When our niece, Bethan, said she had a limited budget for her wedding flowers, I assured her she could do her own flowers with a small team and a bit of help. This blog shows how the ideas and skills were developed. Bethan's team would have to learn how to make a hand-tied bouquet because there were eight bridesmaids!
Then the idea we developed for the table centres was to use dark glass (mainly beer bottles and marmite jars) which would be placed on wooden slices. Here is the first mock up (using bread boards to stand in for rustic wooden slices):
Then Bethan, Jill, her mum, and her brother's girlfriend, Maebh, came to a workshop with me. We had a great day and a lot of laughs:
Everyone mastered the skill of hand-tying. Hurrah!:
And the table centres worked well too, especially when they included Bethan's lanterns (she makes these herself):
Then we had to think a bit about the kinds of flowers that would fit with Bethan's colour scheme of white, green and copper. I tried out roses, alstroemeria, gypsophila and chrysanthemums, with plenty of foliage, and also added a bit of contrasting blue (sea holly and lavender). Lovely, and very fitting for a September wedding:
Bethan bought her wedding flowers from the Liverpool flower market and they were driven to the venue the day before the wedding. Then the team got to work. The brilliant thing was lots of other wedding guests, who were at the venue the day before, helped out with the table centres, and with big jugs of sunflowers which were scattered around the venue. Everybody was really pleased to have a hand in the flower preparations. The core team were outstanding in making multiple, beautiful bouquets. Here is Bethan with hers:
And a selection of bridesmaids:
These pictures give a sense of the flowers in the venue:
Finally, here is the entire wedding party - including the men with the buttonholes which the team also made. This shows what a fantastic job everyone did. The flowers looked wonderful and added something truly lovely to a very, very happy day. Congratulations Jon and Bethan!