GUEST BLOG: Local florist, Yoko, from Wabana Flowers provides some hints and tips on wedding flowers for your little flower girls / pageboys…
Where do you get your flowers from?
Mostly from New Covent Garden Flower Market but sometimes I get flowers from a flower farm in Surrey. I also grow some in my garden and in summer months I use some of them here and there!
How do you come up with new designs?
I get inspired by countryside walks and by my garden, or at the flower market. Lots of people get inspiration from Pinterest and Instagram, which is in a way easier for me to find out what they want. When I get pictures or a moodboard sent to me, I always try and encourage couples to add their personal touches into the designs rather than copying someone else's wedding flowers.
What designs work well in flower girls' hair? E.G. crowns headbands etc
Flower crowns have been very popular for the last five years or so, but if they are having their hair done up, individually wired flower heads placed into their hair would also look very pretty. Generally, smaller flowers work better. For example, spray roses rather than normal sized roses. You don't want your little guests to have very heavy headdresses!
What's trending at the moment for flower girls and pageboys?
Flower crowns for girls are still very popular. I haven't done anything apart from buttonholes for pageboys. In the past I have also made flower wands and pomanders.
Any colours or flowers that are out this season?
I don't think there are any "out" colours or flowers, but more and more couples choose natural and unstructured styles rather than tight "dome" shape design. Also foliage-only weddings are very popular.
What do you recommend to secure page boys buttonholes?
I would say safety pins or magnets are the best, as pins can be dangerous for little ones.
Basket with petals? Your thoughts?
Children always love that. I sometimes get requests for these, although more people choose to have dried petals in paper cones for everyone to throw.
Have you got any tips on keeping the beautiful flowers alive for longer?
Keep the bouquets in water for as long as you can. I normally suggest taking the flowers out about 30 minutes before the ceremony. Dry the stem end with a cloth and keep in a cool place with no direct sunlight. After your wedding, you can re-cut the stems and put them in water so they can drink again! If you have kept any flowers that were in an oasis, keep pouring in fresh water(but not too much) every day to keep the oasis moist.
About Wabana Flowers; Yoko is a freelance florist and runs a small flower business from home. This includes; wedding flowers, funeral flowers, running workshops near Christmas and also doing children's birthday parties. Yoko says;
I love the variety of work I get to do each day. When it comes to wedding flowers for children, I would say keep them simple. Most likely, half way through the wedding they wouldn't want to hold their little posies any more. Or they ruin their little buttonholes. A top tip is to take their pictures nice and early!’