Flowers set the scene for your wedding day, from a contemporary, monochrome look to a soft, pastel, country-garden theme.
Go through magazines and cut out pictures of bouquets and centrepieces that appeal to you and suit the overall look you want to achieve for your wedding.
To keep costs down, speak to your florist about using flowers that are in season and what foliage would complement your choice.
If there is a particular flower in season in your garden that is special to you, ask your florist to include it in your bouquet.
| ||Daffodil — Available in small or large blooms, from white to bright yellow. Great for creating informal, inexpensive centrepieces. || ||Tulip — Available in a variety of colours. They create a simple, classic-looking bouquet. |
| ||Lily of the valley — Tiny, fragrant bell-shaped flowers, perfect for small bouquets as they are very expensive. (late spring) || ||Anemone — Delicate flower with fern-like foliage, available in a range of colours. |
| ||Freesia — Highly scented, delicate flower available in various colours. || ||Ranunculus — Delicate, romantic, papery flowers. Perfect for a country-garden theme. |
| ||Muscari (grape hyacinth) — Small bell shaped flowers clustered on a stem. Most commonly blue. || ||Amaryllis — Dramatic, trumpet-shape flowers available in pale and bright colours. Ideal for a dramatic centrepiece. |
| ||Agapanthus (African lily) - Dozens of funnel-shaped flowers coming off one stem. Long-lasting flowers .* || ||Nigella (Love in a mist) - Delicate, papery blooms, most commonly in blue. |
| ||Sweet pea — Delicate flower with a strong scent, best in a bouquet or posy. || ||Chrysanthemum — A range of varieties from multi-petal heads to simpler daisy-like heads. Can create dramatic centrepieces. |
| ||Freesia — Highly scented, delicate flowers available in various colours. || ||Sunflower — Very large flower with yellow petals and dark brown centres. Ideal for dramatic centrepieces. |
| ||Peony — Large, fragant flower in delicate pastels, perfect for a simple bouquet or centrepiece. || ||Lavender — Highly scented, small purple flowers on silvery-green stems. Perfect for a country garden theme. |
| ||Hydrangea — Compact flowers in a naturally rounded cluster, in a variety of soft colours. Ideal for centre-pieces and bouquets, an inexpensive option, but not long lasting. || ||Nigella (Love in a mist) — Delicate, papery blooms, most commonly in blue |
| ||Delphinium — Striking flower spikes, most commonly seen in blue. Ideal for creating drama and height in centrepieces.* || || |
| ||Gladiolus — Trumpet shaped flowers on long stems. Perfect for dramatic centrepieces or pedestals. (Early autumn). || ||Dahlia — Multi-petal, dramatic blooms available in a range of colours. (Early autumn). |
| ||Chrysanthemum — A range of varieties from multi-petal heads to simpler daisy-like heads. Can create dramatic centrepieces. || ||Nerine — Exotic looking flower with slender petals, in shades of pink. |
| ||Hydrangea — Compact flowers in a naturally rounded cluster, in a variety of soft colours. Ideal for centre-pieces and bouquets, an inexpensive option, but not long lasting. || || |
| ||Camellia — Large, open bloom with dark foliage, perfect for centrepieces or buttonholes. (Late winter). || ||Lilac — Delicate, star-shaped flowers with a strong scent. Ideal for informal centrepieces. |
| ||Euphorbia — Curved stems with small yellow-green flowers, ideal for a contemporary look. || ||Snow drop — Delicate, white, bell-shaped flowers. Best used in small bouquets or centrepieces. (Late winter). |
| ||Amaryllis — Large, trumpet-shaped flower, available in pale and bright colours. Ideal for a dramatic centrepiece. || ||Anemone — Delicate flower with fern-like foliage, available in a range of colours. |
| ||Rose — Available all year in a huge variety of colours. The classic bridal flower makes wonderful bouquets, buttonholes and centrepieces. || ||Phalaenopsis orchid — Large, striking orchid, often used in trailing bouquets. A more expensive option. |
| ||Lisianthus — Single and double-petal varieties available, most commonly in purples, blues and whites. Perfect for bouquets, buttonholes and centrepieces.* || ||Gerbera — Daisy-like flower in a wide range of colours. Ideal for comteporary bouquets and centrepieces. |
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Arum lily (Calla lily) — Dramatic, trumpet-shaped flowers. Perfect for simple over-the arm bouquets and buttonholes.
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Carnation — Inexpensive, long-lasting flower, available in a variety of colours. Look best grouped together.
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Gypsophila — Small flowers often used as fillers. Can also be grouped together to create a bouquet.
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Lily — Dramatic flower with clean lines, ideal for contemporary bouquets and centrepieces.
| ||Iris — Dramatic large-petal bloom in a rainbow of colours. Ideal for tall centrepieces. || || |
* Agapanthus image by Matthew Field www.photography.mattfield.com under cc sa 3.0
Delphinium image by Delphine Ménard under cc sa 2.0
Lisianthus image by Andrew Dunn www.andrewdunnphoto.com under cc sa 2.0