In a new feature we get expert advice from the people that know the industry. In our first of the series we chat to Hannah Fleming of Vintage Gathering Wedding Flowers. Yep, you guessed it, we find out about all things flowers and what you need to know when it comes to arranging flowers for your big day.
Tell us about yourself and your company?
Hello, my name is Hannah and I own Vintage Gathering Wedding Flowers. Being able to work with flowers, make people happy and be involved in weddings is such wonderful way to make a living and I truly love every minute of it! I specialise in making bespoke arrangements for brides who want something a little less structured than the traditional wedding bouquet. I often used locally sourced flowers and foliage and work closely with each of my brides to give them exactly what they want. Vintage Gathering is based in Edinburgh but I travel far and wide in Scotland!
What advice would you give couples when it comes to planning their flowers?
I would say that it’s never too early to start thinking about your wedding flowers, I’ve recently had bookings for 2017! I think even if you don’t quite know what you want yet, start having a chat with your chosen florist and explain your likes and dislikes. When you’ve found your venue then this is the time that you can really start planning. Your florist should be able to suggest what will work best with your space, colours and theme. However, remember that it’s your decision and ultimately the final choice always lies with you. If you can have an idea of colours, what you need i.e. bouquets, buttonholes, centrepieces, flowers for the church or ceremony, venue decoration etc and always have a max budget in mind, then your florist will be well equipped to start working on your perfect flowers.
What things should couples consider when choosing flowers?
There are a few things to consider when choosing your flowers. 1. Seasonal availability; there are few flowers these days that you won’t be able to get your hands on all year around, but there will be some. Be prepared to accept alternatives if your chosen flowers aren’t in season. 2. Try and have an idea of your budget; a good florist will always try and suggest options that fit with your budget- mostly anything is possible, but sometimes things may need to be scaled down or different flowers used. 3. Your wedding flowers should silently enhance the rest of your wedding; listen to your florist and make sure that you ask lots of questions about what will suit the venue, your dress and bridesmaid dresses and the season, don’t be shy!
What are popular choices?
Flower styles that are really popular at the moment are “wild-looking” flowers and the unstructured look. I think brides are going for this style as it’s a lot easier to personalise and make unique for each wedding rather than their flowers looking similar to others out there. The lovely thing with this style of bouquet and arrangements can really represent people’s individual styles, likes and personalities. Popular flower choices at the moment and some that have made a resurgence are Baby’s breath (Gypsophila), Roses (which are always popular), herbs like Rosemary, Mint and Sage, Hydrangea and greenery such as Thlaspi, Eucalyptus and Senecio.
How much should be budgeted?
This is a tricky question and one that I am always asked by brides making initial enquiries. My advice to brides is that your wedding flower budget can be as little or large as you want it to be. However there are some rough ideas that I can give for planning (this is always dependant on flower choice, time of year and size of arrangements).
- Bridal bouquets from £50 for something very simple to £100 for a larger bouquet with lots of varieties of flowers.
- Bridesmaid Bouquets from £35 for 1 type of flower like Gypsophila up to £70 for a variety of flowers.
- Buttonholes from £5 for a single flower and greenery up to £10 for a few different types of flowers or a more intricate design
- Centrepieces and Church/ceremony arrangements from £30 upwards to £200 completely dependant on the style, flower type and whether different vases etc are to be hired.
There are also lots of other extras that brides ask for like flower wreaths, cake flowers, garlands, petal aisles, pew ends, floral crowns which all are dependant on individual style etc.
I would say there are 3 main price brackets that I tend to work with (again roughly speaking!)
- Budget: £200-500
- Mid range: £500-1000
- Upper range: £1000+
Are there ways they can save money?
Yes there are always ways to save money, the main areas are to choose less expensive flowers or choose less varieties which can sometimes mean your florist can split flower bundles between different arrangements. Also using more greenery in arrangements can bring down the cost. A lot of people use the same flowers from the ceremony and put them in the reception so you’re not having to pay for more than you need. My motto is “Anything is possible” so just ask!
Many thanks to Hannah for chatting with us and sharing her advice, if you would like to find out more and want to get in touch then you can do so via her site at www.vintage-gathering.co.uk.