I don’t know if I’ve said this before (I definitely have), but I’m into weddings that don’t quite fit the mould. Weddings that are beyond the treacherous deep-sea dive of nudes-and-pastel.
Wedding themes are a tricky pot of potatoes to boil. There’s too many options now, especially for anyone remotely scared of choices, possibility and being a living, breathing carbon copy.
2019 is spilling over with Pinterest boards, wedding blogs (whoops), and picks-of-the-week that make choosing the finer details of a day near-impossible.
I’m not going to try and swoop in with a ironclad solution, (oh please, of course I am), but my own wedding theme began with the flowers.
I’ve seen very few weddings in my time that haven’t been dressed head to toe in an array of flowers. They have been used since the dawn of weddings (for the scent, previously - but we in 2019 have deodorant for that). Still, they’re an additive to a wedding that seems unvanquishable.
Side note: please don’t quote me in ten years time if ribbons and woodland sticks are the new bouquet.
I sat down with my friends Soph and Beth at Little Triffids Flowers (they live here) to chat about how to incorporate flowers into a wedding that is less traditional and more your own.
How do you pick a theme that isn't too matchy-matchy?
The key though to not makes things too matchy-matchy is to not just think of two or three colours. Consider all the different shades of your favourite colour and consider contrasting strong shades with soft shades. Also consider the way you are going to use foliage (if at all) and the different shades that will bring - it may be fresh bright green, dark green, sage/blue eucalyptus green or even the earthy beige and browns from dried ingrediants. Basically you want to be sophisticated with your colour palette and trust your florist!
What colours would you suggest for winter and autumn?What is the most reliable flower for colder months?
You can make any colour palette work at any time but we do love deep jewel tones for autumn and winter.
Many flowers are available all year round but of course most are grown in glass houses for this to be possible (there's nothing wrong with this - but we encourage people to use Australian-grown rather than imported flowers). Stock, kale, daffodils and hellebore are true winter blooms and the protea family also start blooming again at this time. Of course, Australia has many climates and if you're after a more tropical feel then that’s possible too (though many look a little odd if your getting married somewhere very cold!)
What flowers would you suggest for an offbeat wedding?
For offbeat vibes choose your florist wisely!!!! Don't go with the cheapest quote, go with the florist whose style you love the most. Any flower can be made to look quirky or original - I always say there's no bad flowers - it’s all about how you use them. A good florist knows what they've been asked to make a million times already and they will be following the trailblazers or even dreaming up trailblazing offbeat schemes themselves - just waiting for the couple to trust them with their vision!
How do you pair flowers with a dress that isn’t white?
Pairing flowers with a non-white dress is completely fine - I would just recommend that as well as having lots of pictures of the dress, you either show them your gown in person or have a fabric swatch for them to keep - so they can get the colours perfect.
So? How did I do? Is your wedding sorted yet? (Don’t tell me, I want to be surprised).
You can find the Little Triffids girls and their drop-dead flower farm here, and you can find the pictured dress here. If you want neither of these things, you can also try clicking here. OR, to be totally unexpected, you could put your electronic device down and get outside for five.