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


Perfect palette picks

Perfect palette picks

Q. What flowers would be suitable for our summer wedding?

A. Jemma Khan says: Summer is a perfect time to get married, as the flowers are in abundance and there is plenty of choice. Embrace the season; roses are at their best as are British wildflowers, which are a great way to soften and add lovely texture to your florals.

Look for blooms such as sweet peas, delphinium, stocks, cosmos and nigella, to name a few. They come in a variety of intoxicating colours and scents.

If you like pinks, think about adding hints of light blue, as it will bring a magical touch to your colour palette.

The choices are endless, but try and utilise the best of British blooms during this time, as nothing quite beats the look that they give.

Jemma Khan, Forage Floristry


Sayit with flowers

Sayit with flowers

Q. We're having a relaxed wedding; how can we reflect this in our flowers?

A. Abbey James says: Flowers are a great way to reflect how you want your wedding day to feel. If you want a relaxed and natural day, you can do this by using seasonal and wild flowers in simple, organic arrangements for a more free-flowing and natural appearance rather than the traditional structured look.

Use the venue's features to create a natural flow with the flowers. For example, if you're having a barn wedding, a milk churn filled with wild flowers wouldn't look out of place. Likewise if your venue is a country house, placing flowers on the fireplace will give a I've always been here look.

If you're feeling overwhelmed by your flowers, speak to your florist. They have lots of experience and will be able to make suggestions and help with decisions.

Abbey James, Fleurs&Ink


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