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Lily of the Valley wedding flowers: tips and advice

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

Lily of the Valley is a popular choice for spring wedding flowers and was made even more so following Kate Middleton’s choice of it for her bridal bouquet when she married Prince William on 29 April 2011. Its dainty, white, bell-shaped flowers and gorgeous scent, combined with its symbolic meanings (the return of happiness, purity of heart and sweetness) make it a sought after flower for spring bridal bouquets, but this, plus its short season, mean it is categorised as a ‘luxury bridal flower’, so it carries a premium price tag too.

London bridal florist Todich Floral Design gets lots of brides enquiring about full Lily of the Valley wedding bouquets, particularly following Will and Kate’s wedding a couple of years ago. But they are often shocked by the bridal flowers prices, which can easily run up to £300 for a full bouquet, or even higher when it’s out of season. Often, due to its small, fragile flowers, stems also need wiring, which is time-consuming and costly work, and sometimes it’s only available to buy in small quantities, which can make it hard for florists to guarantee.

So what can you do if you have your heart set on Lily of the Valley for your spring wedding flower bouquets? Here at wedding florist Todich Floral Design we have the following tips:

  • Unless you’re prepared to pay upwards of £150 for your bridal and bridesmaids bouquets, consider bringing other spring wedding flowers in season in to the mix to pad out designs.
  • If it’s out of season or budget is a concern, look at similar, substitute flowers. Good spring wedding ideas that provide alternatives to Lily of the Valley include white hyacinths, campanula, bouvardia, stephanotis, muscari or snowdrops.
  • For those attracted to Lily of the Valley’s ability to bring a wonderful scent to their wedding flowers and bouquets, London florist Todich Floral Design recommends incorporating freesias and sweet peas too, to add more body and scent.
  • Consider just using it in your bouquets and/or wedding table centrepieces. Additional items like chair/pew-ends and entrance arrangements may only briefly be in view, and as Lily of the Valley is such a small, delicate flower, it may also get ‘lost’ in larger displays.
  • Find or hire a vase/vases which you can place your bouquet/s in after the ceremony. This way they can double up as displays for entrance or bar areas, your seating plan or cake table flowers, for example.
  • For all-white wedding flowers or bouquets, Lily of the Valley looks lovely combined with sweet william, hyacinth and murtle, which were the flowers in Kate Middleton’s bouquet.
  • To create a beautiful Lily of the Valley bridal bouquet with a bit of colour, combine with fluffy peonies, garden roses and sweet peas in cream and blush pink tones, or delicate delphiniums, campanula, hydrangea and lavender to bring in ‘something blue’, a huge trend for spring wedding flowers in 2014.

Finally, in case you’re wondering, below are the meanings of the flowers in Kate Middleton’s bouquet:

  • Lilly of the Valley: Return of happiness, purity of heart and sweetness
  • Sweet William: Gallantry, smile, finesse
  • Myrtle: Love (the stems were from a myrtle planted by Queen Victoria in 1845 are traditionally used in all royal wedding bouquets)
  • Hyacinth: Constancy of love

Do you want to discuss wedding flowers ideas? If so contact event florist and wedding specialist Todich Floral Design for a free consultation and quote, or browse and order bridal flowers online using our free wedding flowers budget planner.

You can also order professionally designed flowers online for same day London delivery through our online flower delivery shop.

Spring Wedding Flower Ideas for 2014

Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

At Todich Floral Design we love working on spring wedding flowers in London. Spring is a lovely time of year to get married as it typically symbolises rebirth, life, growth and purity as trees, plants and flowers start coming back to life following the cold winter months. We have a huge number of spring wedding flower ideas for 2014. From beautiful wedding bridal bouquets with flowers that have really striking attributes and shapes, to bridesmaids flowers in a huge variety of colours that will perfectly complement their dress. Whatever your style or colour scheme, we can offer expert advice on the perfect wedding flowers for your big day.

Flowers for spring bridal bouquets
There are a number of early spring wedding flowers to choose from in varying colours and shapes. So if you want to start getting an idea of what spring wedding flowers are in season and what you like, we highly recommend checking out some from the following list:

Agapanthus (a large, striking flower, also known as the African Lily), Anemones (delicate flowers which come in various colours), Bouvardia (which can have either singular or double star-like blooms which open from tube-like necks), Calla Lilies (pictured here and a popular choice for spring wedding flowers), Cornflowers (also known as Centaurea Cyanus and available in a bright blue, or hot pink) Delphiniums (which have tall stems with multiple delicate flower heads), Gloriosa (a type of lily which is a dramatic yellow and dark pink), Hyacinths (wonderfully scented and available in a number of colours), Iris (which have long, straight flowering stems), Lilies (large prominent flowers with a beautiful fragrance), Lily of the Valley (gorgeous tiny bell-like flowers), Narcissus (daffodils), Orchids (which can have up to 12 flowers on one stem), Sunflowers (large, cheerful yellow flowers), Sweet Peas (which have a wonderful selection of colours and scents) and Tulips (a popular spring flower available in a number of colours).

No matter what your taste or style, spring brides are spoilt for choice, whether you’re after lots of bright splashes of colour or pretty pastel hues.

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Our team of expert designers specialise in working with brides to help them create their perfect wedding bouquet and can offer plenty of tips and advice on spring wedding flower ideas. Our florists bring with them a wealth of experience and can provide guidance on bridal bouquet designs and wedding flowers that will complement the dress, theme, colour scheme, personality and style of the couple and their wedding.

Spring wedding colours and spring wedding ideas can range from pretty pastels to bright constrasting hues and nice designs can include touches of blossom, tulips, and other sweetly fragranced seasonal blooms, as well as flowering bulbs in pots. For ceremonies and receptions that may be held in full or part outside, the addition of a lovely floral arch is a nice touch for spring too, or perhaps flowers, fairylights or hanging pomanders to decorate bushes or trees in gardens or grounds.

Bridesmaid flowers and spring flowers for wedding centrepieces

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bridesmaid bouquet will usually mirror and complement the bride’s flowers, but they don’t need to match exactly. Bridesmaids’ flowers can come in a variety of styles and shapes, from a traditional round posy, cascading bouquets, teardrop bouquets, heart-shaped flower bouquets, oval bouquets, loose round hand-tieds or even custom designs. Our dedicated florists are there every step of the way to help with flower ideas for a spring wedding and to ensure all the designs complement each other perfectly.

In terms of additional wedding flower designs, such as entrance displays and wedding centrepieces, larger flowers and foliage (as pictured) are sometimes used here to help build size, form interesting outlines and shapes, and provide added impact to wow guests. This is where tall stems of blossom could be

Table Arrangements 0552used or added; pretty pink varieties look lovely in light blue vases or jugs. Delicate delphiniums, which come in a variety of colours are great for adding height (pictured in white), and daffodils can be a simple option for table centres too, since they can only be used alone. Consider using them planted in pretty pots, having single stems in individual vases running the length of tables, or grouped at the centre if tables are round.

With Todich Floral Design, which specialises in wedding flowers and bridal bouquets for London and the surrounding area, clients receive a complimentary consultation at a location of their choice, expert advice, bespoke designs, a wide selection of decorations, props and containers to choose from and the best wedding flower delivery in London and UK delivery throughout the week and weekend. We can take care of everything for you; so book your FREE consultation, sit back and relax.

Todich Floral Design wedding florist in London provide flowers for all seasons and types of event, from winter wedding flowers and Christmas decorations for offices and hotels, to private summer parties, baby showers and corporate events. To find out more, simply call Todich Floral Design on 020 7737 1166 where one of our friendly florists will be on hand to help.