Wedding Advice – Autumn flowers for your wedding


celosia - Credit: Archant

Autumn weddings are now more and more popular. This is a wonderful time of year to get married with a surprising variety of flowers and foliage available.

The scope for imagination is broad too. Using various foliages such as hypericum berries, craspedia, crocosmia, poppy seed pods and scabiosa seed heads, for example, teamed with textural flowers such as rust coloured celosia, or velvety dahlias in rich plum or red tones, can provide a fabulous floral mix, that is perfect for the new season.

Vintage wedding flowers are still proving to be a popular choice amongst brides, so why not add plum and aubergine tones to the dusky pinks and lilacs that work so well within the vintage palette? To add depth and richness more suited to an autumn wedding, plum flowers like dahlias, calla lilies, dark purple astrantia and blackberries, with pale, dusky pinks, provide a sophisticated vintage look for a wedding day later in the season.

Autumn’s abundant foliage is wonderful for creating wild and loose arrangements in vases for table centres and wedding displays. The red and gold tones of oak leaves, when teamed with the classic green oak can have great impact and along with autumnal berries, leaves and twigs you can create a fantastic, unusual arrangement.

For sophisticated centrepieces, unique quirky, unconventional containers are de rigueur. Step away from classic glass vases. Use instead mismatched antique urns or pots from the flea market....from bronze urns, milk glass bottles, rusty tins, oddly shaped vases can work brilliantly. The eye-caching effect on each table will result from a large cluster combined with different sizes and shapes of container and will also be bang-on trend.

Mix flowers with textural foliage, dusky green leaves and also plants: succulent plants a hugely popular choice. In addition you can think of using a lot of tea lights and different sized church candles in clusters for a cosy atmosphere and a touch of drama.

Use props too for setting the mood of your wedding. For instance for a vintage look: on your table plan table, or cake table : place leather bags planted up with succulent plants and suitcases filled with autumnal leaves......

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David Jayet-Laraffe

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