The Interior Collections was behind this lovely solemnisation setting of our shoot with Singaporean of the Year 2018 Siti Noor Mastura, her fiance Hannan Mian. Photo: Her World Brides. Location: Sentosa Golf Club
What are the most popular flowers for weddings in Singapore?
Roses, peonies, lilies of the valley, hydrangeas, orchids, and calla lilies are highly sought after. However, before they start shopping, couples should consider their budget. This is crucial as some of the seasonal blooms mentioned can cost a bomb. Make two lists, one for must-haves and another for would-love-to-haves, compare their costs and and try to include some from each list. Another consideration: their colours should complement the gown and the entire theme. Current popular options include white, green, pink, lavender and red.
Should a bride do fresh flowers or artificial blooms, or a mix of both?
Silk flowers are hardy – a plus in this weather – and the safest bet for a super-tight budget. On the other hand, some fresh blooms smell wonderful and for that reason alone, may be worth having in a wedding. Combining them is good for watching one’s bottom line.
Depending on their quality, silk flowers could cost from a third to half the price of fresh ones, and look just as good.
My suggestion: enjoy the scent of fresh blooms in your bouqet and other arrangements for your immediate wedding party, and then do beautiful silk flowers that look incredibly real for centrepieces. They’re also recyclable for other occasions.
Seasonality is another key factor. Lush favourites like peonies start blooming in April and through till June, while lavender typically flowers in June or July and lasts three to four weeks. Incorporating them means setting your wedding date for around the time they are flown in, and expecting to pay a fair bit more.
Photo: Her World Brides. Location: Sentosa Golf Club
What about flowers for outdoor use?
One of the bonuses of an alfresco wedding is the natural beauty of the surroundings. If flowers are a must, couples may want to use silk on an arch or trellis to keep the focus on the ceremony and to frame them as they take their vows. I’d use silk because there’s no worrying about wilting or discoloration. Keep bright and cheerful real flowers such as roses, sunflowers, red and yellow calla lilies, and dahlias or daisies for the indoor reception.