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


Pick of the bunch

Pick of the bunch

Q. I'm planning to tie the knot next September and want flowers that will wow our guests. Do you have any ideas?

A. Emma Currie says: This depends on your colour scheme, but I find classic whites and greens create a strong impression. Flowers that work particularly well in floral arches are roses. Look for the traditional ivory option or versions like Rosalind, secret garden or David Austin roses. These paired with hydrangeas, astilbes, Jasmine and clematis will look stunning.

Frothy white foliage, moss and verdant greenery make luscious wedding arches. An arch works best at large scale venues but could overpower a more modest church.

It's much more impactful to create an oversized design rather than a delicate centrepiece. This will create an immediate wow factor as you walk in for the wedding breakfast.

Emma Currie,Efflorescence


Crown of glory

Crown of glory

Q. I'm getting married next spring and would love to incorporate some of the season's best flowers into my hair. Do you have any ideas of how I can do this?

A. Julie Berry says: There's an abundance of beautiful blooms available during spring that would be perfect for your wedding.
- For a classic look, a single statement bloom could be pinned into a chignon or bun. This style also works well with a floral comb.
- A loosely braided style can be enhanced by the addition of floral pins or vines. Dried options and gypsophila would work perfectly.
- If you're having a bohemian-themed wedding, then a flower crown is a must-have accessory! These can be made with virtually any type of flower, from large statement pieces such as peonies and roses to more delicate options like daisies, wax flowers and forget-me-nots. To ensure your crown will last throughout the day without wilting, opt for artificial blooms. With a vast array of faux flowers available, it's often hard to tell the difference. These can even be matched to your bouquet.

Julie Berry


Love is in the air

Love is in the air

Q. We're having a pink colour scheme, but we're not sure how to incorporate it into our flowers. Do you have any suggestions?

A. Hamish Powell says: - Pink is a transition shade that pairs well with almost every colour. There are plenty of blooms available in this hue regardless of the season.

- If you're going for a classical theme, combine pastels with a selection of greys, whites and greens.

- Alternatively, bright versions look modern and will make your décor pop.

- Look for gerberas, roses, brassica and ammi majus.

Hamish Powell