowers in a clear glass tall vase. Photo via Whimsical Wonderland Weddings
“sharp edges and light reflective surfaces will really set off the crisp, clean look of this style.”
Reflective additions setting off the English country garden look. Photo via French Wedding Style
Floral arrangements can sometimes get lost in large ceiling venues such as marquees. Have you got any advice for ensuring this doesn’t happen?
“To really set this style off against a white marquee backdrop, go for larger urn arrangements,”
Urn arrangement against a white marquee. Photo via Bridal Musings
“or elevated table arrangements.”
So if you are looking for the perfect English garden florals please do contact us for a free inspiration consultation.