I love flowers and when I say this, I mean that I love having them in my office, I love the smell of them, love photographing them and love going to a flower market. However a green thumbed blogger I am not and much to my Mother’s continual annoyance, I never remember the names of flowers and plants or retain any useful care information (flowers labels are a must for me).
So when an email about a new free online wedding flower guide popped into my inbox I had to check it out. The new tool called Bride and Bloom works by asking you the season of your wedding, the colour palette of your big day and what symbolism is meaningful to you. All of these are drop down options so you will need to choose the category that is most relevant to your wedding. You don’t have to register, add in your email or purchase anything to take a look around this free tool and the guide was put together with the help of an expert florist.
I was really intrigued by the symbolism option as many online bride tools ask the colour palette, but the symbolism is an opportunity to add in the tone and style of the wedding day that you are looking to create.
You are then given a page of suggested flowers based on these choices and you can click on each flower to find out more about their seasonality, their meanings and colours available.
I had great fun looking around and found out about one of my wedding flowers Calla Lily:
“Despite its name, the calla lily is not actually part of the lily family, instead listing the anthuriums and caladiums among its relatives. The trumpet-shaped blossom will bring a touch of timeless grace to any bouquet.”
Not that it would have changed my choice of wedding flowers, but I never knew that!
I was also really intrigued by a flower called Ornithogalum as it “is most famous for the fact it opens during the day and closes during the night, but its bloom and size also make it perfect for adding texture to any bouquet.”
And who knew flowers had mystery:
Dahlia – “This daisy-like flower has a mysterious past, with 150 years of its history unaccounted for after its initial discovery in 1615. The dahlia’s large blossom means that only a few are necessary in most arrangements.”
But what applications does this have for a bride? Let’s start by saying that this does not in any way replace the years of experience and in-depth knowledge that an expert florist has. Nor does it replace the design and consultation process that any fabulous florist is able to dispense to her brides, to help create a tailored bridal bouquet for them.
But if you are a DIY bride not intending to use a florist, but to visit a flower market and create your own bouquet and arrangements, this tool enables you to plan that little more. You will be armed with a shopping list of ideal flowers, that not only are visually appealing for your wedding style but also have in-depth meaning.
Whilst there are many English speaking Florists in France, dealing in English or in French with a florist in another country via email and skype can prove challenging. This tool could take some of the strain out of wedding flower planning, by not only sending your florist mood boards, pictures and Pinterest boards, you could also send them the link to the tool explaining the flowers that you would like.
Sound interesting, then visit Bride and Bloom and I would love to hear your reviews.
This post was brought to you by Bride and Bloom