FAQs and expert advice about flowers & bouquets

Here is a selection of Q&As from Your Hampshire and Dorset 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 editor@yourhampshiredorset.wedding


Flower power

Flower power

Q. I love fresh flowers and I want our whole day to be filled with them! What creative ideas can you suggest for the venue styling?

A. Nicola Waddilove says: Nicola says:

The sky really is the limit when it comes to adorning your wedding with beautiful blooms. Whether you've chosen a very classic venue with a regal feel or a marquee or barn setting, the options are endless.

Freestanding flower arrangements are ideal for a variety of spaces and can be used for the ceremony and then moved to enjoy again at the wedding breakfast and reception. A wonderful way to make the most of your wedding flowers, you can have tall standing pedestals or floral displays in vintage milk churns which not only look beautiful but provide a great talking point for your guests.

When it comes to the styling, think about eye-catching focal areas for your wedding flowers such as fireplaces, staircases and even ceilings for fabulous hanging floral chandeliers to provide the wow factor. Every venue is different, so it's important to go through all the spaces with your wedding florist so they can design a bespoke package for your special day.

Nicola Waddilove, Petals and Posies


Seasonal blooms

Seasonal blooms

Q. We love flowers but have no idea about all the different varieties. What will look great and be in season for our summer wedding?

A. Karen Fisher says: Karen says: There's an amazing array to choose from and one of my go-to summer picks is the delphinium; a wonderful tall flower available in shades of blue, purple, pink and white. One of the few naturally blue flowers, it's perfect for large statement arrangements, great to fill space if your venue has a high ceiling or a large blank backdrop. Extremely versatile, they can be used not only to create contemporary designs, but also a wild country look, mix with whimsical flowers such as nigella, scabiosa and Ammi majus. A true wow-factor bloom, they can be added to hand-tied bouquets to add height and texture and look divine in a shower bouquet. There's also an abundance of colour to celebrate the season, beautiful pink, purple, white and of course yellow. Summer arrangements using all these can be very uplifting, especially if your venue is a little dark or the décor is quite neutral. Your wedding is about you though, so don't feel pressured into using an array of colours if it's just 'not you'. If a timeless classic look is more to your taste then go for white, lime green and a mix of different shades of greenery, or add a hint of colour, like the blue delphinium!

Karen Fisher, The Village Blooms