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The much anticipated Royal wedding between Prince William and Kate Middleton takes place this Friday (April 29) and the choice of flowers and arrangements is one of the few things that ordinary people can imitate easily. Florist Nick Priestly from Mood Flowers has some predictions on the style of Kate’s bouquet and what flowers will be used based on previous Royal weddings. He told The Hour:
“My prediction is that she’s going to choose significant flowers rather than just beautiful or elegant. Lilies are her favourite flower apparently so I think she’ll go for calla lilies. I think she will maybe choose some flowers that represent [her and William’s] life. They got engaged in Kenya so we might see some Kenyan roses in there. We’ll see some royal staples like lily of the valley, jasmine and I think we might see some white daffodils in there as well.”
Myrtle has been present in all Royal bouquets since the 19th century. Following her wedding to Prince Albert in 1840, Victoria planted the sprig of myrtle from her bouquet in her garden and every Royal bouquet since then has contained a sprig of the wonderfully fragrant herb cut from Victoria’s tree. Myrtle is associated with the Greek goddess Aphrodite and the Roman goddess Venus and is known as the herb of love.
To make your flowers fit to rival Kate’s you can use jewel-like plastic or glass, which is relatively cheap and looks like big Royal jewels. Pearls, silver vases, mirrors and candelabras can also be hired from the florist or can be bought before your big day.
To make a table centrepiece take a couple of silver globes and hang some fake pearls half in and half out of the vase. Fake pearls can be picked up really cheaply from craft shops. A posey of flowers can look nicer than a bouquet, and adding a sprig of something blue to match Kate’s engagement ring will make your bouquet distinctly more royal. Nick said:
“People often have a napkin flower and you can pop on a jewel. The jewel could be a little favour that the guests can take home from your wedding day. The jewels can also be attached to vases.”
As a guest at a wedding you can also buy a diamante brooch or a flower tiara to brighten up your outfit and make it a bit more posh.
For more information on Nick Priestly see the Mood Flowers website.