Wedding flowers are a key part of any bride and groom’s big day, but if you don’t know your Daffodils from your Dahlia’s, knowing where to start with wedding flower ideas can be daunting.
Luckily, one of our favourite things to do is find wedding flower inspo from the endless Instagram posts of wedding bouquets and wedding table displays and wedding flower buttonholes. If you’ve never searched for the #flowersofinstagram, we suggest you do so, quick sharp – we could spend days scrolling through the images of beautiful blooms that would make the perfect wedding flowers. So much so that we’ve rounded up a gallery of our absolute favourite wedding flower arrangers on Instagram, from iconic established florists like McQueens, Jane Packer and Jamie Aston to fashion industry favourites Foxgloves and Glory, Flora Starkey and The Flower Appreciation Society.
Whether you’re looking for wedding flowers by season, silk wedding flowers, vintage wedding flowers or wedding flower buttonholes – because the men need blooms too obvs – we guarantee you’ll find some major inspiration from this lovely lot.
Describing themselves as ‘not your average florists’, Ellie and Anna who are behind The Flower Appreciation Society use their backgrounds in illustration and textile design to inform their beautiful, natural and often quirky arrangements.
Victoria Clarke of Foxgloves and Glory wasn’t always a florist. She worked in the media and entertainment industry for nine years before enrolling into the prestigious McQueen’s flower school. She loves working with masses of foliage and the most beautiful seasonal flowers to create stunning displays for events thrown by mega-brands like Miss Selfridge and the V&A Museum. We caught up with her to get some wedding flower tips:
Stay seasonal and use lots of textures and mixed foliage
Do your research and if you can go to the flower market with your florist. I always invite my brides for a morning at the market and they LOVE it.
Embrace colour – be brave and make beautiful statements with bold coloured blooms.
Dahlias come in the most incredible shades and you don’t need many of them to make an impact.
Think outside the box for your vases and candleholders; I’ve got a wedding in August and we’re using old Moroccan Spice Caddies that the Grooms Mother found at a car boot sale – they’re beautiful.
So what does Victoria predict will be the big wedding flower trends this year and next? “The ‘just-gathered’ English Garden look is big and will continue to be as we move away from the uber-luxe to more natural shapes’, she says. ‘Trailing bouquets are making a comeback, but again these are made using naturally trailing flowers and foliage such as Clematis, Jasmine and Ferns to create a much softer look. Garlands, canopiesd and flower chandeliers are huge right now – anything that can be draped or suspended is.”
Award-winning Sweetpea Flowers by Marianne Johnson take inspiration from nature and use nostalgic English garden roses from local growers to create the perfect look for vintage style weddings, which cuts down on their carbon footprint.
Dominique Stylianou, the lady behind A Riot of Colour, grew up with a love of flowers and started doing flowers for friends as a hobby, but it soon became a successful business. As you’d expect, she’s all about using bright colours and textures to create eye-catching displays that bring any event to life.
Dubbed ‘London’s coolest florist’, Flora Starkey creates arrangements for parties, weddings, fashion shows and photo shoots and her impressive roll-call of clients includes Alexander McQueen and Givenchy to name a few. Inspired by everything from fine art to English country gardens, her displays are super romantic.
So now you know the coolest names on the flower scene, check out our gallery and we guarantee you’ll be brimming with amazing wedding flower ideas…