Three of the most popular wedding themes to consider for your big day
With the wedding rulebook seemingly having long been torn up, modern couples are becoming more experimental than ever when it comes to wedding themes. Venturing away from long-standing traditions gives soonlyweds the opportunity to incorporate their passions and personalities into their wedding’s design, making it an altogether more personal affair. If you’re looking for inspiration, here are three of the most popular themes we’re seeing more couples explore.
Boho weddings seemingly never go out of fashion. These types of celebrations are defined by an easy-going approach to decorations and outfits, often with an eclectic blend of styles coming together in place of a more traditional, structured approach. It’s common with a boho theme to lean into the beauty of nature, with forests, beaches and the countryside being typical locations for this style of wedding.
When it comes to the horticultural elements of the day, the only rule is there are no rules – that’s the beauty of a boho bash. Discord and aberration is the order of the day, and this should be reflected in your choice of bouquets; think bright bursts of colour in your flowery assortments. If you want to really play up to the theme, you could even incorporate the flora into your outfit – flower crowns always hit the mark at these free-spirited celebrations.
Inspired by fiction
Any wedding is an opportunity for couples to showcase their likes, hobbies and interests, and more people are forgoing classic wedding traditions to really let their personalities shine through. Whether it’s a love for Disney, Harry Potter, or any other film, book or television show that’s important to you, there are so many ways you can incorporate your favourite work of fiction into your fairytale wedding.
As part of the planning process, think about how you can align your decor with the theme of your favourite book or movie. For the Disney adults among us, you’ll want to keep the decor light and airy. Think pastel flower walls, cascading bouquets and a wide array of colours as you let your imaginations run wild. If your taste in fiction is something altogether more gruesome and gloomy, dark flowers can perfectly complement a gothic venue like a castle or old country house. Deep ruby carnations and scarlet foliage can hit the right notes if you’re picturing a moody and romantic atmosphere.
If travel is an important part of your lifestyle, there are so many ways you can incorporate this passion into your big day. Perhaps there’s a certain destination that stands out as a particular favourite, or maybe there’s a spot that holds a special place in your hearts. Infusing your wedding with the theme of travel literally opens up an entire world of possibilities, from the food, to the outfits, to the floral arrangements.
Draw inspiration from one or a handful of your favourite travel destinations, and throw an international party without borders. Or, if you have the resources and the wherewithal, why not go the whole hog and plan a destination wedding? There’s something really special about performing your nuptials in a far-flung country that perhaps resonates with your personalities. However you decide to throw your travel-focused wedding, you’re sure to inspire feelings of wanderlust amongst your beloved guests.
A Guide to Discussing Wedding Flowers with Your Florist
Planning a wedding involves weaving together countless details, and one of the most visually impactful aspects is selecting the perfect floral arrangements. Flowers have the remarkable ability to transform a venue into a romantic and captivating space, bringing your wedding vision to life. However, the choice of wedding flowers isn't made in isolation; it's essential to consider the venue when discussing options with your florist to ensure your wedding flowers harmonise flawlessly with your chosen venue.
Venue Style and Theme
Every venue has its own unique style and ambiance. For example, the beautiful Tudor Baronial Barn at Crondon Park sports rustic beams and high ceilings and suits a pastoral, countryside theme. The first step is to ensure that your floral choices align with the venue's aesthetics. Your florist should have a clear understanding of your wedding theme and the overall vibe you wish to create and ideally would have worked with the venue before so already has an understanding of what works within the space.
Space and Scale
Consider the size and layout of your venue. For grand ballrooms, tall centerpieces and elaborate floral installations might be appropriate. However, in more intimate spaces, simpler arrangements might be more effective. Discuss with your florist how to make the most of the space without overwhelming it. Ask if they can accompany you to the venue in advance so they can suggest what can work where you can visualise it.
Your wedding flowers should complement the venue's color palette rather than clash with it. Bring samples of the venue's décor, such as fabric swatches or images, to your florist consultation. This will help your florist choose flowers that complement the existing colors and decor. View our gallery to see how our wedding bouquets come to life.
Take advantage of any natural features your venue offers. If there's a stunning fireplace, staircase, or archway, consider how floral arrangements can enhance these elements. Your florist can suggest designs that accentuate the venue's existing beauty.
The season in which you're getting married can greatly impact the availability of certain flowers. Choosing locally available, in-season blooms not only ensures the freshest arrangements but can also help tie in with the surrounding environment. Your florist can guide you on the best floral choices for your wedding date.
Some venues may have restrictions on floral installations due to their preservation or structural concerns. Discuss these restrictions with your florist so they can devise creative solutions that stay within the guidelines while still achieving your desired look.
Logistics and Setup
Consider how the logistics of setting up floral arrangements will work within the venue. Your florist should be aware of the setup process and any constraints they might encounter. Working closely with your venue coordinator and florist can ensure a seamless setup.
Lighting can dramatically affect how your floral arrangements are perceived. Whether your venue has abundant natural light, soft candlelight, or vibrant colored lights, your florist can advise on flower choices that will shine in the given lighting conditions.
We work with many local venues which you can find on our venue page but when it comes to wedding flowers, synergy with the chosen venue is key. The right floral arrangements can enhance the ambiance, reinforce your wedding theme, and put your stamp on a venue. By discussing your venue's characteristics, restrictions, and features with your florist, you'll ensure that your wedding blooms become an integral part of the magical atmosphere you're creating for your special day.
Speak to our team to see how we can help with your wedding flowers, we would love to hear all about your vision. Contact us.
Emma and Leo’s Dreamy Wedding at Crondon Park: A Blooming Love Story
When love blossoms, it’s only fitting that a couple’s wedding day reflects their unique style and personality. Emma and Leo, recently tied the knot at the picturesque Crondon Park wedding venue, Stock, Essex. The Stock Florist team were proudly appointed to create the floral arrangements, bouquets, aisle chair ends and cake flowers for the lovely couple. We wanted to share how choosing the perfect blooms and the incredible details can help make your wedding day truly unforgettable…
From the very beginning, Emma and Leo had a clear vision for their wedding day aesthetics. They were drawn to a rustic and romantic theme that would perfectly complement the charming ambiance of Crondon Park. We have key steps when choosing your wedding flowers which help you in choosing the perfect combination for your venue and can help turn their vision into a reality.
Emma and Leo booked their wedding consultation at our Stock, Essex location and met with Eleanor. The couple were immediately drawn to our artistic approach and attention to detail. Over the next hour, a clear plan was created which included the combination of flowers we were going to use and the different floral arrangements that were required to bring this Essex wedding venue to life.
Emma’s bridal bouquet was a true reflection of her unique personality. The bouquet included a captivating combination of Tanacetum, delicate white Astilbe, elegant white Roses, vibrant Sunflowers, ethereal Gypsophilia, fragrant white Stock, charming Craspedia, and an assortment of mixed seasonal foliage. This exquisite blend of blooms perfectly captured the essence of the couple’s rustic and romantic theme.
To create a cohesive and immersive experience, the Stock Florist team extended our creative touch beyond Emma’s bouquet. We provided charming jam jars on log slices, filled with beautiful blooms, which perfectly matched the rustic barn aesthetic. These delightful details adorned the aisle chair ends, creating a whimsical pathway for Emma’s grand entrance. Additionally, the floral arrangements were thoughtfully incorporated into the cake, enhancing its natural beauty.
Emma and Leo exchanged vows on the memorable date of Saturday, 3rd June, surrounded by their loved ones. The picturesque Crondon Park provided the perfect backdrop for their magical day, as they embarked on their journey as husband and wife.
Emma and Leo’s wedding at Crondon Park, Essex was a celebration of love, beauty, and personal style. With the expert guidance, their vision of a rustic and romantic wedding came to life through a thoughtfully curated floral arrangement. From the captivating bouquet to the charming rustic details, every aspect of their special day was meticulously designed to create an unforgettable experience. As they begin their new chapter together, Emma and Leo will forever cherish the memories of their enchanting wedding day, where love and blossoms intertwined in perfect harmony.
Gosfield Hall Wedding – Monica and Alex
Monica and Alex were a couple with a clear vision. Monica wanted her bouquet to be contemporary yet timelessly elegant, reflecting and working in harmony with her stunning dress. We used a simple combination of pure white orchids, feathery astilbe and blousy white roses, arranged asymmetrically, with the stems kept long for that effortless feel. For the venue we created ethereal clouds of fluffy gypsophila and roses, presenting a stylishly dreamy look.
Talbooth Restaurant Wedding Ceremony – Lauren and Zach
Lauren wanted her bouquet to have a wild look in soft, nude tones. Gorgeous ‘Quicksand’ roses and seasonal dahlias were the focal flowers, complemented by late summer dried grasses and whimsical delphinium. For their intimate ceremony, Lauren and Zach tied the knot in front of a beautiful table meadow inspired by the bridal bouquet.
Lauren and Simon wanted a neutral colour pallet for their florals, with a wintery yet warm feel, perfect for their December wedding. This was achieved using a mix of dried pampas grass and fresh seasonal flowers, such as the gorgeous white anemones and latte-coloured roses, arranged in a relaxed, informal way.
A Tale of Two Weddings – Rebecca and Jamie at Baddow Park House
The team at Baddow Park House was privileged to be able to host the wedding celebrations of this special couple, who, after many months of having to re-schedule their wedding plans had become almost like family. Discover how Rebecca and Jamie felt about their incredible wedding journey with Baddow Park House.
Despite facing Covid -19 restrictions, Rebecca and Jamie eventually got to hold their long-awaited intimate wedding ceremony in May, and then, a few months later, in July, they held a large celebration surrounded by all their family and friends at Baddow Park House Wedding Venue.
‘Everything about Baddow Park was simply perfect; the décor and the gardens were stunning and truly luxurious, yet we felt so at home and so comfortable. The attention to detail and personalisation of the bedrooms made it feel like the most opulent boutique hotel (we really didn’t ever want to leave the bridal suite!
The gardens were so well tended and looked after that it wouldn’t matter what time of year you got married; they look fantastic all year-round.
The Orangery is jaw-droppingly beautiful and so unique to Essex, you won’t find another venue as stunning as this in the county (we looked at many before finding Baddow Park House!)’
‘Baddow staff quite literally offer a 5-star service; nothing is too much trouble – everyone greets you with a smile and they all do their utmost to look after you.
We were made to feel special by everyone there, from the wait staff & catering staff who serve the most delicious food & drink (our guests are still raving about our wedding breakfast months later) and our food tasting to choose our wedding menu was absolutely phenomenal.
I can’t not mention the stone-baked pizzas we had for our wedding reception, wow, the best-tasting pizza ever – we felt sad that we didn’t get to consume more of it as we were busy chatting to guests, only to find a box of pizza had been left for us in our bridal suite by the staff at the end of the evening… I can’t tell you how amazing that tasted at 2 o’clock in the morning! ‘
There is SO much to take inspiration from at this incredible pretty pastel pink & mink green wedding at Granary Estates Suffolk. Bride Beth’s beautiful Suzanne Neville Bardot gown, the epic gospel choir singing during the wedding ceremony, and not forgetting the fun mini golf and glitter bar for entertaining the guests. Plus golden hour portraits that are sure to have you weak at the knees. Ready to take a look, and find out more…?
Pastel Pink & Mint Green Wedding at Granary Estates Suffolk
Beth & Adam: We really wanted to find a venue that didn’t have lots of rules and restrictions as we wanted to get really creative with our day and have everything we love as part of our day. Adam found the Granary Estates while browsing online and I knew as soon as he showed me that it would be perfect.
During our drinks reception, we had a ‘Gin Bar’ and a ‘Champagne and Oyster Bar’. The styling was full of blush pink/gold/mint green colours whilst still slightly rustic and in keeping with the venue. Our table setting was much the same. We had gold beaded charger plates and gold cutlery and personalised shot glasses. The Granary Barn had soft drapes and fairy lights all around which looked amazing both during the day and night.
Mini Golf & Glitter Bar, Wedding Entertainment
During our drinks reception, we had personalised mini golf provided by Pure Mini Golf which was great fun. Each ‘hole’ was an event in our life and it was all personalised and right in the middle of the beautiful courtyard.
In the evening we had the Cambridge Glitter Bar set up a ‘Glitter Bar’ for people to get glitzy for party time! We weren’t sure if people would get involved but our guests were queuing there before the bar had even opened! It was so lovely to see ‘sparkle’ on everyone’s faces!
Gospel Choir Wedding Ceremony
We had the incredible CK Gospel Choir sing during our service. They performed ‘Kissing you’ by Des’ree for the Bride’s entrance. We chose that as we love the film, Romeo and Juliet. During the signing of the register, they sang ‘Signed, Sealed, Delivered’ by Steve Wonder and ‘Stand by Me’ by Ben E King. All our guests were clapping and singing along, it was a very happy lively church!
As we left the church as the new Mr & Mrs Davis they sang ‘All you need is love’ by the Beatles. I’ve always dreamed of walking out to that song after seeing Love Actually when I was 14!
We also had two hymns during the service, Lord of all Hopefulness and Jerusalem. We were very pleasantly surprised to hear all our guests singing during the hymns!
Our readings were ‘I carry your Heart with me’ by EE Cummings. We both love this reading as it has very touching words. The other reading was a biblical reading, ‘The Song of Solomon’.
Confetti Cannon First Dance
We had OJ’s Motown Band as our evening entertainment and they were incredible! We LOVE Motown so we had ‘My girl’ by the Temptations as our first dance. We had two confetti canyons go off during our first dance which was so fun and creates amazing photos!
Stock Florist: We at Stock Florist loved working with Beth and Adam and ensuring all flowers were perfect for their big day. Congratulations to Mr & Mrs Davis x
With our home in the picturesque village of Stock, in the heart of Essex is it any wonder why we absolutely love stocks. For me they remind me of the start of spring and the fun times of summer that are just round the corner.
They are one of the best smelling flowers and available in spring and summer and will bring any kitchen or front room alive with their beautiful aroma.. Matthiola Incana is their latin name but we thought that was too much of a mouthful to call a flower shop! Named after Italian botanist Pietro Andrea Mattoli who discovered them in the 1500’s and a distant relation to the cabbage family. These definitely got the looks of the family. Sometimes called the Gilly flower and a delight to see growing in british gardens in summer.
A signature flower for Stock Florist and seeing used more and more in our bridal work they really are a dream to work with. They also represent lasting beauty and a happy life.
Easy to maintain with an angled cut of the stem, a vase of fresh water they are a beautiful addition to your home.
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