Think Theme....

If you’re having trouble deciding on the sort of ‘look’ you would like for your wedding and your flowers in particular, it can be helpful to think about different themes – for example, do you like vintage styles, the country garden look or do bold contemporary styles suit you more? If you are having a theme for your whole day it will work well to reflect this in the style of flower designs that you choose too, so that all elements of your wedding work well together.

Earlier in the summer I described how you might think about colour [Think Colour] and about floristry styles [Think Style] as a starting point in planning your wedding flowers, and moving on to think about themes is the next step in this process.

However, don’t feel that you need to rigidly stick to the idea of a specific wedding theme – it’s just a helpful way to be inspired to create a look that is special to you and reflects your own personality. And it can also be a useful way to start the conversations with your wedding florist.

You will see that the [Galleries] on my website are organised into themes in order to make it easier for brides-to-be to see how these different looks work. But feel free to pick out the different elements that you like from across the themes and work with your florist to create your unique look.

Wedding flower themes

Classic & Elegant

Think of vases overflowing with elegant flowers, such as roses, delphiniums, lilies and carnations; classic colour combinations, such as white and green, blue and white or a mix of pastel shades; bouquets of massed roses or trailing shower styles.  Actually, think Downton Abbey!

Classic top table flowers in blue & cream

Classic display of flowers in urn style vase


To create a contemporary feel choose simple, sophisticated styles and shapes using statement flowers. The use of vibrant colours can help bring this sort of scheme to life and add the ‘wow’ factor to your wedding decorations and don’t be afraid to experiment with new ideas and combinations of flowers and colours. 

Floating orchid centrepiece

Blue & cream contemporary flower design

Country Garden

Great for brides who want things to look as if they haven’t tried too hard! But don’t be deceived as it can actually be quite difficult to get this look just right. Think handfuls of garden flowers tied together to create informal posies for that ‘just picked’ look. Use colour carefully but don’t be afraid to choose a wider range of colours for a natural look.

Country style posy in mixed colours

Country jar filled with flowers


Great for romantics – and who isn’t feeling romantic on their wedding day! To create the right touch of nostalgia choose flowers in dusky shades of pink, lilac, mauve and cappuccino and add them to collections of pretty glassware or dainty china. Dainty flowers and neat posies look just right for this look and it’s hard to beat the colour range of roses – add in touches of pretty gypsophila too!

Vintage flower-filled glass vases

Candelabra centrepiece

But this is just to get you going – it certainly doesn’t end here! Think of the bright colours and seaside props you could use for a ‘Beach Party’ theme; the laid-back charm of the ‘Rustic’ look; the bunting and pretty china filled with flowers for a ‘Tents & Tea Parties’ theme; and of course for those who like plenty of sparkle there is always ‘Glitz and Glamour’….

Over this summer I’ve consulted with many brides around the Stamford area and have noticed a move away from set themes, with many brides trying to achieve a more eclectic and personal feel, which is reflected in all their decorative touches as well as their wedding flowers. So, just take these ideas as a starting point then let your imagination run riot!

I hope this gives you a few ideas on ways to use your wedding flowers to create the look you want, but don’t forget that if you would like to discuss your wedding flowers further you can always come and see me for a chat – just contact me at