Selecting the perfect wedding bouquet should not be a rushed decision. The bouquet is the centrepiece of any bridal ensemble and should be carefully chosen to avoid any mishaps. Like an allergic reaction, for instance. This is something that Helen Brown, founder of ‘Flowers by Helen Brown’ and ‘Petals and Scents’ knows all too well from her daily work with brides.
With over 12 years of experience as a wedding florist, Helen has a few words of advice for brides-to-be in a short interview with My Hayfever.
What would you classify as the most popular wedding season?
The warm weather and holiday feel of summer makes this season an ideal wedding month. However, choose your date wisely and remember that you will be celebrating this wedding anniversary for many years to come.
Are you seeing any common colour themes for bridal bouquets right now?
Yes, we’re seeing gorgeous colours like rose/dusty pink, pastel peach with fresh bright greens as well as antique purple/grey blues. Bolder colours like navy and coral are also starting to emerge for bridesmaids’ dresses.
Would you recommend hayfever sufferers stay away from real flowers?
No, because there are many flowers that will not affect them. I ask all brides about their allergies when they show me images of bouquets, especially those that include freesias and oriental lilies, as these are high pollen and strong scented flowers.
Are there options of low pollen flowers for hayfever sufferers?
The best flowers are dahlias, calla lilies, hydrangea, lissianthus, kale, gerberas, peonies, ranunculus and orchids. The worst options for allergy sufferers are chrysanthemums, daisies, oriental lilies, sunflowers, hyacinths and freesias.
What are some low pollen combinations for wedding bouquets?
We love a mix of hydrangeas, tulips, peonies and ranunculus – if you love the romantic petal dense look of garden roses – as well as some bright green foliage. Calla lilies are favourites as they shine on their own and their colour options are endless from bold burgundy to elegant white.
Have you had clients request allergy-friendly flowers, and what did you recommend?
Yes, we have. Hydrangeas are not only beautiful and available in a variety of colours but are also a great choice for allergy sufferers. The same goes for tulips, the sophisticated trailing phaleanopsis orchids and a playful posy of peonies (available in November). There is a whole range to choose from.
If picking an allergy-friendly bouquet is a serious concern, then also take your venue into consideration. If you’ve selected a grassy location, ensure you organise the best time for the grass to be mowed and take your hayfever medication beforehand. In any scenario, it’s always safe to ask your doctor for suitable solutions.