Top florist Sabine Darrall from GLily shares her top tips for creating the perfect seasonal blooms…



Tulips are one of the best Spring wedding flowers because they come in lots of different colours and varieties. They look great for both traditional or contemporary style weddings – use them in pretty vintage vases or jam jars to brighten up your tables.

Include a few scented hyacinths or freesias in your table centres to fill your reception with a delicate fragrance.

Springtime is blossom time! Cherry blossom or magnolia displayed in a large vase makes a great alternative to an expensive pedestal arrangement.

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Plant some bulbs in pretty pots to give to guests as favours – mini daffodils, snowdrops or hyacinths are perfect for this.

Hot trend – hellebores! They’re available in such pretty colours including  speckled pinks and purples, clean whites and vibrant greens. Prince Charles even wore one in his buttonhole at his wedding.

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Early summer is a great time of year for cottage garden flowers like phlox, delphinium, scented stock and sweet peas. Try growing a few yourself and arranging in simple jars and bottles on your reception tables for a relaxed garden party feel.

Keep blooms fresh in hot weather by spraying with a water spray.

Succulents are big news for weddings next summer and are perfect for the hot weather. Incorporate them into your bouquet or table centres.

Margarite daisy plants make great entrance pieces. Add a ribbon to a pot and plant outside after the wedding for a lasting reminder of your special day.

Hot trend – peonies! Always a favourite in summer and they now come in even more colours and varieties than ever before, including on-trend coral and lemon.

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Hydrangea is at its best in the autumn. Bind on to a wreath or heart frame and attach to church or venue doors. The hydrangea will gradually dry and leave a lasting memory of the day.

Fruit and berries look great at an autumn wedding. Add rosehips, miniature pears or blackberries among your flowers for seasonality.
Steal the style of this real bride, above, who used autumn leaves in her bouquet. So pretty and free, too!

When it comes to autumn weddings, the more rustic the better! Try tying bouquets and buttonholes with raffia or brown string to complete the look.

Hot trend – dahlias. A must have for 2013 weddings, dahlias come in all shapes and sizes and will give your reception room a pop of colour.

What are your favourite seasonal wedding flowers? Are you making any of the displays yourself?

For more information about Sabine visit GLily.