FOCAL MADE EASY

Top 10 focal flowers at the heart of the bouquet

AT THE HEART

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At the heart of nearly every bouquet and floral arrangement there is a focal flower. The focal or mass flower is the show stopping bloom that is admired by all, it commands the attention of the viewer, so in a bridal bouquet this may be a rose, peony or protea. This focal flower is then supported with other blooms know as transitional or filler these are bushy stems with clusters of flower such as gypsophila, spray roses or waxflower. Depending on the design you may have line or spike flowers these include delphiniums, snap dragons or astilbe. These three elements create the perfect bouquet, a floral designer will usual start designing with your favourite focal flower in mind.

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ROSE

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A classic, timeless and elegant choose for a wedding it has a long been seen as the flower of love, beauty and romance.  There’s a rose for every wedding colour palette and bouquet style.

 

There are two types of roses hybrid tea roses uniformly shaped those you find in a flower shop and garden roses these old-fashioned varieties have many petals and are sweetly scented and take you back to the romantic Jane Austen era. Every year, dozens of new varieties are created by breeders which are simply  irresistible to us here at Jacqui O.

Garden Rose, delphiniums and echinops
TULIP AND GYP BOUQUET

TULIP

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The ever-cheerful tulip, although associated with Holland actually originates in Iran.  In the sixteenth century tulips were very valuable and giving a tulip meant your were giving the recipient a fortune. Today it still holds true but the value is no longer money but the message you convey.

 

Tulip come in an array of colours and varieties to choose from, Dutch tulips often found in the garden usually look elegant and have single or double rows of petals. You can now find eye-catching fringed and parrot tulips with serrated petal if you are looking for something a little different.

Image courtesy of  Tracey Ellis

RANUNCULUS

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The charming spring ranunculus is a great alternative to a rose, it has beautiful ruffled crepe-paper thin petals adding a delicate, textural and romantic touch to your bouquet.

 

It's petals open one by one, slowly revealing its dark-coloured heart. In Victorian times, the gift of a bunch of ranunculus meant the giver found the receiver very charming indeed! Perfect if you have found your Prince charming!

DAHILIA

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A striking bloom for late summer or early autumn adding an air of sophistication to your wedding and if you are a romantic at heart you will love their symbolism of ‘forever yours’.

 

A magnificent flower which comes in many shades and shapes so you can take your pick to suit your wedding style from bright and vibrant too soft and muted. Once seen as old fashioned this flower is now seeing a resurgence in popularity.

HYDRANGEA

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The hydrangea represents gratitude, grace and beauty and is full of dainty flowers clustered together to form one lush bloom.

 

The flower lends itself naturally to floral arrangements although a touch in a bouquet adds a little something special when accessorised with a bridal gown, although if used on its own it makes a stand alone statement. 

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ORCHID

A spectacular flower which comes in over 25,000 thousand varieties our clients favourites include butterfly-like Phalaenopsis, the modern Vanda, the bold Cymbidium all create a luxurious style when added to a shower or hand-tied.

 

They make a show stopping accessory as you walk down the aisle to say ‘i do’. Orchids symbolise pure friendship and in Brazil when given as a gift you give a kiss for each flower - how romantic.

Image courtesy of  Damion Brandon

PROTEA

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South Africa's beautiful national flower, it makes an unusual bold and beautiful statement. It adds a dramatic touch to your bouquet whether you chose a bohemian, tropical or dreamy vibe.

 

The heart of the flower is surrounded by spiky petals that have a soft, velvety texture and as a fibrous flower it’s a perfect option for a long-lasting bloom for your wedding day, which will also dry beautiful.

Calla bouquet at Rookery Hall Wedding Fl

Image courtesy of  Helen Williams  Photography

CALLA LILY

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A simply elegant stem considered to be symbols of purity, sympathy and beauty. The flower is also thought to be lucky as it resembles that of a goblet drinking vessel from ancient Roman festivities.

 

Calla lilies or Zantedeschia as they are also know are often seen in contemporary classic bouquets to show their beautiful trumpet shape off in all its splendour. They also make elegant buttonholes too.

Image courtesy of HBA Photography

SUNFLOWER

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South Africa's beautiful national flower, it makes an unusual bold and beautiful statement. It adds a dramatic touch to your bouquet whether you chose a bohemian, tropical or dreamy vibe.

 

The heart of the flower is surrounded by spiky petals that have a soft, velvety texture and as a fibrous flower it’s a perfect option for a long-lasting bloom for your wedding day, which will also dry beautiful.

Chrysanthemum bridal bouquet
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CHRYSANTHEMUM

A versatile bloom adds volume and texture and has an extremely long life, the spray chrysanthemums are often found in gift bouquets. However there are some beautiful Disbudded (large single headed) and Santini (tiny sprays) chrysanthemum now available.

 

They represent health and happiness so the perfect flower to include in your wedding bouquet.