So let’s talk about Gypsophila. You may call it Babys breath or gyp, or think of it as the perfect white bridal flower for your special day. Many wedding industry and floral suppliers have very different names for it now, some of them not so kind. If we are brutally honest it is the flower that looks like toilet roll spitballs. Even worse did you know it also smells like cats pee.
With my photography head on I would rather never photograph it again, ever. Capturing a close up shot with the wedding rings is a smell-tastic overload of gargantuan pee proportions. Which needless to say is not a romantically wonderful experience.
With my HWC writer head on I need to be a little more balanced. We aim to be an advisory and supportive portal for all things weddings in Hampshire. A place for brides, grooms, suppliers, venues, families and entourages. Covering styling advice to photography advice. From new venue features (The Barn at Avington), to wedding inspiration features. Soon it will be all here, pages of glorious elegant Hampshire bridal loveliness. We are new, but we have a huge amount of ambition. So let’s get to it…
There are 26 pages of google results, with a staggering half a million individual hits when searching for “gypsophelia bouquet”. I would love to know what you think that means, and why there are so many results. Is it because its popular and in demand… well yes. Is it because it’s all the rage and in demand, yes to that too. If you look at it from the other perspective, that also means that it’s been over done. Featured at tens of thousands of weddings all over the world. Now, when you think of your wedding day, what would be a dream come true?
Create a look, that everyone has seen for what must be over 10 years now. Or, could you research and look for some different advice? Find a style that stands out because it is individual? A perfect combination of thought, romance and personal styling. What if you could look back at the pictures of your wedding flowers, and think OMG, how stunning are they. I did it my way, I did it consulting my ideal florist, taking into consideration her years of experience. Together we created something monumentally gorgeous. Fifteen years, twenty years later, you still look at the pictures and smile at the unique style of the whole day.
We had conversations with Sarah, from Floribunda Rose and Owen, from Little Lillies. Eco florist, meet floral sculptor, meet Hampshire brides. The first interesting thing to note is they both won’t use it anymore.
Owen started the #deathbygyp and #savingbridesfromgyp hashtags. If you do a search on instagram there are quite a few posts by prominent florists using it. Owen added that the #savingbridesfromgyp statement is not just about gyp. It is about standing up for all the other amazing possibilities out there. Since the dawn of pinterest, the sad fact is that this little spitball of smelliness has taken a vice like hold. We hope by creating this blog post, we can influence a positive change. We are hoping you as couples will start exploring the gorgeous florals available. A wonderful # to look at would be #underthefloralspell. In the meantime, welcome to the world of non gyp by the ever so lovely and knowledgeable Sarah Diligent.
Leaving memories, and creating beauty
I can firstly assure you that some of these little white beauties smell absolutely gorgeous. I start with that because we know by incorporating scent into your wedding day you not only have visual memories, but memories driven by your other senses. Creating this will ensure you create a completely romantic, and deep connection with firstly the person you married but also to the day you said you do. If every birthday your partner buys you a bouquet of some of the flowers in your wedding bouquet, and the heavenly scent wafts around the living room, how would that make you feel? I will leave you with that thought, because honestly that gives me little goosebumps. I would love to think all the clients I have looked after could have that kind of experience as the years go by.
Paperwhites are beautiful, delicate, and fantastically fragrant. They are available January/ February and March and then from November to December to look fabulous grouped together or mixed with other things.
April brings gorgeous Honesty (which is better known for its gorgeous translucent seed pods later in the year but has pretty white flowers first) and Hesperis with its delicate sweetly scented frothy white blooms flowers soon after.
Said to signify first love – Lilac which also comes in white can also be used en masse to look very like gyp, but much more beautiful (in my opinion) and is available for just a few short weeks in April and into May, which I think makes it really special.
Ammi Majus, all the frothy white flowers from April to October. This holds up beautifully and can grow really tall making it really useful for lots of different types of arrangements as well as bouquets.
Lily of the valley is available in April/May but is very pricey so not necessarily for everyone… (it is incredible despite being a pricey diva though!)
Mock Orange (Philadelphus) is available in May and whilst the flowers are larger, it is really beautiful and smells delicious.
May also brings Orlaya and Sweet peas – which are both gorgeous and the smell of sweet peas always makes me certain that summer is almost here.
Omphalodes is very like Gyp (in all the good ways – masses of small white frothy flowers) and smells much better. It can be a little temperamental but can be used as Gyp and is available from May to August.
June brings lots of options… White Dianthus, cornflowers (which are actually available from May to September), Sweet Williams and Chervil are lovely choices.
July ~ Great alternatives though this month include Achillae (the pearl) – which is fab at this time of year, Daucus Carota, Feverfew and Ammi Major – which is frothier and even more delicate than Ammi Majus and one of my absolute faves for wedding work.
August brings with it another Ammi – Visnaga, which is robust and has large heads of tiny white flowers. There is Feverfew and Scabious is gorgeous with its fluffy blooms.
September – The Feverfew is still flowering its socks off alongside Ammi, Cosmos (which is a little bigger but still worth a look if you’re after soft white romantic blooms and Dahlia (the little pompom varieties are great too).
October – really depends on the weather to be completely honest when it comes to frothy white fillers.
November and December starts the season of English Grown Alstromeria.
Then we’re full circle back to Paperwhites.
We hope you have enjoyed our seasonal white flower foray, and we can’t wait to inspire you more with some seasonal floristry guidance on the Hamsphire Wedding Club
Sarah and Tasha x
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