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Flowers and weddings go together like a horse and carriage; and while many brides- and grooms-to-be hire the help of an expert florist, it’s also good to know the basics!

 

The Bouquet: This is by far the most important arrangement of your florals, and there’s a lot to take into consideration. First things first, what kind of dress is the bride wearing? The style of the dress will affect the style of the bouquet. It’s also important to keep in mind the bride’s stature; after all, you don’t want the bouquet to overpower the bride, or to underwhelm her.

Nevertheless, it’s vital to have an arrangement that stands out and adds to your over-all look – and you can do this by using seasonal blooms. In spring, for example, why not have a bouquet of Calla Lilies or white Amaryllises that convey the freshness and calmness of the season? In winter, however, nothing captures the brooding weather like a dramatic bouquet made out of scarlet Roses.

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The Groom: He may not carry a bouquet, but his boutonnière is the central piece of his outfit. Although the flowers worn on his lapel do not need to be exactly the same as the bride’s bouquet, it is important to keep the same colour scheme and style/structure. Oh, and don’t forget, it’s worn on the left hand side of the lapel, as this is the closest to his heart.

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The Church: Every church is different, and the aesthetic of some of Malta’s baroque churches can sometimes overpower certain colours and flowers. When going for a truly baroque church (like St John’s Co-Cathedral in Valletta, St Helen’s Basilica in Birkirkara or Ta’ Pinu Sanctuary in Gozo, for instance), white flowers with a lot of character, like Dhalias or Carnations, will give the church the right pop. If, however, you’re getting married in a more minimalist and modern church (like Kristu Rxoxt in Pembroke), or at a civil venue, go for Geraniums, coloured Tulips, Roses or even Poinsettias to make the place feel warm.

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The Venue:
Not many people put a lot of focus on flowers at their wedding reception, and while that’s okay, there is still room to create some truly beautiful arrangements that will help make the place look ever more stunning. If you’re having your wedding in a garden, why not create columns of flowers out of seasonal blooms? Or, if it’s in a hall, why not create an archway, which your guests will walk through?

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Whatever your colour scheme, it’s also nice to incorporate some really local foliage and flowers in your arrangement, to add another authentic touch to your destination wedding in Malta. Popular Maltese flora includes the Pheasants Eye, the French Daffodil, the Common Poppy and the Maltese Pyramidal Orchid.