FAQs and expert advice about flowers & bouquets

Here is a selection of Q&As from Your North West Wedding magazine whether it be about flowers, hair and makeup, fashion, wedding themes, health & beauty, cakes, stationery, legal advice. If you would like your question answered by our experts, please email it to editor@yournorthwest.wedding


Pick of the bunch

Pick of the bunch

Q. I want something a bit different for my wedding flowers. Do you have any suggestions?

A. Jo Walls says: Have you thought of felt? Felt floral wedding bouquets are a brilliant alternative to traditional fresh flowers, and in many circumstances, people wouldn't know they weren't real until they took a closer look!

For those who are more eco-conscious and are trying to have a sustainable wedding, felt bouquets are ideal as they won't die, and you wouldn't have to throw them away.

Our bouquets at The Alternative Florist are handmade-to-order using a high-quality wool blend felt, therefore you get to choose the colour scheme, the flowers (as you don't need to follow the seasons), and you get to add your own scent as there won't be any pollen to trigger allergies.

You can be as creative as you want as they would be made bespoke to you and your partner.

Jo Walls, The Alternative Florist


Fall in love

Fall in love

Q. What flowers and colours would you suggest for our autumn-themed wedding?

A. Andrea Hudson Thompson says: Gorgeous deep plums and reds with scented peach roses, such as the bellini rose, in a wild bouquet would look wonderful.

Alternatively, create flower bombs on the tables with burnt oranges and deep green foliage, surrounded by candles and tea lights.

Look at including some dried elements like wheat and berries in deep reds. Sunflowers are also very popular at this time. There are so many options available – the choices are endless!

Andrea Hudson Thompson, Hudson & Thompson


Snow is falling

Snow is falling

Q. How can we incorporate our winter wonderland theme into our wedding flowers?

A. Jemma Khan says: There are lots of ways to incorporate your theme into your wedding flowers. Go for seasonal options and choose blooms and foliage that are in keeping with the time of year.

Opt for a green and white colour palette with a touch of blue. Use twigs like curly willow, pine cones and berries for texture. Eucalyptus is in abundance, so you can use lots of different types along with beautiful anemones, ranunculus and hellebores. Incorporate thistles and viburnum berries to bring through those gorgeous blue tones. I also suggest using velvet for your bridal ribbons as it gives an added element of luxury.

Christmas trees work brilliantly at an entrance and help fill a space.

Thinking about wreaths? Have them hanging from the ceiling and add in candlelight and fairlylights to create a magical setting.

Jemma Khan, Forage Floristry


Flower power

Flower power

Q. There are so many florists out there. How can we choose the perfect supplier for us?

A. Bethany Byrne says: Finding the perfect florist can be as easy as walking into the first shop you see and hitting it off, or it may take a few consultations and appointments to find the right one for you. The first thing you should do is look at their previous work. Is it along the lines of what you're looking for, or could it be tweaked to suit your taste? During your appointment, make sure you let them know your style and inspiration, so they have something to work from. A good florist won't just say yes to everything you ask for but instead will give their opinions and ways in which you can get your desired look within your budget.

If you're struggling to make a decision, ask a few suppliers to send you some images of inspiration and see which comes back the closest to your vision. This should hopefully show you who understands your style and requests.

Bethany Byrne, Flowers by Jemma Holmes