How to Choose the Right Floral Decorations for Your Big Day
We asked three artisanal florists to tell us more about the trends, tricks and tips for picking the right blooms for your bouquet and dressing up your wedding venue.
Flowers are an essential part of the wedding décor, whether it’s for simple table enhancements or full-on flower photo walls. These artisanal florists tell us what works for the modern bride’s dream wedding.
Josephine Lau, Floral Magic
“Peonies, David Austin Roses are very popular for a full and fluffy look.”
Wedding bouquets are getting larger. We used to have brides who caution us about the size because they don’t want it to overshadow the dress. Now, we have more requests for bigger bouquets — either wide and sprawling, or long and cascading.
A flower wall makes guests want to take more photos; you don’t even need a photo booth setup to lure them in. All their pictures will look great because the background is amazing. We prepared a flower wall at my wedding and after lunch, our guests had a good time picking flowers off the wall to bring home too.
When decorating your wedding space with flowers, think about: The interiors of the venue, where do you want guests’ eyes to be drawn to, as well as the main focus area for the photographer. This will help you decide on the flower placement.
For a show-stopping bouquet, go for large blooms. Peonies, David Austin Roses are very popular for a full and fluffy look. If you prefer something sleek, cymbidium orchids or calla lilies are good options.
Chew Lelian, The Floral Atelier
“Take the decoration up a notch by dressing the chandeliers”
The loose and organic look has been gaining popularity over the years, because they resemble a bouquet that’s been freshly picked from the garden. Arching branches, cascading vines and irregular stems also add an effortless appeal.
Brides are becoming more knowledgeable about foliage varieties. Besides picking the exotic ones, they also want specific premium foliage to add texture and bulk to their bouquets.
Pay special attention to the ceiling of the wedding venue. It’s common to see flowers on the stage and tables, but you can take the decoration up a notch by dressing the chandeliers. You can also create cascading floral canopies by embedding them with the lighting for a grand look.
Make your bouquet even more exquisite by adding a family heirloom. Pins and cufflinks are examples of small accessories that you can easily pin onto your bouquet for the “something old” touch.
Ng Yilian, Yi Lian Ng Floral Atelier
“Bear in mind the durability of the flowers, as well as the environment”
More brides are requesting for bouquets with contrasting colours. That’s because they’re attracted to the juxtaposition of bold colours and white gowns. Also, instead of the usual round bouquets, they want a wilder type of arrangement where the bouquet looks more randomly put together.
When decorating your wedding space with flowers, bear in mind the durability of the flowers, as well as the environment. Ask yourself: Is the venue air-conditioned? Is there sunlight? These will affect how the flowers look at your venue.
Diamonds aren’t your only friend when you want to achieve an extravagant bouquet. There are many types of premium flowers that look good too. Some examples are calla lilies, hydrangeas, peonies and David Austin roses — they look amazing even though they can be expensive to import and they do not last very long as they’re bred in colder climates.
For more inspiration, click through the gallery below.