A Quick Guide to….. Flowers

Hello all, been a while since I have posted I know..

I’ve been finally kicking things into gear planning my own wedding; given notice to marry, booked the reception, ordered the invitations, drawn up the guestlist, etc. I know I’m probably way behind other April 2013 brides, but hey, progress is progress!

Anyway, one of the things I have yet to have sorted for the wedding are the flowers. And the flowers are what holds my whole theme of the day together. So I thought that I would write a quick guide to bridal flowers for anybody else who might be a bit lost!

Picking your flowers

This is obviously the best bit! Things to bear in mind when choosing flowers are whether they are readily available at the time of the wedding (being harder to source means that they will be much more pricey), how they fit in with the theme of your day (be that colour, shape, etc), price (if you are sticking to a budget), and also how well they will fare during the day (i.e. the hardiness of the flower)

I also love discovering the meanings behind flowers and trying to incorporate ones with specific words meaningful to me in the bouquet. Here is a good list to begin with.

The Bouquet

The next thing to think about is the structure of the bouquet. The main types to choose from are:

The Shower Bouquet – The most traditional of them all, the blooms cascade down and often involve trailing blooms such as ivy, although an unusual alternative I have seen is jasmine, which would smell lovely as well. This is actually my favourite, and great if you want to bring a little Victorian style into your wedding.

The Nosegay Bouquet- A tightly wrapped rounded shape, with a long stems usually bound with ribbon. Flowers were typically chosen for their smell and could include fresh herbs. A good choice if looking to adorn the bouquet with an item such as a borrowed brooch or rosary beads etc.

The Posy Bouquet – Small and tightly bounded, can be in a formal rounded shape or more unstructured. Can be held with one hand. A good choice if the bride does not want her dress to be overwhelmed by the bouquet

The Pomander Bouquet- An arranged ball of flowers hanging from a ribbon worn around the wrist. Usually a choice for the bridesmaids or flower girls but makes an unusual and quirky bouquet for a bride, and adds an element of fun to the bridal look

The Unstructured Bouquet – A popular choice for shabby chic, vintage and festival inspired weddings, the idea is to create a look as if one has just been picking flowers in a meadow to create a ‘wild’, undone look. More freedom to play around with colour, shape and texture

And the rest!

Finally, you can decide on bridesmaid bouquets, buttonholes, table decorations and flowers in your hair (?) to match!

As a final aside, my current ideal bouquet is consisting of a cascade bouquet made up from antique roses, marguerite daisies, sweet peas with trailing ivy, symbolising; gracefulness, loyalty, lasting pleasure, friendship, and an unbreakable and everlasting love. My pictures of inspiration are below:

Would love to see your bouquets, have fun deciding!

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The most gorgeous collection of shoes

I hate wedding shoes.

It seems to me that shoes which people would never normally dream of wearing suddenly become acceptable on your wedding day. A search for wedding shoes brings up a whole range of hideous pointy toed  kitten heels that I can’t imagine to flatter anyone’s ankles. Needless to say, my search for wedding shoes has thus been fruitless.

Until…I stumbled upon a collection of shoes by Rachel Simpson (and later found out that she is a MASSIVE name in the wedding industry!) and fell in love with pretty much all of them. Shoes that are elegant, flattering, but still have so much exquisite detail on them. I haven’t bought my pair yet, but these are some ones which make my shortlist:

Imogen

 

Katie

 

Mimi

 

However, never one to miss an opportunity to pounce upon a bargain, I discovered the Rachel Simpson outlet store, where you can buy discontinued shoes and factory seconds at massively reduced prices. Obviously a favourited page for me, visit this link to find a pair for yourself!

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Cake.

If there is one thing that I am passionate about, its food. I was inspired to write this post after catching up on my weekly fix of the Great British Bake Off, as it got me thinking about wedding cakes, and in particular, baking your own wedding cake.

I wanted to make my own wedding cake, but I was told by my husband to be that NO bride should ever make her own cake (it also would have been a logistical nightmare considering I live in a different part of the country to where I will be getting married), so instead my beloved Nan will be making my cake, which really does mean a lot to me. I think there is something really special about a friend or family member making the cake; its a way of incorporating people into your day, taking some of the pressure off yourself, and also saves money in the budget if you count the cake as a present.

I will be going for a small 2 tier cake, simple and elegant, decorated with fresh antique dusty-pink roses to match my bouquet

So I thought I would provide some hints if you are thinking of making your own lovely cake:

  • Think about the size cake you will need, you can get online calculators to work out how much cake you will need for your number of guests. Try http://www.cakesbyracheledwards.com/portion-guide.php
  • You catch match your cake to your theme in more ways than one. Think about the flavours as well as the decoration, for example if you are having a rustic outdoor wedding, a carrot cake would suit perfectly
  • Fresh flowers are a simple and fuss-free way to decorate a plain iced cake elegantly
  • Don’t forget dowling rods to ensure structure and stability when assembling the tiers of the cake
  • If you are making a traditional fruit cake, it can be made quite far in advance ahead of time and ‘fed’ to keep it lovely and moist.
  • Finally…use well known cake designers for inspiration in making your own cake, you can get some great ideas for flavours and methods of decoration.

Happy Baking!!

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