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Wedding Flower Ideas by Season

Paula McGarry

Your colour scheme is without doubt one of the most important decisions when it comes to planning your wedding. From the bridesmaids dresses to the decision of which flowers will grace your bridal bouquet, the colours you pick will determine many of your subsequent choices. One very important factor when it comes to this decision, that should not be overlooked, is which flowers are in season at the time of your wedding. Picking an out of season bloom can not only be more costly, but there is also the risk that your flowers may not be of the same quality as when they are in season. To ensure your flowers are of the most exceptional quality, and help you keep your wedding budget down, we have selected some of the best bridal blooms according to season below.

 

Spring

 

There are different types of orchid that come into bloom throughout the year, but you can rely on them being available in the spring. Elegant and refreshingly simple, an orchid bouquet can be made to match multiple colour schemes from white, to pinks and purples and even green. For a more simple look, that is guaranteed to go with any colour scheme, you can't go wrong with lily of the valley. (pictured above). These tiny, white blossoms flourish in the months of March and April and a bridal bouquet made up of these exudes simple class. Besides, you can't go wrong by following in the footsteps of the Duchess of Cambridge.

 

Summer

What better flowers for a summer wedding than sunflowers. Bright and daring, they make a glorious summer bouquet that can be embellished with seasonal wildflowers for a stunningly bohemian finish. If you want to make a statement with your wedding flowers then this is the perfect choice. For a more delicate option, alstromerias are perfect. Also known as the 'Peruvian Lily', they comes in several stunning shades from orange and pink to yellow and lavender. Perfect for centerpieces, buttonholes and bouquets this versatile blossom can be paired with almost anything for your desired finish.

 

Autumn

Image from Love My Dress

Image from Love My Dress

For a unique and different bridal bouquet, the use of heather is perfect for an autumn wedding. Accesorise with local wildflowers and brown string for a naturally stunning finish that is down to earth and quite simply beautiful. For a more traditionally bridal bouquet, that can still be styled with a boho finish, look to the anemone flower. Although available in many shades, a simple and pure white allows you to pair it with almost anything else.

 

Winter

Image from Love My Dress

Image from Love My Dress

Despite the less than appealing name, the scabiosa blossom is perfect for a winter wedding, blooming from late summer until November when the frost begins to gather. It flowers in beautiful pastel shades of blues, pinks and purples, as well as white, and can be incorporated into a beautiful winter bouquet. Of course, the most often thought of flower that blooms during the winter months is the delicate snowdrop. Not to be overlooked, snowdrops can be used to create a refreshingly simple and beautiful bouquet for the perfect winter wonderland wedding.

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TOP WEDDING TIPPLES

Paula McGarry

Whilst a cold and crisply delicious glass of champagne is the traditional welcome drink to serve on your wedding day, the idea of breaking away from this in favour of serving a personally chosen cocktail is becoming ever more popular. After all, who wants to follow the crowd? With the range of cocktails available becoming ever more creative this is a unique opportunity to really wow your wedding guests and create the perfect beginning to your big day, as well as the perfect way to tie your welcome drink in with your wedding theme. Below we have included some of our favourite wedding cocktails to inspire you as you select the perfectly crafted cocktail. Enjoy!

 

Lavender Gin Fizz

There’s no denying that there is currently a huge gin craze sweeping through the nation and with more high quality gins available to buy than ever before, this is the perfect time to craft your perfect gin based wedding cocktail. A classic gin fizz cocktail is very similar to a Tom Collins and includes gin, lemon juice and sugar as the core ingredients. It is probably the best-known variety of the ‘fizz’ cocktails, which gained popularity in America, and subsequently the rest of the world, during the 1900s, and is the perfect mix of sweet and refreshing that is ideal for a spring wedding. A simple twist of lavender can really elevate this drink – add lavender syrup and lavender bitters for taste, and garnish with loose lavender leaves for a stunning finished effect.

Photo by Theresa Furey

Photo by Theresa Furey

Bellini

A small twist on an old wedding classic, the Bellini actually has a proud heritage dating back to Venice in 1934 when it was served up for the first time by in Harry’s Bar by Giovanni Bellini. A mix of 2 parts prosecco to 1 part peach puree this is a lightly elegant drink that would pair perfectly with a summer wedding and is a perfect option if you prefer traditional glass of fizz.

Image via pinterest

Image via pinterest

Whiskey Sour

If you like the idea of having a separate cocktail for men and woman then you can’t go far wrong with a Whiskey Sour as your male option. A timelessly classic drink, this will instantly make the drinker feel suave, cool and sophisticated. Made with bourbon, lemon juice, sugar syrup and (sometimes) egg white, this is one you can customise by picking your own bourbon and garnish. A maraschino cherry and slice of orange are the traditional garnishes, but why not break with the past and experiment with your own?

Photo and cocktail from Kleinworth & Co

Photo and cocktail from Kleinworth & Co

Pink or Lavender Lemonade

Not every cocktail needs to have alcohol in and if you are catering for guests that drink or children, why not include a refreshing lemonade? You can experiment with different colours but pink and lavender lemonade always look so beautiful, and serving both together would create a fantastic mix of colours. For pink lemonade the addition of cranberry juice will give it that perfect pastel hue, and deliciously sweet taste, whilst lavender lemonade can be made by adding lavender syrup and dried lavender. 

Photo from eatyourselfskinny.com

Photo from eatyourselfskinny.com

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Top Honeymoon Destinations for Wine Lovers

Paula McGarry

After all the careful planning, the meticulous preparation, and the many nights spent counting down slowly to your big day, the aftermath of your wedding may leave you feeling a little lost. This is where one of the most important parts of your wedding can finally begin - your dream honeymoon.

It’s easy to lose sight of this amidst the hectic months of planning, but your honeymoon is the part where you and your new spouse can finally relax, let go and simply enjoy each others company. Everyone is different and because secluded beaches and typically ‘honeymoon’ resorts are not what all of us dream of, below we have put together some fantastic ideas for the wine connoisseurs among you to set fire to your imagination and bring you some inspiration.

 

South Africa

Whilst it may be better known for its safari opportunities, South Africa is a fantastic destination for wine lovers. Just 40km away from Cape Town you will find Cape Winelands, an area of breathtaking natural beauty that also happens to be the largest wine-producing region in the country. Here you will find sunny vineyards and quaint boutique hotels that offer a relaxed and charming getaway. The towns of Stellenbosch and Franschhoek are best known for their wine estates and you can easily spend a few days in both visiting the local wine estates and exploring the area. A must for every visitor is trying the wine made from the country’s native Pinotage grape.

Our top tip… Rent a car and decide on your own route to discover the best wineries off the beaten track.  

 

France

An established ‘Grande Dame’ when it comes to producing wines of exceptional quality, France is truly a destination that all wine lovers should visit at least once. There are many different areas to choose, from Bordeaux to the Rhone Valley, and of course the famous Champagne region, so how do you decide which is right for you? Aside from the obvious – visiting the region that produces the wine you like best – we suggest looking at the location of each area. If you can’t stand more than a couple of days away from the hustle and bustle of a city go for Champagne, which is only 90 miles north east of Paris. You can combine the two and get the best of both worlds. For those who prefer a more rural setting try the Rhone Valley in the south. Excellent wines pair with breathtaking views to provide an overwhelmingly serene and enjoyable experience.

Our top tip… If you’re a real city slicker book a fancy hotel in the heart of Paris and visit Champagne on a day trip instead.

 

Italy

Italy is a truly romantic destination where good food and good wine go hand in hand. Their cuisine is as rich and varied as the wines produced here and no matter where you choose to visit, you can be sure the offerings in these departments will be second to none. Venice is an excellent choice for honeymooners, the picturesque setting providing the perfect romantic getaway for newlyweds. Enjoy a private gondola ride along the winding waterways of the city, before embarking on a comprehensive wine tasting tour through the city. For the adventurous, the Prosecco region is a mere hours drive from Venice providing the perfect day tour through the stunning Italian countryside. Bliss.

Our top tip… For a unique trip visit Cinque Terre, a small white wine region home to the colourful, unspoiled paradise of Cinque Terre National Park.

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