Wedding Floristry 101

Getting married this year? Here’s all you need to know about putting together the freshest floral arrangements for 2017


Here at one of the finest wedding venues in the Cotswolds, we certainly appreciate the importance of choosing the perfect wedding flowers. In fact, we have our very own florist on hand to help you get your arrangements looking tip top. But how do you choose what actually goes into the bouquets when there are so many beautiful blooms to choose from? Well don’t fret, we’ve got a few handy horticultural hacks to help you on your way to floral perfection…


Forget pastel pinks and sunny yellows; forget frothy sprigs of gypsophila; forget daffodils and tulips. Instead go for a fresh spring green palette. With minimal colour, you can really afford yourself the room to play with texture and height.

Hellebore, ornamental cabbages, apple blossom, camellia, hazel catkins, euphorbia, lily of the valley and peonies all have varied and interesting textures and very neutral green to white colour palettes which will make for a really unusual and striking arrangement. Simply tie off with brown gardener’s string and a brown paper wrap. For standing arrangements; an eclectic selection of jars and jugs will work a treat.


Summer always allows for a little more scope when it comes to floristry, as so many beautiful blooms come to life. To help your arrangements stand out from the usual clusters of brightly coloured blossoms, follow our sage advice…

To give your arrangements a modern edge, focus on shape. Choosing some quite geometric and unusual shapes will help freshen up your flowers no end. So think big spherical alliums in deep blue-violets, big puffball dahlias in white or deep reddish black, little top heavy wisps of white and blue agapanthus, tall cones of acanthus, and even a variety of succulents will all provide eye catching visual interest. When working with unusual shapes such as these, it is important to keep the colour palette pared back. Keep a nice minimalist base of whites, creams and greens and top up with splashes of bluish purples and dark blooms.


Autumn is a season synonymous with rusty oranges and reds; so throw those out of the window! As you’re winding down towards winter, we think this is the perfect time of year to bring some much needed splashes of colour and, to keep things clean and a bit different; this time we are going to focus on foliage.

For the dramatic foliage element of your arrangements go for silvery tones to stay away from that stereotypical ‘dark for autumn’ colour scheme. Go for eucalyptus, silverberry, silver bay hosta, cardoon or similar for the foliage and accent with bundles of bluish purple Michaelmas daisies, verbena, and anemone.

So now that you know how to get your flowers looking pristine, you’ll need the ideal setting. To enquire about all things wedding related at our Cotswolds wedding venue, give our fantastic wedding co-ordinators a call on 01451 820 243.