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Gold: a sumptuously warm and bright colour, the symbol of riches, wealth and prosperity. Those who favour gold are said to be born optimists. Gold is linked with divinity & is associated with those gods linked to the sun. Of course, gold is also the traditional gift for a 50th wedding anniversary, so we say start as you mean to go on!   The use of gold as your main wedding colour theme should be carefully orchestrated, so as to not to create a tacky or garish looking finish. Gold has always been a popular wedding colour which not only looks stunning when used as attractive embroidery on the wedding dress, but also as a signature colour for your wedding. When choosing accent colours to embellish your golden theme, you could start with your favourite colour, the colour of a favourite flower you have in mind, or even colours that compliment the skin tones of your groom or bridesmaids.   From a basic colour, you can derive a variety of different shades and tones so you are bound to find one that will be perfect for you. If you want your wedding to be warm, traditional and luxurious, use gold very carefully and in small doses. Combining gold with neutral colours such as ivories, creams and whites gives off a subtle, classy and graciously sophisticated look at a wedding. Or you can add a certain richness by including bolder colours such as deep purples, royal blues, ruby reds and emerald greens, which exude extravagance and regality, without being tacky.   Gold can also work beautifully not only as the primary colour of a wedding, but also when being used to embellish other colour schemes. A touch of gold added to earthy colour schemes such as oranges, greens and browns will tone the colours down a little, giving theme a golden glow. Adding gold to certain colours can change the look completely and help colours adapt to different seasons – for example, using gold as the accent colour to deep greens, reds and purples will also give you a festive yet luxurious colour scheme for winter weddings.   Of course, gold does not make an easy bedfellow for all colours: paired with pastel colours such as very pale pinks, pastel yellows, pale greens and lilacs, gold loses its richness, giving a less-than-classy look to a wedding. Just remember warm colours go with gold and cool colours go with silver....

Wedding day's approaching, so how do you go about transforming the Parish church or cathedral into the perfect backdrop to your big day? OK, so it seems to have become a bit of a mantra for us, but don’t be afraid to be different! Say goodbye to the floral arch at the church door: nowadays they look a little dated, and let's face it, unless they are huge, opulent affairs, crammed full of succulent green foliage and specimen blooms, they're going to look a little lost against the grand stone-built facades of most churches or cathedrals. Keep things simple and elegant with some modern tall vases of fresh flowers, or opt to tie things altogether with candelabras framing the entrance. If you're marrying in one of Malta's myriad churches, keep colours bright and simple: choose whites, ivories, creams, and greens because most Maltese churches have very dark interiors. Brighter flowers will help provide some light inside the church. The plain, elegant colours will also stand out against the grandiose and often florid inner sanctum of the church. It's important to remember that, far from simply being an elegant stage on which your act of marriage will be played out, the church is a holy place of worship. You should always ask the churchkeeper or sacristan about where it is appropriate for you to place floral arrangements; some churches do impose restrictions in some areas, such as on the altar table, for example. That said, if you have the option to do so, try to focus on two main areas: the aisle and the altar. Many of Malta's parish churches are deceptively spacious, so you can afford to install some big arrangements on either side of the altar to frame the bride and groom, reinforcing their position as the true centre of attention. Talking about space, it's important to bear in mind that two people have to process down the central aisle of the church. Whilst vases and arrangements adoring this gangway can look stunning and enchanting, always ensure the space remains functional, and uncluttered. Incidentally, this also goes for the arrangements themselves: cascades of tulle billowing from every arrangement can be rather old fashioned nowadays! Instead, consider bringing the arrangements alive with the use of candles; whether summer or winter, morning or evening, candles inside the church add to the atmosphere of love! Always take some advice from a professional in the field: choose a florist who already has a relationship with the church of your choice, or arrange a visit to the site for them to walk through it with you and highlight any opportunities or potential problems. For more inspiration visit our portfolio....