A blooming good time
No wedding is complete without flowers. Floral designer and founder of Gary K, Gary Kwok, says fresh blooms add colour, life and fragrance to the big day. 'They can help make table settings more beautiful, and can transform a dull space into a gorgeous personality-filled one,' says Kwok, who helped set up Armani Fiori in 2002.
Couples should first decide on their colour scheme and floral and style preferences. Kwok says: 'By having a consistent theme match a venue that is well-planned, you will be giving your guests a chance to witness a gorgeous and memorable wedding.
'It is also a good way for [a couple] to reflect on [their] own personalities and taste.'
Kwok says certain colour combinations, such as white and green, symbolise a relaxing natural theme, well-suited for outdoor venues. Alternatively, indoor venues may inspire more classical elements or evoke passion, which can be reflected in strong shades of purple, red and burgundy.
Colour, shape, style and size are factors to consider when choosing the bouquet, and the style of the wedding dress usually influences the outcome.
'It's very helpful if you have a colour in mind. Bring swatches, photos of your wedding gown and discuss with your florist how to choose a colour to complement your dress,' he says.
Bouquets can range from a just-picked-from-the-garden look to more stylised formal pieces, Kwok says.
'You should always get a sense of balance between the gown and the bouquet. Too large a bouquet would simply overpower the bride and clutter her elegant dress.'
Couples should also consider the colours of the bridesmaids' dresses and groomsmen's attire when choosing bouquets and boutonnieres.
And, while most blooms are now available year-round, Kwok adds that choosing flowers in season 'can save a lot of money'.