Most brides carry a bouquet, but a tasteful, floral theme is a classic way of adding elegance and beauty - not to mention va va voom - to your wedding. Here's how to flower-up your wedding in style.
Flowers brighten-up everyone's day, and when your wedding invitations arrive decorated with a beautiful floral motif, it tells your guests that a joyous, wonderful day is on the horizon. The Pretty Florals range of invitations by Ditsy Chic work wonderfully if you're planning a vintage-style wedding, and the large, rose blooms can be personalised to suit your colour scheme.
Many bridal shoes feature flowers, and they add a subtle floral statement if you don't want a flowery dress. You can either opt for an all-over floral print, like these affordable floral heels by Linzi, choose a shoe with a floral embellishment, like the Flower Power peep-toe by Hassall at Rainbow Club, or for a clever way to customize and flower-up any bridal shoe, add Rachel Simpson's clever lace and organza flower clips
A floral twist on a bridesmaid's dress looks gorgeous - and a statement design will really make your flower girl feel like a fashion conscious princess. The breathtaking cocktail-length Lela Rose design by Dessy features a hand-worked flower pin on the bodice. The dress itself is available in 11 shades and you can then choose from 18 different colours for the flower faille petal, crinkle chiffon center, beading and thread trim, to either match or contrast with the dress.
Floral head dresses and hair bands are totally on-trend for brides and fashionistas alike - Kate Moss' bridesmaids all had floral garlands on their heads. For the bride, this stunning poppy headpiece in ivory by Matthew Williamson features three dimensional flowers made from pearlescent sequins and Japanese pearls, with real Swarovski crystals for added sparkle. And if you've splashed out on your own headdress, you can pick up affordable hair accessories for the flower girls at Accessorize.
Whether you're having a floral theme, or just want a focal point that looks pretty, feminine and delicious, a wedding cake decorated with flowers - real or edible - makes a beautiful addition to your wedding. Rosalind Miller's irresistible wedding cakes and cupcakes look too good to eat when they are decorated with delicate floral designs or, if you want the celeb-factor, try Genuine Cakes, designers of Cheryl Cole's birthday cake.
To take the floral theme even further for your confection, you could display your wedding cupcakes - or serve high tea - from a floral cake stand. This is particularly authentic if you're having a vintage theme. Rather than investing in expensive antiques, you can hire a range of vintage floral crockery, including floral cake stands, from My Pretty Tea Party.
It's a traditional centre piece, but many contemporary touches can be added to a floral table decoration. A goldfish-style bowl filled with white roses, seen here by The Flower Mill, is timeless and elegant - or you can add a vintage twist by placing seasonal blooms, such as daffodils at a spring wedding, in old milk jugs. You could also consider displaying your flowers in a birdcage, or even decorating each place setting individually, with a single rose in a vintage tea cup. For an even more unusual (and yummy) centre piece, Coco Blooms make stunning chocolate bouquets.
Floral favours are a super-sweet choice for your guests, particularly at a spring or summer wedding. You could decorate your favour bags with little fabric flowers, or Millie and Me make favour boxes decorated with paper flowers that sit on wire, so you can bend them around. Try filling the boxes with floral treats such as made-to-order artisan chocolates with floral motifs by Suki and Me.
If you like the idea of using candles to illuminate and add atmosphere to your evening reception, consider floral-scented candles to stimulate your guests' senses. You could use scented tea lights to decorate the tables (venue permitting) and if you're having a garden party, or have access to a patio throughout the evening, these fresh rose-scented candles in a pot by Victoria Jill look and smell fantastic.
A versatile wedding accessory always makes a perfect addition to your day and these satin ribbon roses in lilac can be used throughout your wedding plans, from decorating your invitations and place cards, to giving your favour bags/boxes a floral twist. Best of all, they are a bargain!