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Picking Your Wedding Flowers

We love flowers because they have the double bonus factor; they’re oh-so-pretty and smell amazing too!

Yet truth be told, the wedding flower selection process can be slightly overwhelming, what with all the exotic names and different seasons. It’s especially tough for those brides venturing away from their flower favourites. Really, it’s enough to make anyone’s head spin.

That’s why we love this easy to understand flower summary. The summary covers popular wedding flowers and will make your life a whole lot easier.


Isn’t this flower summary just wonderful. We discovered some new flower favourites – Chrysanthemum, Astilbe, Sweet pea, and Muscari.

Guest Post: The Florist Insider

Leading Sydney florist, Sally Thompson of Blushing Blooms shares her take on the new and exciting wedding flower trends for 2011.

In welcoming 2011 we also welcome some new and exciting trends in wedding flowers, floral styling and wedding décor.

Bold colours will be huge for 2011 – the days of the shy and retiring bouquet are long departed! Fuchsia, orange and cherry tones contrasted with splashes of lime green and yellow will dominate as brides follow trends emanating from Europe and the US. Over-the-top colours add glamour against dark bridesmaids gowns add oomph to wedding photos. Combined with the ongoing popularity of daring coloured wedding shoes, brides for the new year will embrace colour daringly and celebrate nature’s most vibrant blooms with gusto.


The lust for vintage and rustic-chic will continue beyond 2011.  Fluffy, feminine flowers in muted tones of musky pinks, creams and silvers will also remain popular. Embellishment of bouquets with jewelled brooches, buttons and other quirky relics (be it from Nanna’s drawer, a family heirloom or a thrift shop) will grow with brides seeking to add details and personalisation to their big day.



The more classic vintage look will see bouquets and centerpieces with masses of single species blooms with an emphasis on shading and soft texture – peonies, hydrangea and ranunculus will feature heavily. Rustic-chic inspired brides will request looser and more free flowing designs with an emphasis on organic and unusual details such as twigs, nests, berries and mosses.


As an extension of the ongoing trend of mis-matched bridesmaids dress I believe more progressive brides will seek to have mis-matched flowers – varying bouquets from the same ‘colour story’.


To the brides of 2011 my closing words of wisdom are these; trends are fun to observe and always interesting but choose what you love. As Yves Saint Laurent famously said, ‘Fashion fades but style is eternal’ and this couldn’t be more true. Your day should reflect your personality and be a celebration of you (and your fiancée’s) personal style. Happy planning!

Author Sally Thompson.

{Bouquets 1-3 shown are the original work of Sally Thompson from Blushing Blooms Floral Studio; Images by Cathy Crawley of Beautiful Moments Photography} {Wedding flowers 4 via Martha Stewart Weddings}  {Wedding flowers 5 via Pretty Chicky Wedding Blog;mage by Carl Zoch Photography}

Guest Post: Feathered And Fabulous

Add a touch of whimsy or softness – literally – to your wedding bouquet and wedding flowers with non-traditional materials. Guest blogger, Sally Thompson of Blushing Blooms shows us how…

Unusual details are popular right now and feathers are one of these quirky, fun elements that are being added to wedding bouquets. Feathers add softness, drama, and a touch of vintage.

Feathers can achieve many varying aesthetics depending on their style and use. Don’t be afraid to explore the extraordinary materials that could add that point of difference to your wedding flowers.

Feathers add texture bringing depth to a bouquet and can also be used for a splash of colour. Feather details can be used in bouquets, centerpieces and if being built upon for a wedding day ‘motif’ can also be used in fascinators, boleros, jewellery, embellishment and decor.

If visions of feather-laden Showgirls from Nevada are making you cringe, read on and we dare you not to fall in love with the host of gorgeous feathered images we have to share with you today.

Here’s a round up of some of the best we’ve seen on the web. They’re stylish, showy, fabulous and fun.

This bouquet is from our own studio is bold in contrasting colours but has a whimsical, vintage feel.


{Above: Blushing Blooms – Flowers by Sally Thompson; Image: Beautiful Moments Photography}

This bouquet is soft, chic and romantic. Peaches and cream at its very best.

{Above: The Wedding Window}

With this bouquet, calla Lilies and peacock plumes combine to create a dark and sensuous mood.


{Above: Bliss Tree}

Almost over the top in its detail and size the neutral palate of this bouquet keeps it tasteful albeit quirky. Perfect for the bride making a statement with her wedding flowers.


{Above: Verandah Magazine}

Cream roses never go out of style but this Moulin Rouge style finishing takes the conservative to a more whimsical yet still pretty place.


{Above: The knot}

Pheasant Feathers are a hot trend overseas for fashion, interiors and wedding flowers. This stunning bouquet definietly has the Pheasant Feather wow factor.


{Above: Image via Brocade; Image by Dinofa Photography}

Feathers have been hugely popular overseas late 2010 and I believe we’ll see an increase use of them in Australia this year. And just as we promised, not a hint of Las Vegas in sight.

Author Sally Thompson.

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“I’m Marcela, an Aussie expat living in Hong Kong. This space is where I share my love for weddings and bits and pieces from my family’s life and adventures. I love celebrating weddings, motherhood, family, travel and life’s simple joys.”