Beating the January Blues
Old, new, borrowed, blue
What with the rush of Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day and Easter, we’ve almost forgotten what normality feels like. Suddenly, its May, which can only mean one thing for a florist – wedding season is upon us!
To kick off in style, I asked four Gardenia florists to come up with an idea for a bridal bouquet, using the time-honoured tradition of ‘something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue’ as their inspiration. Here’s what they came up with:
Something old – Lauren Wilson (Wimbledon Village)
“Old-fashioned bridal bouquets are back in a big way. This look revolves around a cascading arrangement that incorporates retro favourites like gypsophila and carnations - think Lady Diana in 1981. They tend to be long and oversized with a wild feel, and can accommodate plenty of extra decoration like ribbons and horseshoes. A great choice against a full skirt or vintage lace.”
Something new – Ellie Neal (Wimbledon Village)
“Modern brides often opt for a simple arrangement of classic flowers, like peonies or roses. Pretty whites and shades of pink are very popular at the moment, with some choosing to add their own unique touch with grey-green succulents or even artichokes! We’re also seeing many couples request a particular ribbon to bind the bridal bouquets and buttonholes – a nice way to link everything together.”
Something borrowed – Serena Browning (Gardenia’s General Manager)
“I love being asked to incorporate something borrowed into a bride’s bouquet. My favourite is a small broach or trinket lent by someone special, which can be pinned to lace binding around the stems. It adds sparkle and sentiment, and might even help to calm those pre-ceremony butterflies!”
Something blue – Charlotte Holmes (Teddington)
“Blue flowers are a little elusive - most shades lean towards lilac or purple - but the best true blues can be found during the summer months. The most striking, such as delphiniums, hydrangea and agapanthus, can be grown in your back garden, whilst delicate cornflowers and nigella grow wild throughout the British countryside. Group your blues together with blush pink shades and some pale greenery for a romantic, vintage feel.”
If you’re planning a big celebration, come and talk through your ideas for flowers with us. From the simplest buttonhole to full-blown reception displays, our creative and talented florists can help make your vision a reality.
Call us on 020 8944 0942, make an appointment online, or pop in to any of our shops.