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Wedding Awards

Posted on 4 April, 2018 at 6:15 Comments comments (0)

Been a bit quiet on here recently, but that's because I've been busy with others things.....

A few winter weddings, Valentine's Day and Mother's Day (both incredibly busy!!) and teaching floristry to young adults with autism.

And the icing on the cake is that I'm a finalist in the Ido Wedding Awards for the East Midlands. I am so thrilled and so grateful to everyone who voted for me, especially all my bride and grooms. For you to take the time to vote for me really shows how much you loved the flowers I did for your weddings and that is the best award anyone can get!

Thank you again!


Did You Know?....

Posted on 30 August, 2017 at 14:15 Comments comments (0)

Way back in the 1500's, June was the most popular month to get married in.........as most people had their annual bath in May! The practice of carrying a bouquet of flowers was thought to help mask the smell of body odour!!

Flower girls traditionally threw rose petals in the path of the bride to lead her to a sweet and prosperous future.

In Roman times brides and grooms wore garlands to symbolise new life and fertility. Ivy has always been a popular choice by the way it grows, binding itself round trees and up fences & buildings, as this symbolises the couples love binding them together.

Buttonholes? Who for and how many?

Posted on 14 March, 2017 at 17:20 Comments comments (0)

I'm often asked at wedding consultations, "Who has buttonholes and how many should be provided?"

And the answer is........ "Anyone you want and as many as you wish"

In the 1950's and 60's, it was tradition for a box of buttonholes to be left at the entrance to the church, for each guest (male and female) to help themselves to one as they entered the building. This box of buttonholes was provided by the bride's family and the buttonholes were usually carnations with a bit of fern attached. They would generally be all the same colour, usually red or white.

Traditions change over the years and many brides now like to co-ordinate the buttonholes to match the wedding flowers. The flowers and the colours can be more varied, with roses a strong favourite.

As a rule of thumb, buttonholes are usually provided for the Groom, the best man, ushers and the fathers of the bride and groom. All other male guests would provide their own. This can be flexible if there are step fathers included, grandfathers, brothers, etc.The same goes for ladies and corsages. Usually these are provided for the mother of the bride and the groom's mother, but again more can be included if providing them for grandmothers, step mothers, etc.

I always like to make the Groom's buttonhole different to the other Gents' buttonholes. I would suggest using a certain rose included in the Bride's bouquet in the buttonhole, with maybe a small sample of one or two other flowers from her bouquet. This way both the Bride and Groom's flowers are linked, making them special to the two of them and different to everyone else.

All the other Gents can then have the same buttonholes and likewise with the ladies' corsages.

Another question I'm always asked is, on which side do you wear a buttonhole or corsage? Gentlemen wear their buttonholes on the left lapel of their suit jacket, as traditionally there is a 'buttonhole' cut out in the lapel, in which the flower would be inserted. Ladies can wear their corsages on either side of their outfit. I usually say if the lady is taking a shoulder bag to the wedding, then she should place the corsage on the opposite side to the shoulder she wears her bag on. This way she won't damage the flowers. The same suggestion can be made if her outfit has a patterned detail on one side; she should wear the corsage on the opposite side so as not to hide the pattern. Ladies can also have wrist corsages or bag sprays, if they didn't want to wear the corsage on their outfit.

Essential questions to ask your florist

Posted on 1 March, 2017 at 10:15 Comments comments (1)

It's easy to get the floral designs that you want for your wedding, if you ask the right questions:


* Where can you see examples of the florist's work?

* Are they the recommended florist for a particular venue?

* How many other weddings will the florist be doing on the same day?

* What can they recommend within your budget?

* Will the florist you've consulted be doing your flowers or will it be another member of the team?

* Is there a consultation or booking fee? Can it be redeemed against your flower order?

* Is there a maximum distance they will travel to decorate your venue and is there a delivery charge?

* When will you be expected to pay for your flowers andby what method?

* Will they require a deposit?

* How far in advance of your wedding do you need to confirm your order?

* What will be delivered where and at what time?

* How long do they need to set up?

* Do they hire vases/containers? If so, do they charge for breakages? Will they collect any hired vases, etc after your wedding or will you need to return them? 

Flower availabilty between Cristmas and New Year

Posted on 16 June, 2016 at 20:30 Comments comments (0)

Following on from my last blog about Christmas weddings, please bear in mind flower availablity when booking a Christmas/New Year wedding.

The majority of our flowers come from the Dutch markets and if these close for the week between Christmas and New Year, then our wholesalers will also close. The knock-on effect is that virtually all florists will close as well, as they do not have access to fresh flowers. Most florists value this week off, as the run up to Christmas is usually very busy and it can be hard for florists to get a complete week off work during the year.

If you were planning on having your wedding between Christmas and New Year and this was the situation with the flower markets, this would mean that there would be no fresh flowers for your wedding. The last day prior to this week when your florist would be able to collect flowers from the wholesaler would be Christmas Eve. This would then mean trying to keep these flowers fresh for at least 5 days, (or longer if your wedding was on New Year's Eve). I personally would not risk this, especially if the Bride wanted flowers like roses, lisianthus, freesia and gyp. I would suggest using silk flowers as an alternative. This way the bride gets the flower types she wants, for the look she wants to achieve, without the worry of them wilting or dying before the wedding day.

Depending when Christmas falls each year, there is a possibility that the wholesale markets will be open at some point during the week between Christmas and New Year. However this information isn't usually known until later in that year, which isn't any good when most weddings are booked at least a year in advance.

The best advice I can give to Brides wanting an end of year wedding, is to trust your florist and work with their suggestions to help give you the wedding of your dreams. Have a plan B, involving silk flowers for your bouquets, buttonholes, etc and use more evergreen foliage (sourced from friends and family gardens) in the venue designs. Remember a wedding bouquet will always look stunning, whether it is made from fresh or silk flowers.


Christmas weddings

Posted on 16 June, 2016 at 20:00 Comments comments (0)

Winter weddings are becoming more and more popular, especially around Christmas.

There can be lots of reasons for this; from wanting a real white wedding with snow, making everything look so magical to maybe making the wedding budget go further by having the wedding 'out of season'.

Brides getting married in church around Christmas can benefit from having the church already decorated, with flowers and even Christmas trees, without it costing them a penny. Of course this works best if the Bride is having a Christmas/winter theme for her wedding, as this will then match the bouquets, buttonholes, etc.

Traditional Christmas colours are red, gold, white and green. Keep costs low when planning your venue decor, by using lots of evergreen foliages (ivy, holly, pine, cupressus) with just a few flowers to inject colour. Traditional wreaths of holly and ivy with red or white roses, gypsophila and pine cones look amazing when placed as a table centrepiece. Complete the look with a hurricane lamp containing a big church candle.

wedding flower budget suggestions part 3

Posted on 14 April, 2016 at 8:40 Comments comments (0)

More suggestions to help you spread the cost of your wedding flowers........

MOVE FLOWERS FROM THE CEREMONY TO THE RECEPTION

Depending on where you are having your marriage ceremony, you can generally move all the ceremony designs over to the reception venue. This is certainly the case if your ceremony and reception are at the same venue. If you are getting married in church, you will need to discuss with the vicar about moving the floral displays. Most churches are quite flexible on this now and will let you move the floral pedestal designs, but be aware that you cannot remove the pedestal stands as these belong to the church. If your florist is unable to provide pedestal stands for hire, you will need to check there is something to display these designs on before arranging to have them moved to your reception venue.

Pew ends in church generally can be moved to the reception venue. The easiest designs to be moved are the ones that have been tied to the pew. These can then be untied by a fellow guest and transported to the reception, where they can be used in a number of ways: as chair tie backs, table decorations, or displayed in jars & vases around the venue. They then make nice gifts to give to guests to take home at the end of the night.

 


RE-PURPOSE THE BRIDAL BOUQUETS

At the reception, your bridesmaids won’t have a need for their flower bouquets, so why not use them in vases as wedding centerpiece ideas or as decorations for the cake table. If you are having a long top table, the bridesmaids' designs look lovely laid on the table, either spaced out along the table, or displayed in groups. You can arrange to have vases in place ready for them to place the flowers into.


BE SIMPLISTIC

 Sometimes less is more. Not only will being simplistic cost you less, it may add to the overall impression of your wedding. An easy way to simplify wedding flowers is to get just the basics: bouquets for yourself and your bridesmaids, buttonholes for the men (Groom, Best Man, Dads and Ushers) and corsages for the Mums.

Simple table arrangements arranged in jam jars are more cost effective than huge candelabras and using one type of flower can sometimes work out less expensive than having a huge variety of flowers, it just depends on the type of flower chosen (for example carnations, chrysanthemums and gypsophila are less expensive than roses and calla lilies).


DON'T BE PICKY

 You may have to compromise with your decorations if you are on a budget. This is especially true with your flowers. Be open to several different types when it is time for you to choose. Tell your florist your budget and see what types of flowers she proposes to you and be open to the suggestions. Keep the more expensive flowers for your bouquets and buttonholes and be willing to let the florist use less expensive flowers in the other designs (tables, venue decor, church), using the same colour scheme to unify the overall theme.


 

HAVE A CHRISTMAS OR EASTER WEDDING

 Churches are already beautifully decorated with flowers for both Christmas and Easter. Take advantage of that fact by setting your wedding date during the Christmas or Easter seasons. This will save you money and if your budget allows, give you more money to spend on your bouquets and venue flowers.

wedding flower budget suggestions part 2

Posted on 18 February, 2016 at 0:10 Comments comments (0)

Want to get the WOW factor without breaking the bank? The following tips will help you get the most out of your wedding flowers and still give you stunning designs for your special day.

GO BIG AND BOLD

Large headed blooms such as hydrangeas, chrysanthemums, carnations, lilies and dahlias will bring bold colour as well as filling vases, so you get more impact with less stems.

LOVE FOLIAGE

By including more foliage in your designs than flowers, you can spread the cost, especially if you apply this to the church and venue decorations. It could even mean that you could have more designs if you are using less flowers. And if you or your florist has access to a well stocked garden and can obtain foliage for free, this can make the cost go even further.

IT'S GOOD TO SHARE

If you are marrying in church, you may be sharing your special day with another wedding. Ask the local vicar if there is another wedding on the same day as yours and then contact the other bride to see if they are prepared to split the cost of having the church decorated. A neutral colour scheme of creams and ivory with green can be used and  will compliment any other colour scheme. This way the church can be full of flowers without breaking the bank.

STAY IN SEASON

A wedding in Spring using all Spring flowers is going to work out more cost effective than trying to get daffodils out of season for a July wedding. Although most flowers are available all year round now, there are still some that are only available in their natural season, such as Lily of the Valley (May) and Peonies (June/July), so it's worth discussing this with your florist to see what is available. If you had your heart set on having lily of the valley in November, consider including a silk/artificial version of this flower along with the fresh blooms. When all mixed together it can be difficult to tell which is the silk flowers on the photographs.


Wedding Flower Budget Suggestions part 1

Posted on 4 February, 2016 at 9:50 Comments comments (0)

Be honest about your budget. If you discuss style, colours, and favourite flowers with your florist, but neglect to talk money, you can end up falling in love with wedding flowers that you simply can’t afford.

Few parts of wedding planning are as exciting and anxiety inducing as your wedding flowers. Most brides love flowers, and might even dream of a wedding day overrun with flowers , but have no idea of what blooms they truly love nor do they have any idea what to expect to pay or what they can afford.

 

Typically, after speaking with a florist for the first time, they will ask you about your wedding flower budget. Often this is a tricky question, because if you aren’t sure what something might cost, it’s hard to decide what you can or might be willing to spend. Give the florist a range of which you are comfortable, but explain that you aren’t certain of how far that money will stretch. They will likely offer some information to further guide you.

It’s also helpful to understand a bit of what goes into the pricing of wedding centrepieces and bouquets. Often brides will suggest to the florist that they are willing to use seasonal, local flowers in the hopes that this will bring their cost down. It’s not just about the cost of the flowers themselves, but the amount of time, thought and labour involved in making it all come together. The cost is not just for the day itself, but for the months of planning, conversations, meetings and emails before hand, the prep work that goes into it days before, the day itself and the breakdown and clean up on the back end.

Once you have an estimate that you can live with from a florist whose work you love, I will advise that the best thing to do at that point is to relax. Trust your florist. Hopefully, that’s why you hired them! You’ve selected your designer based on work that you have seen and liked. Trust that you will get the same for your day, if not better!

 

Welcome to my Blog

Posted on 4 February, 2016 at 0:05 Comments comments (0)

Hello, and welcome to my Blog!

I will use this to post any forth coming events and promotions, as well as providing useful insights into all things floral.

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