As a florist I couldn’t wait to see what the Royal Wedding flowers were going to look like – particularly with a reported budget of £200,000!
And the lavish floral displays in St. George’s Chapel, created using locally-sourced foliage taken from the gardens and parkland of The Crown Estate and Windsor Great Park, certainly did not disappoint.
The arches included beech, birch and hornbeam branches, as well as beautiful garden and cultivated roses in cream and white, stocks, stephanotis, nigella, scabious, foxgloves, asparagus fern and some peonies.
I thought they were exceptional and worked beautifully to soften the fairly austere façade of the chapel.
The scale was enormous and required scaffolding and chicken wire to hold everything in place and buckets and vials of water would have been positioned within the structure, rather than foam which isn’t environmentally-friendly.
The finished look was a beautifully free-flowing arrangement which was completely befitting of a fairy tale wedding.
It was also lovely to read that the arrangements have been divided up into hand-tied bouquets and delivered to women’s refuges and hospices across London.
I adored the bridesmaid’s hair circlets which were very beautiful and I always prefer them for flowergirls, who can sometimes destroy their posy’s during the service.
But I wasn’t so impressed with the bride’s bouquet, which I thought was a bit small given the occasion and the simplicity of Meghan’s dress, which could have taken a statement bouquet.
Not only that, it looked rather wilted by the time the official photographs were taken – particularly the astilbe which is renowned for wilting. If I’d have been doing her flowers I would have recommended a back-up bouquet, so it was completely fresh for the pictures.
The flowers used were very traditional for a Royal Wedding – she had myrtle sprigs from stems planted by Queen Victoria at Osborne House in 1845, and tradition dictates that a royal bride’s bouquet should always contain it.
There were also scented sweet peas, lily of the valley which represents love and appreciation, jasmine and astrantia which symbolises strength and courage. And there were forget-me-nots, the favourite flower of Prince Harry’s late mother, Princess Diana.
For me it lacked some white roses or peonies and additional greenery. The overall effect was a rather yellow colour – because there wasn’t enough white or green.
Phillipa Craddock was the florist chosen by the royal couple and I have long admired her work – she is based in Selfridges in London. Her bouquets are usually incredible statement pieces and this wasn’t her signature style – which makes me think that the design was much more Meghan’s idea than hers.
Prince Harry is said to have handpicked the flowers from the private garden at Kensington Palace so I think this explains why Philippa made such a small wildflower posy – rather than a big, bold bouquet.
But that is what florists are meant to do – design the bouquet for the bride, not for themselves. So, if Meghan – or the Duchess of Sussex – was happy, then that was a job well done! 😍