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Wedding Planning First Steps: Selecting Your Garden Rose Varieties

Updated: Jun 7

You’re engaged! Congratulations! Now that you have a wedding to plan, you’re in for an exciting adventure and will soon find yourself dreaming of flowers, dresses and venue choices for the big day. There are countless decisions to make, but when it comes to your flowers, this is where we can help.

David Austin Wedding Roses are the rose du jour for discerning brides throughout the world who want a stylish wedding full of beautiful, fragrant roses. Not only are they available internationally for 12 months of the year, but our roses are the result of years of breeder expertise and obsessive attention to detail. Only roses with the very best shape, color, and scent receive the David Austin hallmark and are included in our collection. As you embark on the journey of planning your wedding flowers, follow our top tips for including David Austin Wedding Roses in your special day.

Left: Photography @lauragordon

Right: Floral Design @bowsandarrowsflowers

Define your wedding keywords

Planning your wedding starts with some visualization of the overall aesthetic and atmosphere you wish to create for celebrating with your guests. Start discussing this with your partner and jot down some keywords you agree on. Your ideal day might be ‘classic, elegant and natural’ for example, or ‘fun, relaxed and colorful’ – narrowing down some descriptive words is surprisingly helpful and will help you make decisions throughout the planning process. This is a good time to discuss your wedding color palette, taking into account the season, your venue décor, and the aesthetic you want to create.

Left: Photography @ jessicamangia_photography

Right: Floral Design @bowsandarrowsflowers

Gather wedding inspiration

Before you meet with your florist for the first time, spend time gathering imagery of flowers and designs, such as bouquets, table centerpieces, ceremony décor and any other venue floral displays you have in mind. Pinterest is a treasure trove of inspiration and a great place to start looking for wedding ideas and refining the aesthetic you have in mind. It can help to have an ‘overall wedding vibe’ board, as well as separate boards for each element, such as stationery, flowers, cake, table decor, etc, that you can share with your chosen suppliers.

However, when it comes to flowers, there are some important factors to keep in mind with online inspiration. Firstly, photography filters can distort the color of flowers to give the illusion of varieties in shades that are not authentic. Secondly, certain fragile flowers are often used in styled photoshoots that look stunning in the moment but won’t stand up to a full-day event, particularly in the heat of a summer wedding. Finally, that bouquet you adore may even contain faux flowers to account for these issues. But don’t fear; this is where your florist is here to help. They will guide you through the flowers that are available in your preferred colors on your wedding date, and which varieties are suitable for the bouquet style and venue decorations you choose.

Photography @jennyquicksall

Floral Design @tularosaflowers

The wedding dress

For most brides, the dress is one of, if not the most important, wedding purchases. Obviously, you want to find a gown that makes you feel like the very best version of yourself, and whatever you choose will guide your choice of shoes, accessories and, crucially, flowers.

It is not essential to have found the dress before meeting your florist for the first time, but if they can see a visual, this will help your florist understand your personal style and the look you want for your wedding day. They can then guide you through what flowers and style of bouquet will best complement your gown. The same goes for your bridesmaid’s dresses and bouquets, as well as the gents’ suits and their buttonhole flowers.

Left: Photography @jeremie_hkb

Center: Photography @jennyquicksall

Right: Photography @lauragordon


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