Flowers play a hugely important part in the wedding industry. So here at Rockbeare Manor, as one of Devon’s newest, exclusive hire wedding venues, it was our pleasure to host a Floristry Masterclass for people who have an interest in the industry, and also for engaged couples to get inspiration for their own wedding flowers. Recently we welcomed 15 visitors to Rockbeare Manor, to take part in a Floristry Masterclass with Floral Designer, Sabine Darrall.
Over the course of two days, attendees had the opportunity to create some stunning floral arrangements, on mantelpieces and on the beautiful banister going up our main spiral staircase at Rockbeare.
This got us thinking about flowers, and some of the arrangements we’ve seen here at Rockbeare and we’d like to share some of our wedding and event floristry tips with you:
1. Ask your florist for advice:
The chances are that your florist may have styled weddings in your venue before, but even if not, they will have a wealth of experience that you can draw upon from other wedding venues that they have worked in. Ask them for advice about what’s worked and what hasn’t. They’ll no doubt come up with lots of ideas as to where flowers will have maximum impact and look the most striking. At Rockbeare Manor we’ve chosen a neutral, warm and contemporary colour palette that will work with any colour scheme or floral style that you wish to have. We can also put you in touch with a number of local florists that we’ve worked with in the past.
2. Plan how to get the most use from your arrangements on the wedding day:
Your florist will also be able to help make suggestions as to how you can get the most use out of your arrangements. For instance, are you going to be using the ceremony room again later in the day? If not, why not move those flowers to your top table so that they can be enjoyed by you and your guests all day long.
3. Think about the flowers that are in season before making your final decision:
Choosing flowers that are in season should mean that they’ll be easy to get hold of at the time of your wedding, as well as reducing the impact that importing flowers from overseas would have on the planet. Choosing a flower combination that is easily available should also reduce the overall cost, as can buying locally grown flowers. Here in Devon, we’re very lucky to have some very talented local growers (for instance, Bespoke Confetti, The Flower Field and Flowers From The Farm.
If you are unsure of where to start, we’ve listed some examples of seasonal flowers that are usually easy to source in Devon:
Winter / early spring –Ranunculus, Tulips, Snowdrops, Anemone, Daffodils, Crocuses
Late spring / early summer – Lily of the Valley, Rose, Peony, Carnation
Late summer / early autumn – Sunflowers, Dahlia, Hydrangea, Sweet Pea, Sweet William
Autumn / winter – Hypericum, Holly, Lilac, Muscari, Winter Jasmine, Heathers
4. Use Pinterest – but be prepared to be flexible:
We’ve found that many of the couples getting married at Rockbeare Manor use Pinterest for inspiration when planning their wedding and we would agree that it’s a helpful tool. You can really get a sense of the style and colours that you are drawn to and how they may fit in with the overall look of your wedding. Our advice would be to be use it for ideas, but still try to be flexible if needed. To avoid disappointment, try not to set your heart on anything before talking through the practicalities of it, in terms of logistics, budget and season with your florist.