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Blooming Marvelous Bouquets!

Finally some SUNSHINE in Manchester, which is making us think of summer weddings and gorgeous summer bouquets.

Whether it is delicate pastels, vivid brights or an alternative style, here are some of our favourite images to inspire you today. (A personal favourite being the Chanel inspired black and white bouquet, tres chic indeed!)

But how on earth does one decide?!

To help out we have researched a few meanings of flowers and which flower relates to your birth, (see below images) but honestly, we think that sentiment and personal meaning is the most important of all. Like the way we as individuals respond to colour, we have our reasons for loving the colour purple or disliking green, for example, the same goes with flowers. It might be a flower that he bought for you on a date, or how the sweet smell of roses takes you back to playing badminton in your grandma’s garden, the scent is just as evocative as the look at the colour.

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In Victorian times, certain flowers had specific meanings, probably because flower selection was more limited than today, so they were chosen more as a symbol to communicate a meaning. However today we have such a vast selection of gorgeous blooms, not just from the UK but all around the world, so we can afford to mix and match and choose something slightly more exotic creating an eclectic and unique bouquet for the big day.

The Duchess of Cambridge chose Sweet Williams amongst her bouquet, along with Lily-of the-valley, (meaning a return to happiness) hyacinths (meaning constancy of love) and ivy (meaning fidelity, marriage and friendship.)

Florists will guide you and introduce you to new ideas and styles, but trusting in your own intuition and ideas can create equally amazing results.

Birth Month Flowers:

January – Carnation

February – Iris, Violet

March – Daffodil

April – Daisy, Peonies

May – Lily, Lily of the Valley

June – Rose

July – Delphinium

August – Dahlia, Gladiolus

September – Aster, Forget-me-not

October – Calendula

November – Chrysanthemum

December – Poinsettia, Holly, Narcissus, Paperwhite

Meanings for some of our favourite flowers

Daisy – Innocence

Daffodil – Chivalry

Geranium – Comfort

Gardenia – Joy

Hydrangea – Perseverance

Iris – Inspiration

Ivy – Fidelity

Jasmine – Grace & Elegance

Orchid – Delicate Beauty

Sweetpea – Shyness

Peony – Healing

Pastel Perfection

I remember the first time the pastel craze hit, walking into topshop and looking around, thinking finally the fashion gods have gone too far and no one is ever going to wear this crap. Maybe the high street will go bust and I’ll have to make my own clothes….Then a few months later I looked down at what I was wearing; the pastel bomb had hit. Now I have accepted my love, and with very good reason. Spring like, cool, easy to match and so refreshing in the spring time. Pastels rock, and can provide an inspired theme for your wedding, here’s a few ideas to get you started.

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Talking Centrepieces

Centrepieces are a minefield. They can make or break your theme and are pretty much going to be the focus of all the small talk that happens pre-wedding meal. However they also have to be not too over the top; no one likes their food to be overshadowed by a meadow or full on art display. It’s a hard thing to master. Advice would be to keep it simple, think about your theme, what colours you should use and how they will look in your actual venue. Also no matter how good that DIY tutorial looks; remember that in the run up to the big day you’re going to have a million things to worry about; is an extensive centrepiece making project really what you want to be doing hours before the guests arrive? Here’s a few pretty ones to inspire!

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What do you think? Anyone got some great table plan ideas? Please share in the comments below!