Expert advice about flowers & bouquets

Here is a selection of Q&As from Your Bristol and Somerset 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


A touch of class

A touch of class

Q. We're having a glamorous black tie wedding. What flowers and styles would work?

A. Lisa Elliott says: White calla lilies are one of the most beautiful flowers with a unique form. They just ooze glamour and 1920s style, so they're perfect for your sophisticated wedding.

For your bouquet, they work perfectly as a simple round posy. You could also consider a stylish over-the-arm design or a full-on trailing shower bouquet with plenty of foliage and grasses – this look is very much on trend. Don't forget wrist corsages for the bridesmaids, buttonholes for the gents and corsages for the ladies.

Your reception can also be adorned with these stunning blooms. Tall vases filled with calla lilies would be breathtaking, as would a simple design nestled inside vases. Finish the look off with mirrored plates, trailing strings of pearls, crystals beads and even feathers to evoke your theme.

Lisa Elliott,Lisa Elliott Floral Design


Bohemian dream

Bohemian dream

Q. We're going for a relaxed bohemian theme for our wedding but we don't know where to start with our flowers – what do you suggest?

A. Jennifer Maynard says: We always emphasise the importance of making your day exactly what you dreamed of. Start off by creating an inspiration moodboard to home in on your colour palette and help you pull together all the boho styling and floral designs that catch your eye; this could be on Pinterest or a physical moodboard. Things to look out for would be table décor and entrance arrangements as well as bar and seating area props. You may want to consider suspended florals; these will create real wow factor when your guests first enter. Everything you choose should be influenced by your venue and the look you aspire to achieve.

Your moodboard should also contain varieties of flowers you love and what kind of bouquet you'd like. For example, what shape or size and what the greenery-to-floral ratio will be like. Taking into account your theme, I'd recommend our full foliage crowns for your bride tribe for a pinch of understated boho charm – they look incredible in photos!

Finally, think about a budget for your florals by clarifying what's important to you and your partner. This will help your florist to plan and give you the best outcome on your special day.

Jennifer Maynard


Spring into action

Spring into action

Q. We want a pretty springtime feel to our wedding. What flowers and styles would you suggest?

A. Anya Hutchinson says: This season evokes pastel colour designs in a traditional style alongside soft linens, pinks, peaches and whites. Consider a beautiful hand-tied bouquet with white avalanche roses, cream and pink lisianthus and baby blue eucalyptus to finish.

For your centrepieces, I'd suggest tall, flowing arrangements with calla lily brasilia, eucalyptus cinerea, alstroemeria gigi cream and pistache foliage alongside cream amaranthus and David Austin Keira roses. Team this with long or short stem vases filled with pink peonies and white avalanche roses in the middle of the tables, which allows guests to chat and interact over dinner while admiring your gorgeous florals.

Anya Hutchinson


Bloomin' marvellous

Bloomin' marvellous

Q. We're getting married in October. What flowers are available at that time of year to give a lovely autumnal feel?

A. Megan Troughton says: Autumn is such a beautiful time. For me, this season is all about colour. Alongside fiery oranges and deep reds, I'd urge you to consider mixing in delicate faded tones of lavender and brown to give a richer palette and a more elegant feel to your designs.

There are so many cut flowers to choose from at this time. Dahlias are a wonderful choice, especially varieties in dark burgundy hues such as Chocolate Karma. I always make use of the glorious seasonal foliage that's available in this season to add beautiful browns and reds to arrangements – cotinus and oak are perfect choices.

Another tip to really take advantage of what the season has to offer is to add seedheads and berries to your flowers. I love including scabious and nigella seedheads, along with rosehips, to add delicate extra details and an autumnal vibe.

Megan Troughton