Q: Do bouquets have to match centrepieces?
A: No! My personal taste is to have weddings as eclectic as possible, but still have a cohesive look. Florals should look as though they are part of the same wedding, but definitely not be matchy-matchy! The centrepieces could have bolder colours or shapes/textures than the bouquets or vice-versa.
Q: What are your favourite flowers to work with?
A: This changes yearly. The one flower that always remains is the peony, specifically the ‘coral charm’ peony (if I were a flower, this is what I would be). Other favourites this year include any garden rose (I love large fluffy blooms), spirea, cosmos, gomphrena, ranunculus. However, I’m driven by flower colour, rather than flower type. I don’t know any florist who loves or uses more colour than I!
Q: If a couple is on a budget, what can they do to save money on flowers?
A: I always first suggest cutting ceremony flowers. Over the years ceremonies in all cultures have been getting shorter and shorter. If you and you guests are only going to enjoy the flowers for 20 to 45 minutes, it’s perhaps not worth the investment.
Q: Can a couple incorporate flowers from their own garden into the bouquets?
A: Most times the client just wishes to have a few ‘special blooms’ included, which is very easy to work with. Just be mindful that Mother Nature does not always work in our favour and you must be very flexible if you are hoping to include blooms from your own garden or a family member’s garden.
Q: Flowers to stay away from?
A: We can really work with almost anything, but I don’t really work with imported hydrangea – it always wilts. Lilac wilts easily in bouquets as well, but damn, it is so gorgeous and smells like heaven, so it’s worth the extra hassle.
Tanya List is owner and designer at Tanya List Designs.